Twain's Humor

  • by Mark Twain
  • Narrated by Thomas Becker
  • 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A collection of 23 of Twain's funniest stories and essays, ranging from tongue in cheek to the fantastic. This collection includes:
"Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" (1865)
"The Story of the Old Ram" (Roughing It, 1872)
"Buck Fanshaw´┐Żs Funeral" (Roughing It, 1872)
"Tom Quartz" (Roughing It, 1872)
"What Stumped the Bluejays" (1880)
"Journalism in Tennessee" (1869)
"How I Edited an Agricultural Paper" (1870)
"The Facts in the Great Beef Contract" (1870)
"The Great Landslide Case" (1870)
"The Canvasser's Tale" (1845)
"The Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut" (1876)
"Cannibalism in the Cars" (1868)
"My Watch" (1903)
"Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses" (1895)
"Political Economy" (1870)
"The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm" (1882)
"The Art of Authorship" (1890)
"A Genuine Mexican Plug" (Roughing It, 1872)
"Experience of the McWilliamses with Membranous Croup" (1875)
"First Interview with Artemus Ward" (1875)
"Punch, Brothers, Punch" (1876)
"To the California Pioneers" (1869)
"An Author's Soldiering" (1887)


What the Critics Say

"Thomas Becker's delivery suggests the wry humor one imagines the author himself would use in reading them." (Booklist)
"This recording's success is a result of Becker's dramatic reading ability, which is nicely understated yet totally effective and appropriate." (School Library Journal)
"Possibly the best Twain on the market." (The Society for Performance Literature)


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Twain's Humor

Well, I just finished this book and am glad. Becker's reading was boring to say the least, and I still am trying to find some homor in this book. Much of the Twain that I have read over the years seemed a lot funnier than this rendition. Maybe I just dont get that "old time" humor,,or maybe I just should not have listened to it while commuting to and from work on the train... Either way it was a waste of my money and time..
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- Ronald

Poor narration

I have ready everything Twain has ever written, but this narration spoiled it all. You can hardly understand what the narrator is saying -- he slurs the words into each other and lets the sentences run onto each other. I think the narrator underestimates Twain: reading him as if he had the voice of a "hick" when in reality Twain is teasing both the upper-class and the "hicks." I would not recommend this title and would return it if I could.
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- Mockingbird

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-02-2004
  • Publisher: Findaway World