For starters, it's amazing that this book was performed by one person. It sounds like a cast of a dozen. The voice impressions and southern dialects presented are spot on and unabashed (if somewhat embarrassing to modern ears).
For plot twists and turns, this story can't be beat. Huck and Tom are as much adventurers of the imagination as they are adventurers on the river. Their creativity at concocting whoppers on the fly to cover their actions is astounding.
The hardest part of the book is the moral ambiguity surrounding the plight of Jim, the runaway slave, and how he is viewed by society and to a lesser extent even by the boys. Fair warning, the book uses the N-word the way it was used back in the day: often and without apology, ranging anywhere from matter of fact description to existential abuse.
The way the book ends makes it clear that Twain was describing with painful honesty how things were at the time, but believed in a reformation for individuals and society. His own views on the subject hover in the background. As Huck is struggling to square the expectations of society with his own friendship with Jim, Twain makes the reader squirm, impatient for Huck to figure it out.
Nowadays we worry that the listener will be attracted to the view of slaveholding society, because Twain didn't come out railing against it. Twain's approach was to simply hold up the mirror and let conscience do the work. I expect he'd have said that those with insufficient conscience to respond appropriately didn't need his book to fuel their views. It's a direct challenge to the listener: figure it out for yourself, not because Twain tells you to.
I am not really great with reviews since I like everything and suspend reality quickly but I do it anyways. Umpire and classic books yay
Elijah Woods is Huckleberry Finn in this reading and he brings you farther into the world with each word. This is a true reading of the work which includes many, many uses of the "N" word which at times became uncomfortable in today's world but is faithful to Twain. If you listen with kids be prepared to talk about appropriate and inappropriate language and how language changes over the years.
Learning more about the era that the story took place- so much has changed!
Huck Finn for sure- so naïve yet lovable.
When Huck and Jim were on the island.
No- not really.
Good read but be prepared for harsh dialog.
This book gas always been a favorite. I loved the narration and the interpretation it gave the work. Elijah Wood gets Huckleberry Finn in a way, I don't think most could.
I love the moment when Huck paddles to shore to betray Jim and can't go through with it. Always so much trouble doing right all the time, and so much trouble doing wrong. "From now on, I'll just do whatever comes handy". It's the moral of the book in one scene!
I have only seen him act, including in the film version of The Adventures of Huck Finn. He was great then and he's great now! People remember him as Frodo, but I think Huck was his calling.
I finished it in two days due to extensive travel in the car.
Never feel like the bit with Tom Sawyer at the end works terribly well. I can't say this changed my mind, but at least with the narration, it muscles through it well.
Elijah Wood is a wonder as he takes on every role in this American classic. I was so entertained by his reading, I have recommended it to my friends who teach Huckleberry Finn. Wood is brilliant and deserves every star he gets!
I read the book years ago, but after listening to Elijah Wood (Frodo from the "Lord of the Rings" movies) read it, I finally understand why it is considered a great work. Wood brings the tale to life. Not one of his many voices misses the mark.
A huge cast of characters is seen through the eyes of the unschooled but thoughtful Huck, who is making his way down the Mississippi River with the escaped slave Jim in the steamboat era. The poignancy, humor, greed, kindness, adventure and horror flowing through the work all come alive as Wood reads. I can't praise it too highly!
Twain's language is beautiful and he was a keen observer of human nature. Set in the pre-war south it's an interesting commentary on the development of US culture.
One of the best I have listened to so far. Very engaging.
There was so much more to the book than what I have gotten from from various movies and Television.