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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Carl Reiner Publisher: Raffin Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Classics Read by Celebrities Series Release Date: May 2014 ISBN: 9781483029498
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In this mischievous yarn by Mark Twain, a Yankee mechanic named Hank Morgan is knocked unconscious in a fight and awakens to find himself at Camelot in AD 528. Brought before the Knights of the Round Table, he is condemned to death, but saves himself by using his nineteenth-century scientific knowledge to pose as a powerful magician.   

After correctly predicting an eclipse, Hank is made minister to King Arthur, and goes on to counsel him on such matters as gunpowder, electricity, and industrial methods. But when he attempts to better the condition of the peasantry, he meets opposition from the church, knights, and sorcerers, and finds his efforts at enlightenment turned against him.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is both a rollicking romantic fantasy and a canny social satire that only one of America’s greatest writers could pen.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Of all the extraordinary conceits that have germinated in his fruitful imagination, nothing more delicious has ever occurred to Mark Twain.”

    Boston Herald

  • “The delicious satire, the marvelous wit, the wild, free, fantastic humor are the colors of the tapestry, while the texture is a humanity that lives in every fibre.”

    Harper’s 

  • “Twain is the funniest literary American writer…it must have been a great pleasure to be him.”

    George Saunders

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 George | 2/19/2014

    " Twain has written quite a critique here of the way the church ruled everything in England in the 6th Century. While the book is full of humor, he really lays into knight heraldry and the church pretty hard, and also writes gleefully about killing tens of thousands of knights himself, which may have been a kind of comment on the mass slaughter of the Civil War, but which seemed bizarre from such a humorist. Twain experts will understand this, of course, I'm just a fan. But I'll take "Life on the Mississippi" any day instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 2/18/2014

    " What a fun book! I love to be amused. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meadow | 2/17/2014

    " It started of pretty good, but then the wizard Merlin came into the pic. I wasn't to big on the whole magic thing, And there wasn't enough good dialouge. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steven Hummer | 1/28/2014

    " Had to read it for a book report in History not a very gripping story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 1/25/2014

    " Somewhat different than Twain's other book such as Tom Sawyer. Twain's humor shows through in the story but it deals more with political theory and human nature. Still it's a very entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/5/2014

    " Okay, but Twain can do better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameron Yourist | 12/26/2013

    " One of the most hilarious books I've ever read!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emmi | 12/25/2013

    " It was interesting and funny but not interesting and funny enough to sustain me for 400 pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Bozman | 12/25/2013

    " I read this book while sitting alone in a house that was very new to me. I found myself laughing so hard, my sides ached! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brendon | 12/21/2013

    " I wanted to love this book, but the reader of the audiobook version made it tough to listen to. His voice made so much of it seem boring even when describing all the funny situations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Northenscold | 10/31/2013

    " Mark Twain is such an imaginative author, all his stories are entertaining. I did enjoy this one, once I "suspended my disbelief" as we readers need to do LOL. The movie was OK, but of course, not as good as the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 10/28/2013

    " Dragged at points but was generally fun. I hadn't realized what an interesting social justice focus this book had. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 3/3/2013

    " You ever read a book that just makes you feel ignorant? Try a time traveling Mark Twain book with an asshole protagonist visiting very specific unheralded time periods. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse Wright | 7/21/2012

    " Mark Twain is the great American author. And though Yankee is not the best of his books it certainly rates high on the list. For me, because it deals irreverently with one of my favorite mythologies, King Arthur and the Camelot legends, it is a double delight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Orsodimondo | 6/11/2012

    " Divino. Il sogno e l'incubo di tutti quanti. Mio sicuramente. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 3/19/2012

    " This is one of the first books I read in my quest to bone up on the classics (I decided to start light). I loved this story of the Yankee who gets conked on the head and ends up in Arthur's court. I don't remember how he made it back again, but the story was definitely fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan Goode | 3/18/2012

    " Once I stopped focusing on the marathon long sentences (my only real beef with Twain) I really started to understand and enjoy this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cberke | 1/27/2012

    " I'm so tired of all the apocolyptic hoo-ha lately, but this one is the original American apocolyptic novel, and does it better than everyone else, poor Mark Twain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avi | 8/24/2011

    " I tell you what, this Mark Twain guy is a pretty funny writer. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patrick Cowsill | 10/10/2010

    " I just couldn't finish this. Not humorous. More like jingoistic bombast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Gower | 8/26/2010

    " Very fun, but strange book. Still haven't figured out for sure how he got there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brooke | 5/19/2010

    " More like 2.5 stars. It was interesting and I liked Twain's social commentary, but I have to admit that it was a little long... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carey Shea | 2/26/2010

    " I read this book in school a long time ago but I remember that I loved it. It's a classic and everyone should read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeannette | 2/11/2010

    " It has been a few years since I read this. It is the only Twain novel that I have finished and I still remember it. I will have to read it again in order to give it a better review. "

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About the Author
Author 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.

About the Narrator

Carl Reiner is an actor, film director, producer, writer, and comedian. He began his directing career on the Dick Van Dyke Show and his first feature film was an adaptation of Joseph Stein’s play Enter Laughing. Reiner has also written a number of books, including the memoir My Anecdotal Life.