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Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, Volumes 1 & 2

Gelesen von John Greenman

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Mark Twain's work on Joan of Arc is titled in full "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte." De Conte is identified as Joan's page and secretary. For those who've always wanted to "get behind" the Joan of Arc story and to better understand just what happened, Twain's narrative makes the story personal and very accessible.

The work is fictionally presented as a translation from the manuscript by Jean Francois Alden, or, in the words of the published book, "Freely Translated out of the Ancient French into Modern English from the Original Unpublished Manuscript in the National Archives of France."

It was originally published as a serialization in Harper's Magazine beginning in 1895 and later published in book form in 1896. However the Harper's editors decided to cut 12 chapters that describe much of Joan's Great Trial, saying the chapters were not suitable for serialization since, "They will not bear mutilation or interruption, but must be read as a whole, as one reads a drama." This recording contains the complete text!

De Conte is a fictionalized version of Joan of Arc's page Louis de Contes, and provides narrative unity to the story. He is presented as an individual who was with Joan during the three major phases of her life - as a youth in Domremy, as the commander of Charles' army on military campaign, and as a defendant at the trial in Rouen. The book is presented as a translation by Alden of de Conte's memoirs, written in his later years for the benefit of his descendants.

Twain based his descriptions of Joan of Arc on his daughter, Susy Clemens, as he remembered her at the age of seventeen.

Twain said, "I like Joan of Arc best of all my books; and it is the best; I know it perfectly well. And besides, it furnished me seven times the pleasure afforded me by any of the others; twelve years of preparation, and two years of writing. The others needed no preparation and got none." (Summary by Wikipedia and John Greenman) (15 hr 18 min)

Chapters

00 - Vol. I, Book I, In Domremy - Preface

11:30

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01 - When Wolves Ran Free in Paris

6:54

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02 - The Fairy Tree of Domremy

29:56

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03 - All Aflame with Love of France

17:44

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04 - Joan Tames the Mad Man

18:50

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05 - Domremy Pillaged and Burned

18:02

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06 - Joan and Archangel Michael

14:52

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07 - She Delivers the Divine Command

16:21

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08 - Why the Scorners Relented

4:37

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09 - Book II-IN COURT AND CAMP - Joan Says Good-By

4:21

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10 - The Governor Speeds Joan

13:54

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11 - The Paladin Groans and Boasts

12:48

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12 - Joan Leads Us Through the Enemy

16:40

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13 - We Pierce the Last Ambuscades

24:47

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14 - Joan Convinces the King

16:12

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15 - Our Paladin in His Glory

15:10

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16 - Joan Persuades the Inquisitors

17:32

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17 - She Is Made General-in-Chief

6:54

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18 - The Maid's Sword and Banner

10:22

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19 - The War March Is Begun

8:03

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20 - Joan Puts Heart in Her Army

13:21

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21 - Checked by the Folly of the Wise

13:39

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22 - What the English Answered

5:44

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23 - My Exquisite Poem Goes to Smash

18:34

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24 - The Finding of the Dwarf

19:15

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25 - Sweet Fruit of Bitter Truth

5:02

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26 - Joan's First Battle-Field

11:01

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27 - We Burst In Upon Ghosts

5:34

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28 - Joan Makes Cowards Brave Victors

10:41

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29 - She Gently Reproves Her Dear Friend

10:54

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30 - The Fate of France Decided

15:16

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31 - Joan Inspires the Tawdry King

17:03

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32 - Tinsel Trappings of Nobility

7:05

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33 - At Last--Forward!

11:17

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34 - The Last Doubts Scattered

8:39

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35 - How Joan Took Jargeau

15:26

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36 - Joan Foretells Her Doom

6:09

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37 - Fierce Talbot Reconsiders

13:24

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38 - The Red Field of Patay

7:39

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39 - France Begins to Live Again

6:08

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40 - The Joyous News Flies Fast

2:58

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41 - Joan's Five Great Deeds

9:47

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42 - The Jests of the Burgundians

11:44

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43 - The Heir of France is Crowned

22:19

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44 - Joan Hears News from Home

19:45

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45 - Again to Arms

13:18

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46 - The King Cries "Forward!"

11:29

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47 - We Win, but the King Balks

14:49

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48 - Treachery Conquers Joan

6:29

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49 - The Maid Will March No More

11:50

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50 - The Maid in Chains

8:50

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51 - Joan Sold to the English

9:37

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52 - Weaving the Net About Her

11:11

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53 - All Ready to Condemn

6:32

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54 - Fifty Experts Against a Novice

10:21

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55 - The Maid Baffles Her Persecutors

17:00

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56 - Craft That Was in Vain

10:07

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57 - Joan Tells of Her Visions

11:47

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58 - Her Sure Deliverance Foretold

23:01

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59 - The Inquisitors at Their Wit's End

9:33

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60 - The Court Reorganized for Assassination

11:10

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61 - Joan's Master-Stroke Diverted

13:35

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62 - The Third Trial Fails

17:08

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63 - Joan Struggles with Her Twelve Lies

12:24

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64 - Undaunted by Threat of Burning

7:34

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65 - Joan Stands Defiant Before the Rack

11:22

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66 - Supreme in Direst Peril

5:39

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67 - Condemned Yet Unafraid

7:03

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68 - Our Last Hopes of Rescue Fail

8:32

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69 - The Betrayal

19:44

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70 - Respited Only for Torture

5:44

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71 - Joan Gives the Fatal Answer

12:49

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72 - The Time Is at Hand

14:11

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73 - Joan the Martyr

12:54

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74 - Conclusion

9:16

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Bewertungen

Brilliant Reader

(5 Sterne)

I've been impressed enough with John Greenman's readings to google him! Fantastic reader, who's made it his mission to read all of Mark Twain's books. And he seems to know them all by heart.... faultless readings, the characters come alive and hundreds of hours of brilliant entertainment. Why would ANYONE watch tv with this freely available? Thank you! Awesome :D

Excellent reading of an excellent book

(5 Sterne)

I'd like to thank personally the reader, John Greenman, for the superb job he did. What a great book! I enjoyed this very much.

most interesting book and excellent reader

(4,5 Sterne)

I enjoyed this book. It is worthy of your time. It starts slowly with details you do not realize will be relevant to the rest of the story. You will be glad you kept listing. The pace will quicken and you will not want it to end. The reader is one of the very best!!

(5 Sterne)

Outstanding rendition of third lengthy story. The reader had superb diction, flow, sensitivity to the text. And an smooth voice that was easy to listen to.

Personal Recollections of Jean of Ark - Superb

(5 Sterne)

A less renowned Twain story, but a compelling retelling of the Mayrter's life. Excellent reading by Mr. Greenman

Joan

(5 Sterne)

Excellent book, full of action and pathos. And of course Greenman's reading is simply wonderful. Thank you, John. TheBookworm (Manchester, UK)

(4 Sterne)

This was one of the first books I’ve read about Joan of Arc and it was entertaining and enlightening. It flows well (though some parts are slow/redundant) and gives a good look into Joan’s story for a beginner like me who didn’t know many details beforehand. The narrator’s voice is great aside from his Joan impressions. 😬 In attempting to make her sound sweet and innocent, he makes her sound ditsy and air-headed, which couldn’t be farther from the truth. Overall I was touched by the life of this incredible Maid through reading this account, and it led me to reflection of God’s power, His plan, our role in that plan, and the disbelieving hearts of men.

wonderful

(5 Sterne)

This was absolutely wonderful. The reader, John Greeman is excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. I have read much about Joan and this book was a great help in putting all the bits together. What is known about Joan comes from the trials and all the information is out of order. It really helps to have a book put things together in the right timeline.