The name "Tom Sawyer" is synonymous with the adventures of boyhood. Bold and clever, Tom gets into and out of trouble with an ease many listeners will envy. A story beloved by children, it also has relevance for adults. As Twain himself said, "Although my book is intended for the entertainment of boys and girls, I hope it will not be shunned by men and women on that account, for part of my plan has been to try to pleasantly remind adults of what they once were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in." Twain's beloved classic of growing up in Midwest America is as popular today as when it was first published in 1876.More
Mark Twain’s epic adventure finds Tom Sawyer walking a line between youthful hijinks and the responsibilities of adulthood. Listeners will join Tom with famous friends Huckleberry Finn and Joe Harper as they skip school, run away to river islands, and plunder caves in search of treasure. With his smoky husk, leisurely performer Norman Dietz twists and turns through Twain’s saga like a lumbering Mississippi steamboat. Dietz’ talent for character acting is evident as he bestows Injun Joe with a grizzled snarl, or strikes a strident tone for Tom’s Aunt Polly, at turns doting and despotic. Twain’s trademark wit is in full force as he contrasts the supposed transgressions of the youthful Tom with the behavior of the story’s adults, themselves naïve and hypocritical.
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Nostalgic fairy tale, but at times quite dark
- Tad Davis
An Ode to Youth and the Books of Youth