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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,359 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Peter Joyce Publisher: Assembled Stories Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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Puddn'head Wilson is Mark Twain's novel of satirical wit aimed at the injustices in the southern states of America in the mid-19th century. It tells the story of two children, one born free, the other a slave. When the slaves' mother, Roxana, switches the infants in their cradles she is not the only one who lives to regret the action. The tale has many facets to it. It is a murder mystery, a social commentary on the manners and beliefs of the time and a detective novel.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/20/2014

    " Pudd'nhead Wilson books are my favorite Mark Twain stories! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nitanews | 2/18/2014

    " A more serious novel about two boys--one who is white and the other who has just a drop of slave blood--who are switched by their caretaker when they are just babies. So, is the savegry of slavery in the blood or is it environmental? I wouldn't want to ruin it for you... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 2/16/2014

    " There really is a reason that some authors are famous. Mark Twain is an amazing writer. Reading sometimes feels like such a luxury. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 2/15/2014

    " well, i pretty much love mark twain. this book is so amazing. it basically shows people how idiotic they are for not trusting the "new" procedure of fingerprinting. i won't tell you more; read it, it's amazing! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben | 2/12/2014

    " It was fine. It was Twain. I got bored with the chicanery and moved on to other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 2/10/2014

    " Not quite a typical Twain book of humorous satire. This one is more of a social awareness of slavery and reconstruction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Avery | 1/21/2014

    " I never realized how awesome a writer Twain was until I finished this novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristine | 1/15/2014

    " I prefer Pudd'nhead Wilson to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The idea of the slaveowner's son and the slave's son switched as babies is rich ground. However, I think that Pudd'nhead Wilson feels incomplete, that the story had only just begun when it abruptly ended. Rather than have it end on its ironic and tragic endnote, I think Mark Twain could have written a much more intriguing story by either fleshing out the characters who are virtually ignored--for example, the true Tom Driscoll who lived his life as the slave, Chambers--or by continuing the story where it ends. I want to know what happens to these characters after their lives have been upended. And what about the other relationships? What kind of relationship does Roxy have with the false Chambers? Why is it easy for her to go off and work on the riverboats and leave the son she raised as her own? And why's it called Pudd'nhead Wilson when he's barely a character in the story until the end? I think Mark Twain took the easy way out, but there is still a lot of pith to this story--Roxana being the most well-written character, a black slave who gives up her son so he will never be sold down the river; the false Tom, a slave switched as a baby to be raised as the master's white son, overindulged and privileged, he becomes a thief and a murderer, and David Wilson's interest in fingerprinting makes for a dramatic courtroom scene. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Cantor | 1/10/2014

    " This book is all about names and naming! Going to be a key text in my dissertation! Awe...Pudd'nhead! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacques Bromberg | 12/3/2013

    " I really liked this story of mistaken identity, though I don't think it's Twain's best work. His characters are (as always) very memorable and entertaining, but the plot is a little predictable (even facile). Were we supposed to sympathize with "Tom"? With Roxy? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 11/30/2013

    " It was very well written and very funny and a great example of irony! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Finney Jean Soda | 9/26/2013

    " What do I have to do to get the Coen brothers to make a film of this book? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 9/11/2013

    " Entertaining, but not my favorite Twain. I had fun writing a paper about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Eason-barnes | 6/17/2013

    " Love this book. Far ahead of its time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Murphy | 2/24/2013

    " Not many authors can make me laugh out loud, but Mark Twain makes me laugh out loud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeane | 12/14/2012

    " I really love the way Mark Twain can weave a story. Some people say this book was one of the worst he's written, but I really liked it. The part of Those Extraordinary Twins was a little odd, but that's okay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lani | 10/10/2012

    " First time in forever that I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to se what happened next. I loved this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 9/3/2012

    " Flawless style, much wit, all to be expected of Twain. But the story took a twist that threw me off because it didn't seem to mesh with what had gone before. However, extremely original and entertaining, especially for being ahead of its time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moonyeen Whitaker | 7/7/2012

    " My favorite Mark Twain book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 6/10/2012

    " Quite possibly my favorite Twain fiction. I will make a script adaptation for the Coen Brothers someday. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoyed any of Twain's fictions or any of the Coen Brothers films (specifically Raising Arizona). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candice | 1/26/2012

    " Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) my be the damn nearest thing to witty perfection. Obsessed with twins. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 11/26/2011

    " I love and recommend everything by Twain, but I have only mentioned a few of my favorites on my Classics shelf. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacob hurt | 10/9/2011

    " This book was ok. I tend to think that Mark Twain is a long-winded author, and I often lose interest in his stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy P. | 7/2/2011

    " An often over-looked short novel by Mark Twain. A very interesting commentary on race, visual markers of race, and culture. A short read that should be a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 6/26/2011

    " Funny! I like the humor. "

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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.