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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Written by: Mark Twain
Narrated by: Nick Offerman
Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (81 ratings)

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Praise for Nick Offerman narrating Mark Twain:

“Offerman’s Illinois-raised voice and actor’s talent suit him ideally to channel Mark Twain.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“There’s something about his wry Midwestern merriment that aspires to Twainishness.” (Men’s Journal)

“It’s a melding of sardonic voices: Mark Twain, meet Nick Offerman.” (The Wall Street Journal)

With his trademark mirth and boundless charisma, actor Nick Offerman brought the loveable shenanigans of Twain's adolescent hero to life in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Now, in yet another virtuosic performance, the actor proves that despite being separated by a span of over a century, his connection to the author and his work is undeniable and that theirs is a timeless collaboration that should not be missed. Trading in the idyllic banks of Twain's Mississippi for medieval England, Offerman regales listeners with one of American literature's foremost satires and the author's most inventive and darkly funny pieces of fiction.

Hank Morgan is the archetype of modern man in 19th-century New England: adept at his trade as a mechanic, innovative, forward thinking. So when a blow to the head inexplicably sends him back in time 1300 years and places him in Camelot, instead of despair, he feels emboldened by the prospect placed before him and sets out to modernize and improve the lives of his fellow citizens. But, in order to do so, he'll need to contend with brash nobles, superstitious nincompoops, and a conniving, blowhard wizard.

While time travel has become a common trope in storytelling today, in Twain's time it was truly a novel idea; all the more imaginative when you consider how it's used for satirical effect. A thinly veiled critique of the political and social institutions that impede progress and a scathing condemnation of the naiveté that allows them to thrive, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court saw Twain's biting wit and sharp tongue honed to a fine point.

Told primarily through Hank's first-person perspective, Offerman effortlessly captures the Yankee's straightforward, matter-of-fact gruffness. Like Offerman - whose woodworking skills are the stuff of legend - Hank is a natural builder of things and his can-do, by-the-bootstraps spirit finds its vocal foil in Offerman's crisp delivery. But it's in Offerman's ability to convey the myriad characters and absurdities Hank faces that makes this an incomparable listening experience: the flowery embellishments and insane braggadocio of knights; the lilting, feathery sing-song of Clarence; the garrulous, long-winded pomp of the aristocracy; the old, dithering windbag pronouncements of Merlin. Offerman plays each of these with a humor and humanity that Twain himself would have enjoyed.

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Pure joy

I loved this little trip into fantasy. The only downside, as you listen and enjoy it, you know there won't be a sequel. :-(

PS: Offerman's narration is spot on.

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Amazing Read (Listen)

For the first 20 minutes I didn’t think I’d enjoy this book. There were a lot of Middle English words and it was hard to follow. It changes to modern English after that and becomes an easy listen.
Nick Offerman does a superb job with the narration; I will be looking for other audio books that he narrates in the future.
This was my first Mark Twain book, and after this it won’t be my last. I really enjoy his style of story telling. It has time travel, knights and royalty, science and the main character is an engineer. What more could you ask for?

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Performance was the only good part

Nick Offerman was the one saving grace here. It was just the same "joke" over and over again: these old time-y people don't know basic science or western politics - I'll show them!

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Simply Wonderful

Incredible story for anyone of any age read by the perfect narrator. Will listen to it again

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Really good and quite relevant!

I found this book forced me to have many stunning revelations! There is a passage speaking to the fact that people must stand for democracy and the republic not the institutions surrounding them. The institutions are put in place as supports for democracy and they can go off course so people must be willing to stand for the freedom of democracy itself. The whole book is begging people to wake from a brainwashed state and take what they are due. Brilliant.

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A love letter to 19th century thinking

This tale is long, imprecise and very human. It was a simple pleasure to let it wash over me for 45 chapters.

Twain's wit and derision lose nothing in the telling. Offerman's timing and inflection are perfect, and he's a proper Yankee to boot. It is impossible to hear Offerman's narration and not picture him cast in the story as the Boss. This is good.

Twain's passing lampooning of the German language is worth the price of admission.

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a comfortable listen

Nick Offerman provides the perfect voice to drawl this classic Twain tale in your ear. #Audible1

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  • Philip M. Chute
  • 2017-10-23

Mark Twain and Nick Offerman are a perfect match

The narration is perfect for the wit and sarcasm throughout this classic. The book is timeless and still great fun. I hope Nick Offerman reads more of Twain's novels.

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  • james galvin
  • 2017-11-22

I would give Nick Offerman 10 stars if I could

This book is Timeless. It is hard to believe that Mark Twain wrote this in 1889. It is all about capitalism, fraud, the effect of the church, and the ever present con artist. It may take place with the language and gallantry of the knights of the round table but it could be happening today. That is what makes him such a powerful writer. And to have it delivered by Nick Offerman just makes it MAGIC!

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  • numex
  • 2017-11-02

Never knew...

...anything about Mark Twain, except Tom and Huck. I laughed and laughed at the tremendous wit of Twain and narration of Mr. Offerman. What a treat.

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  • David I. Williams
  • 2018-01-08

Excellent Production

It has been over thirty years since I last read Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. The story is just as I remembered, though I had forgotten some details. Of course a 43 year old sees things missed by his 13 year old self. This is a masterpiece by the great American master. How can you make Twain even better? Add Nick Offerman as the reader. Offerman is brilliant. I’m sad I can only give five stars.

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  • Mark T. Branden
  • 2017-10-26

Mark Twain + Nick Offerman = Auditory Mirth

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is a literary treasure as it stands alone. When combined with Mr. Offerman's scotch-smooth rendition, its value only increases. It is as if Mark Twain used his protagonist's time traveling ability to pen a novel knowing the exact person for it to be read by 125 years later.

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  • Josh Carr Superstar
  • 2017-09-29

So funny

Such a funny book, Nick Offerman was the perfect choice. Without a doubt he is the boss

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  • unix_geek
  • 2017-09-25

Nobody is better suited to reading this book

Nick Offerman is the perfect voice for this classic story. Wonderfully done. The best audio book I’ve listened to. The characters were well-performed, clear and distinct, and it was read in a comfortable and familiar way.

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  • Mitch Pillarick III
  • 2017-10-02

Sir Nick Offerman is the Boss

It wasn’t long into this tale before I began imagining Nick Offerman himself as the main protagonist. In those intentional gaps in character development authors often leave for the reader to determine, such as unspoken mannerisms or physical characteristics, I unconsciously filled in with the mustachioed presence of the narrator. This complemented the work well. If this acting thing does not work out for the noted woodworker turned thespian, then he may just yet have a future in recounting the works of Mr. Twain.

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  • Brittany Guarna
  • 2018-08-22

Nick Offerman's performance is stellar!

I really liked this story; it might have been a little slow in some parts, but had great humor! Nick Offerman's performance took this to the next level. The combination of the dry humor and his performance had me laughing throughout this novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it - and it's a very unique story. Loved!

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  • Jared G
  • 2018-06-07

Very dry delivery

I like Mark Twain's writing as a rule, and this story is somewhat interesting in premise if very slow (might have been the delivery). From a story perspective I think it's that we only really know what the protagonist is thinking and most of the other characters are extremely one dimensional.
From a narration standpoint, maybe I should have known going in to an Offerman reading, but this ended up being just way too slow and dry for me. I forced my way through a few chapters but it just never picked up. I don't think this is how Hank would actually sound. I think he was a man with fire in him and this was the wrong direction to take the read. I couldn't finish.

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