The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain

Grover Gardner (Narrator)

01-01-07

6hrs 51min

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01-01-07

6hrs 51min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Classics

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“The hero is one of the most endearing in literature.” Daily Telegraph (London)

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
An Audie Award Finalist for Best narration 

Who could forget the pranks, the adventures, the sheer fun of Tom Sawyer? From Tom’s sly trickery with the whitewashed fence to his and Becky Thatcher’s calamities in Bat Cave, the enjoyment never ends.

Just what did boys do in a small town during the mid-1800s, a time when there were no televisions, no arcades, and no videos? They whitewashed fences, floated down rivers, traded marbles, formed secret societies, smoked pipes, and, on occasion, managed to attend their own funerals. Yes, they may have been a bit mischievous, but as Aunt Polly said of Tom when she believed him to be dead, “He was the best-hearted boy that ever was.” Aunt Polly’s sentiments reveal one of Mark Twain’s cardinal philosophies: In this deceitful and infirm world, innocence can be found only in the heart of a boy.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a humorous and nostalgic book depicting the carefree days of boyhood in a small Midwestern town. The characters are based on Twain’s schoolmates and the town, Hannibal, Missouri, is where Twain grew up.

Praise

“The hero is one of the most endearing in literature.” Daily Telegraph (London)

“Grover Gardner slips inside the humor and drama of this classic, casting a spell that vividly creates Twain’s nineteenth-century setting for listeners…while creating memorable characters through accent and tone…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

“Gardner’s resonant tones roll over the rich, extensive vocabulary, almost as if Twain himself were telling the story…The delightful audio enables kids to enjoy this compelling tale, which might seem daunting in book form.” Booklist (audio review)

“Twain intended his novel not just as a book for the young but as a piece of nostalgia for the young at heart…It’s a relatively quiet reading—homey—as if told in retrospect by one’s grandfather.” KLIATT (audio review)

“More than a book for boys, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, with its rich native humor and shrewd observations of human character, is an idyll of American village life.” Masterpieces of World Literature

“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has the truth of honesty—what it says about things and feelings is never false and always both adequate and beautiful.” Lionel Trilling, American literary critic

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Language English
Release Day Dec 31, 2006
Release Date January 1, 2007
Number in Series 1
Series Display String The Adventures of Tom and Huck Series
Release Date Machine 1167609600
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Craig Black
Categories Classics, Literature & Fiction, Classics, Most Popular, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure
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

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
An Audie Award Finalist for Best narration 

Who could forget the pranks, the adventures, the sheer fun of Tom Sawyer? From Tom’s sly trickery with the whitewashed fence to his and Becky Thatcher’s calamities in Bat Cave, the enjoyment never ends.

Just what did boys do in a small town during the mid-1800s, a time when there were no televisions, no arcades, and no videos? They whitewashed fences, floated down rivers, traded marbles, formed secret societies, smoked pipes, and, on occasion, managed to attend their own funerals. Yes, they may have been a bit mischievous, but as Aunt Polly said of Tom when she believed him to be dead, “He was the best-hearted boy that ever was.” Aunt Polly’s sentiments reveal one of Mark Twain’s cardinal philosophies: In this deceitful and infirm world, innocence can be found only in the heart of a boy.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a humorous and nostalgic book depicting the carefree days of boyhood in a small Midwestern town. The characters are based on Twain’s schoolmates and the town, Hannibal, Missouri, is where Twain grew up.

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