I haven't listened to many audiobooks, so it's hard to rate it. However, I enjoyed listening to it and the narration wasn't grating like some audiobooks I've heard. Elijah Woods' voice is pleasant, and he captures the Missouri dialects well.
For me, the moments when Huck feels sympathtically toward Jim are the most moving. You can literaly hear his conscience at work as he struggles between what society claims is "right" and "respectable," and what his conscience is telling him to do. One such moment occurs when he hides Jim from a local sheriff. This was one of my favorite moments in the book because Huck sets his course at that point. I like several of the humorous scenes as well.
See previous comment. In addition to the sheriff scene, where Huck pretends his "family" is ill with smallpox, I liked some of the scenes with the king and the duke as well (though they did get tedious at times).
No. It took me a couple of weeks to listen to it, but I did listen to a few hours at a time. Some parts were tedious and overly long, but lengthy story lines are part of Twain's style. He eventually gets you where you want to go, so if you relax and let him take you there, you'll enjoy the book more.
When I read Huck Finn in high school, I liked it, but I didn't fully get it. With being able to listen to the dialect, I didn't have nearly the frustrations and could really think about the point Twain was making about racism. It's a beautiful book, and Wood does the voices well (even his Jim is not too bad), and it reads more easily on audiobook in my opinion.
Elijah Wood does a wonderful job narrating this story. At some parts, I laughed so hard tears came to my eyes. I had never read this book all the way through before. Now its on my favorites list.
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I am often quite hesitant to try a narrator who's fame has come from the often tawdry world of block-buster cinema. In this case, I am happy to report, Elijah Wood absolutely disappears into this performance of an American classic. More Please!
Great audio book with excellent performance from Elijah Wood. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Mark Twain's timeless story rendered so beautifully by Elijah Wood was one of my favorite Audible experiences this spring. I can't say enough about Wood's narration, which was perfectly done, and increased the pleasure of the experience tremendously. It was sensitive, nuanced, perfectly paced, and his various accents were hilarious and rang true to life.
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Yes. Mark Twain is a definite 'classic' must for everyone! Twain's ability for storytelling, character development, humour and pathos, is immeasurable. Not to mention his ability to create a sense of place and time.
The moment when Huck was about to give up JIm his companion and black slave. It was a truly turning point in Huck Finn's awareness of the conflict between the social mores of the time and the recognition of the inhuman atrocity that slavery imbued.
Too many to mention, but the visual of the Mississippi River and its many torments for Huck and others will remain with me.
Adventurous and challenging portrayl of the survival and tales of young Huck Finn as he travels and learns about himself, about slavery, about humanity and the conflicts and wisdom he learned along the way.
Great narration and classic story- what more could you say? Elijah Wood has gone above and beyond in this endearing Mark Twain tale.
I've listened to this book before by several different narrators and I know have a new favorite narrator. Elijah Wood really brought this story to life. I read this story in school decades ago and listened to it first when audio books were new. This again is the best reading. Here is a great sequel to Tom Sawyer. This is the second book in the series and really could stand alone from Tom Sawyer. Mark Twain could give lessons to all the writers of today on how to write a sequel that doesn't disappoint or suck. From surviving storms, to finding thief's to simple dialog this story will keep you entertained. It picks right up were Tom Sawyer left off and keeps the adventure going. It's too bad Elijah Wood didn't read Tom Sawyer as well.
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!