The Innocents Abroad
When you dive into Mark Twain’s (Samuel Clemens’) The Innocents Abroad, you have to be ready to learn more about the unadorned, ungilded reality of 19th century “touring” than you might think you want to learn. This is a tough, literary journey. It was tough for Twain and his fellow “pilgrims”, both religious and otherwise. They set out, on a June day in 1867, to visit major tourist sites in Europe and the near east, including Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, “the Holy Land”, and Egypt. What Twain records, in often humorous, sometimes grotesque but always fascinating detail, are the day-to-day ups and downs of discovering the truth about people and places. The truths they learn are often far different than their education and rumor have made them preconceive.This is a voyage of discovery. It’s long and, in places, tiresome. But it’s revelatory about so much. As with some of his other works, Twain includes popular prejudices of his time, which are today considered socially unacceptable. His references to “Indians”, “Negroes” and “infidels” come to mind.Beyond the lows, though, there are the highs of Twain’s cutting wit and insight as he guides us along the bumpy and often dangerous voyage.No need to buckle up. Just take it slow, and steady…like the journey itself.
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October 13, 2013
Innocents Abroad is the best road trip audiobook ever. I highly recommend it for those long trips you're facing. It's funny, enchanting, and you don't want Twain's adventure to end. The reader is professional caliber and enhances the narrative. Lastly, this app is superior to all other public domain apps.
July 11, 2013
This was the most enjoyable book I have listened to in a long time. The single reader was EXCELLENT. A professional reader could not have been better. I laughed out loud listening to Twain describe his trip. I might listen to this one again. II may have missed a lot while I was laughing. Recommended this to lots of friends.
June 14, 2012
A very good book and very well read. I particularly recomend it if you have been in some of the places he visited, Paris, Rome, the Holly Land.