Following up his charming work in narrating The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for Audible, Nick Offerman is back at it again. Our favorite bristly pinnacle of American male-dom will be taking on another classic novel from Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. The audiobook will become available from Audible tomorrow—Sept. 19, 2017, and can be pre-ordered at this address.
In the meantime, though, Audible has released a video detailing some of Offerman’s behind-the-scenes work on Connecticut Yankee, which involves a look at him doing some of the actual narration, along with some of the gifted comic/actor/writer’s commentary on his love of Mark Twain. Says Offerman: “Mark Twain’s voice is so delightfully puckish. He takes his protagonist and puts them in a situation with other people, and has such a great sense of humor about how his protagonist manipulates those other people using his cleverness.” You can watch the full video below (and you can check out an exclusive audio clip here).
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, if you weren’t assigned that particular story in grade school, is the story of a 19th century engineer who is magically transported back to the middle ages, where he uses the advantages of a modern technological mind to convince the locals that he’s some sort of magical being. Like all Twain stories, it’s equal parts warmly humorously and thoughtfully satirical.