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1.75 out of 51.75 out of 51.75 out of 51.75 out of 51.75 out of 5 1.75 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A return trip down the Mississippi River to Uncle Silas’ farm is just the beginning of a yarn that includes Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, a diamond heist, a confidence man, twins, a murder, and enough twists and turns to satisfy an avid mystery fan. A sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Tom Sawyer Abroad, this is Mark Twain’s satirical take on the immensely popular detective novels of the time. As Tom attempts to solve a mysterious murder, Mark Twain examines the social customs, legal system, and family expectations of the time as only he could. Once a staple of juvenile fiction, then banned as politically incorrect, Twain’s forgotten classic brings to life its time and place.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[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 on Mark Twain

  • “A careful and conscious artist, Twain became a master of the technical devices of exaggeration, irreverence, and deadpan seriousness; sensitive to the sound of language, he introduced colloquial speech into American fiction.”

    Reader’s Encyclopedia on Mark Twain

  • “[Mark Twain’s] best work is not only classic humorous writing but a graphic picture of the nineteenth-century American scene.”

    Chambers Biographical Dictionary on Mark Twain

  • “Twain’s…novels are not politically correct. They do, however, reflect the time in which they were written, the nineteenth century, and give humorous asides about all manner of topics.”

    SoundCommentary.com on Mark Twain

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Peter Bosson | 2/6/2014

    " Another one of the lost Tom Sawyer books. This one is better than the other, Tom Sawyer Abroad, though only slightly. This one takes place in familiar settings to the first two books which helps makes it feel more like a genuine Tom Sawyer tale. This book has some great moments showing off the cleverness of Tom, especially the ending. Huck Finn is basically just the narrator this time and doesn't add much to the story. I wish that Twain has fleshed out the story because the idea of Tom as a detective and then later a lawyer is a great one. As a fan of Twain's it was a fun (and short) read but it is easy to see why it isn't remembered as fondly as his other books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Karsten | 1/22/2014

    " Kind of like the Ernest Scared Stupid of American lit. You know, if Ernest had ever been an icon of American boyhood, exemplar of imagination and hijinks, and my childhood hero when he went to camp. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Eric | 1/21/2014

    " Not one of Twain's most interesting books. Kind of dry reading. Only interesting during the climax and ending of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathy | 12/17/2013

    " Not much depth or social commentary. Light, fun reading for a summer afternoon. Warning: as in other Twain books, several instances of the N-word. "

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