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3.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 5 3.86 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jon Clinch Narrator: Ed Sala Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN:
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One hundred and twenty years ago, Mark Twain left Huckleberry Finn's father dead in a room crowded with oddities: a wooden leg, women's underclothing, two black cloth masks, and more. Now, in a resonant and remarkable new novel, Jon Clinch tells the story of how the brutal and explosive Finn met his end in a room jammed with the telltale artifacts of his strange and mysterious life.

Along the way, Clinch introduces the listener to a mesmerizing cast of characters: Finn's own fearsome father, known only as the Judge; Finn's brother, the sickly, sycophantic Will; the hermit Bliss, a blind moonshiner; the strong and quick-witted Mary, a former slave who becomes Finn's mistress; and, of course, young Huck himself.

Finn is a novel about race, the sin of slavery, and the burdens of paternity. Written in a style both precise and thunderous, understated and violently elemental, it draws from our literary heritage to create something new. Finn is a hypnotic, completely original, distinctive American story.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arlene Corbin | 2/17/2014

    " Excellent. Violent parts so not for the faint hearted,, Loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/14/2014

    " Excellent writer. If you like fiction that imagines "lesser" characters in well-knows classics, you'll like this. It's the story of Huck Finn's father. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 2/11/2014

    " This is just the darkest novel I have ever read- it stayed with me for days after I finished it. Huck Finn's father is imagined as the main character in a stark commentary on human nature and the essence of evil. The elder Finn is at turns evil by action, or evil by what he'll let happen around him. "What could possibly be going through the mind of a monster like this man," is a question that is answered in such shocking simplicity that it takes your breath away. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 2/2/2014

    " This book was such an interesting take on Mark Twain's famous novel. I enjoyed the writing and the clever plot and I would recommend it to fans of the story of Huck Finn. This novel is meant for adult readers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carma Chisam | 1/28/2014

    " I did not love this book. It was all I could do to finish it. I can't quite put my finger on what I disliked about it but I do know that I struggled with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 1/26/2014

    " I'm not one to enjoy books that hop around in time sequence, but this one kept me wanting to know more. Pap Finn, Huck's father, is so despicable, one really wants to hang around to the end just to make sure he gets his just desserts. The story does piece together, enriched by the setting of Mississippi pre-Civil War days. The voice in this book reminded me a lot of Cormac McCarthy. It's spare, precise and graphic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy B | 1/25/2014

    " Fascinating angle on a classic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katy | 1/20/2014

    " I don't know if I wasn't in the right frame of mind for this book or what, but I read about 2 chapters and had to stop. The story didn't pull me in and I wasn't interested in any of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenette | 1/17/2014

    " This is the back story of Huck Finn's father. Overall, I enjoyed the story, it was well crafted. Sex and violence were a little too graphic for me. Well worth reading, especially if you enjoy Mark Twain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Curtis Moser | 1/14/2014

    " A creative take on a despicable character. If you love Huck Finn, you'll enjoy this book. If you hated Huck Finn, you'll still likely enjoy this book. It's a dark read though, so prepare yourself for that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen Truong | 12/28/2013

    " Book jumps around in time, making it difficult to read. Finn is so amoral that you don't want to find out what horrible think happens next. However, Jon Clinch writes some beautiful prose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 12/8/2013

    " Facinating behind the story story of Huck's Pap. I watched the Mickey Rooney Huckleberry Finn last night and I'm now reading Mark Twain's Autobiorgraphy. I guess this got me interested! Also downloaded Huck FREE on Kindle! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blair | 8/19/2013

    " I guess I should probably read the Mark Twain novel now. I am probably the only person to read these two novels in that order! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margie | 3/6/2013

    " Clinch is a talented author. I found parts of this book very difficult to read (like in Kite Runner). It also has some seriously bad language, but I feel it is necessary for Clinch to show the depths of "evil" in Finn. I don't feel that it is used flippantly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb Wilmoth | 2/23/2013

    " Clinch's Finn character is complex and very dark but with undertones of the humanity that he has lost along the way. Clinch is a beautiful writer and I would highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 1/18/2013

    " Exploration of Pap Finn; gruesome, but well-written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 10/22/2012

    " The story of Huckleberry Finn's father, but no light-hearted jaunt down the Mississippi. Dark, but pure poetry to read. Beautifully written. You hate Finn and you know he's going to die, but you root for him, nonetheless. I think this is the REAL story of Huckleberry Finn. A must read for anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey | 9/15/2012

    " Clinch's words are simply gorgeous; his imagery haunting. Truly a craftsman and artist, Jon Clinch was born to write. After only two novels, he is already one of favorite authors. I recommend his works to everybody I know. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 8/25/2012

    " horrifying. and amazing. so well written. one of the quietest violent books i've ever read. i can never think of huck finn the same way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauri Friedland | 8/24/2012

    " Very dark but superbly written "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 4/25/2012

    " I can't say that I loved this book, but it I also found it interesting. It is told from Huck Finn's fathers eyes. It makes me want to read the adventures of huckleberry finn again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/19/2012

    " I love when good intentions and imaginations match with good writing to make classic literature contemporary again. I really enjoyed the crossovers in the story AND the controversial themes that are more approachable now than they were in Twain's day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 1/6/2012

    " Man, they really need to get half stars on this website. This is another 3.5. Clinch did a really good job of making Finn alternately appalling and sympathetic. And I do like the idea of creating a novel that dovetails off a character in another novel - a la "Ahab's Wife," one of my favorite novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linds | 11/3/2011

    " Dark, disturbing, well written and atmospheric. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Curtis | 4/7/2011

    " A creative take on a despicable character. If you love Huck Finn, you'll enjoy this book. If you hated Huck Finn, you'll still likely enjoy this book. It's a dark read though, so prepare yourself for that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 3/22/2011

    " Gorgeously written, compelling, inventive. I'm puzzled by reviewers who don't like the book because the main character is not likeable. How boring if they were all nice! The author does a masterful job of revealing the circumstances that made Finn what he was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 2/19/2011

    " Caution - likely the darkest book I've read. Finn is not a nice man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 2/12/2011

    " Interesting to see from the perspective of Pap. It helps to explain/clarify some things in Huck Finn. "

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About the Author
Author Jon Clinch

Jon Clinch has worked as an English teacher, a metalworker, a folksinger, an illustrator, a typeface designer, a house painter, a copywriter, and an advertising executive. He is the author of numerous novels, including Finn and Kings of the Earth. He is married to novelist Wendy Clinch, and they have one daughter.

About the Narrator

Ed Sala has narrated dozens of audio books throughout his career. His readings include Harlan Coben’s Tell No One, Stephen Sears’ Gettysburg, and Cormac MacCarthy’s Outer Dark.