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 skip a great story, and ice cream.
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??
Elijah has another career if that whole acting thing doesn't work out. What a wonderful performance of a time worn extremely familiar story. Through his voice he really takes you to Mississippi and into the heart and soul of a boy growing into a man. GREAT LISTEN!
Like Gone with the Wind it's a pretty accurate picture of life in the south.
Huck, was my favorite character that Mr. Wood read. You can just see his face and him wearing the overalls and traveling down the Mississippi
When Huck has to make a decision between turning in Jim to the authorities or to protect his friend.
life relationships as seen through the eyes of rapscalion boy and a slave who both reached their version of freedom
His perfect narrative of the native vernacular. Had I read this book, I would have never felt the story as I did hearing Elijah's poignant rendition of Southern.
Too many to ennumerate. I was touched by the world view each character held and how they lived their lives based on the knowledge at hand.
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This book is true Twain, southern and holistic with all the colloquial charm you can expect. The only other book I can compare to it is Tom Sawyer.
The part Huck plays in the feuding families and the harsh realism it brings in the middle of such a light-hearted tale.
You'll love the show.