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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (232,627 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781455190447
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Who could forget the pranks, the adventures, the sheer fun of Tom Sawyer? From Tom’s sly trickery with the whitewashed fence to his and Becky Thatcher’s calamities in Bat Cave, the enjoyment never ends.

Just what did boys do in a small town during the mid-1800s, a time when there were no televisions, no arcades, and no videos? They whitewashed fences, floated down rivers, traded marbles, formed secret societies, smoked pipes, and, on occasion, managed to attend their own funerals. Yes, they may have been a bit mischievous, but as Aunt Polly said of Tom when she believed him to be dead, “He was the best-hearted boy that ever was.” Aunt Polly’s sentiments reveal one of Mark Twain’s cardinal philosophies: In this deceitful and infirm world, innocence can be found only in the heart of a boy.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a humorous and nostalgic book depicting the carefree days of boyhood in a small Midwestern town. The characters are based on Twain’s schoolmates and the town, Hannibal, Missouri, is where Twain grew up.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gardner’s reading of Twain’s classic convinces us why certain titles remain in the pantheon of must-reads (and must-listens). Gardner’s resonant tones roll over the rich, extensive vocabulary, almost as if Twain himself were telling the story. He reads the varying country dialects in a natural manner, conveying Tom’s spunkiness and quick wit…the delightful audio enables kids to enjoy this compelling tale, which might seem daunting in book form.”

    Booklist

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

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “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

  • “Confirms the profoundest wishes of the heart.”

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

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has the truth of honesty—what it says about things and feelings is never false and always both adequate and beautiful.”

    Lionel Trilling, American literary critic

  • “Twain intended his novel not just as a book for the young, but as a piece of nostalgia for the young at heart…Gardner’s performance is designed to realize Twain’s intent…He makes listeners pay attention to the words as well as the action. It’s a relatively quiet reading—homey—as if told in retrospect by one’s grandfather…His forte is interpretation.”

    KLIATT

  •   AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenn Prebilic | 2/20/2014

    " I read this recently as part of the anthology of Twain's novels. I liked it overall -- in some ways it is better than The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn even though I like the character of Tom Sawyer less than Huck. It was nostalgic to me in a couple of ways -- I read it before long ago and I also used to sneak out of my house at night as a kid and have adventures. So it was a nice read that took me back to childhood. "

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

    " Mark Twain is the first author I discovered as a young reader. I read all of his books before I graduated from high school. The beautiful thing about Twain is that when retreading him, at different ages, the books continue to speak to you. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cassie | 2/6/2014

    " I like other Twain writings, just not Tom and Huck. The vernacular is very hard to read and the story just doesn't interest me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alina | 2/4/2014

    " A classic adolescence coming of age story that I read in not only the 4th grade, but the 6th. A staple in American literature. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelsey | 1/16/2014

    " A well-written book, but more suited towards boys. I did not care for this edition: while it was packed with facts and illustrations, the marginalia distracted from the actual text and could be overwhelming in the reader's peripheral vision. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristal Cooper | 1/15/2014

    " Like most kids, I read this in high school English class and, like most kids, I could take it or leave it. Well, I'm glad I decided to pick it up again! Only now can I appreciate what an artist Mark Twain was. It took me a while to get through the book because I kept stopping to savor great lines and scenes. Just awesome! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 June Diano | 1/11/2014

    " First Few Books I've Read. I was totally amazed back then. I'm hoping to reread. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/8/2014

    " Not as great as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but Mark Twain's humor and storytelling abilities make it a classic read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn't want to put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 10/27/2013

    " My very first book at the age of nine, bought by my Dad. I first fell in love watching the Japanese cartoons, but reading it was a lot different. It was an adventure. Very intriguing and captivating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nmsbay | 10/22/2013

    " Mark Twain really is brilliant! I loved this! I think anyone who has a little boy should read this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Roberts | 10/10/2013

    " Sharing some laughs at Tom Sawyer's expense with my 12, 10, and 7 yo's. What a great adventure story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 towner77 | 1/24/2013

    " Dude goes to his own funeral, always wanted to do that. Great book. See my review of the Huckleberry Finn book. I read them back to back in summer 2010 after it had been 40+ years since my 6th grade teacher had read them to us in school. Still great... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri Morgan | 1/8/2013

    " I've been listening to a Teaching Company course on American literature and the most recent lecture was on Tom Sawyer. Which reminded me how much I love this book. I've probably read it half a dozne times and discover something new with each reading. Guess that's why it's a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharlene | 11/26/2012

    " I have read this classic a couple of times. I love the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Destin | 9/5/2012

    " It was pretty good. The best part was the ending. You never expected what was going to happen next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Worden | 8/19/2012

    " This was one of my favorite books as a kid and a great book to get a feel of American history during the 1930s and 1940s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 5/24/2012

    " This was a short, abridged audio CD on 1 CD. The story itself is a great Classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Neville | 5/15/2012

    " Great fun, in a sort of inattentive, episodic sort of a way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey Allen | 5/4/2012

    " Cute, displays the imagination of boys so well! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 1/18/2012

    " Ahh... The antics. The superstitions... Pirates... Twain's sarcasm. I love this book. So fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roland | 1/12/2012

    " Book nails the mentality of youth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karon | 6/3/2011

    " Enjoyed reading this book....first time since grammar school.,so refreshed my memory. Will have to read Adventures of Huck Finn now "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael J. Bourgault | 6/2/2011

    " Reading the Barnes & Noble Classics Series edition. (Note: only 267 pages in this edition) I had forgotten much of this novel. The parts I could remember were from the movie I had seen years ago. Enjoyed rereading this book once again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 5/23/2011

    " I wanted Tom and Huck in my life as a kid. They were real to me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marina | 5/22/2011

    " Eh... I found it annoying "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wes | 5/20/2011

    " I like this more than Huck Finn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ingrid | 5/19/2011

    " I found this book very funny and entertaining. Although most of my friends disagree with me, I thought this was a great book, especially when you're just in the mood to relax and have a good time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sanket | 5/18/2011

    " Not as good as Huck Finn. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tony | 5/18/2011

    " i mean its a childrens book, amusing at times but i think overrated as a "classic" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 5/16/2011

    " The antics of young boys can be very funny and entertaining
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CJ | 5/15/2011

    " Very hard to follow!!!
    This is the only book I know which the movie is wayy better "

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

    " Long live Mark Twain. He is so witty and charming in his writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 5/14/2011

    " Great Literature! Funny boys--make me laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Navita | 5/14/2011

    " Tom Sawyer is mischivou kid that likes to bribe others for his own personal gain. Along the way the have mini adventure.
    This book explored the mind of a child that was unpredictable.

    Theme:
    -Innocence
    -Being yourself
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clayton | 5/11/2011

    " Classic Twain with great and imaginative stories and anecdotes, Tom Sawyer is the boy you wish you were . . . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vincent | 5/11/2011

    " Exciting, very suspenseful, with every random little event connecting to other events with a smooth flow. "

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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

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.