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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (696,791 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Patrick Fraley Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2000 ISBN: 9781482975246
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One of the greatest treats in all world literature, this masterpiece from Mark Twain is revolutionary. It offers both brilliant humor and tragedy as Huck and Jim explore moral dilemmas of slavery and freedom. Huck, the narrator, is shrewd, ingenious, and literal—he reports on everything he sees, which allows the listener to experience the hypocrisy of “sivilization.” This superb reading by Patrick Fraley is rich in the color and adventurous spirit of the Mississippi River. It captures the world and people that Mark Twain knew and loved.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. It’s the best book we’ve had.”

    Ernest Hemingway

  • “Patrick Fraley’s sensational reading of this American classic…should be recognized as an audio classic in its own right. Fraley recreates Huck, Jim, and the rest of the gang flawlessly, using an elastic voice, perfect diction, and bubbling enthusiasm. He has mastered the many dialects of this nineteenth-century text, making it easy to follow the story and appreciate Twain’s humor. Fraley also does some serious verbal gymnastics by changing character voices a half-dozen times within a two-minute span…[An] exceptional experience.”

    AudioFile

  • “A seminal work of American literature that still commands deep praise and still elicits controversy…[This book] is essential to the understanding of the American soul.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • An AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 2/7/2014

    " This was a very slow read for me...mostly because of the dialect I think, but I am glad I read it. It is a wonderful look at a time in history that will never be experienced again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip Gonzalez | 2/7/2014

    " good book for high school reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jawdat Deeb | 2/4/2014

    " Long time, since I was a child. I can still remmeber how funny was.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caleb Jenkins | 1/24/2014

    " A classic...but not my favorite. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christopher | 1/20/2014

    " Supposedly a satire, but it is more likely that this novel is given that attribute simply because people cannot accept the fact that Samuel Clements actually took the time to write a book about nothing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph Brown | 1/20/2014

    " One of the greatest works of fiction ever written, but very hard to swallow. The language and detection of old' Jim leaves one bewildered, because you can't believe that people talked or even were to treat people human beings as such. Property, less than desirable, lower than scum. How insulting can this book or story be? This book is great in reminding one that life shouldn't be about classification, castes, or position in the world. Life should be about helping one another reaching our fullest potential and mirroring that potential to inspire others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabella Mendicino | 1/18/2014

    " "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain is an awesome book and an interesting read! It's eye-opening to read a book filled of things I take for granted and common sense in the eyes of someone almost the opposite of me. Very good book. The only trouble I had was understanding some of the dialogue, in thought or words, because of the different way they talk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/17/2014

    " A bully read. Worth reading for the descriptions of life at the time and great characters. The storyline itself was uneven. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Holmes | 1/8/2014

    " I do love this book although now when I reread it I read the more complete edition from the University of California. Just to mention here, though is the introduction by Toni Morrison and the afterword by Victor Doyno. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annette | 1/4/2014

    " It was an interesting book, but i didn't really like it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny Teich | 1/3/2014

    " The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a very good book, and is also considered to be very important and representative of 19th century American society. Huck, the main character, is adventurous but at the same time naive about how his society works. It is good to have Huck's perspective, as the reader can learn about his world as he learns about it, and can also connect with Huck very well, and understand his thought processes. The book sends a message about how uncivilized people in Southern society were, ranging from families who locked themselves in a nonstop feud to foolish citizens who could not recognize their own family members. Often times Huck finds himself in difficult situations that expose his true character. Jim, as Huck's runaway slave partner, adds tension to the story (although it is difficult to understand what he says in his dialogue). One less good thing about this novel was the spots where major events are told very briefly, such as the King and Duke being tied up, as well as Jim suddenly being discovered to be free. But overall, Huck Finn is a very good book, and is a very important read for people who want to understand American society in the 1800s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Braedyn Cooper | 1/2/2014

    " I rated it a three star review because it wasn't the greatest but it wasn't the worst book ever, its hard to get a hold of at first cause the main character talks odd cause he is uneducated, but I caught up to it.... It's a good read and an easy read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arsenio Peraza | 12/26/2013

    " fantastic boys adventure set in the wild's of Mississippi. It's problem is the use of the N-word you have to remember that It was written in the early 20th century. Which does not excuses its use but trying to put into context. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alert Holtman | 12/24/2013

    " Exciting, have to get used to the language in the beginning though "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shadhah Shahid | 12/23/2013

    " I remember reading this as a kid and loving the idea of a little boy on the run from the adults who wanted him to change. Looking back now, I realise that this amazing book was about a little boy who had to grow up to face the harsh realities of the world, having great adventures along the way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 12/22/2013

    " The greatest American novel. (Even better than mine, I admit it!) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annette | 12/21/2013

    " It was an interesting book, but i didn't really like it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alfred Vanderbilt | 12/20/2013

    " Possibly the greatest wok of American literature. A wonderful book, as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikka Calindas | 12/17/2013

    " Charming and witty. Mark Twain at his finest. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alert Holtman | 12/16/2013

    " Exciting, have to get used to the language in the beginning though "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ysabel Lancaster | 12/11/2013

    " Once you got through the difficult dialogue an interesting and slightly uncomfortable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 12/8/2013

    " In my Top Ten Desert Island books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita Struyk | 11/13/2013

    " Read aloud to Eryn and JOnas. Difficult to read aloud but a wonderful story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 11/12/2013

    " I actually listened to the Audio version narrated by Elijah Wood. He does a wonderful job. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Malori Bezet | 11/9/2013

    " I hated this book. I did not care for the story and the dialect just made it worse. I know it's a praised classic, but it just didn't do anything for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 9/16/2013

    " Sometimes awesome. Sometimes drags. Nevertheless, an American classic. Only I don't like the part when Tom and Huck play tricks on Jim in the cabin. Breaks from the theme and really doesn't fit... but that's one man's opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cami | 9/5/2013

    " Droll. I know I supposed to love it as a writer and logically know Twain was an excellent storyteller, but I'm not a fan of Twain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherida | 8/29/2013

    " Who wouldn't like Mark Twain? Great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick Martine | 8/26/2013

    " Humorous and exciting,well worth reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arielle | 6/10/2013

    " Love Mark Twain. His wit and humor really make a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 6/3/2013

    " I highly enjoyed this book, surprisingly. Although the dialect was sort of hard to understand, especially when Jim was talking. However, I enjoyed how Mark Twain wrote in the vernacular. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Covina Bookstore | 5/8/2013

    " Not quite the great American Novel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie | 2/24/2013

    " a great classic, take the time to get used to the way it was written, and remember it was a long time ago... but I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Wilson | 2/17/2013

    " This book made me dislike Tom Sawyer way more than the book about Tom Sawyer. Such a frustrating last few chapters!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Quarnstrom | 11/4/2012

    " A fun and classic adventure on the Mississippi with lots of history and humor mixed in to make it enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynzi | 8/19/2012

    " The book was hard to follow and I really didn't enjoy it. It wasn't my type of book either. I usually enjoy fiction but this book wasn't what I thought it would be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MissLizBiz | 5/19/2012

    " A good book to read. Lots of symbolism. One of the best that a Teacher can make you read. I actually enjoyed reading it. A fun adventure. Everyone should read this once. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Squire | 3/5/2012

    " I've never been a Mark Twain fan, though i did like The Mysterious Stranger. I've read this book 7 times, but it was always as an assignment, never by choice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherida | 2/3/2012

    " Who wouldn't like Mark Twain? Great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/28/2012

    " By far and away this is Twain's best novel. It reveals so much of his own views on life and slavery as well as the views and truths that a healing nation didn't want to hear at the time and many don't want to hear now. To further understand this period of US history, this book is a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annalise | 12/26/2011

    " pretty good. i like huck's practicality and logic. so many historical references! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolina Valdez | 12/23/2011

    " Loved it! Lots of new words in my vocabulary... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Stergar | 11/3/2011

    " Very entertaining while still going into huge issues of life/history. Always loved Mr Twain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan Jensen | 9/15/2011

    " I listened to this as an audio podcast for free. Go to iTunes and search it out. Amazing to listen to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Sweet | 8/21/2011

    " One of the reasons I have never read Jane Smiley was for the tirade against this book that she went on in the 1980s. Yes, this novel has the N word in it. Yes it makes me uncomfortable to read it. Yes, this is simply one of the greatest American novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan K | 6/14/2011

    " I wasn't thrilled. I've read it before and thought the humor was dated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 5/22/2011

    " A thousand times better than Tom Sawyer (the character, that is). Adventures of Huckleberry Finn provides a mature look at race relations through the eyes of a young boy. This work is nothing short of great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 5/22/2011

    " I thought it was good but not great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judi | 5/21/2011

    " Maybe my expectations were too high. "

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

    " I Love Huck Finn because I love Mark Twain. Persons attempting to find pedo/homo erotic undertones in that will be shot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eva Anne | 5/17/2011

    " Dissected this one for English class. Sometimes, discussion takes all the charm out of a book. So do angry yet subtle attacks at Romanticism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 5/16/2011

    " Not quite as entertaining as Tom Sawyer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 5/15/2011

    " Read this one back in the 6th grade for an English assignment & still remember most of it to this day :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 5/14/2011

    " I think this was the first real novel I ever read, and I decided I wanted to be a writer. I also decided I wanted to sail a raft down the Mississippi River! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raffles | 5/14/2011

    " One of the greatest American novels. "

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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

Patrick Fraley has created voices for over four thousand characters, placing him among the top ten performers of all time to be cast in animated programs. He holds an MFA in acting from Cornell University and is the author of the only character-voice curriculum ever to be accredited at the university level.