Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

  • by Mark Twain
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • 14 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Joan of Arc's life and her accomplishments, as seen through the eyes of her childhood friend, are described with irony and brilliant insight into human nature. This was Twain's last book and he considered it to be his best.

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A enjoyable recount of an inspiring figure

A recounting of the life of Joan of Arc by master story teller Mark Twain, who adds more personality and attachment than a professor recounting history could. The narrative is presented in a clear, entertaining and personal way, we follow Joan throughout her journey through the eyes of a friend.

From her simple upbringing in a village, she was clever, rational, caring and devout. Given a mission from God this simple girl would lead the French army to many victories only to be betrayed and unjustly persecuted.

It does a good job showing how a girl of 17 manage to convince a king and officers to let her lead troops. Then shows how her actions and deeds inspired her troops and eventually a country. Yet never forgetting to remind us that she is just young girl given an extraordinary responsibility.

While necessary, the military campaign covered is long and is the weakest part as I wanted to just get through it. Personally I found the trials at the end the gem of the book and her life. We see how this uneducated girl, without any counsel, put through physical and mental extremes is able to survive and outwit numerous attacks on her character and action. Despite multiple trails with the opposition using tricks, deceit and extreme prejudice actions that is mind boggling to believe. With history as foresight we get to see what was really going on.

If your curious about Joan of Arc, like European history, trials, period pieces or personal journey of an inspiring figure, give it a read.
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- Nathan

What a beautifully written book which takes one through the heroic and brave journey of Joan of Arc.

What a beautifully written book which takes one through the heroic and brave journey of Joan of Arc.
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- Tara

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-19-2014
  • Publisher: Audio Book Contractors