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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,105 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Michael Anthony Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Mark Twain’s daughter, Susy, wrote: “Papa…doesn’t like to go to church at all, why I never understood, until just now, he told us the other day that he couldn’t bear to hear any one talk but himself, but that he could listen to himself talk for hours without getting tired, of course he said this in joke, but I’ve no dought [sic] it was founded on truth.”—from the book

Here is one of the great autobiographies of the English language: exuberant, wonderfully contemporary in spirit, written by a man twice as large as life, who—he said so himself—had no trouble remembering everything that had ever happened to him, and a lot of things besides.

Nothing ever happened to Mark Twain in a small way. His adventures were invariably fraught with drama. Success and failure for him were equally spectacular. And so he roared down the years, feuding with publishers, being a sucker for inventors, always learning wisdom at the point of ruin and always relishing the absurd spectacle of humankind, whom he regarded with a blend of vitriol and affection.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A book filled with richnesses of humor and tragedy of disappointment and triumph, of sweetness and bitterness, and all in that unsurpassed American prose.”

    New York Herald Tribune Book Review

  • “It is worth reading because the man is in it.”

    Saturday Review

  • “Magnificently alive.”

    Library Journal

  • “The book is pleasing and will invite readers to learn more of this great man of letters who was sensitive to the comic and the tragic of his times.”

    Wisconsin Library Bulletin

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Neil | 2/17/2014

    " THIS BOOK WAS SO GREAT, you can hear his voice as you read it. It so affected me that I began speaking like the author for weeks after reading the book. I also bought a white seersucker suit. My girlfriend doesn't get it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dirk | 2/14/2014

    " I had to stop reading this one half way through. I got the feeling this was Mark Twain's last joke on the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ethan | 2/2/2014

    " On receiving the news of his daughter's death: "It is one of the mysteries of our nature that a man, all unprepared, can receive a thunder-stroke like that and live. There is but one reasonable explanation of it. The intellect is stunned by the shock and but gropingly gathers the meaning of the words. The power to realize their full import is mercifully wanting. The mind has a dim sense of vast loss -- that is all. It will take mind and memory months and possibly years to gather the details and thus learn and know the whole extent of the loss. A man's house burns down. The smoking wreckage represents only a ruined home that was dear through years of use and pleasant associations. By an by, as the days and weeks go on, first he misses this, then that, then the other thing. And when he casts about for it he finds that it was in that house. Always it is an essential -- there was but one of its kind. It cannot be replaced. It was in that house. It is irrevocably lost. He did not realize that it was an essential when he had it; he only discovers it now when he finds himself balked, hampered, by its absence. It will be years before the tale of lost essentials is complete, and not till then can he truly know the magnitude of his disaster." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by JR | 1/31/2014

    " introduction and referencing was long and dull (probably 200 pages worth)...once the book got into the rhythm of Twain's daily musings, it became fun and interesting. "

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