Audible, that audacious audiobook arm of Amazon, brings another classic to life with Nick Offerman’s reading of Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Offerman is best known for his portrayal of the cranky Ron Swanson of the acclaimed NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation.
Offerman’s performance of the 19th century Connecticut Yankee’s slip back to the 6th century England and the court of the legendary King Arthur provides the actor with superb challenges for his voice talent. The lead character Hank, a pragmatic engineer with no use for fools, provides ideal material for the deadpan delivery Offerman is renowned for. He breathes life into Merlin’s pompous pronouncements, purrs the purpled-prose and egotistical posturing of the Round Table knights, and croons the melodious intonations of Hank’s young sidekick, Clarence.
Like much of Twain’s work, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is a timeless commentary on life and society and is eerily relevant to many issues dividing America and Britain today.
This production is not Offerman’s first audio performance of Twain’s work. In 2016 Audible released Offerman’s performance of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is available beginning today at Audible. A SoundCloud sample follows.