Through his imagined journals of Adam and Eve, Mark Twain wrote what has been called “one of the great love stories of all time.” Mandy Patinkin and Betty Buckley bring Adam and Eve to life, capturing the expected humor as well as the tender eloquence of Twain’s most personal, heartfelt writing. In one of his last recordings, Walter Cronkite provides an illuminating commentary on how the author came to reinterpret the Genesis story. This expanded edition, unlike any other version, incorporates previously unpublished passages as well as Mark Twain’s mislaid final revision of “Adam’s Diary.”
This version of a well-loved classic is the best audio version I've found, despite the fact that it's faithful neither to Twain's original manuscript nor to the well-known theatrical adaptation by David Birney (published by Samuel French). Betty Buckley is amazing as Eve, heartrendingly naive, innocent, guileless and sweet. Mandy Patinkin, fabulous actor that he is, is unfortunately not nearly as good; his delivery is far too slow, almost as if he were attempting to stretch out his lines/audio time. You'll find yourself yearning for an older, more seasoned male voice like Hal Holbrook's.
Perhaps Patinkin IS trying to stretch out his lines, because this adaptation cuts out a lot of his early lines, steals some of his lines and gives them to Eve, and incorporates a lot of unpublished later Eve's Diary material that stretches Eve's parts out longer than his. Whatever the reason, it is annoying. Also, this version leaves out the usual ending material (40 Years Later, and Adam at Eve's Grave), which is a shame.
In addition, the use of a credit on one single hour's worth of entertainment seems excessive.
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Where does The Diaries of Adam & Eve: Translated by Mark Twain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Amoung the best
What other book might you compare The Diaries of Adam & Eve: Translated by Mark Twain to and why?
Which scene was your favorite?
Eve talking about her observations and the man - woman relationship
Any additional comments?
With Walter Kronkite giving the intro and Mandy Patinkin and Betty Buckley as Adam and Eve this is a splendid, quick moving, insightful, fun listen.
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