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.
I finally got around to this book. I think I would have enjoyed it just as much without the "N" word repeated 239 times. No, I didn't count them - I goggled it. The only thing I would change would be my rating for Elijah Wood (narrator) a few more stars. Great job!
After way more than 50 listens, Elijah Wood's impeccable reading of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn still holds my Number One spot for American Fiction. This recording is second only to Jeremy Irons' reading of Lolita in my hierarchy of (>1100) Audible titles.
It's my single most recommended book, because it shines brighter on repeat listens, and is suitable for all ages.
For me, every July starts with a week of listening to Huck Finn: it gives me faith in the goodness of most people, in the human spirit, and in America. It's sad and wise and clever and warm.
It was a brave book when written, and listening to it, taking it into our hearts and minds now is brave and right and necessary.
The depth of character and quality of its portrayal—through action, words and introspection— the missteps and triumphs, the frustration, imprudence and ultimately the redemption of Jim and Huck will become part of your personal experience, if you just listen.
Elijah Wood's performance is flawless. No child is singsongy or cloying. The menace of hateful men is as palpable. Tom Sawyer is shallow and puerile. We see that he won't grow up to be half the man Huck Finn already is.
This is probably still the greatest work of American fiction. If it is not required reading in your school district, then your school district is doing your children a disservice.
Make Huck Finn required reading in Your Life. And let Elijah Wood read this book to you.
This is a fine recording, quite well done. The accents and voices were probably far more accurate than Dietz's narration. But Dietz has that something that you can't describe, something comes through to the listener that is just missing in this book. I think Wood sounds more like a young teen, but a board young teen.
My favorite part of the book is near the beginning, when Tom Sawyer forms the band of robbers. That is the funniest, most ironic part of the book, in my opinion, and Norman Dietz nails it!!! Elijah Wood gets through it ok...
Fantastic performance in dialect.
Huck, of course, because he had such a sense of adventure and got himself and Jim out of so many tight places. Ever cheerful Huck enjoyed every moment.
Too many good scenes to select just one.
Mark Twain at his best.
I think folks who are looking at this title already know Huck and Mark Twain. It is the performance that makes this so special. The perfect voice to color the story.