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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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  • j gonzales
  • 11-12-2020

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
  • 18-11-2020

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
  • 03-12-2019

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
  • 12-01-2021

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
  • 25-11-2020

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
  • 24-10-2020

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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  • Paddypgh
  • 15-07-2021

Bad narration

I have no idea if this book is any good because the narration is so terrible that I gave up in the second chapter.

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  • DeRoseBreathe
  • 31-05-2021

I love Joan of Arc!

I don’t love this man’s voice! And His dramatization reading this beautiful wonderful story! I was horribly disappointed! :/. So bummed. Is this made for children? If so it’s perfect story telling you would get from the story time at the library. I am a former preschool teacher and I used to read to my kids this way and the kids were glued. Same with the library lady. Never had a library man. He sounds how us feminines sounds. Ugh I couldn’t get past the 2nd chapter. So bummed for me at 60. But definitely for 6-10

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  • AngelaSun
  • 26-05-2021

Well done!

I have very strong, personal reasons to familiarize myself with Jehanne d'Arc's life and character. This book did it in an informative and engaging way with a good storyline to keep my attention and retain information, without getting bogged down with dry facts and over-analysis. Excellently executed historical fiction. Thank you!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-2021

amazing story HORRIBLE narrator

I could not even get past chapter three. the narrator sounds like if Mickey Mouse and an encyclopedia had a baby, who tried to narrate a book. It was not possible to listen to this book with this narrator. I'll be trying another to finish this book.

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  • manicdepressiveduck
  • 27-05-2020

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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