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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (516 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Michael Kevin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bound on a lecture trip around the world, Mark Twain turns his keen satiric eye to foreign lands in Following the Equator. This vivid chronicle of a sea voyage on the Pacific Ocean displays Twain’s eye for the unusual, his wide-ranging curiosity, and his delight in embellishing the facts. The personalities of the ship’s crew and passengers, the poetry of Australian place names, the success of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, an account of the Sepoy Mutiny, and reflections on the Boer War as an expression of imperialistic morality, among other topics, are the focus of his wry humor and redoubtable powers of observation. Following the Equator is an evocative and highly unique American portrait of nineteenth-century travel and customs.

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  • “When Mark Twain took off by ship for a round-the-world lecture tour, he took along a sharp eye, a notebook, and his renowned wit. Michael Kevin reads Twain’s narrative of his experiences with a Southern-inflected drawl and an unhurried pace that sound just right. He also offers amusing individual character shadings for many of Twain’s fellow passengers, whom the great writer often quotes as well as skewers. The book is full of everything from onboard whist games to tiger hunting. Twain’s opinions are many, often mercilessly funny, and frequently ahead of their time—except when he is suddenly of his time. The result is a fully developed self-portrait, nineteenth-century mores and all.”


  • “An early indictment of imperialist racism that deserves rediscovery.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Mark Twain’s Following the Equator is one of the best of his books…Lively and interesting.”

    Catholic World, 1898

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by E.d. | 2/7/2014

    " I learned that Mark Twain was ahead of his time in regards to some of his ideas about race and culture. He had an appreciative attitude towards the religions of others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Miriam | 1/29/2014

    " The first Twain non-fiction I read. I enjoyed it, but thought it would be funnier. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeanette | 1/22/2014

    " Crazy, classic Twain. Ingenious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Colleen | 1/5/2014

    " Twain's account of a lecture tour that took him pretty much everywhere is a fascinating glimpse of the world of yesteryear through surprisingly unjaded eyes. "

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