In probably the smartest move in literary history, Audible has recruited Nick Offerman to narrate Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.
The time-traveling romp follows a 19th-century engineer from Connecticut transported back to 6th-century England, where he uses his then-modern expertise to wow King Arthur and his posse. Things go awry in a hilarious fashion, and Twain proves yet again he’s a master of understated, cantankerous wit.
Enter Nick Offerman, whose Parks and Recreation persona may be the closest we’ll get to seeing Mark Twain in a sitcom. Having previously narrated The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for Audible, Offerman is neither a stranger to audiobooks nor to Twain. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Offerman said, “His jokes aren’t necessarily overt. They’re a lot of behavior or character-based pieces of humor. So it’ll make me laugh 50 times in a row, because that’s what makes his writing so timeless and classic.”
Offerman’s brusque, always-mildly-irritated voice suits Twain’s style nicely. The story itself has been on my to-read list for a while. It has King Arthur and time travel. It sounds like Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure written by one of the greatest American novelists. And, now, narrated by one of the greatest Americans. Period.
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