I enjoy a novel that effectively encapsulates the social norms of the time without infusing them with modern sensibilities. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is just that sort of work. You really understand how and why people believed as they did and acted in kind. It is truly a masterpiece.
Wood does a phenomenal job as narrator. He is an accomplished actor and does not overly dramatize unnecessarily, which can bring a good novel to tedium. He switches from character to character with ease and seamlessly.
It might be shocking for modern ears to hear the language commonly used in the novel, but one must realize that people did indeed speak and think as such. However, the author successfully conveys to us that the only man of honor and scruples in the entire work is Jim, the escaped slave. That message transcends any previous disparaging comments and elevates his status in the reader's eyes. Even when they are behaving morally with good conscience according to the mores of the time, it is clear to the reader that Tom, Huck and the other characters in the novel are lacking in the moral substance. I believe that the author was trying to impress that point upon us.
What more can be said or written about Mark Twain? HUCKLEBERRY FINN is a great work, and many feel it must be taken far more seriously than TOM SAWYER. Indeed, Twain offers a scathing indictment of society through the eyes of his youthful protagonist.
Elijah Wood gives a solid performance, although there are simply too many characters (and accents) to deliver effectively. I found his southern "voice" considerably more convincing than his black speech, although Jim still has his good moments. Happily, Wood is more convincing with Huck, himself, and thus the overall effect is most satisfactory.
The ending of the novel will forever leave critics scratching their heads, uncertain why Twain wants the "games" at the end, why Huck suddenly plays second-fiddle to Tom, and how the author justifies the entire attempt to help Jim "escape" when he has already been freed. These are the inevitable problems of the masterpiece. For what it may be worth, I feel Wood makes the transition (beginning with Tom's entrance) as smoothly as the author could ever have intended it, and does a fine job drawing the reader into the implausible narrative Huck shares with us.
Twain will forever delight those encountering him (through whatever medium) for the first time. This Audible product is certainly a splendid place to begin.
fantastic, excellent, fun
When Huckleberry Finn pretended to be dead
When Huckleberry Finn had to go back to his father
This is a must have read
I really enjoyed Eijah Wood's reading of this classic. What an amazing range he has. Of course the story stands in a league of its own, and always has.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
I was surprised with Elijah Wood's narration it is superb. The story of course is Huck Finn, it needs no introduction.
At the top.
No, it is too long. But it is one that I always listened to "one more chapter" before turning the audio off.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves Twain and wants to be astonished by Elijah Wood's characterizations. His Huck and Jim are flawless and make the book sing along, if it needed any help. The kid's got talent.
Huck's sweet, innocent goodness is the best treat of this story, notable in his self-deprecation twist over not being able to "do the right thing" and turn Jim over to the slave hunters.
Never. This one was excellent.
How far can a strong river take you?
I would listen to this again for the pure entertainment of Mr. Wood's rendition.
I love Jim because of his simple wisdom. He was perfectly voiced and twanged by Elijah Wood.
I am astonished at how the *N* word sticks out. It just shows how the English language and people have changed in 100 years. I laughed a lot. Twain was quite an observer of peoples.
Charming, I Suppose
It's impossible to dislike Elijah Wood, and his reading of this story was very cute. He had no concept of an accent of the Upper South, however, and his attempts seemed to constantly vacillate between Appalachia and southern Mississippi - sometimes in the same sentence. But I eventually got used to his good-natured attempts to speak in Huck's voice, and ended up enjoying his performance very much.
As a non-native speaker, the southern accent that Wood brings into his performance, combined with the people's particular way of speaking and vocabulary, sounded very good.
Finn is a well worked out character. Twain spends time to build up a person with personality and motives that he can thrust into a string of adventures.
Hardly anybody does not know any of these actor's performance in movies of the last decades. In this audiobook he showed remarkable ability to generate the particular tounge of that time/social class/area and brought the title narrator's thoughts vividly across.
From the present, this story is a look back on a different time and life style. Twain provides a comment on that time frame and the people who lived there. It is not a history lesson, but I felt inside that story, just like back when I read it decades ago for the first time.