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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (697,288 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Huckleberry Finn, rebel against school and church, casual inheritor of gold treasure, rafter of the Mississippi, and savior of Jim the runaway slave, is the archetypal American maverick.

Fleeing the respectable society that wants to “sivilize” him, Huck Finn shoves off with Jim on a rhapsodic raft journey down the Mississippi River. The two bind themselves to one another, becoming intimate friends and agreeing “there warn’t no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don’t. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft.”

As Huck learns about love, responsibility, and morality, the trip becomes a metaphoric voyage through his own soul, culminating in the glorious moment when he decides to “go to hell” rather than return Jim to slavery.

Mark Twain defined classic as “a book which people praise and don’t read”; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a happy exception to his own rule. Twain’s mastery of dialect, coupled with his famous wit, has made Huckleberry Finn one of the most loved and distinctly American classics ever written.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John | 2/18/2014

    " Re-read for a book group, for first time since high school. The antics are familiar, but what I couldn't appreciate in high school was the poetry. Floating down a raft on the Mississippi is a powerful fantasy, and there are sublime passages. I didn't know I would find that this time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah Schirle | 2/17/2014

    " I finished reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain for school and I really enjoyed it. I had always heard references made about this American classic, so I was excited to see why it had achieved that status. The reasons are very clear. It tells a different story about slavery and how an innocent child sees the truth behind it. Huck, an uneducated child, and Jim, a runaway slave, travel together on a journey to officially free Jim. Throughout their journey, they form a great friendship. I did like the different aspect that Mark Twain took the story to. During the time period, it would be an odd friendship between a white boy and a black slave. Even now it is an unusual friendship considering the difference in age. I did not really enjoy the vernacular Twain used because it is very different from the way people speak now. Back then, ordinary people spoke like that but now it is very difficult to read it unless it is read out loud. I would still recommend the book to others because it is a truly American book. It is written in a very American style with a deep and important meaning. The main conflicts in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are man versus society and man versus self. Society tells Huck that black people are a certain way and they should be treated differently and not as equals. Throughout the book, Huck struggles with ideas towards race and what it all means to him. Eventually he decides that the person within is more important than their outer appearance. Twain’s writing style is very different. He writes very informally due to his character’s personality. Huck is an uneducated teenager so he talks like it in the story. Twain’s diction is very specific to the time period and person. When slavery was common practice, it was not unusual to hear the word “n*****”, so Huck uses the word multiple times. “Well, one thing was dead sure, and that was that Tom Sawyer was in earnest, and was actuly going to help steal that n***** out of slavery. That was the thing that was too many for me. Here was a boy that was respectable and well brung up; and had a character to lose…” (Twain 233). Twain was not afraid to use improper grammar and misspelled words to make his characters more realistic. Twain’s message from the book is definitely look beyond what you see. Huck was able to get past the color of Jim’s skin to see the great man that was neglected underneath. Twain wanted people to look beyond race and view social norms in a new way and maybe cause them to change their mind. The main example of this is Huck’s journey throughout the book and how he changes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sara K | 2/16/2014

    " hannah im sorry but i think this book is like boring! i read like 2 chapters and i fell asleep but its kinda okay at the same time because its a classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jason Sullivan | 2/15/2014

    " Possibly the greatest story ever told. "

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