I read the book years ago, but after listening to Elijah Wood (Frodo from the "Lord of the Rings" movies) read it, I finally understand why it is considered a great work. Wood brings the tale to life. Not one of his many voices misses the mark.
A huge cast of characters is seen through the eyes of the unschooled but thoughtful Huck, who is making his way down the Mississippi River with the escaped slave Jim in the steamboat era. The poignancy, humor, greed, kindness, adventure and horror flowing through the work all come alive as Wood reads. I can't praise it too highly!
Twain's language is beautiful and he was a keen observer of human nature. Set in the pre-war south it's an interesting commentary on the development of US culture.
One of the best I have listened to so far. Very engaging.
There was so much more to the book than what I have gotten from from various movies and Television.
The story, of course, is familiar to most, so I won't comment on that. Elijah Wood is an absolutely flawless narrator! There is a lot of dialect in this book, and it's important to character development, to creating nuance, time and place. In short, the dialects aren't trivial. Elijah Wood does a masterful job of rendering each character in their unique voice, of capturing the subtle difference that Mr. Twain himself identifies as important. This is a telling that merits repeated and regular listenings.
Classic tale, classic author. Loved revisiting this book - as read by Elijah Wood.
It is a story of friendship, adventure, racism, equal rights, family disfunction and abuse.
I found myself surprised by the insight and compassion that Twain brought out - with regards to these issues - especially for the time and era it was written in.
I highly recommend listening to it... Sort of a step back in childhood - reminiscent of my 6th grade teacher reading aloud during class.
Life is too short to read bad books.
A great classic to start with. Great narrator completes the whole experience! Perfect accent for the writing style and the area where the story took place. Highly recommend!
I really enjoyed Elijah's narration. His reading voice is clear and lively with lots of personality.
I liked listening to this classic. Elijah's narration really brought it to life like watching a good play. The story itself is rich in details from the time period. Its a wonderful tale written by a master story teller. I like watching Huck grow as a character and figure out what he thinks for himself versus what society holds as truth.
The book is similar to the Newbery winner, Elijah of Buxton, because it is told quite convincingly in the vernacular.
Elijah Wood did an amazing job with all the voices.
Mark Twain is a gifted story-teller. The book was half serious commentary on human nature and half laugh-out-loud funny.
The book is controversial for the use of the "N" word and I must admit that it was hard to hear it over 200 times. Stilll, I'm convinced that although Twain used the expressions of his time to describe African Americans, he was making a much broader statement in the book about how blacks should be treated.
Great to listen to good caracterisation of different people ,could listen to Elijah all day !! What other books has he done voice for??