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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Audio CD – Unabridged, January 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0786180370 ISBN-10: 0786180374 Edition: Unabridged

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A seminal work of American Literature that still commands deep praise and still elicits controversy, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is essential to the understanding of the American soul. The recent discovery of the first half of Twain's manuscript, long thought lost, made front-page news. And this unprecedented edition, which contains for the first time omitted episodes and other variations present in the first half of the handwritten manuscript, as well as facsimile reproductions of thirty manuscript pages, is indispensable to a full understanding of the novel. The changes, deletions, and additions made in the first half of the manuscript indicate that Mark Twain frequently checked his impulse to write an even darker, more confrontational book than the one he finally published. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Considered the first great American novel, part of Finn's charm is the wisdom and sobering social criticism deftly lurking amongst the seemingly innocent observations of the uneducated Huck and the even-less-educated escaped slave, Jim. William Dufris's voice, unpretentious and disarming, like the book's main characters, seems the perfect armature on which to hang this literary strategy. Although he does an expert job with the entire cast, Dufris's delivery of Jim's dialogue is his crowning achievement. Out of context, Dufris's Jim might sound mocking and racist, due to his expert delivery of Twain's regional vernacular. Ignorance and intelligence, however, are not mutually exclusive, and taken as a whole, Jim's mind and heart come shining through, allowing the listener to reflect on their own assumptions. Tantor Media includes the entire text as a digital e-book on the final CD, a wise and thoughtful move in a market with swift and changing currents.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio; Unabridged edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786180374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786180370
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 5.8 x 4.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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987 of 1,021 people found the following review helpful By JLind555 on February 10, 2000
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Okay, we all know the plot, so there's no sense in rehashing it; but this book has generated a great deal of heat and very little light lately, it's been banned in some school districts and attacked as racist garbage, so this review will address the question: Is "Huckleberry Finn", in fact, a racist book?

The charge of racism stems from the liberal use of the N word in describing Jim. Some black parents and students have charged that the book is humiliating and demeaning to African-Americans and therefore is unfit to be taught in school. If there has been a racist backlash in the classroom, I think it is the fault of the readers rather than the book.

"Huckleberry Finn" is set in Missouri in the 1830's and it is true to its time. The narrator is a 13 year old, semi-literate boy who refers to blacks by the N-word because he has never heard them called anything else. He's been brought up to see blacks as slaves, as property, as something less than human. He gets to know Jim on their flight to freedom (Jim escaping slavery and Huck escaping his drunken, abusive father), and is transformed. Huck realizes that Jim is just as human as he is, a loving father who misses his children, a warm, sensitive, generous, compassionate individual. Huck's epiphany arrives when he has to make a decision whether or not to rescue Jim when he is captured and held for return to slavery. In the culture he was born into, stealing a slave is the lowest of crimes and the perpetrator is condemned to eternal damnation. By his decision to risk hell to save Jim, he saves his own soul. Huck has risen above his upbringing to see Jim as a friend, a man, and a fellow human being.

Another charge of racism is based on Twain's supposed stereotyping of Jim.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Louisa May Alcott on March 1, 2015
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An excellent book. The humor is subtle, clever and entertaining. I would highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WH buzzard on March 7, 2015
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Magnificent tale from the master of American Literature. So well done, I deconstructed the book and then reconstructed it to create a modernday version called There is a Generation. The world needs more humor today for sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By william e miller on March 6, 2015
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just plain good...read it in grade school...the should still have this book in the school librarys,,this is not a racist book as the newer generation think it is...just a factual book on how things were back in those times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jayj on May 14, 2013
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This title is a classic and this leather bound edition is the best one I've found. It's a beautiful addition to my collection!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Invent1 on March 3, 2015
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Hated lit class in HS but loved revisiting this
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By Amazon Customer on April 28, 2014
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I have been reading some of the old books I had to read in school. Of all the ones I have re-read, this was by far my favorite! I found myself laughing out loud and reading segments to my family! I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a light read that needs a good laugh!
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Beautiful cover. Excellent choice to add to our homeschool library. Even just reading short selections from it is very entertaining.
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