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3.91111111111111 out of 53.91111111111111 out of 53.91111111111111 out of 53.91111111111111 out of 53.91111111111111 out of 5 3.91 (45 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Patrick Fraley Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN: 9781482975215
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The sun shines on Tom Sawyer. The idealized childhood of this fictional hero, based on Mark Twain’s own early life along the banks of the Mississippi, is filled with robust good humor and high-spirited adventures. Yet there is also an in-depth experience of the central South of the 1840s—its dialects, superstitions, and social values. While romping through fun-filled fantasy, Tom Sawyer shows how morally complicated real life can be. 

This reading of Tom Sawyer is especially notable for the virtuoso performance of actor Patrick Fraley. Crafting thirty-six authentic “voices” to represent the wide range of Twain’s delightful characters, Fraley proves his storytelling mastery. Hear why this is one of the world’s best-known and best-loved books, appealing to all ages.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “How fresh, how clever, how true [this reading] sounds. As narrator, Patrick Fraley has many virtues: a gift for voices and dialect, incredible and seemingly inexhaustible energy, an obvious and infectious delight in his material…he is never dull.”

    AudioFile

  • “In narrator Patrick Fraley, [Twain’s work] has found its most passionate voice. Many good unabridged readings of Tom Sawyer have already been recorded, but most are simply that: readings. Fraley’s performance is something more; in attempting to bring each character to life, his enthusiasm for the material is so palpable that the mere sound of his voice commands attention. A can’t-miss addition to all libraries.”

    Library Journal

  • “His clear, distinct, resolute voice is filled with a liveliness…in a reading to be enjoyed by all ages.”

    VOYA

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 2/20/2014

    " Second or third time read through. Read to two of my kids (ages 5 and 3). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 2/11/2014

    " After finally reading this book, it is obvious why it is a classic. The chapter; The Cat and The Painkiller made me laugh out loud "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 2/1/2014

    " I taught this novel so many years back when we did such things, and I loved it more every year. I think my kids loved it, too, because what's not to love about Mark Twain, and we had a ball with it. This book is so much deeper than most people see on the surface, and I'm certainly not going into all of that here. Every literary critic in America has been there, done that. But I can wax ethereal about "writing what you know" - from taking out the window jamb when you make your escape from a dead body in the dark in pure fear, as Samuuel Clemens really did and ultimately wove into this book, to writing in the classic beauty of the Mississippi River, complete with Jackson's Island, which has to be the small island out in the river east of Hannibal. Probably not the one we see now since floods have to have changed the scope of the land, but we can imagine it. To this day we refer to Tom Sawyer when we talk about getting people to do what we want to do without lifting a finger just as Tom did when painting the fence. I love this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vladimira Zhivkova | 1/15/2014

    " It was ok, not that great though. I don't even remember most of it. That means i didn't like it that much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aumogh Sengupta | 1/13/2014

    " Not so good but okay "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 12/14/2013

    " Another one you probably read growing up for an English class, but it so essential to the American canon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/11/2013

    " A fantastic book! It's fun and lovable, while at the same time having an actual plot. It's not too incredibly bright and happy, but still very enjoyable. Love it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan Agena | 12/8/2013

    " If it weren't for the fact that Tom Sawyer is such a detestable brat, I would have given this story a better rating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxanne | 12/8/2013

    " Wonderful book that I love! My all-time favourite part is when he manages to get all the others to believe that white-washing a fence is the most fun a child can have! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat Michaels | 12/2/2013

    " It has been over 20 years since I read this book. I found it more enjoyable now than I did as a 12 year old boy. Mark Twain has a wonderful voice throughout the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Collins | 11/14/2013

    " Very good but just not as good as Huckleberry Finn. I wish I had read them in reserve order. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Worden | 11/11/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Xd | 11/8/2013

    " I've read this far too man times to be healthy ... And I love it more and more each time!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roro Rymer | 10/22/2013

    " The book was hard to follow because of the dialogue. Other than that the book was enjoyable to read it always keeps you thinking and waiting for the next thing to happen. The book goes up and down with his emotions some times Tom is happy some time he is sad and it never stops changing rapidly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqueline | 8/30/2013

    " I liked the overall story of Tom Sawyer. There was just some parts of the book that were confusing to me though. This kept me from understanding the book better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 3/27/2013

    " It was a fun read. Too bad many of the references will be soon lost on young readers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 3/19/2013

    " Saving the fifth star for Huck Finn. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mandee | 3/9/2013

    " I got to 50% and was still bored, so I've quit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yuki | 1/6/2013

    " I once gave up reading because I thought boring, but this translation was wonderful enough to enjoy and finish reading. I remember I didn't like Tom Sawyer, and this time, I finally understood why I couldn't follow him when I was child. After all, he is provokingly clever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Velwizzie Ponvan | 11/14/2012

    " One of the best books for children. I've read a few chapters in the beginning as part of my English lessons, then read the whole book. Tom is naughty and brilliant, the way he does everything makes the book a fun read. So, for the ones who haven't read it yet, go ahead and enjoy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mo | 9/24/2012

    " Required reading in high school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 3/3/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Lessard | 11/7/2011

    " Isn't it clear as to why its a classic? Twain paints a vivid image of childhood mischief and fun I will always return to revel in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 10/30/2011

    " Read it 60 years ago and loved it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy Garces | 10/28/2011

    " I love this book I think that it is really interesting. The author uses very descriptive scenes and they are really interesting. And many sophisticated sentences. I love it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tommy | 10/22/2011

    " Very first book ever read by Mark Twain. Read Huckleberry Finn first so was already acquainted with Tom Sawyer. Good book although not exactly a page turner. Not politically correct either, but look how long ago it was written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Florin Pitea | 9/28/2011

    " Read it back in 1978, I think, and enjoyed it thoroughly - but I liked the sequel even more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brianna | 6/8/2011

    " lots of action but it's nice to have a teacher that explains a lot of stuff to us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeana | 6/8/2011

    " Ha ha ha--I loved Tom Sawyer. This whole book was really just silly and such a perfect summer read. I loved Tom's love interest Becky Thatcher, the guys messing around, Tom always tricking everyone. He was a great character and his "adventures" really were a lot of fun. "

  • 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

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.