I couldn't get past the first chapter. I wish I hadn't spent money on this. It was a waste. I will never be able to listen to it.
Where Tom chases fantastic adventure, Huck finds a real journey in character. The great American novel.
It took me nearly 'til Chapter The Last to forget it was Elijah Wood reading. I had a little trouble believing his Jim, but after a while either he got better or I got used to him. His Huck was great, and that's the most important voice to get right.
It's terrific and important that this work is read afresh, as the author intended, without softening the language. The recording was enjoyable in its own right, but its cultural importance far overshadowed my quibbles with voices and accents. Thank you, Audible!
The narrator was phenomenal!!
Yes!! My children and I continuously commented on how brilliant the narrator was. None of us wanted to turn it off when we had to get out of the car!
This has been the best audio book we have listened to yet.
Passion for History, Philosophy and Politics.
It was good enough but Adventures of Tom Sawyer was much better. I guess it was more of a satire than the other though.
Yes, wholeheartedly, so long as that friend already likes classic literature because this is the best narration possible of this time-honored classic.
Huck Finn has always been, will always be, my favorite character. How can I describe my reasons for loving him? He's a scamp and his morals are all turned on their head where the right thing to do he thinks is the wrong thing, etc. He's one of the most outstandingly mixed-up characters in literary history.
No, because he really hasn't done much I'm interested in other than this performance. I wish he would perform more because I could not have asked for a better narrator. He was stupendous, bringing each character to vivid and individualistic life.
I laughed a great deal, especially when Tom Sawyer joined the story about the last quarter of the book. Come on!? That kid is such a crazed schemer. I spent half my time laughing and the other half rolling my eyes at the ceiling during his scenes. However did Huck stand him?!
To be totally and completely fair, I wasn't sure what to expect with this narration. Yes, Elijah made a terrific Huck. When he was 12 and cast in the 1993 movie. I didn't really have that much confidence that he would be able to recreate the character he portrayed so vividly when he was a boy. And even if he was able to recreate being Huckleberry Finn, what about all the other voices and local syntax that Mark Twain just LOVED using in his stories? Could he master every single voice and make it unique? I just wasn't sure about his skill set.My doubt in his voice performance was UNJUSTIFIED! To the max!What makes an audio book narrator a cut above the rest? Performing convincingly as uniquely individual characters within a story. Somewhere about 1/3 through the story, I forgot that it was Elijah voicing Jim. Because he became Jim. Just as he became Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer and his deadbeat father and every other single character you meet along the way including the King and the Duke.I've never before encountered a reading of such a complex book that was so completely easy to follow. There were perhaps a few times at the slow parts where I think Elijah may have been wearing down a tad, but he gained energy again and those brief moments of lost connection were soon forgotten. There is a good chance that this reading will become the quintessential audio book performance of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. My one regret is that I didn't find out about it until just NOW. I could have been loving Lij's narration for years! Now comes the hope, albeit dim, that he may take to performing other audio books. Who knew he was so well suited for the job?