I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
My primary issue with this book is that even though Twain quite cleverly indicts slavery as something that even an ignorant child can see is wrong, his portrayal of black people is ridiculous.
Every black person in this story is not only ignorant, but also quite stupid. This didn't sit well with me at all, and cheapened the story a great deal.
The third act of the story was pretty painful, and I have to wonder if Twain had intended it to be so?
Overall I think this book is still an incredibly important one, and one which should still be read in schools, along with the appropriate discussion of it's historical context, and an exploration of not only its merits, but also its flaws.
This book is so well performed by Elijah Wood. Of course it's a classic and has been read by almost everyone in high school but it's worth a second time just to hear the portrayal by Elijah Wood. Highly recommended! You'll enjoy every minute of it!
This book is a great sequel to Tom Sawyer. Because of what twain says in the preface about the local dialects used in the time period before the civil war, twain has nothing to apologize for. Thoroughly enjoyed it, only an idiot would ban thus book I am surprised anyone would find this book offensive. This is a child's book not intended for politics.
Absolutely wonderful! This is the first audiobook I've ever listened to, and I'm glad that I did. Elijah Wood gives an excellent read-- seamless, consistent, and believable. I only hope that it doesn't set the bar too high for other audiobooks I may end up listening to in the future. ;)
Well written, but performed even better. The only thing the story lacked was a plot, but you are warned about that in the beginning. Fantastical adventures that are good for the imagination. Elijah Wood did a phenomenal job with the voice acting. Best audible performance I have yet to hear.
Like most, I saw Elijah act as Frodo in Lord of the Rings. I had no idea how versatile he is as a voice actor. He really brings the characters in this book to life. How did his reading not win audio performance of the year? He's that good.
How do you compare Mark Twain to anything? His satire and ability to spin a tale is unmatched. I wish Elijah Wood would read more stories.
I use whisper sync for most of audio books as I like to read and listen as often as I can to get the full immersive effect. This is a very difficult book to read as the southern slang is tough to decipher. My hat is off to Elijah Wood for making it so easy to understand.
It would have to be named the same as the book but have Eijah Wood play the part of Huck.
I tried reading this book 40+ years ago in school and couldn't get through it due to the slang. The audio version is wonderful as it brings Mark Twain's book to life. It's interesting how the "n" word is so commonly used throughout the book and was merely a way to describe Jim's race. Now it is a derogatory term. This book really gives you a slice of history as to how people communicated in the 1870s. It also shows the reader how Huck struggled with slavery. Finally, I really liked Jim's character. I wish he was in the book more.
I can see why this is a classic. By all means, give this one a listen.
A classic indeed and made more enjoyable by Elijah Wood as the narrator. Sadly I have had many an audio book ruined by poor narrators but this was awesome! Great choice. Other than Jim Dale and Nancy Cartwright this has been the best narrator I've heard!