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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (15 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In April 1878, Mark Twain and his family traveled to Europe. Overloaded with creative ideas, Twain had hoped that the sojourn would spark his creativity enough to bring at least one of the books in his head to fruition. Instead, he wrote of his walking tour of Europe, describing his impressions of the Black Forest, the Matterhorn, and other attractions. Neglected for years, A Tramp Abroad sparkles with Twain’s shrewd observations and highly opinionated comments on Old World culture and showcases his unparalleled ability to integrate humorous sketches, autobiographical tidbits, and historical anecdotes in a consistently entertaining narrative. Cast in the form of a walking tour through Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, and England, A Tramp Abroad includes among its adventures a voyage by raft down the Neckar and an ascent of Mont Blanc by telescope, as well as the author’s attempts to study art—a wholly imagined activity Twain “authenticated” with his own wonderfully primitive pictures. This book reveals Mark Twain as a mature writer and is filled with brilliant prose, insightful wit, and Twain’s unerring instinct for the truth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A Tramp Abroad] is delicious, whether you open it at the sojourn in Heidelberg, or the voyage down the Neckar on a raft, or the mountaineering in Switzerland, or the excursion beyond the Alps into Italy.”

    William Dean Howells

  • “Twain was the first writer to elevate the American vernacular to a high art. Sidestepping the starched-shirt diction of his peers, he created an idiom that resembled (but did not precisely duplicate) the wayward, slangy, ungrammatical music of American conversation.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “In A Tramp Abroad [Twain] returned to Europe with a reporting style that deftly skewered old–world pretensions.”

    Telegraph (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lorin Cary | 7/13/2013

    " Twains 1867 Travels abraod. Long voyage. Humor clear. Sarcastic wit. No strong anti-relig. Pokes fun at self for being beguiled into buying kid gloves that don't fit, in Gibralter. Wowed by Tangiers. Description of dancing on board ship as it dips and rolls ain sea, hilarious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Audrey | 1/20/2013

    " The writing was great--the type, not so much so. Font size ranged from small to downright painful and increases read time significantly. Mark Twain at his dry, witty best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carmen | 2/12/2011

    " LOVE the section at the end about the German language... Amazing to believe that Mark Twain was tamping about the same places as me:-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mrs. Cyberhobo | 9/11/2010

    " A slow read, to keep by the bed and consume in delicious small bites. If you want farce and hilarity, this is your read! Especially when it comes to all things mountaineering... "

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