The Prince and the Pauper

Read by John Greenman

(4.8 stars; 682 reviews)

The Prince and the Pauper (1882) represents Mark Twain's first attempt at historical fiction. The book, set in 1547, tells the story of two young boys who are identical in appearance: Tom Canty, a pauper who lives with his abusive father in Offal Court, London, and Prince Edward son of Henry VIII of England. Due to a series of circumstances, the boys accidentally replace each other, and much of the humor in the book originates in the two boys' inability to function in the world that is so familiar to the other (although Tom soon displays considerable wisdom in his decisions). In many ways, the book is a social satire, particularly compelling in its condemnation of the inequality that existed between the classes in Tudor England. In that sense, Twain abandoned the wry Midwestern style for which he was best known and adopts a style reminiscent of Charles Dickens. (Summary from (6 hr 55 min)


01 – The birth of the Prince and the Pauper / 02 – Tom’s early life / 03 – Tom’… 27:35 Read by John Greenman
04 – The Prince / 05 – Tom as a patrician 23:57 Read by John Greenman
06 – Tom receives instructions 15:43 Read by John Greenman
07 – Tom’s first royal dinner / 08 – The question of the Seal 13:39 Read by John Greenman
09 – The river pageant / 10 – The Prince in the toils 22:46 Read by John Greenman
11 – At Guildhall 10:49 Read by John Greenman
12 – The Prince and his deliverer 23:28 Read by John Greenman
13 – The disappearance of the Prince 8:39 Read by John Greenman
14 – ‘Le Roi est mort—vive le Roi’ 22:44 Read by John Greenman
15 – Tom as King 22:40 Read by John Greenman
16 – The state dinner / 17 – Foo-foo the First 27:24 Read by John Greenman
18 – The Prince with the tramps / 19 – The Prince with the peasants 27:13 Read by John Greenman
20 – The Prince and the hermit / 21 – Hendon to the rescue 23:50 Read by John Greenman
22 – A victim of treachery / 23 – The Prince a prisoner 18:08 Read by John Greenman
24 – The escape / 25 – Hendon Hall 19:47 Read by John Greenman
26 – Disowned / 27 – In prison 27:53 Read by John Greenman
28 – The sacrifice / 29 – To London / 30 – Tom’s progress 16:47 Read by John Greenman
31 – The Recognition procession 12:22 Read by John Greenman
32 – Coronation Day 24:57 Read by John Greenman
33 – Edward as King / Conclusion – Justice and Retribution 25:23 Read by John Greenman


(4 stars)

A great rendition of a classic tale. No one will regret taking the time to listen to Greenman's version of Twain's great story.

Great book!

(5 stars)

I really appreciate the narrator, he did such a great job. A voice that you would love listening to!


(5 stars)

This was incredible the reader was easy to understand and the story touched me to the heart. 😀😄👌👍👏

I have loved this book so much and I hope you love it to

(5 stars)

(5 stars)

Excellently read. Listened to this with all our children whilst studying the middle ages and Renaissance /reformation. It was a little challenging for the younger ones to follow at times but all up a thoroughly good adventure. Love the contrast between the rogue characters and the mercy/compassion of the honest ones. Good fodder for conversations about developing good character in the face of trials.

Great Book!!!!

(5 stars)

Really great book.John Greenman is Mark Twain.I only listen to 3 readers and John is my numero uno!!I hope he does more!!!!

Excellent story & narrator!

(5 stars)

What a fantastic story! And the narrator is superb. Such a pleasure to listen to. I highly recommend this one.

(5 stars)

Mark Twain is a master linguist. John greenman has the voice that I always thought Mark Twain should sound like. fantastic!