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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Garrick Hagon Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2006 ISBN:
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the comic masterpiece of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who trained as a river-boat pilot (from which experience he took his pen-name, Mark Twain). His most famous book describes a boy's journey down the Mississippi aboard a raft with the runaway black slave Jim. Their escapades in the Deep South before the American Civil War are a joy in themselves, but they also direct a searching light on a society where slavery and prejudice are taken for granted and civilization is hypocritical and corrupt. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 1/23/2014

    " Greatest book I ever read when I first read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 12/22/2013

    " The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is as classic as American Literature can get. It set the stage for American fiction, taking a stab at racism with the perspective of innocence and purity. The novel ties in aspects of conformity as well, perpetuating the perfect story about a boy and his toils. I enjoyed reading this novel because of how it portrayed the struggles between blacks and whites, and I found the conflict within Huck intriguing. The forbidden friendship between Huck and Jim symbolized a kind of man vs. self conflict that consisted throughout the story. Huck tried to balance his developing opinions with the traditions and norms of the society that he grew up in. He constantly compared right from wrong and started forming his own opinions based on what he believed, rather than what people told him to believe. I found it refreshing to read about a character making the right choices regarding slavery, instead of following what everyone else did. Too often do we read about the struggles between blacks and whites, instead of the uncommon but lasting friendships that can be formed between the two. Twain succeeds in accurately portraying how people of the time period would have spoken. However, as much as I enjoyed this book, I was not to keen on the vernacular that Twain used, as it was unfamiliar to me and it slowed me down greatly. “’Well, ‘twarn’t no use to ‘sturb you, Huck, tell we could do sumfn – but we’s all right now. I ben a-buyin’ pots en pans en vittles, as I got a chanst, en a patchin’ up de raf’ nights when –‘” (Twain 111). This use of dialect helps to develop the characters and makes each one unique, as each character has a slightly different way of speaking. Jim, the uneducated slave, is by far the hardest character to understand in the novel. Twain focuses mainly on the character development, and not as much on descriptive imagery. One of the themes I identified in this book is the loss of innocence within Huck. He is constantly fighting what is morally right in his own mind versus what is socially acceptable to the people around him. As he develops his personal identity and grows as a person, he sees the value in his independence as a young adult. His whole growth was due to his powerful friendship he made with a socially declared intolerable breed of man, which could be noted as almost satirical for the time period it was based in. Reading the novel in present day, it gives the audience not only a better understanding of American history, but also places them in Huck’s shoes as he chooses his own path and loses the ball and chain that society had locked upon him. Twain’s writing influences readers to make choices for themselves, instead of just conforming to society. He does this by showing the positive effects that can come from following your own beliefs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny Evans | 12/15/2013

    " Hmm. As a British ex-pat living in the US, I'm informed this is on the US school kids curriculum as a must read. So I decided to give it a go. It's well written, very charming, funny and retains innocence while dealing with controversial subject matter such as slavery. Having said that, Tom Sawyer annoyed me more than I can possibly say - towards the end I was almost ready to give up, he frustrated me so much! This was also a very dangerous book to read on an ipad on the A/C train out of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Warning: the 'N' word is used copiously throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olga | 11/20/2013

    " A classic that I enjoyed!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynzi | 9/5/2013

    " The book was hard to follow and I really didn't enjoy it. It wasn't my type of book either. I usually enjoy fiction but this book wasn't what I thought it would be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phillip | 12/29/2012

    " This was one of most boring books ever "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derek Oz | 9/29/2012

    " Mark Twain, you trick us into calling ourselves fools with this book. I'm starting to stretch for my 20 book ratings. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Micha | 3/28/2012

    " I think I basically want to exterminate Tom Sawyer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Damian Carter | 6/8/2011

    " Really what is there to say. American Classic "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Winston Brown | 12/29/2010

    " Beaut tale of the raft trip down the Mississippi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hunter | 7/29/2009

    " This really is a book that everyone should read. It addresses key issues in a non obtrusive way so as to make as few people as possible upset with the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sanjy123 | 5/3/2007

    " It is a phenomenal book which truly inspires readers and is a classic book "

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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

Garrick Hagon is a London-born actor of film, stage, television, and radio who is best known for his role as Biggs Darklighter in Star Wars: A New Hope. His many films include Batman, Spy Game, Me and Orson Welles, and The Message. He was the rebel leader Ky in Doctor Who: The Mutants and played Simon Gerrard, Debbie Aldridge’s husband, in BBC’s The Archers. He has narrated numerous audiobooks and won an AudioFile Earphones Award.