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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [Audio CD]

Twain; Hagon
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  • Publisher: Naxos Audio Books
  • ASIN: B000035X4D
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 12.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twain at his best! 25 Aug 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Back during my school days this was still not a book that was considered to be politically incorrect and so I was supposed to read it. As was far to often the case, I got by on little more than watching the movie version and never bothered to read this masterpiece. A few months ago I picked up a copy to put in my library for my grandson to use when he got old enough to go to school. Unfortunately this has been classified as a children's book and so I had little intention of reading it when I bought it.
After discussing a book about President Grant and Mark Twain with a friend I decided that I should read this book and I soon found out just how much of an adventure I had been missing. Twain's well deserved reputation as a storyteller is on clear display in this book from cover to cover. The reader is drawn into the lives of the characters to the point of being really disturbed when something bad happens to them. Sure, they steal and they lie but you will love them in spite of everything.
The story basically follows the adventures of young Huckleberry Finn and a runaway slave named Jim. Finn is trying to escape has father and the efforts of the townspeople to civilize him while Jim is trying to escape slavery. More to the point, Jim is trying to escape being sold down the river, which was always a worry for slaves in the upper south.
There is a strong moral point to this book as Huck slowly learns to love Jim as a friend and not think of his skin color. Early on Huck is worried about helping a runaway slave and isn't sure what to do. Having been raised in Missouri, Huck has been taught that helping a slave run away is one of the worst sins imaginable and that African-Americans are pretty much worthless except as slaves.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Ain't it just bully?!" 10 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My mum read this to me (aged 8) and my brother (aged 10). We thought it was very funny and all the adventures Huck had were really cool. I liked the part where he said: "Telling the truth is like sitting on a keg of gunpowder and lighting it just to see where you'll go". It made us laugh a lot. We learnt a lot about superstitions, like touching a snakeskin brings bad luck, and a hairy chest makes you rich. But it wasn't funny to find out about how people used to think about slaves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of American literature 5 Dec 2005
By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn is not only Twain's best work, but is considered by some, one of the greatest novels ever written. Episodic in form (as Twain warns, "persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot"), Huckleberry Finn is clearly, along with Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, one of the three most ambitious and artistically successful novels of America's 19th century.
But what is it about Huckleberry Finn that makes it stand out? Most young people reading it will declare that they thought Tom Sawyer was better, and for them, they would be right. It is a difficult novel to teach. The dialect is actually difficult for some inexperienced readers. The satire and ironies are often lost on some readers, and some minorities are offended by what they think is its racist tone. That, however, is an historical irony if ever there was one. Twain's intent was to belittle and make fun of the racist attitudes of most Americans. The very fact that Jim and Huck were able to achieve a fast friendship and to negotiate together the epic journey down the Mississippi with Jim often showing superior wisdom and a right smart common sense did not sit well with some prejudicial mind sets. Today what offends is the language, in particular the use of the "n" word.
But what makes Huckleberry Finn a great novel is first and foremost the indelible character of the often self-effacing Huck Finn himself and his compelling, lyrical, and ever so beautifully observed narrative. There is only one other novel in American literature that can be considered in the same league as far as first person narratives go, and that is Nabokov's Lolita.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Illustrative of the world 27 Feb 2006
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Huckleberry Finn is illustrative of the world, not only in the cosmopolitan characters entering and leaving the story, but also in the way people react to it. One reaction is that it is a racist novel, mentioning the word nigger 121 times. The people who interpret the novel in this way seem only glance at the surface and delve no deeper. They probably do this in all other aspects of their life. The second type of person will look deeper, as though delving into the depths of the Mississippi River setting. They will see past the racism of Huckleberry Finn himself as Huck comments on the definite signs of humanity and equality in Jim. They will see the underlying message, of how he is the product of a terrible system and look into the other messages encountered in the journey of the book. To this type of person no other novel can be so fascinating, yet remain humorous all the while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Older You Get The Funnier This Gets 13 Jun 2010
I must admit that the first time I read Huck Finn was from the public library whilst still a mere nipper. I thoroughly enjoyed it and when I started secondary school and we did Tom Sawyer I kept thinking why can't we do Huck? We all think of Huck as a children's book these days but I hope to change your thoughts on this. For children this is a boys own adventure and can still captivate a young person's mind, but as we get older we find that this isn't really how we would judge this book.

We know that nowadays we aren't allowed to use the language or have the views set forth here, and Huck only slowly starts to realise that a black slave is still a person, but that isn't the main issue. When we are little we see this as an adventure, indeed many of us have dreamt about going along the Missippi on a raft, but as we get older we begin to realise that ultimately this book is full of humour. Whether we are reading of Jim the slave's superstitions or the exploits of a couple of conmen you start to realise that this book is genuinely funny, and is a comedy classic in its own right. Because of this you never really grow out of this book, it grows with you and that is probably one of its reasons for its sustained popularity. Mark Twain hit upon something here that you can never really tire of, finding new things in it all the time. Also if you want to bond with your son then reading this together can help to some degree.

In this Puffin Classics edition you have an introduction by Darren Shan as well as extras at the back, which include more about Mark Twain, the characters in this book and a glossary, as well as some discussion questions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 days ago by susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Samuel Longhorn Clemens a story teller
This is a great book, well told and a good adventure, which is much better than the film I then sought out and watched.
Published 4 days ago by movamental
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just loved it.
Published 29 days ago by libba
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
Thought I'd read this as it's a classic. It's OK but it did seem a bit long. Not a bad story though. Sorry Mark.
Published 1 month ago by L. A. Maas
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books ever written
One of the best books ever written, which does not need any review. The 4-star rating is for this Collins edition, where the font is too small, both for my 8-years old... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Treplo
4.0 out of 5 stars WELL WORTH READING
A Classic adventure. It is a dream that he lives in real life. It also illustrates the possibilities of friendships between black and white people are possible even in the times... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Stewart Davie
5.0 out of 5 stars like it
I read this book many years ago when I was at school, which is a very long time ago as I am now a pensioner
Published 2 months ago by merilyn deane
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing really changes.
I bought this against my instincts and I'm so glad I did. Huckleberry Finn is one of the most endearing, engaging, solid fictional characters ever. Read more
Published 2 months ago by CakeMonster
1.0 out of 5 stars Font is tiny
Great book - but don't order this version. The font is tiny - making it very hard on the eye.
Published 3 months ago by JBendle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great literature
I read this book (and naturally Tom Sawyer's adventures too) in a German translation, when I was a child. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hans-Ulrich Buehler
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