• Joan of Arc

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Jim Hodges
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (358 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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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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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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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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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
  • 11-25-20

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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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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Excellent. Entertaining.

I really enjoyed this. Narrator did a great job. Very entertaining. Four more words required.

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His best book, Twain said

Mark Twain wrote "I like Joan of Arc best of all my books; and it is the best; I know it perfectly well. And besides, it furnished me seven times the pleasure afforded me by any of the others; twelve years of preparation, and two years of writing. The others needed no preparation and got none."

If you've read the more famous tomes about Tom and Huck, this will be a confusing experience for sure. We know Twain as humorous, witty, satirical, sharp ... here you'll be getting a very somber retelling of the life, exploits and trial of Joan of Arc. He's downright devout, or appears to be. Twain's family life was struck with tragedy several times and he wasn't on easy terms with religion. He also wrote a humorous book about heaven - his final book > Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven.

If you want to know about the life and legend of Joan of Arc, this is a good book. It's sluggish in that it IS, almost throughout, somber and so intent on hero-worship by the recounter of it all, that it can be tedious at times. Still - it was his favorite and Joan of Arc's story IS worth knowing.

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Irritating Narration

The narration is in the sing song voice is if the fellow is dressing a group of kindergarten children. I stopped and switched to a different version with a different narrator
it is a really great book

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zero stars for the reading

great story; brilliantly written. but the narrator? i won’t go so far as to say he deserves the same punishment that joan suffered, but it’s a very close call.

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  • Jenna
  • 08-30-21

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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  • 10-16-21

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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  • manicdepressiveduck
  • 05-27-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-22

Difficult

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