Mr. Wood's narration starts slowly but builds in both intensity and humor. An hour or so in to the book, he hits his stride and never misses a beat from then on. I downloaded when it first became available although I thought that Elijah Wood was an odd choice for narrator. Instead I found he was a brilliant choice. The narration ranks with the best of Jeff Woodman; this is as good as it gets. The definitive version on audio which will probably never be surpassed.
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is nonpareil, but Elijah Wood's dramatization verges on genius. His style brings nuance to the fore that was simply unavailable to me when I read the book (silently) to myself. It added color to an already colorful peice of work. Congratulations, Mr. Wood.
This is turning out to be one of my favorite audio books. Elijah's done an amazing job bringing this tale to life.
I already owned a different narration of "Huck Finn" when this one came out. After listening to the sample of Elijah Wood reading I had to buy this one. Was it worth it? It certainly was! What a difference an actor makes. His dialects and voices were wonderful and I was on that river with Huck and Jim.
This absolute classic is brilliantly narrated by Wood who uses his talent to the extreme. I was duly impressed at Wood's lingual skills in navigating the dialect and accents. For those who have written reviews detesting the use of the "N" word, that's simply how they spoke in Twain's time. This novel brings you back to the lazy days of the mid 1800s in America and all that goes with it. If you paid attention in high school or college US History class, you'll understand the language of the time. "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was on my high school reading list and I was hooked when I read it. I had read it twice more after school and was thrilled when it came out on audible.com. I was not disappointed by the treatment the audio transformation gave it. Highly recommend.
I hadn't read Huck Finn since I was a boy and had forgotten just how wonderful a book is. Wood does a very nice job reading - he handles the different accents quite well. I enjoyed it, so I reccommend it.
I probably read Huckleberry Fin in High School, but that was 40 years ago. I was curious how well Elijah Wood would narrate the book and though it was one of the BEST books I have purchased so far. Elijah was very, very good at capturing the dialects and I did appreciate the original text, N word and all. I highly recommend this book. It is a classic that anyone would enjoy listening to.
Elijah Wood is very talented. Huck Finn is always gonna be a good listen, but the nuances Elijah Wood uses in his narration and the energy in his voice make this one of the most enjoyable audio books I have ever listened to. Make sure you listen carefully to Elijah's treatment of the dialect for "the King!" Check it out - you won't be disappointed!
I enjoyed listening to this book. It's shocking to hear the slang, the use of the n-word, and the prejudice demonstrated here by so many of the characters. But it is clear that Mark Twain was trying to capture time in a bottle, showing the language, customs, popular beliefs, However, the authordemonstrates his disapproval of the prejudice by the way the story unfolds. When Huck acts most prejudiced, he is trying to blend in with the crowd in order to help Jim. Jim ends up being the most noble character of all, with his self-less actions and deep sense of right and wrong. Elijah Wood was spot on with the reading. Worth the listen.
Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!
Huck Finn, finding himself stuck between the prospect of staying locked up with his drunken, abusive father or being taken under the wing of the Widow Douglas and her sister Miss Watson who want to "sivilize" [sic] him, decides to fake his own murder so he can roam free instead. He takes off on a raft and soon runs into Jim, Miss Watson's recently escaped slave, and together they go on a long adventure down the Mississippi river. I liked the beginning of the story where Finn describes his wretched father's ill treatment of him and his subsequent clever escape, but then wasn't much taken with the rest of the first half of the book about their times on the raft. But I'm glad I didn't follow my first impulse to give up, because the action that follows picks up considerably, when the two are joined by the "Duke" and "King".
"It didn't take me long to make up my mind that these liars warn't no kings nor dukes at all, but just low-down humbugs and frauds. But I never said nothing, never let on; kept it to myself; it's the best way; then you don't have no quarrels, and don't get into no trouble. If they wanted us to call them kings and dukes, I hadn't no objections, 'long as it would keep peace in the family."
This section of the book was filled with one hilarious mad caper after another; the last section, where Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer devise plans to free Jim, who has meanwhile been taken prisoner by *well-meaning* folk who intend to return him to his 'rightful owners', is just delightful. I laughed out loud at Tom Sawyer's insistence on coming up with the most complicated schemes so that Jim's escape would be like what he's read about in adventure novels.
The repeated use of the "N" word and references to slavery at first disturbed me, but the historical context of the story and Twain's obvious abolitionist stance made them tolerable in the circumstances. Elija Wood's narration brought the colorful dialects to life and was generally wonderful—definitely recommended