The Prince and the Pauper

  • by Mark Twain
  • Narrated by Dick Hill
  • 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper is a timeless tale of switched identities. After the young Prince Edward VI of England and a peasant boy switch places, the "little king" tries to escape from a world in which he must beg for food, sleep with rodents, face ridicule, and avoid assassination.
Meanwhile, the peasant, who is now the prince, dreads exposure and possible execution - while members of the Court believe he has gone mad. As a result of the swap, both boys learn that social class, like so much of life, is determined by chance and random circumstance.
Originally published in 1881, The Prince and the Pauper is one of Twain's earliest social satires. With his caustic wit and biting irony, he satirizes the power of the monarchy, unjust laws and barbaric punishments, superstitions, and religious intolerance. Although usually viewed as a child's story, The Prince and the Pauper offers adults critical insight into a people and time period not really all that different from our own.


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Education of a Prince

Dick Hill does a superb job in narration and bringing the characters to full vigor. Twain's language is a little clunky. I would place this story on the same level as "Tom Sawyer." This novel should be studied by all in middle school.
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- John E. Rocha "ligurio"

Very engagibg story

The family enjoyed the story very much during our trip to Florida and back. The narrator is very good but difficult to understand at times due to his accent and the older English of much of the dialog.
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- Eugene

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-02-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio