The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

Grover Gardner (Narrator)

01-01-92

9hrs 22min

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Unabridged

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Fiction/Classics

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01-01-92

9hrs 22min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Classics

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“Grover Gardner contributes a resonant announcer’s baritone, superb technique, musical expressiveness, and a fond, intelligent understanding. He is less a narrator here than a storyteller, one of the best this reviewer has heard…This is the one that best expresses the brilliance of Twain’s rendering of dialect and a rural boy’s sensibility. A judicious use of sound processing enhances his performance. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

A Washington Post Best Audiobook selection
 Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Huck Finn is an orphaned drifter who loves freedom more than respectability. He isn’t above lying and stealing, but he faces a battle with his conscience when he meets up with a runaway slave named Jim, who provides him with his first experiences of love, acceptance, and a sense of responsibility.

The title character of this famous novel tells his own story in a straightforward narrative laced with shrewd, sharp comments on human nature. The boy’s adventures along the Mississippi River provide a framework for a series of moral lessons, revelations of a corrupt society, and contrasts between innocence and hypocrisy. The colorful cast of characters—including the crafty grifters, the Duke and the King—help make this a memorable classic.

Praise

“Grover Gardner contributes a resonant announcer’s baritone, superb technique, musical expressiveness, and a fond, intelligent understanding. He is less a narrator here than a storyteller, one of the best this reviewer has heard…This is the one that best expresses the brilliance of Twain’s rendering of dialect and a rural boy’s sensibility. A judicious use of sound processing enhances his performance. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

“Huckleberry Finn…exists in more than thirty unabridged versions…Among the excellent versions [is]…Grover Gardner’s.” Washington Post (audio review)

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the only one of Mark Twain’s various books which can be called a masterpiece.” T. S. Eliot, poet, essayist, literary critic, and New York Times bestselling author

“All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.” Ernest Hemingway, American journalist, short-story writer, and New York Times bestselling author

“The perfect combination of plot and character.” Sting, English musician and actor

“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.” Amazon.com

“Nothing has ever laid me out like the moment in Huckleberry Finn where Huck says, ‘All right, then, I’ll go to hell.’ Pure heroism and friendship. It’s so rare to see that in real life that that sentence is, technically, science fiction.” Patton Oswalt, comedian, actor, and writer

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Language English
Release Day Dec 31, 1991
Release Date January 1, 1992
Number in Series 2
Series Display String The Adventures of Tom and Huck Series
Release Date Machine 694224000
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Craig Black
Categories Classics, Literature & Fiction, Classics, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Classics, Evergreen Classics, Evergreen Classics
Author Bio
Mark Twain

Mark Twain, pseudonym of Samuel L. Clemens (1835–1910), was born in Florida, Missouri, and grew up in Hannibal on the west bank of the Mississippi River. He attended school briefly and then at age thirteen became a full-time apprentice to a local printer. When his older brother Orion established the Hannibal Journal, Samuel became a compositor for that paper and then, for a time, an itinerant printer. With a commission to write comic travel letters, he traveled down the Mississippi. Smitten with the riverboat life, he signed on as an apprentice to a steamboat pilot. After 1859, he became a licensed pilot, but two years later the Civil War put an end to the steam-boat traffic.

In 1861, he and his brother traveled to the Nevada Territory where Samuel became a writer for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise, and there, on February 3, 1863, he signed a humorous account with the pseudonym Mark Twain. The name was a river man’s term for water “two fathoms deep” and thus just barely safe for navigation.

In 1870 Twain married and moved with his wife to Hartford, Connecticut. He became a highly successful lecturer in the United States and England, and he continued to write.

Narrator Bio
Grover Gardner

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over a thousand titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.

Overview

A Washington Post Best Audiobook selection
 Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Huck Finn is an orphaned drifter who loves freedom more than respectability. He isn’t above lying and stealing, but he faces a battle with his conscience when he meets up with a runaway slave named Jim, who provides him with his first experiences of love, acceptance, and a sense of responsibility.

The title character of this famous novel tells his own story in a straightforward narrative laced with shrewd, sharp comments on human nature. The boy’s adventures along the Mississippi River provide a framework for a series of moral lessons, revelations of a corrupt society, and contrasts between innocence and hypocrisy. The colorful cast of characters—including the crafty grifters, the Duke and the King—help make this a memorable classic.

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