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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:
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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.”


  • “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.”


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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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