I purchased Huckleberry Finn to listen to in the car with my daughter. I had to read it in high school and learned quite a bit from it. Elijah Wood's reading of Mr. Twains classic is wonderful. He is Huck. My daughter is ten and she enjoyed the book very much and it gave us the chance to talk about all the different social issues of the times. The most important of course being slavery. Women, children, and the poor had few rights and were treated wrong too. Nothing close to horrible abuses of slavery. She would get all fired up, I would have to stop the book and talk about whatever the issue was before we could go on. She learned very much about that point in history and looks forward to reading more by Mr. Twain. I would also purchase any other audio book read by Elijah Wood, he does such a great job vocalizing the characters. With his reading and Mr. Twain's writing you get such vivid feel for the book. In this case I think it was better than having it in print.
I'm not sure if it was the narration or the subject matter or a dated book, but eh..... Won't make my favorite list.
That being said, the ending did surprise me and I liked that part.
One of the most significant books ever written comes to life with Wood's narration. It is easy to grasp not only the story, but the period and poignancy of the time.
I highly recommend this, even if you think "you've read it".
Elijah Wood has found a second career. He did a first rate job of brining the characters to life with an impressive range of voices.
Yes. We bought it for a long car trip and encountered some resistance from our older son (14), who did not want to be "forced" to listen to something just because it was a "classic." However, once we had listened for about ten minutes he was hooked.
As anyone who has read it or read about it knows, the "n" word is used liberally, along with epithets and descriptions that are no longer acceptable (e.g., "Injun"). To me, the recorded version was all the more jarring for hearing some of the language spoken out loud. It provided an opening for talking about books in context, and why an author would choose to use words that, in another context, have been used to hurt or demean.
Love reading. Love listening.
I just can't get past the language. I grew up in the South and I know this is set during the time of slavery, but I just can't hear the word without cringing. I can take the F bomb, profanities, and just plain cussing, but not the N word. In fact, in my house, if we slipped with a cuss word or two every now and then (it's not like my mom didn't use the words sometimes), we would be reprimanded. But that word was just like a profanity and was treated as such, just like any other racial slur.. So, I know it's required reading in a lot of schools, I just can't mentally delete the word when I hear it, like I can skip over it when I read the printed word. Therefore, I couldn't get past about an hour and a half of listening. It should, by no means, be banned or discouraged. It just wasn't for me to hear. The narration, however, was excellent. Nice to hear Elijah Wood, though it did mostly feel like he was reading the book rather than the kind of narration I'm used to. So definitely, give this a listen if you want to relive your days of required reading in school and you want to see what happens next, after Tom Sawyer.
Elijah did a wonderful job with the dialects and accents. When reading this book we all talk like the characters in our minds. Elijah brought this to our ears. Very enjoyable listen!
Elijah Wood's performance was fabulous. Really added life to the story.
Elijah's subtle voice differences were not distracting as they sometimes can be with other readers. Excellent.
I do think that the audio version is superior to the print version. Elijah Wood did an excellent job voicing the various dialects, which is something that always slowed down the print version.
Just a small town boy, trying to make it in the big city.
Definitely one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to! The narrator does a fabulous job with all the dialects. It really made the book come alive.
I know it might be sacrilegious to criticize Mark Twain . . . but I think he could have used a better editor in a few instances. Setting Jim free from the distant family is a case in point.
But overall, the listening experience was still brillant! It makes me want to listen to the other "Signature Performances".