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  • Joan of Arc

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Jim Hodges
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Joan of Arc

By: Mark Twain
Narrated by: Jim Hodges
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Summary

Most people are unaware that Mark Twain spent over a decade researching Saint Joan of Arc and wrote what he considered to be his greatest work - Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc - originally published in Harper's Magazine in 1895 as chapters attributed to the fictitious author Sieur Louis de Conte. 

When the public found out that Twain was actually the author, many were suspicious, thinking Twain was perpetrating some kind of a joke. Twain's biographer Albert Paine defends Twain saying it is actually his greatest writing: "Considered from every point of view, Joan of Arc is Mark Twain's supreme literary expression, the loftiest, the most delicate, the most luminous example of his work."

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Narrated by Siri

The book itself is beautiful, I’ve read it before and adored it. However listening to it felt like being sat down by a male Siri and narrated instructions on how to cook your local religious icon. Barely got a few chapters in before having to quit, absolutely unbearable but at least it means Joan survived for once.

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  • 16-10-21

good book bad narator (imho)

like the book and story but I feel the narator doesnt fit the book, bit to quick and stange rythm, hard to stay focust listinening to this.

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Captivating but emotional

It took a wee while for me to get into this book. The narrator's voice was a little of putting to begin with and the very early years of joans life not of much interest to me. However, once the story progressed i was drawn in. I loved Mark Twains portrayal of Joan and was impressed throughout but emotional at the end.

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Difficult

The narrator has the prosody of yoda. hard to follow for a whole book, this is.

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  • j gonzales
  • 11-12-20

Narrator is just not right

Well, I made it an hour and a half into the book and wanted to love it but the narrator was just not the right fit. I tried to stick with it but it was just too bad.
However, the story seems to be a winner. I removed this version from my library and bought a version narrated by Robin Field. Fingers crossed!

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  • Hannah J. LaPierre
  • 18-11-20

Awful narrator, great story.

I got about half way through before I had to stop
Because the narrator was so irritating. I ordered the book from the library. Story is well written and beautiful but was being butchered.

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  • Roy McKenzie
  • 03-12-19

WOW, I was sorry when it finished

I have never had history come alive like this before. Mark Twain is truly a master story teller

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  • Angela D. Cupit
  • 12-01-21

to know Joan

marvelous journey alongside Joan, one can only hope to be changed by it towards the betterment she brought forth

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  • JJ
  • 25-11-20

Great Book to Read

Love this story. The narrator is difficult to stick with. He’s trying really hard. Probably won’t finish this version.

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  • dmoschetti
  • 24-10-20

Twain humor & wit

Undeniably a Mark Twain creation, the telling of Joan of Arc in this voice is beautiful and deeply touching, peppered with much dry and clever observations of human spirit. Humanity is a deeply troubled vice and Twain shows it so.

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  • Gabadaba
  • 19-11-22

so greatly written about a great being!

I so enjoyed ! everything about this touching story and the way Mark Twain chose to tell this great story!

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  • Chris L
  • 24-10-22

The finest indeed

Mark Twain declared this work the finest he had ever produced. For any to declare a thing to be their finest should cause those who hear that declaration to at least pause and take a second look at the thing being dressed with that singular honor. But when one such as Twain makes that boast of a work they have produced, it were like the sun, upon seeing a certain ray issue forth, gaining a proud smile and declaring that ray the finest yet to proceed from it's guilded bosom.

The book does not fail and the life of the Maid is brought into relief with such lustre that every emotional fiber is wed perfectly, one to another, into a tapestry of the girls (for she died before being a woman) inimitable communication through the mortal plains.

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  • V Johnson
  • 21-10-22

Good history lesson

This book was free for me and I was glad for that. The story was interesting and easy to follow, probably because it is written by Mark Twain. Joan of Arc is an historic figure we learn about as children and now I understand the role she played, with literary license taken for specific roles of those surrounding her. The only complaint I have is that the performer wasn’t a good choice. I can imagine it being difficult to read with many characters, but this reader’s childish, feminine voice as Joan annoyed me constantly. He used a falsetto tone the fluctuated up and down. If not for the fact that it was written by Mark Twain and I didn’t use a credit, I probably would have stopped listening and found another version.

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  • David VanCleve
  • 04-10-22

Reader of this work unsuited

I didn’t get far. I was quite discouraged at first and remained so at the last. I wasn’t expecting George Guidall, but I was hoping for a better performance than what was offered.