Reviews for Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Library Journal Reviews 2000 February #1
With at least six unabridged recordings of Huckleberry Finn already available, what can another recording possibly offer that is new? The answer is plenty. For starters, this is apparently the only set of tapes to include a long passage known as the "raft chapter," which Twain reluctantly removed from the book's first edition. Restoration of that passage not only repairs the novel's disrupted continuity, it adds a specimen of 19th-century Southwestern humor and some of the most outrageous boasting ever preserved in print. It's a delight made all the more so by Patrick Fraley's reading, performed in a way never attempted before: in the voice of a teenage Huck, the story's narrator. Along the way, he gives individual voices to more than 100 characters. This type of reading can be a gamble; if it fails, the results may be unlistenable. However, Fraley succeeds brilliantly, adding dimensions not possible in standard readings. This masterpiece will make an ideal addition to any audio collection and is essential for libraries patronized by young readers. R. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.