The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson (Version 2)

Read by John Greenman

(4.8 stars; 151 reviews)

It was published in 1893–1894 by Century Magazine in seven installments, and is a detective story with some racial themes. The plot of this novel is a detective story, in which a series of identities — the judge's murderer, Tom, Chambers — must be sorted out. This structure highlights the problem of identity and one's ability to determine one's own identity. Broader issues of identity are the central ideas of this novel.

One of Twain’s major goals in this book was to exploit the true nature of Racism at that period. Twain used comic relief as a way to divulge his theme. The purpose of a comic relief is to address his or her opinion in a less serious way, yet persuade the reader into thinking the writers thoughts. Twain’s use of satire is visible throughout the book. Twain’s use of colloquialism (dialect) and local color as features of Naturalism to convey his theme, is impressive and ahead for his time. (Summary by Wikipedia) (5 hr 23 min)


00 - A Whisper to the Reader 3:29 Read by John Greenman
01 - Pudd'nhead Wins his Name 11:36 Read by John Greenman
02 - Dricoll Spares His Slaves 15:02 Read by John Greenman
03 - Roxy Plays a Shrewd Trick 12:04 Read by John Greenman
04 - The Ways of the Changelings 16:44 Read by John Greenman
05 - The Twins Thrill Dawson's Landing 10:43 Read by John Greenman
06 - Swimming in Glory 10:22 Read by John Greenman
07 - The Unknown Nymph 6:47 Read by John Greenman
08 - Marse Tom Tramples His Chance 18:53 Read by John Greenman
09 - Tom Practices Sycophancy 10:13 Read by John Greenman
10 - The Nymph Revealed 10:08 Read by John Greenman
11 - Pudd'nhead's Thrilling Discovery 26:56 Read by John Greenman
12 - The Shame of Judge Driscoll 11:45 Read by John Greenman
13 - Tom Stares at Ruin 12:50 Read by John Greenman
14 - Roxana Insists Upon Reform 19:57 Read by John Greenman
15 - The Robber Robbed 17:25 Read by John Greenman
16 - Sold Down the River 8:09 Read by John Greenman
17 - The Judge Utters Dire Prophesy 4:50 Read by John Greenman
18 - Roxana Commands 22:44 Read by John Greenman
19 - The Prophesy Realized 17:30 Read by John Greenman
20 - The Murderer Chuckles 15:54 Read by John Greenman
21 - Doom 25:14 Read by John Greenman
22 - Conclusion 4:45 Read by John Greenman


my new favorite Mark Twain.

(5 stars)

I had never read this story before. It was a delight to hear as was John Greenman's impeccable and enchanting reading. His voice is one of my favorites too. It is hard to think of Mark Twain without thinking of John Greenman's voice. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

(5 stars)

great story however the reader should be warned of a heavy usage of the N word. Loved the convoluted antebellum reasoning in the conclusion. Also whoever' wrote the preview of the book should remove the mention of the murder as it happens toward the end of the story

reading suits writing

(5 stars)

very well done: not a laconic reading but lively storytelling which is why i prefer this version and recommend it to everyone who wants to truly enjoy twain's legendary humour and writing. thank you, more please. :-)

Version 2 superior

(5 stars)

I began this book with Version 1. No offense, but the reader was so poor that I switched to this marvelous version. The reader was excellent and the story, riveting! Many hours of driving well spent.

Love Greenman!

(5 stars)

Interesting book beautifully read by the wonderful John Greenman. I really liked the way you imitated the Italian accent. Thanks for reading this!

A Real Treat

(5 stars)

Outstanding reader and very entertaining story. Mark Twain is a hoot and John Greenman is absolutely perfect. Spot on!

Excellent reader. Listened to the story several times. Interest

(5 stars)


Great story

(5 stars)

Thanks to the reader for your time.