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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Paul Newman Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Here is the story of Tom, Huck, Becky, and Aunt Polly; a tale of adventures, pranks, playing hookey, and summertime fun. Written by the author sometimes called "the Lincoln of literature," The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was surprisingly neither a critical nor a financial success when it was first published in 1876. It was Mark Twain's first novel. However, since then Tom Sawyer has become his most popular work, enjoying dramatic, film, and even Broadway musical interpretations. 
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Quotes & Awards

  • “The hero is one of the most endearing in literature.” 

    Daily Telegraph (London) 

  • “Confirms the profoundest wishes of the heart.” 

    Christopher Morley, American journalist, novelist, essayist, and poet 

  • “More than a book for boys, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, with its rich native humor and shrewd observations of human character, is an idyll of American village life, of that quiet age that had already vanished when Mark Twain re-created St. Petersburg from memories of his own boyhood...[Twain’s] service as delightful entertainment to generation of American youngsters is equaled only by his influence on such twentieth-century admirers as Gertrude Stein, William Faulkner, and Ernest Hemingway.”

    Masterpieces of World Literature

Listener Reviews

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Paige Johnson | 2/20/2014

    " Just read it with the boys for the first time. I think I read most of it before but it's such a familiar tale that it's hard to know for sure. Really struggled with Tom's character but the writing and Huck got us through it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Hong | 2/19/2014

    " dont remember anything of it... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Joana M | 2/19/2014

    " Gostei muito! Agora quero ler "As Aventuras de Huckleberry Finn" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Isai | 2/17/2014

    " I great option as light reading. "

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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

Paul Newman is an award-winning actor and director. He has starred in dozens of motion pictures including Cool Hand Luke, The Sting, and Mr. and Mrs. Bridge. Among the films he has directed are The Glass Menagerie, Harry and Son, and Rachel, Rachel.