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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Paperback – January 18, 2010
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up-One of the best-loved and most famous characters in southern literature springs to larger-than-life size thanks to Thomas Becker's inspired delivery. The antics and adventures of Tom and his friends, Joe Harper and Huckleberry Finn, provide hours of solid listening pleasure in this skillfully done fully-voiced narration. Based on a comic exaggeration of Mark Twain's own childhood experiences and replete with both humor and nostalgia, this recording is an ideal way to introduce a new generation to what many literary critics recognize as a seminal work of American literature. Well-known scenes like whitewashing the fence, bible school competition, rafting the river, and being lost in cave while stalked by the infamous "Injun Joe" all provide listeners with a glimpse into life on the Mississippi in the 1800s a time when river traffic dictated the pace of life in many rural southern communities.
Cindy Lombardo, Orrville Public Library, OH
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From Library Journal
Huckleberry Finn may be the greater book, but Tom Sawyer has always been more widely read. Moreover, it is a book that can be enjoyed equally by both children and adults. Twain, who called it a "hymn" to boyhood, would be thrilled that in narrator Patrick Fraley his hymn has found its most passionate voice. Many good unabridged readings of Tom Sawyer have already been recorded, but most are simply that: readings. Fraley's performance is something more; in attempting to bring each character to life, his enthusiasm for the material is so palpable that the mere sound of his voice commands attention. A can't-miss addition to all libraries, including those that have other Tom Sawyer programs. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
My son really enjoyed the book. We live near Hannibal so it spurred a trip to see all of the famous Twain sights. I know the book has fallen out of favor with many school districts because of its racial language in describing Jim. If this is a problem there are many websites that explore the relationship of Jim and Huckleberry Finn. The story in essence provides a realistic account of early American river town thoughts and language. Should continue to be read by everyone.
I reread the book on a Kindle. I know some of the vocabulary was dialect, but was disappointed at the dictionary's telling me several times that it had no listing for the word I'd selected.
Bottom line: Everyone should read this novel as a teenager and as a mature adult. There's much to learn! Besides, Mark Twain has a wonderful sense of humor.