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Download Mark Twain Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (187 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Geoffrey C. Ward Narrator: Bill Meisle Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2002 ISBN:
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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 It pulls together material from a variety of published and unpublished sources.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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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 § 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 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 elscorcho | 11/2/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 6/6/2012

    " Learned a lot and liked the guy reading in Mark Twain's voice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Apa3117 | 2/12/2012

    " This book has excerpts of Twain's letters to his mother, photos of his Hawaii years, and information about this brilliant writer that I've never before encountered, even though I've read most of his writing. What a treasure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 1/11/2012

    " Very well done. What an amazing person Mark Twain was. While reading, I was reminded of all the personal loss and pain he endured, yet he kept moving forward. I'm profoundly grateful for the way in which he spoke out against slavery. What he has written is still timely for us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn | 5/13/2011

    " The Ron Powers book was better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 3/28/2011

    " still reading about my favorite author "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roy | 4/11/2010

    " reading 4 my summer skool hw...... its boring "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Apa3117 | 11/19/2009

    " This book has excerpts of Twain's letters to his mother, photos of his Hawaii years, and information about this brilliant writer that I've never before encountered, even though I've read most of his writing. What a treasure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 § Rosie § | 9/19/2009

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roy | 7/23/2009

    " reading 4 my summer skool hw...... its boring "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 elscorcho | 9/30/2008

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 9/15/2008

    " Very well done. What an amazing person Mark Twain was. While reading, I was reminded of all the personal loss and pain he endured, yet he kept moving forward. I'm profoundly grateful for the way in which he spoke out against slavery. What he has written is still timely for us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 8/4/2007

    " Learned a lot and liked the guy reading in Mark Twain's voice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 6/27/2007

    " still reading about my favorite author "

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About the Author
Author Geoffrey C. Ward

Geoffrey C. Ward, historian and screenwriter, is the author of nineteen books, including A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Francis Parkman Prize, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He has written or cowritten many documentary films, including The War, The Civil War, Baseball, The West, Mark Twain, Not for Ourselves Alone, and Jazz.