The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a staple in literature. This book is and probably always will be one of my favorites. Mark Twain does an exceptional job of capturing the time and portrays it within his characters. One thing that I've always loved about this book is that throughout the entire story, as Huck is trying to help Jim, he has this constant battle of consciousness. He thinks he's doing the wrong thing by trying to help free Jim and he thinks that he's going to go to hell because of it, but anyone can see that Huck is without a doubt doing the right thing. His thinking is just a product of the time. Mark Twain does a great job of showing racism within his book that way and he goes even farther to shed light upon equality. I'm really glad this narration stuck true to the book and they didn't omit anything. Between that and Elijah Woods performance, this story was truly brought to life and it was a fantastic story to listen to. It made me think and laugh and it was a great way to pass the time on my commute.
I haven't listened to any other version of Huckleberry Finn on Audible, but I'm going to go ahead and say with some certainty that this version ranks up there with the best, if not the best.
Great listen. Give it a try!!
Having always been a fan of Mark Twain, I thought it would be fun to reread (listen to) Huck Finn. I had last done so back in middle school, liked it, but never as much as THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER . Surprisingly, I found it very slow moving and no longer held my interest.
A classic that is worth reading in order to get a glimpse of what life was like on and around the Mississippi River during the pre-Civil War era.
Elijah Wood does such a fantastic job narrating- he brings the story to life. I laughed out loud many times due to his portrayal of characters. I highly recommend this narration.
The only draw back- it's shocking how slaves were treated and talked about. The "n" word abounds throughout the entire novel.
Mark twain is a masterful story teller and his ability to develop characters is unmatched. The dialogue superbly expresses the variable dialects. The ending is heartwarming and entirely satisfying.
I somehow had never read this book growing up and needed to listen to something light after listening to an upsetting book. The story actually disappointed me at times - some parts were so outlandish I almost lost interest but most of it was very heartwarming and interesting and it left me with a huge smile. But even more impressive to me than the story and writing technique was Elijah woods performance as narrator - it is superb. It's almost hard to believe that he is reading all parts, he uses so many different types of voices and accents - i felt like I was in a broadway play. I had no idea he was so talented. I'm eager to listen to more audiotapes narrated by him.