Deservedly a Classic
The friendship developing between Huck and Jim
Elijah Wood simply doesn't do the southern dialects well, nor are his characters sufficiently clearly different. Patrick Fraley who narrates Tom Sawyer is a vastly superior narrator. I wish I had gotten his version of Huck Finn. If you haven't bought this yet, I'd recommend Fraley's version.
This is a star performance from Elijah Wood, turning Twain's classic into a superbly delightful experience. Audio books are best enjoyed with good narration, and this one is exquisite. Wood reads all of the characters' voices and does a stunning job of creating the sensation of different voices (while also being a more smooth process than that of some audiobooks, which have different narrators jump in to say a few words or one line at a time). I cannot imagine this audio book disappointing anyone!
Randee and Dan
Yes I would listen again. It's a classic tale. I laughed out loud at some of Twain's phraseology. I had never read the actual book, but I am so glad I listened to it. I think the dialog was so great between Huck and Jim, especially.
One of the most memorable moments was when Huck and Jim were on the raft, and they bonded while floating down the river. They both learned that each other was not so bad.
I hve not listened to any of Mr. Wood's other performances. I have seen his Hobbit movies and thought he was great in them as well.
I listened to the book mostly while out for my daily walk. So, I got about 45 minute sessions. I probably would not listen to any book all in one sitting.
A better narrator
Wrong accent, wrong tone, sounds WAY too California. What were you thinking of?
One of the greatest novels ever written, too bad you screwed it up
Too long gone, two wrongs right, to a brighter day and Tupelo night . . .
I wish Elijah Wood would narrate more Mark Twain books. After listening to Wood's narration of Huckleberry Finn, other narrators of Twain's books simply don't measure up.
Of the more than two hundred Audible titles I've purchased, this narration rates (easily) in the top ten. A truly masterful performance.
If ever Elijah Wood narrates more Twain books, I will buy them without hesitation.
Elijah Wood, what a great performance it brought the characters to life.
I am sure I raised a few eyebrows when listening to this book while trying on clothes at the store, I found myself laughing out loud. I love Huck and the trouble that he and Tom Sawyer find themselves in at the end. I have always enjoyed this story but have only ever seen the movies of it. However, it has now gone on my must listen to again shelf. So good.
Wood really brings all the charaters to life. It's a great narration!
Laughed outloud at times. Really well done.
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extraordinary, well-read, classic
Any tall-tale telling adventure by Mark Twain???Tom Sawyer Abroad in particular.
All characters were extraordinarily well voiced by this talented actor.
I'm actually Mrs. William -- have been using and enjoying my husband's Audible account so much I couldn't resist reviewing!
Once again, the narrator is the key. Wood is wonderful in his reading of Huck Finn. Older versions tend to sound plummy and sardonic; this one captures Huck's youth and innocence, as well as the real humanity in his and Jim's characters. Parts are laugh out loud funny. A note here about the book's controversy: I would listen to this with my children (middle school and older) and talk about how we all react to the terrible words and stories of racism in this book. It would be an excellent way to approach both classical literature and historical pain with a class or within the family. I think this was a good choice to begin Audible's "signature performance" series. I'm looking forward to others.
I cant believe I didn't read this when I was a kid! Its such a gorgeous story, so warm and funny and smart. That said, I am glad I read it as an adult, as the humour is so sharp and dry, I dont think I would have appreciated it as much when I was younger.
I listened to it as an Audible file, narrated by Elijah Wood. He is so talented, made the story really come to life.