A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  • by Mark Twain
  • Narrated by Stuart Langton
  • 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An ingenious Yankee mechanic, knocked unconscious in a fight, awakens to find himself in Camelot in 528 A.D. Imprisoned by Sir Kay the Seneschal and exhibited before the knights of the Round Table, he is condemned to death but saves himself by posing as a Merlin-like magician, correctly predicting an eclipse, and becoming a minister to King Arthur. He increases his power by applying 19th century knowledge of gunpowder, electricity, and industrial methods. However, when he attempts to better the condition of the peasantry, he meets opposition from the church, the knights, Merlin, and the sorceress Morgan le Fay.

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Should have read this sooner!

Who knew Mark Twain covered time travel?! The main character does (or does not?) travel back in time to the Age of Chivalry and King Arthur, with the knowledge of 19th century technology. At points it is laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes tense, sometimes tender. Well worth a listen, and this narrator is terrific (I was a little worried for the first 10 minutes or so, but he really comes alive). This book is quite suitable for teens as well. Every now and then I get around to one of those classics I wish I had read earlier, and this is a definite "shoulda."
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- Cynthia K

Best of Audible

I have been an Audible member for several years, listen mostly to the literary classics, and this is the finest reading I have heard on Audible.
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- George

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.