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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Audiobook

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

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Publisher's Summary

Praise for Nick Offerman narrating Mark Twain:

“Offerman’s Illinois-raised voice and actor’s talent suit him ideally to channel Mark Twain.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“There’s something about his wry Midwestern merriment that aspires to Twainishness.” (Men’s Journal)

“It’s a melding of sardonic voices: Mark Twain, meet Nick Offerman.” (The Wall Street Journal)

With his trademark mirth and boundless charisma, actor Nick Offerman brought the loveable shenanigans of Twain's adolescent hero to life in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Now, in yet another virtuosic performance, the actor proves that despite being separated by a span of over a century, his connection to the author and his work is undeniable and that theirs is a timeless collaboration that should not be missed. Trading in the idyllic banks of Twain's Mississippi for medieval England, Offerman regales listeners with one of American literature's foremost satires and the author's most inventive and darkly funny pieces of fiction.

Hank Morgan is the archetype of modern man in 19th-century New England: adept at his trade as a mechanic, innovative, forward thinking. So when a blow to the head inexplicably sends him back in time 1300 years and places him in Camelot, instead of despair, he feels emboldened by the prospect placed before him and sets out to modernize and improve the lives of his fellow citizens. But, in order to do so, he'll need to contend with brash nobles, superstitious nincompoops, and a conniving, blowhard wizard.

While time travel has become a common trope in storytelling today, in Twain's time it was truly a novel idea; all the more imaginative when you consider how it's used for satirical effect. A thinly veiled critique of the political and social institutions that impede progress and a scathing condemnation of the naiveté that allows them to thrive, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court saw Twain's biting wit and sharp tongue honed to a fine point.

Told primarily through Hank's first-person perspective, Offerman effortlessly captures the Yankee's straightforward, matter-of-fact gruffness. Like Offerman - whose woodworking skills are the stuff of legend - Hank is a natural builder of things and his can-do, by-the-bootstraps spirit finds its vocal foil in Offerman's crisp delivery. But it's in Offerman's ability to convey the myriad characters and absurdities Hank faces that makes this an incomparable listening experience: the flowery embellishments and insane braggadocio of knights; the lilting, feathery sing-song of Clarence; the garrulous, long-winded pomp of the aristocracy; the old, dithering windbag pronouncements of Merlin. Offerman plays each of these with a humor and humanity that Twain himself would have enjoyed.

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    "Tedious and dispiriting"

    I thought I knew the story in essence but hadn't realised just how cynical Twain can be. This is not remotely the whimsical romp I had remembered from an old children's version and the Bing Grosby movie, but is rather a vehicle for the author's opinions on politics and especially established religion. He just goes on and on about it. There doesn't seem to be any aspect of the (mythical) Camelot that he likes. Everyone he meets is a fool, deluded by tradition and custom, in thrall to a perverse social system sustained by the Church. Even when you accept much of what he says at face value (the divine right of kings is an easy target), his monomania about it is wearing and there is very little humour to lighten the mood. The whole thing comes across like a pamphlet dressed up as a novel. It's like reading a 19th-century diatribe against cock-fighting.

    The reading is extremely good, so the problem is with the material rather than the production.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Max
    22/11/17
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    "Superb"

    Offerman is the perfect narrator for this book, I think his narration makes it for me!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • james galvin
    22/11/17
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    "I would give Nick Offerman 10 stars if I could"

    This book is Timeless. It is hard to believe that Mark Twain wrote this in 1889. It is all about capitalism, fraud, the effect of the church, and the ever present con artist. It may take place with the language and gallantry of the knights of the round table but it could be happening today. That is what makes him such a powerful writer. And to have it delivered by Nick Offerman just makes it MAGIC!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MOR Denver
    21/11/17
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    "For Twain Lovers Only"

    This is Twain at his satirical silliest. Nick Offerman is brilliant; no one does Twain better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John A. Ryan
    Rome, NY, USA
    20/11/17
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    "Nick Offerman and Mark Twain a great combination!"

    I mean what can you say about the book other than it's a classic. Nick Offerman contributes his special combination of arrogance and ignorance which were two of the author's specialties for a great balance. Mark would be proud 😋

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan N. Aragones
    Connecticut, USA
    17/11/17
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    "Early sci-fi"

    Always thought the story ended at the Solar eclipse but the best part comes after. Most time travel stories has the traveller avoid changing the past. Mark Twain does the opposite he does everything including telephones and trains. Nick Offerman has taken the place of Edward Herman as favorite narrator. His accents and women are perfect, no over the top or distracting

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  • Matt Paden
    14/11/17
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    "Ron Swanson and Mark Twain are a perfect match"

    I've almost finished reading this book, and I have to say, Nick Offerman's voice is the perfect delivery method for the story. He manipulates the common folk into believing he's a magician, introduces capitalism to the uneducated lords of the dark ages, and makes a fool out of just about everyone else. If you want a good, long, laugh, check out this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    09/11/17
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    "wow"

    This was by and far one of the best stories I have heard. Get it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bill in CT
    Augusta, GA
    08/11/17
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    "Not Bing Crosby"

    I must have been looking for the MGM movie version of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Unfortunately, Samuel Clemens did not write the screenplay.
    This was definitely a late 19th century diatribe against slavery and aristocracy, and in favor of bully democracy. All good, but not as light-hearted as I was hoping.
    Read it as if listening to Mark Twain spinning a tall tale. It has a good sample of his wit, as well as his biases. It is a long-winded yarn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tess
    SoMD
    06/11/17
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    "Nick Offerman Is Amazing!"

    They really did chose an amazing narrator for this story! He really brings it alive!

    AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    iraq
    05/11/17
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    "Love Arthur stories"

    Nick Offerman is one of my favorite actors and his way of narrating this story was on point

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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