Narrator Rebecca K. Reynolds energetically conveys the spirit of this abridged classic, which is intended for young listeners. Reynolds's Tom is memorable when he slyly "invites" his buddies to paint Aunt Polly's fence. Twain's humor and sarcasm are deftly rendered, along with his story's sometimes funny superstitions, nostalgia, and old-time words, such as "confound it." To add further charm, Reynolds occasionally seems entertained by her own delivery. Listeners will accompany--and be just as scared--as Tom and Becky Thatcher when they are lost in the cave, and Injun Joe is frightening in his many guises. Most winning are Tom and Huck's private conversations, while their hunt for treasure is surprisingly fun and timeless. Although this is intended for young people, older listeners can also enjoy this treat. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2020]
Trade Ed. Oasis Audio 2019
CD ISBN 9781640912663 $12.99 Two CDs
DD ISBN 9781645550303 $12.99
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