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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,988 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A brilliant amalgam of remembrance and reportage, by turns satiric, celebratory, nostalgic, and melancholy, Life on the Mississippi evokes the great river that Mark Twain knew as a boy and young man and the one he revisited as a mature and successful author.

Written between the publication of his two greatest novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain’s rich portrait of the Mississippi marks a distinctive transition in the life of the river and the nation, from the boom years preceding the Civil War to the sober times that followed it.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/18/2014

    " This was a fun read! Mark Twain is hilarious, as always. It's nice to know how he got his start (and his pen name!). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alan Jacobs | 2/13/2014

    " This book really bogs down around 40% of the way through. Mark Twain starts with a grand description of the history of the river, reminiscent of McPhee describing, say, New Jersey. Then it becomes a memoir or Twain's time as a pilot on the a Riverboat in the 1840s-1850s, and he tells lots of interesting tales. But then he switches to talking about a current (1880s) trip on the river and how all the towns have changed, and how much bigger they all are, and how the nature of boating on the river has changed. And Mark Twain sounds like your boring grandmother talking about the good ol' days. Not something you want to read a lot about. I couldn't wait for the book to be over. And I merely skimmed the appendices, although appendix D was not too bad--it contained a supposed Indian legend about a giant bear. It almost sounds like something out of the Mahabarata--seems like a fantastical Hindu tale rather than American Indian lore. In fact, I might go back and re-read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rachel | 2/10/2014

    " This is the first Twain I have read that is nonfiction. And I didn't realize it was until I began reading. It is so great! He makes a topic I could care less about so fascinating. I love his word usage. It feels like he is having a conversation with you. It really makes the 1800's seem not so different from the 21st century. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Aaron | 2/4/2014

    " Twain on the river as a kid. Twain back on the river again as a sneaky pete writer. I wanted to like this book, which is why, I suppose, I hung in for 350-odd pages before setting it aside. The book is entertaining intermittantly and occasionally sharp and funny but it meanders. I should probably have my keyboard revoked for using the word 'meander' in a review about a book about a river, but clearly I can't help myself. Seriously, tho, Twain needed an editor with a heavy hand for this one. "

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