Elijah Wood’s performance is my nominee for the Narrators’ Hall of Fame. Wood’s unself-conscious reading doesn’t sound like a reading at all. He creates an entire world filled with people who cross class and color lines. His accents range from British to faux-British to all manner of regional affectations, twangs, and drawls. Wood’s delivery makes Mark Twain’s delicious wit and twisty language sound completely natural, especially as Huck invents plausible words to suit the moment. The journey down the Mississippi with Huck and Jim is pure pleasure, as the boy who won’t be "sivilized" and the runaway slave encounter scoundrels, slip out of scrapes, and invent outrageous tales. The listening couldn’t be better if Huck read the story himself.
Audible is pleased to announce the premiere of an exciting new series, Audible Signature Classics, featuring literature’s greatest stories, performed by accomplished stars handpicked for their ability to interpret each work in a new and refreshing way. The first book in the series is Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, performed by Elijah Wood.
Ernest Hemingway said, “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn". One hundred years after its author’s death, this classic remains remarkably modern and poignantly relevant. In this brand new edition, Elijah Wood reads Huck in a youthful voice that may be the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent. His performance captures the excitement and confusion of adolescence and adventure. Best of all, the immediacy of Wood’s energetic reading sweeps listeners up and makes them feel as though they’re along for the ride, as Huck and Jim push their raft toward freedom.
Stay tuned for more one-of-a-kind performances from actors Kenneth Branagh, David Hyde Pierce, Leelee Sobieski, and more, only from Audible Signature Classics.
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A classic indeed and made more enjoyable by Elijah Wood as the narrator. Sadly I have had many an audio book ruined by poor narrators but this was awesome! Great choice. Other than Jim Dale and Nancy Cartwright this has been the best narrator I've heard!
Great story, made even better by the performance by Elijah Wood. He gives each character a life and personality of their own, making the interactions between them interesting, distinct and overall enjoyable.
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This audiobook outdid my expectations. Elijah Wood did the most fantastic job of narrating this timeless tail. He mastered the dialects of each character perfectly. I would definitely give it more stars if I could – and highly recommend listening!
Love this timeless treasure. Had fun listening to it on a car trip with my kids. They enjoyed it as much as myself
If you find yourself frustrated with the minor characters, remember - that was Mark Twain's intent. The only characters I loved were Jim and Huckleberry, and an occasional acquaintance along this epic journey. And that's the point of the thing.
Elijah Wood did a fine job.
Although my older brother read this book in school, it had been removed from the curriculum by the time I reached the proper grade. In the turbulent 1960s, I suspect that the book was removed because it used the term "niggers" to refer to blacks. However, the use of that term wasn't a slur: that's simply the term used for blacks at that time in history. It's a shame to ban a book that offers such an interesting perspective on slavery and child abuse just because of the use of a word. Mark Twain is a wonderful writer who pinpoints the dilemma that Huck faces when straddling his upbringing and his beliefs and true feelings about slavery. Elijah Wood brings the words to life with his wonderful voices. I laughed and cried.
had to read this for a class. I decided to try an audio book and reading along with the text and it truly made the story so much more interesting than it was for the section I read on my own. wood was a wonderful narrator, emotive but balanced.
Yes. Quite enjoyable.
The limitless imagination of Mark Twain.
He is an amazing reader. He brought the words of this tale to life.
Elijah Wood did an amazing narration of this age old classic. He is an excellent reader.
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