The fascinating life of storyteller and humorist Mark Twain is revealed in this one-man performance based on Twain's writings. The early years of Samuel Clemens, the Mississippi River experiences, and his move to the silver mining area of Nevada are portrayed by exuberant actor McAvoy Layne; some of the most famous tales, from "The Blue Jay Yarn" to "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" are woven into the history of this most colorful author. Amusing stories from "Letters from the Sandwich Islands" and questions from the live audience conclude this delightful performance.
©1995 McAvoy Layne; 2010 BBC Audio
"Twain's humor is always droll. (On the topic of polygamy he reminds us that the Bible says 'No man shall serve two masters.') Layne, who compiled this one-man show from Twain's writings, has just the right touch to bring this legendary author alive. And the audience laughter and interaction from this 1995 performance help the audio experience." (AudioFile)
Layne's narration is brilliant. Close your eyes and you could be in a clapboard homestead on the banks of the Mississippi having Sam Cemens entertaining your dinner guests. The droll vignettes of Twain's life left me with a 'wry smile' that lasted all day.
"Performed like stand up comedy! Excellent!"
Excellent performance! The read's voice, comedic timing, and audience laughter makes you feel like you are truly at one of Mark Twain's talks. After listening to more modern comedians, I didn't expect to laugh as hard to an old writer, but I was constantly laughing at his blunt remarks and reminiscences. Twain is truly an icon ahead of his time in matters dealing with sex, race, religion, etc. The audience Q & A at the end was great!
Interestingly, my interest in becoming reacquainted with Twain's work began while I was listening to a murder mystery novel by James Patterson (Alex Cross series). The story dealt with post-civil war lynchings. Two of the characters went to a live performance by Twain and remarked on the deep hilarity of his talks. I can relate to their experience. :)
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