This superb reading by voice actor Patrick Fraley is rich in the color and adventurous frontier spirit of the Mississippi River, capturing the world and people that Mark Twain knew and loved. Author and reader together provide genius-level storytelling that combines youthful escapades with an important social message.
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"All modern American literature comes from [this] one book by Mark Twain...it's the best book we've had." (Ernest Hemingway)
"Superb reading of Mark Twain's masterpiece"
Patrick Fraley's reading - or rather performance - of this masterpiece is utterly delightful. Particularly for British audiences, hearing Twain being read in the 'correct' accents is an even better treat than reading him. Fraley has a wonderful facility for bringing each character, even the minor ones, to life; and is a totally convincing Huck Finn. One of the best audio books I have heard. Pure, timeless entertainment (although you have to get used to the fact that the book is set in a time when slavery was regarded as normal - and then you realise how humane Mark Twain was).
"Brilliant but not PC"
Pat Frawley's performance of this book is outstanding. The story is simple, interesting and beautifully written. As a long time member of Audible I now have a collection of over 100 books, but this is the only book that I have listened to again immediately after the first listening. For the sensitive listener this book, published in 1884, is not particularly politically correct as the so called 'N' word is used 219 times. So don't be shocked.
Touching and captivating.
"Excellent reading of a classic adventure"
Nothing needs to be said about the book itself - a classic kid's adventure, but with something for a reader of any age, and ahead of its time with Huck's own attitude to race and individuals. But the reading itself adds tremendously to the book. The language and dialect comes alive in Patrick Fraley's excellent rendition. Thoroughly enjoyable.
"Not crazy about the reader."
The story and language themselves are great, of course, but I was less than impressed with the performance of the reader, unfortunately. He seemed detached from the story and the events, and it seemed to me he was forcing the accent and colloquialisms.
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