Twain’s Feast

Twain’s Feast

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain?s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain?s favorite foods. As we explore these foods? role in Samuel Clemens? life, we also discover a surprising culinary and ecological history of America. Th Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a c...

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Title:Twain’s Feast
Author:Audible Originals
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Genres:Nonfiction
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Audible Audio
Number of Pages:5 pages pages

Twain’s Feast Reviews

  • Roxanne
    Nov 14, 2018
    This is a truly original piece, centered around a modern-day gathering and seamlessly combined with snippets of Mark Twain's timeless writing as well as interviews with an eclectic mix of individuals. The chapters weave together interesting perspectives of American history, ecology, ag...
  • Jason McKinney
    Nov 13, 2018
    This is an interesting idea and there's quite a bit of fun stuff to learn about Twain here (he had a collection of vibrators...yes, Virginia, that kind of vibrator!) but the initial concept falls kinda flat. The idea is that there is supposed to be a feast of eight dishes that Twain lo...
  • lit.erary.britt
    Dec 02, 2018
    Based on Mark Twain?s extensive favorite foods list, this audio documentary provides a brief glimpse at American culinary history, discussing many regional cuisines and imparting socioeconomic insight as to why many dishes no longer exist. It?s also a snapshot of Twain?s life, hi...
  • Stacie
    Nov 07, 2018
    I wanted to like this. Mark Twain? Awesome! History? Love it! Food? I'm all about that! And then... and then came 4 hours of lackluster and poorly edited disappointment. I didn't have to spend any money one it but, ugh, can I get my time back? ...
  • Charlene
    Jan 25, 2019
    not my cup of tea ...
  • robyn
    Jan 13, 2019
    A biographical feast made of memories. This performance is a labor of love, a dinner made up of dishes that Twain loved, each course leading smoothly to a discussion of American history, Twain's writings, politics, slavery, ecology. Prairie chicken, oysters, maple syrup, trout, rac...
  • Alan
    Nov 11, 2018
    Intriguing Podcast-Style Audio Documentary Review of the Audible Originals edition primarily narrated by Nick Offerman Twain's Feast was one of the free Audible Originals offered* to members in November 2018 and was one of my choices. It is not so much an audiobook as an audio docu...
  • Stina
    Nov 03, 2018
    Book #82 for 2018 Read Harder: An essay anthology The Legendary Book Club of Habitica's Ultimate Reading Challenge: A microhistory Key Words: November - Food While I Was Reading: Read a book (fiction or non) about a historical person/event/era you're interested in Reading the Year...
  • Lynn Cahoon
    Jan 05, 2019
    I adored this meal built around Mark Twain's life and the history of the times. ...
  • John
    Dec 31, 2018
    Typical millennial half-assery. This Audible Original purports to be a recreation of a feast Twain dreamed about upon returning to the US from international travel (A Tramp Abroad). I was expecting a literate discussion of the food of that period, much like Mark Kurlansky would do (Cod...
  • Allison
    Dec 25, 2018
    Interesting, not just about Twain, who I don't know that much about, but also about how his life, in many ways reflected the changing American culture and landscape. I'd like to have seen more criticism, but that's not the point of this so it's understandable that it wouldn't have much...
  • Stephen
    Jan 01, 2019
    You get what you pay for. Since this came free with my Audible membership, I got what I paid for, but that doesn't mean it wasn't extremely disappointing. While ostensibly about a meal based on Mark Twain's ideal American feast, the production takes his dishes as jumping off points for...
  • Alan
    Dec 09, 2018
    Not what I was expecting. Gave up in Chapter 3. Too much politics; not enough food. It wasn't even "Twain's Feast," because the first two courses were more or less copouts. Can't find prairie chicken? No problem! Here's corn instead. Can't figure out how to cook raccoon? No prob...
  • Geoff
    Jan 24, 2019
    The episodes were a little disjointed, but overall this did a good job of capturing Twain the persona, Clemens the man, and the major changes the USA went through in his lifetime. Doesn't shrink too much from controversial topics (listening to the African American producer from Brookly...
  • Joel
    Nov 06, 2018
    A peculiar listen, that is incredibly difficult to follow at times, especially while being a recording in a room full of people talking. I liked the idea but it felt slapdash and incomplete, and left me a bit disappointed. ...
  • Chad
    Jan 16, 2019
    It was great to get to know more of the personal life of Samuel Clements and how he became Mark Twain. I?m not sure how the food and meals really fit in and I felt the book was overshadowed by talk of racism and anti-white rants. ...
  • Sarah
    Dec 03, 2018
    An audible original done right. A great little storyline surrounding Twain, food, race, and environmental issues. I absolutely loved this audiobook. ...
  • Corinna
    Feb 23, 2019
    Oh! Snatched a two star rating from the jaws of a certain one star rating! Mark Twain, culinary magic, and Nick Offerman- what the heck could go wrong? All I can say is the first half (or more) of this book was nothing but political minutiae and racial tension slathered with enviro...
  • Nicholas Driscoll
    Dec 14, 2018
    This was alright. I learned a lot about Mark Twain. Interesting guy. The feast theme felt like a gimmick, but some of the facts that came out about the dishes were interesting. I hadn?t realized how popular turtle soup was! Nor how common it was to eat raccoon! I didn?t find Nic...
  • Laurali
    Nov 20, 2018
    I believe this was an abridged version of a series. This was informative, but I felt a bit cheated I didn't get to hear more reactions to the feast. The last three chapters just swept the whole dinner party premise under the rug. ...
  • B.A. Wilson
    Dec 31, 2018
    This Audible original was so random, in the most fascinating and delightful sort of way. It was not at all what I expected, but I definitely enjoyed the commentary on Mark Twain, food, race, and environmental issues. I didn't expect to get all of that out of this short listen, but it r...
  • Tricia Culp
    Dec 31, 2018
    Fun and fascinating for a Twain fan. ...
  • Katrina Gomez
    Dec 10, 2018
    I loved this! I am listening to Tom Sawyer on audible because of it. History, food, human choice, loss, love, climate change, growth, San Francisco; I was sad it ended. Admittedly the end did feel like they kept the different interviews going a bit too long, like they needed to stretch...
  • Daria
    Nov 18, 2018
    An interesting listen with a lot of effort put in by the production crew. However, the concept of uniting culinary history, American history and Twain's biography in one doesn't always work. The bits about Twain are always by far the most interesting; some random stories about the life...
  • Jonny Parshall
    Dec 08, 2018
    What a yarn! What I thought to be a twofold tale of a man and his feast turned out to be so much more. True, both man and feast are well covered here in a culinary biography like no other (see my review for Jim Harrison's A Really Big Lunch), but most of all it is a story of America...
  • Jeff Harris
    Dec 09, 2018
    The concept of recreating a meal was interesting at first, but they never really followed through with the premise. The stories and details surrounding it though were interesting, especially as I'm not familiar with Twain's background. Some of the clips that were added to the base ...
  • Stacy GeekRemixALot
    Nov 05, 2018
    Received this for free as part of my Audible membership! If you're interested in reading this, I think it's important to know that this book is about a LOT more than just food. It really covers the life and times of Mark Twain, and although the project *centers* around food it also ...
  • Angee Kilmer
    Jan 01, 2019
    Consisting of much more than a discussion on food, this is a great "audio documentary". Think NPR food critic. I feel it could have been edited better. For instance, the turtle soup chapter should have been edited down to half. Missouri born but a Kansan by choice, I enjoyed listening ...
  • Immanuel
    Feb 01, 2019
    Amazing... I started listening just out of a passing curiosity and kept listening as they told a story not just about Mark Twain and the food that he loved but about the country that created many of the dishes and how well the author knew and loved America, even to the point of being s...
  • Eli Fry
    Nov 09, 2018
    Essentially it looks at a few things in Mark Twain?s life, but doesn?t give the real picture. It?s entertaining, but can be a bit crass. There?s stuff you don?t hear most places so that?s cool though! ...