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Mark Twain Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Mark Twain (Unabridged), by Geoffrey C. Ward
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.1 (187 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Geoffrey C. Ward Narrator: Bill Meisle Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ernest Hemingway called Huckleberry Finn the best book we've ever had. There was nothing before. There's been nothing as good since. Critical opinion of this book hasn't dimmed since Hemingway uttered these words. Mark Twain was the most famous American of his day, and remains in ours the most universally revered American writer.

From Ken Burns, Geoffrey Ward, and Dayton Duncan (authors of Jazz, Lewis and Clark, Baseball and The Civil War) comes this audio companion to the PBS film of the same name. It pulls together material from a variety of published and unpublished sources. It examines not merely Twain's justly famous novels, stories, travelogues, and lectures, but also his diaries and letters. The authors take us from Samuel Langhorne Clemens' boyhood in Hannibal, Missouri, to his time as a riverboat worker - when he adopted the sobriquet Mark Twain.

Twain believed that The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven. This paradox fueled his hilarity and lay at the core of this irreverent yet profoundly serious author. With essays by Russell Banks, Jocelyn Chadwick, Ron Powers, and John Boyer, as well as an interview with actor and frequent Twain portrayer Hal Holbrook, this audio provides a full and rich portrayal of the first figure of American letters.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Ales D | 10/29/2013

    " What an extraordinary life! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by § Rosie § | 7/27/2013

    " For non-fiction, it was really good. I just don't much like non-fiction... :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Stephen Murley | 6/30/2013

    " one ofthe best Twain biographies! Worth the time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by elscorcho | 11/2/2012

    " this book was awesome. I will never think of MT the same way again! "

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