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BLACK FIRE The True Story of the Original Tom Sawyer--and of the Mysterious Fires That Baptized Gold Rush-Era San Francisco

by | Read by Robert Graysmith

Biography & Memoir • 12 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2012

There really was a Tom Sawyer? Yes—and the beginning and end of this book recount who he was and how Mark Twain befriended him. The middle, longest, part of the volume covers San Francisco’s Gold Rush-era fires and the men who started and fought them. However, the two parts connect by only a thread, and Robert Graysmith’s narration of his own work suffers from a similar chasm between his skill as an author and his skill as an oral storyteller. Graysmith’s peculiar phrasing and blatant mispronunciation of many common and proper nouns confound any attempt to make sense of the story. Perhaps this book is better in print. R.L.L. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2012]

Trade Ed. • Tantor Media • 2012

CD ISBN 9781452609256 $34.99 • Ten CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781452659251 $24.99 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources


Library Ed. • Tantor Media • 2012

CD ISBN 9781452639253 $71.99 • Ten CDs

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