Kept my interest.
Huck Finn. He was a typical boy of his time and place. He liked Jim, the runaway slave, but he felt guilty for not turning him in. He thought he was doing wrong, but as we read it we know he was actually doing the right thing.
He did a good job of holding our interest in the characters and the story. I was pulled into the story and it was almost as if I was watching a movie.
No, it was too long. But I listened to it for awhile each day until I was finished.
This is an old story, but still as new and fresh every time I hear, watch or read it.
I would listen to this again and again. The story itself is amazing of course but the narration brings the story to a whole new level. EW gives an incredible performance!
I couldn't find enough places to listen to my audio book.
Buy this book!
A book that i have always loved as a child was giving new life by an amazing performance. I have always enjoyed Wood's movies, but this is one of the best pieces of work he has ever done.
Way up there. Very well done.
His acting experience and ability to have many different voices made the book come to life.
What else can I say. It's a classic.
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.
Zymu is a lot like you.
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!