Summary

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 is Hannibal, Missouri, the setting where he grew up. So, what did boys do in a small town during the mid-1800's, a time when there were no televisions, no arcades, and no videos? They whitewashed fences, floated 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 Twain's cardinal philosophies: in this deceitful and infirm world, innocence can be found only in the heart of a boy.
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5 out of 5 stars
By UlrikeDG on 29-10-13

A classic worth listening to!

What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A couple of my kids were reading Tom Sawyer for a book group, and they were having trouble with some of the slang and antiquated language. I purchased the audiobook for them, and it's much easier to understand this way than to read written words like "yaller" (yellow) and "off'n" (off of).

Audible has quite a few different versions of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. I picked this one because Grover Gardner was the narrator. I knew he wasn't bad, and there's nothing worse than a bad narrator. I actually liked his reading of Tom Sawyer better than I like his reading of the Vorkosigan Saga! His voice and inflection are a great fit for the story. If you're not sure which audio version of Tom Sawyer to purchase, I recommend this one.

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Sometimes classic books feel stiff or slow due to the changes in writing style. Tom Sawyer doesn't. It feels like someone could have written it yesterday. There's plenty of humor in it and a plot that keeps moving... with a few interesting detours. I never read Tom Sawyer in school, and I'm glad I did so now.

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5 out of 5 stars
By teammine on 20-02-12

Loved it...

My kids and I listened to Tom Sawyer together. Every time we had "dead air" we would all shout "Tom Sawyer" and grab the iPhone and listen. They loved it, I loved it (again--it was a favorite growing up) and we continue to talk about Tom and his shenanigans.

The performance was excellent--loved the accents and the personalities that were expressed by the reader.

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