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I don't remember liking Tom Sawyer much as a kid (more of a Huck fan). But now as an adult I realize how rare it is for an author to so accurately capture the way children talk to each other. The one-upsmanship (especially from little boys). The curious things they find valuable. The way that making their first moral choices will way on them. It all rings so accurate, from the view of an adult who still retains the memory of how those things felt.
And really it's just a fun story. The sort of episodic and loopy ways the story is told (where the narrative backtracks on itself as we switch points of view in the same incident) feel surprisingly modern.
The cultural differences (use of the "n" word, etc.) are, to be honest, a little uncomfortable. But for them not to be there would make the storytelling less true, and I think it would be a loss. Also, it's interesting to try to "read" Twain's telling to try to discover where he might have been indicating that, even as he told this story, he knew that the world was changing.
Nick Offerman's reading has a very light touch, differentiating the voices just enough so that it feels like a book and not a radio play (my personal preference). He seems to have a good handle on Twain's humor, and doesn't read like it's some sort of dusty museum piece, and not just a darned good, and darned funny, story.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
In my top five audio books of all time, for the resplendent Twainian wit and deft penchant for adventure prose of course, but also the best new voice in audio books. Nick Offerman brought this old story up to date and lended it new life that had me sitting in my driveway long after I pulled in to finish chapters.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer to be better than the print version?
nick offermans performance adds a new depth and tone to the book that lets you relax into it and lets it surround you rather than just reading it
Who was your favorite character and why?
tom of course, theres no adventures with out him
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
through out the tale you feel a strong bond to tom and only wish the best for him
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
So glad I chose this version! Never read AOTS before- loved it! Will most likely listen to it again soon.