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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (189 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: McAvoy Layne Publisher: AudioGO Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2004 ISBN:
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The Huck Finn of foreign correspondents provides a colorful account of old Honolulu, the island nobility, the City of Refuge on the Kona coast, and the active volcano of Kilauea. These selections of Mark Twain's newspaper dispatches are both charming and informative. The light touch of the great humorist is seldom missing as he reveals the loveliest fleet of islands that lie anchored in any ocean. This recording evokes the historical era with the eye of a verbal artist and the voice of the performing artist. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd Martin | 11/15/2013

    " Though written fairly early in his career as a way to pay for his trip to the islands, Letters from Hawaii exhibits Twain's forte for story telling and humor. There's also a bit of history mixed in, making it informative as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Micah KJ | 11/11/2013

    " Fun and weird. An interesting portrait of white colonialism in Hawaii circa the 1860's. Plus Twain is hilarious, so there's that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 10/27/2012

    " Must read! This is SC at his best! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tai Odunsi | 6/16/2012

    " missing the Twain wit here "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Thrift | 7/11/2011

    " Good, but not Twain's best travel writing. Must reread Innocents Abroad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 4/19/2011

    " A simply delightful read. Samuel Clemens' imaginative writing is lovely. I really really just enjoyed reading this. Recommended especially for anyone who's been to, going to, or just loves Hawaii. I laughed out loud quite a few times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christian | 12/7/2010

    " Mark Twain phoned it in on this one. He looked around at the changes happening in Hawaii and imagined what it was and wrote about both at the same time. The representations of Hawaiians in this book are not quite fair at times, but hey, it's Mark Twain; you can't tell if he's kidding or not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 12/20/2008

    " Interesting to read Twain's impressions of Hawaii while there experiencing the same things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 9/29/2008

    " His explanations of the customs of Hawaii reveal as much about his culture as those of Hawaii, and since many years have passed since his letters, both cultures are essentially foreign. It is fascinating for those who love history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 9/17/2008

    " Somewhat condescending towards the native Hawaiians, but still a delightful read that bears all the hallmarks of this great American humourist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 7/14/2008

    " A simply delightful read. Samuel Clemens' imaginative writing is lovely. I really really just enjoyed reading this. Recommended especially for anyone who's been to, going to, or just loves Hawaii. I laughed out loud quite a few times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 12/17/2007

    " Must read! This is SC at his best! "

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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

McAvoy Layne has performed as a Mark Twain impressionist from Piper’s Opera in Virginia City, Nevada, to Leningrad University in Russia. A specialist in Twain’s Western years, he is the author of the biography Hooked on Twain and portrays Twain in the Discovery Channel’s celebrated documentary The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.