A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  • by Mark Twain
  • Narrated by Jeff Hays
  • 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mark Twain's comic classic, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, is brought to life in audio by narrator Jeff Hays.
After being knocked unconscious by a crowbar, Hartford, Connecticut, man Hank Morgan awakens to find himself in the legendary realm of Camelot, 1,300 years in the past, at the point of a lance. Though the savages in this ancient land immediately see fit to imprison him, Hank learns to use his modern 19th-century knowledge to easily outwit everyone he comes across, including King Arthur himself. With only a little effort, he establishes himself as a powerful sorcerer, feared by all and known only as "The Boss".
Twain lays out his criticisms of the South, monarchy, and chivalry in this hilarious, heart-wrenching, epic romp of social commentary. Experience it as though you were in King Arthur's court yourself, with this unique take on the timeless time-travel adventure.

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Classic Social Commentary Read Very Well

If your exposure to Mark Twain is limited to the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or Tom Sawyer, then I highly encourage you to familiarize yourself with this classic social commentary. While I don't agree with all of the books positions, it was still a refreshing listen and one that I enjoyed. Jeff did a wonderful job narrating the book, providing clear narration and differentiating between each of the character voices well. If I had one complaint, and this is really just nitpicking on my part, I felt the accent for someone from Connecticut to be a little off, but overall, I very much enjoyed it!

This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
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- Aaron Wagner "Amateur narrator and avid audio book enthusiast!"

Social Satire by the King of Satire

What did you love best about A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court?

This is the classic tale by Mark Twain. It is a humorous critique of the justice system, technology, human rights, the class system and war. Mark Twain is the master of satire, so while the book covers these heavy issues, the story remains jaunty and jocular. The narrator is well matched to the book and gives an excellent performance.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Henry Morgan, the main character, because he is a classic con-man with good intentions. He is a snob and a bit of a blowhard, but he means well. Twain makes him the perfect spoof character and you cheer for him, even though you don't really like him.


Have you listened to any of Jeff Hays’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not yet, but I will in the future.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It is a Twain satire. It makes you laugh and think.


Any additional comments?

This is a great classic to encourage your high school student to listen to and discuss with you. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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- pixledust "Because tales should be told."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-23-2015
  • Publisher: Listen2aBook.com