Reviews for Adventures of Tom Sawyer : The Mark Twain Classic


AudioFile Reviews 2004 June/July
Jim Weiss is a wonderful storyteller, expansive and droll, with a gentle, ironic voice and a fine sense of timing. He also excels at character sketches, and listeners will be amused by his Tom, Aunt Polly, Becky, and Huck, among others. This production is a "storyteller's version" of the children's classic, though, so listeners should expect to move quickly from whitewashing the fence, to meeting Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher, to the graveyard scene. Weiss chooses only the highlights in this hour-long version. Though such brevity could distress loyal readers of the original, in the capable hands of Weiss, it may be a good way to tempt young listeners to read the book on their own. J.C.G. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine

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School Library Journal Reviews 2004 March
Gr 2-4-Tom Sawyer's most precocious escapades are highlighted in this enjoyable performance by veteran storyteller Jim Weiss. He delightfully breathes life into Tom, his best friend Huck Finn, his beloved Aunt Polly, Becky Thatcher, and the villainous Injun Joe. Told in a slow, easy manner, Weiss evokes the feeling of a place and time where young boys could run free and have adventures. This abridged version aptly captures the essence of the classic, including such episodes as whitewashing the fence, the school teacher's anatomy book, running away to become pirates, the boys attending their own funeral, witnessing the crimes of Injun Joe, and the field trip to the cave. Beginning with a brief introduction to Mark Twain and ending with the allusion to what happens to Huck Finn being "another story," this production would be an excellent introduction for young people to the works of Mark Twain.-Veronica Schwartz, Des Plaines Public Library, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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