A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (version 2)
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is an 1889 novel by American humorist and writer Mark Twain. The work is a very early example of time travel in literature, anticipating by six years H. G. Wells' The Time Machine of 1895 (however, unlike Wells, Twain does not give any real explanation of his protagonist's traveling in time). Some early editions are entitled A Yankee at the Court of King Arthur. (Summary by Wikipedia) (11 hr 49 min)
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
love this book!! John Greenman reads it perfectly!
Stars for reader, not book
First, the reader did a great job, 4/5 stars. Second the book is pretty awful, 1/5 stars. A light and humorous depiction of serious problems of the 19th century ruined by the main character's complete intolerance for anything not his own idea or style pretty much sums it up. I just couldn't get into the satire side of it because the main character, Hank Morgan or The Boss, was such a vain idiot. Was the biggest 19th century issue vanity? It's hard not to call him self centered since even his "altruistic" acts are weighed in his mind for the benefit they will convey upon him. Honestly, I kind of hated the superior attitude he struck when talking about the 6th century people. Thinking of it as an unintended satirization of European treatment of Africans and American treatment of Native Americans made it more palatable. Hank Morgan's self aggrandizing theatricality over shadowed more serious issues like slavery, equality, fair wages, etc. I'm not really sure why so many people like this book.
Wonderful story read by an amazing reader. I would listen to anything Mr. Greenman read anything! It is well worth your time.
The real Middle Ages
This book should be required reading for those always talking about the good old days. As Twain clearly shows they were usually very bad days for most of the people. However the book is quite long and the author labours his criticism of the knights and royalty over and over. Still it gets 4 stars for being a cracking good tale and for a fabulous narration from John Greenman.
most impressive listen ever!
This is my favorite listen of all time! The reader is fluent and well spoken, and the story is absolutely fantastic! Thank you so much LibriVox!
A superb description of humanity's weaknesses .
This is an incredible listen.
This is one of best spoken readings of a book that I have found on LV. I look forward to finding other readings by this speaker.
A very characterful reading
I have long thought I ought to read A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, but have never got around to it. When I saw that a recording from LibriVox was available I decided to add it to my queue. I've enjoyed most of the Mark Twain I have read, and I expected to enjoy this too. The story I actually found quite disappointing. The tone is quite didactic, and the references to "modern" times are too obvious to miss, and too clunky to fit easily into the story. I would have stopped listening if it hadn't been for the superb quality of John Greenman's reading. The characters are subtly, but distinctly, voiced. Hank has an appropriately bossy, cocksure tone, leavened occasionally with wonderful notes of irony. The people from King Arthur's time sound suitably naive and credulous. Old people sound old, young people sound young, nobles sound arrogant, and poor people sound beaten down. I can't recommend this reading highly enough.