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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.
If you can get past the painful use of racial slurs that were considered acceptable during Twain's lifetime, this story is well-performed by Elijah Wood, and interesting for its portrayal of life along the Mississippi at a certain point in American history.
This audiobook was truly one of the best I have listened to. There were times when I thought there were two narraters. Kudos to Elijah Wood for not phoning it in and putting in the homework necessary.
He had a great voice throughout. It was clear which character was talking at all times. The accents were great as well.
Satirizing of Southern antebellum culture
The part where Huck pretends to be a girl.
The moment at the end where Tom Sawyer is on the edge of death and you find out he had attempted to free an already freed slave.
After listening to this book for 10 hours straight I swear I had a southern accent for at least two weeks after. Woods performance was just so great.
Elijah wood's performance was great. All the characters were well done. A good light listen.