Elijah Wood was very animated in his characterization, so it was easy to tell which character was speaking. This is important if you are purchasing this book for a student who has dyslexia and is unable to easily read the story themselves for a school assignment. Because Wood has a youthful sounding voice, and Huck narrates the story, it made the audio book more believable and enjoyable.
We were doing a literature study in dialect, so it was pretty incredible how Mark Twain is able to consistently write in the various dialects of the region without confusing himself. He stayed true to form throughout the entire story.
Huck was my favorite character, followed closely by Jim.
It isn't the genre my student would normally choose to listen to, but she was captivated enough to recommend that her sibling read the book. That is pretty impressive coming from a student who does not like to spend her spare time reading.
I would recommend Elijah Wood's rendition of Huck Finn. He really brings the characters to life in true form.
Elijah Wood ROCKS!!!!I have never written a review where the most compelling thing about it was the narrator and that was a good thing!I loved the story too but I was completely blown away by the performance. I've listened to over 300 books and have some favorite narrators but Elijah Woods outshines them all to the point of insignificance! He read it like a one man screen play. The voices were all astonishingly different and the accents were spot on: completely believable but hard to imagine they all came from the same person! He is a MASTER at this. I hope he does more!
Obviously it was the narration but I feel I've gushed about that enough so I will go with the characters. Twain isn't known as the greatest American writer for nothing. He knew what he was doing when he created these characters. The combination of innocence and savvy was endearing and captivating.
I loved when Huck and Jim were on the island. The way they had to quickly learn to trust and work together was fantastic.
I must admit, Tom Sawyer irritated me a bit at first. I had to step back and remember that he is a boy with an imagination and is going through this as a pretend play. I had to put away my adult urgency to move things along. Once I did that, I could laugh at the hilarity of the hoops he made everyone jump through.
One of the best books I've ever listened to.
Elijah does a great job with the variety of dialects that Mark Twain represents in Huck Finn. His lively, articulate narrative is a delight!
What a rollicking adventure, with a wonderful moral theme.
They're all great, but the moment when Jim tells the story of striking his daughter is heart-wrenching. So, Jim it is!
Above, plus the delights of the observations of the futility, but rich fun of it all at the end.
Great book - fun to revisit as a mature adult...
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.
Adore reading - almost any genre except science fiction. In a book club so get to read a variety of great books!
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.