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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Mark F. Smith

11 Hours 36 Minutes


June 2007

Audio Book Summary

In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain creates an entertaining adventure of Middle America in the 1800's - afloat on a raft on the Mississippi River. Huck escapes his civilized life when he arranges his own "murder" and turns back into the backwoods, downriver yokel he started as, and in the process springing a slave, Jim, from bondage.

Huck and Jim experience life as a series of tableaus as the river sweeps them through small towns on their way South. At each stop, Huck engages his talent for mixing fact with bald-faced lies to endlessly get himself out of situations... and of course, putting him into others!

Much has been written about the statement Twain is making about slavery in this book, but it's really secondary to the story. The facts of how black people were treated in this period give Huck and Jim their license for life on the run. Modern listeners will be intrigued by the unencumbered life of the pair; they make do with coffee, fish from the river, and little else (but of course, when they do need something extra, they don't mind helping themselves to it without recourse to money!)

Huck and Jim have run-ins with desperados and family feuds and even manage to get run down by a steamboat. The adventures ratchet up when they are joined on the raft by a self-proclaimed "duke" and a "king" - shysters both, who spend their time in figuring how to fleece the public in the little river towns. And when Jim is captured and threatened with being sent back into slavery, Huck enlists his old buddy Tom Sawyer in a frenzied, desperate, and terribly funny rescue.

I had to clip a lot of laughing from this recording at Twain's sly, catch-'em-when-they're-not-looking humor, but you can feel free to enjoy some good belly laughs at this crew of lovable rapscallions!

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  • Carolyn M.

    too...mon-a-tone ...but a classic all the same...the reader put me to sleep every time....lost track of place & story line, way too much.

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  • Heidi Von Graevenitz

    Excellent story and excellently told. Mark Smith does a great job. And Mark Twain is a master. His comments on American society still hold. And I\'ll sure miss Huck Finn? What? No sequel?! Much obliged.

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  • Anonymous

    It's The Adventures of Huck Finn for crying out loud! Of course it was fantastic! Haven't you already read it? Now it's great to be able to have someone read it to you!

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  • Anonymous

    This was a great story, I am going to read / listen to all the old classics stories and this was on my list, I really enjoyed it. It was a window into old America, great story and as a boy I would have also thought a wee bit like Huck and Tom.

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  • Earle J.

    Outdated. I’m a white male, born in South Georgia in the 1940’s. Didn’t make it through the first chapter. The use of the N word is repulsive.

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  • Mona Kita

    Mark F Smith always does a terrific job but goes above and beyond with his accents and spirited reading of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" there is so much social and political truth in Mark Twain's writing. Loved listening to this refresher course in American values and truths.

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  • Scrappy

    Great read.

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  • Anonymous

    I loved Marks Smith's voice which took me straight into that world. Twain makes Huck a truly moral young being who considers himself wicked beyond redemption but does the right thing even when believing it to be th wrong thing by the mores of the time. I read this so many decades ago, I had only the vaguest memories and was delighted by the drive and engagement, the unfolding plot, with all its side episodes and casual social commentary. Twain makes the case against slavery with light handed humour and pathos. I loved it. Not being American, this is a very different 19 th century read, but for me it is right up there with Trollope and Dickens for beautifully drawn social satire.

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  • Anonymous

    Great book with a great narrator

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