The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson (Version 2)


Read by John Greenman

(4.7 stars; 41 reviews)

It was published in 1893–1894 by Century Magazine in seven installments, and is a detective story with some racial themes. The plot of this novel is a detective story, in which a series of identities — the judge's murderer, Tom, Chambers — must be sorted out. This structure highlights the problem of identity and one's ability to determine one's own identity. Broader issues of identity are the central ideas of this novel.

One of Twain’s major goals in this book was to exploit the true nature of Racism at that period. Twain used comic relief as a way to divulge his theme. The purpose of a comic relief is to address his or her opinion in a less serious way, yet persuade the reader into thinking the writers thoughts. Twain’s use of satire is visible throughtout the book. Twain’s use of colloquialism (dialect) and local color as features of Naturalism to convey his theme, is impressive and ahead for his time. (Summary by Wikipedia) (5 hr 23 min)

Chapters

00 - A Whisper to the Reader 3:29 Read by John Greenman
01 - Pudd'nhead Wins his Name 11:36 Read by John Greenman
02 - Dricoll Spares His Slaves 15:02 Read by John Greenman
03 - Roxy Plays a Shrewd Trick 12:04 Read by John Greenman
04 - The Ways of the Changelings 16:44 Read by John Greenman
05 - The Twins Thrill Dawson's Landing 10:43 Read by John Greenman
06 - Swimming in Glory 10:22 Read by John Greenman
07 - The Unknown Nymph 6:47 Read by John Greenman
08 - Marse Tom Tramples His Chance 18:53 Read by John Greenman
09 - Tom Practices Sycophancy 10:13 Read by John Greenman
10 - The Nymph Revealed 10:08 Read by John Greenman
11 - Pudd'nhead's Thrilling Discovery 26:56 Read by John Greenman
12 - The Shame of Judge Driscoll 11:45 Read by John Greenman
13 - Tom Stares at Ruin 12:50 Read by John Greenman
14 - Roxana Insists Upon Reform 19:57 Read by John Greenman
15 - The Robber Robbed 17:25 Read by John Greenman
16 - Sold Down the River 8:09 Read by John Greenman
17 - The Judge Utters Dire Prophesy 4:50 Read by John Greenman
18 - Roxana Commands 22:44 Read by John Greenman
19 - The Prophesy Realized 17:30 Read by John Greenman
20 - The Murderer Chuckles 15:54 Read by John Greenman
21 - Doom 25:14 Read by John Greenman
22 - Conclusion 4:45 Read by John Greenman
23 - AUTHOR'S NOTE TO "THOSE EXTRAORDINARY TWINS" 9:35 Read by John Greenman

Reviews

Pudd'nhead Wilson Mark Twain always tells a great story

(5 stars)

my new favorite Mark Twain.

(5 stars)

I had never read this story before. It was a delight to hear as was John Greenman's impeccable and enchanting reading. His voice is one of my favorites too. It is hard to think of Mark Twain without thinking of John Greenman's voice. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

A Real Treat

(5 stars)

Outstanding reader and very entertaining story. Mark Twain is a hoot and John Greenman is absolutely perfect. Spot on!

Excellent social commentary and entertaining

(5 stars)

Mighty Fine Story. Superbly Read.

(5 stars)

reading suits writing

(5 stars)

very well done: not a laconic reading but lively storytelling which is why i prefer this version and recommend it to everyone who wants to truly enjoy twain's legendary humour and writing. thank you, more please. :-)