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Publisher's Summary

The idealized childhood of this fictional hero, based on Mark Twain's own early life along the banks of the Mississippi, is filled with robust good humor and high-spirited adventures. Yet there is also an in-depth experience of the central South of the 1840s - its dialects, superstitions, and social values. While romping through fun-filled fantasy, Tom Sawyer shows how morally complicated real life can be. In his unabridged reading of the American classic, actor Patrick Fraley crafts 36 authentic "voices" to represent the wide range of Twain's delightful characters.
(P)1995 by The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.
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By Andrea on 01-12-03

Well worth a listen

Both this selection and Huckleberry Finn, read by Patrick Frawley are unbelivably excellent and the best selections I have purchased in the past year since signing up with Audible. Patrick Frawley makes the books come alive. He does each character so individually that you'd believe different people were reading each part. Mark Twain would be real proud to hear this interpretation of his wonderful story.

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By Centriculous on 04-10-05

A story my 9-year-old keeps returning to

One reason I got an Audible membership is to purchase titles that I can let my homeschooled children listen to -- great, classic literature especially. Of course, Tom Sawyer is an example of great American literature, and I don't have time to read it to my kids (oldest of whom are 9 and nearly 7). I will confess at this point that I haven't listened to the entire Tom Sawyer story -- yet. I am working my way through the excellent read. But I'm already giving this story a 5 star rating because of how it captivated my two kids, especially my 9-year-old boy. My son keeps playing and replaying the story because he enjoys it so much! I'm thrilled that he's immersing himself in some fun, well-written literature, and he's enjoying himself listening to the exploits of a boy probably not much different than he is, except my son is growing up in 21st century America. The story narrator is absolutely wonderful. I've found myself listening and re-listening to some of the story's early selections just because the narrator does a masterful job of both narrating the story and casting unique voices and personalities onto the story's characters. I marveled that another reviewer gave Tom Sawyer a 1-star rating saying his family couldn't bear to listen beyond the first two hours. I'm experiencing quite the opposite reaction in my own household. If you have children -- and even if you don't -- I think you'll most likely enjoy this story very much.

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By Todd Magers on 11-02-15


Pat Fraley's performance truly brings Twain's classic to life!! So amazingly enjoyable and funny in so many parts...a MUST HEAR!!!

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By Patrick on 10-26-07

Superb reading.

Patrick Fraley is a master story teller and really does bring the characters distinctly to life. Kids will be entrances. There's a reading by him of Huck Finn as well which is just as good and highly recommended.

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