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Editorial 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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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!
(P)1988 by Recorded Books, Inc.
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By Randy on 08-21-04

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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By Glen Phipps on 11-06-04

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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By Michael B. Nielsen on 07-21-15

This is so much fun

If you could sum up A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court in three words, what would they be?

Surprising, entertaining, funny

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court?

There is lots of memorable moments in this book, though I like the piece where he went on a knights quest with a fair maiden to save her mistress from a wicked witch

What about Norman Dietz’s performance did you like?

Normans voice and pace gives life to the story, and he makes it easy for the listener to create immages of the action

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - but I did'nt have the time.

Any additional comments?

It is a light hearted story with loads of wondering, ingenuity, warmth, ignorance, love and intollerance. Read it or listen to it. :-)

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