A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  • by Mark Twain
  • Narrated by Norman Dietz
  • 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Transported back in time to the regal days of chivalry, the quick-witted, sharp-tongued Connecticut Yankee introduces the legendary King Arthur and his court to some "magic" even the wizard Merlin never dreamed of: the destructive power of gunpowder, and the ability to eclipse the sun itself!

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Audible Editor Reviews

Hank Morgan is a normal guy from Hartford, Connecticut. One day in 1889, Hank wakes up in early medieval England, in the domain of King Arthur. Discovered by a knight, he is brought to Arthur’s court, ridiculed, and promptly sentenced to burn at the stake. Does Hank have any opportunity here? Of course he does, because his author is that opportunistic master, Mark Twain.
As performed with perfect Twainian irony by Norman Dietz, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court shows how a normal American man at the end of the 19th century can be the smartest man in the world if only he carries his knowledge to a bygone time. Filled with satire, dark philosophy, and antic comedy, this is Twain at his best.

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Funny, Smart, and Timely

I wish I could convey the delight I felt listening to this presentation of Twain's astute critique of society -- past and present. While written over 100 years ago, its insights and wisdom are as timely, perhaps even more so, than they were then. The reading of this book is also a joy -- the reader is sharp, witty, and brings the first-person of this narrative not only to life, but to a engaging seat next you. By the time I was hour into it, he was my friend, charmingly relating his unbelievable tale to me. Do yourself a favor -- listen to this book.
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- Randy

This ain't the movie.

If all you know of this book is the silly Danny Kaye movie, you have denied yourself a true treat. His humor and wit are as sharp here as anything he ever wrote. You will both laugh and be astounded. Listen, it's a gem.
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- Glen Phipps "GMP"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-03-2002
  • Publisher: Recorded Books