I'm a real fan of Huck and Jim. My first version of this story was read by Dick Hill and he's the reader that I compare this version to. Compared to his reading, Wood, to my ear, is a tenor monotone.
The positive reviews of Wood's reading are puzzling. I was not impressed with his rendering of either dialect, dialogue or character. Basically Tom sounds like Huck sounds like Jim sounds like Miss Watson.
I haven't listened to the other readers, but I would recommend Dick Hill's version over Wood's.
I loved Tom Sawyer... can Mr. Wood the Adventures of Tom Sawyer too?
His voice portrayed the characters to a T.
Well, I can't say anything about Mark Twain which hasn't already been said better by folks more informed than I.
But I enjoyed this romp through the old river days.
Twain was irreverent and politically incorrect even in his time and much more so now, with repeated use of the "N" word.
He holds a mirror up to the times of his day which so often reveals an unflattering image of beliefs and practices of the day. Maybe we should examine our own time with the same mirror.
Lots of irony and wit used in this book as well, but don't worry, it's not preachy or self righteous, but quite a journey with lots of fun and action along the way.
I love to read mysteries, histories, biographies, humor, and Jane Austen.
The performance is good. Elijah Wood does a fine job with distinctive voices for the characters, and his accents are spot-on. The first two-thirds of the book relates an enjoyable set of adventures. The last third, though, was a painful slog through an "adventure" that goes on far too long.
I've read this book several times. For some reason, listening rather than reading made me aware how tiresome the last third of the book is. Trying to avoid spoilers, but... one character takes a fairly simple, straightforward task and turns it into a complex nightmare, just so the end product will match his idea of the "proper" way to do things. This goes on and on and on and on and... you get the idea. It stopped being funny or charming long before this section ended.
The voices he creates for the various characters. I particularly liked the pseudo-English accents mangled by the Midwestern twang of the "King" and the "Duke." I also liked the way he portrays the warm friendship between Jim and Huck, which is the heart of the story.
Huck's sweet crush on the daughter of the rich man who died, and his conversation with her as he tries to save her inheritance from the two scalawags.
This book has received criticism for the use of racial slurs, particularly the "n word." Of course, this usage was right in keeping with the times in which it was written, and reflects the reality of how white Americans saw people of color at that time. But it was shocking and uncomfortable to hear that word said repeatedly through the book. It would be interesting to see how Elijah Wood felt about having to say it repeatedly.
perfect reading. could not say more than that - captures the book, the dialects, the tone, better than anything I have heard thus far. actually one of my favorite audio books I have ever heard
I live in Austin TX. I light movies for a living. I read mostly non fiction. I enjoy rock climbing, skateboarding, bikes, rc helicopters, and music.
I loved this book, it is hilarious. Elijah Wood did an amazing job narrating! This was one of the best books I've listened to. I wish Elijah Wood read the rest of the series. He really brings it to life.
In my opinion, this is one of those rare books that is better listened to than read. Elijah Wood does a superb job with all the accents and dialects. Trying to READ the book, on the other hand, can be extremely frustrating, as it is written phonetically. I would recommend that ALL Americans listen to this story, and pay close attention to the high moral ground Huck Finn chooses.
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!!