I love the musical and I love the movie so I finally decided to give the book a chance. And I have to say that I really enjoyed it. I found several parts in the original story that had been changed for both the musical and the movie and, surprisingly, I found the biggest changes to be BETTER than the original storyline - go figure! (I mean really?! How rare is it that the movie/play is better than the book?!) Still, I thought the book was great and am definitely glad I gave it a shot.
This book was a favorite of mine when I was a kid and I read it many, many times throughout childhood. Recently I got a review copy of the new audio version of Huck Finn so I decided to revisit Tom's story before moving on to Huck's. I have to admit ... I was a bit disappointed in TOM SAWYER. Sad but true. It is still a "good" story but it is much simpler than I remembered, and much more a children's story than I realized at the time. From what I understand (and vaguely recall, though I'm not trusting my memory on this) Huck's story has more adult themes (and more adventure! That's something that I definitely remember.) so I'm still looking forward to listening to that one.