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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood | [Mark Twain]

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

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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    Deborah Australia 06-25-12
    Deborah Australia 06-25-12

    Adore reading - almost any genre except science fiction. In a book club so get to read a variety of great books!

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    "A story with a wonderful mix of laughter & joy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Mark Twain is a definite 'classic' must for everyone! Twain's ability for storytelling, character development, humour and pathos, is immeasurable. Not to mention his ability to create a sense of place and time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood?

    The moment when Huck was about to give up JIm his companion and black slave. It was a truly turning point in Huck Finn's awareness of the conflict between the social mores of the time and the recognition of the inhuman atrocity that slavery imbued.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to mention, but the visual of the Mississippi River and its many torments for Huck and others will remain with me.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Adventurous and challenging portrayl of the survival and tales of young Huck Finn as he travels and learns about himself, about slavery, about humanity and the conflicts and wisdom he learned along the way.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Sarah Mesquite, TX, United States 05-31-12
    Sarah Mesquite, TX, United States 05-31-12
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    "Who Wouldn't LOVE This????"

    Great narration and classic story- what more could you say? Elijah Wood has gone above and beyond in this endearing Mark Twain tale.

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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 05-24-12
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story"

    I've listened to this book before by several different narrators and I know have a new favorite narrator. Elijah Wood really brought this story to life. I read this story in school decades ago and listened to it first when audio books were new. This again is the best reading. Here is a great sequel to Tom Sawyer. This is the second book in the series and really could stand alone from Tom Sawyer. Mark Twain could give lessons to all the writers of today on how to write a sequel that doesn't disappoint or suck. From surviving storms, to finding thief's to simple dialog this story will keep you entertained. It picks right up were Tom Sawyer left off and keeps the adventure going. It's too bad Elijah Wood didn't read Tom Sawyer as well.

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    John F. Kaess Jacksonville, FL 05-10-12
    John F. Kaess Jacksonville, FL 05-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Story, Bad Narration"
    If you could sum up Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood in three words, what would they be?

    Deservedly a Classic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood?

    The friendship developing between Huck and Jim


    How could the performance have been better?

    Elijah Wood simply doesn't do the southern dialects well, nor are his characters sufficiently clearly different. Patrick Fraley who narrates Tom Sawyer is a vastly superior narrator. I wish I had gotten his version of Huck Finn. If you haven't bought this yet, I'd recommend Fraley's version.


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    N. Barnes 05-09-12
    N. Barnes 05-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic story with Oscar-winning narration"

    This is a star performance from Elijah Wood, turning Twain's classic into a superbly delightful experience. Audio books are best enjoyed with good narration, and this one is exquisite. Wood reads all of the characters' voices and does a stunning job of creating the sensation of different voices (while also being a more smooth process than that of some audiobooks, which have different narrators jump in to say a few words or one line at a time). I cannot imagine this audio book disappointing anyone!

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    Doc's Mom St. Paul MN 05-03-12
    Doc's Mom St. Paul MN 05-03-12 Member Since 2009

    Randee and Dan

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    "Wonderful narration by Elijah Wood"
    Would you listen to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood again? Why?

    Yes I would listen again. It's a classic tale. I laughed out loud at some of Twain's phraseology. I had never read the actual book, but I am so glad I listened to it. I think the dialog was so great between Huck and Jim, especially.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood?

    One of the most memorable moments was when Huck and Jim were on the raft, and they bonded while floating down the river. They both learned that each other was not so bad.


    Have you listened to any of Elijah Wood’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I hve not listened to any of Mr. Wood's other performances. I have seen his Hobbit movies and thought he was great in them as well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to the book mostly while out for my daily walk. So, I got about 45 minute sessions. I probably would not listen to any book all in one sitting.


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    kathleen 04-30-12
    kathleen 04-30-12
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    What would have made Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood better?

    A better narrator


    What didn’t you like about Elijah Wood’s performance?

    Wrong accent, wrong tone, sounds WAY too California. What were you thinking of?


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    One of the greatest novels ever written, too bad you screwed it up


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    Amazon Customer Panguitch, UT 04-21-12
    Amazon Customer Panguitch, UT 04-21-12

    Too long gone, two wrongs right, to a brighter day and Tupelo night . . .

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    "Elijah Wood Makes this Classic Stand Up and Shout!"

    I wish Elijah Wood would narrate more Mark Twain books. After listening to Wood's narration of Huckleberry Finn, other narrators of Twain's books simply don't measure up.

    Of the more than two hundred Audible titles I've purchased, this narration rates (easily) in the top ten. A truly masterful performance.

    If ever Elijah Wood narrates more Twain books, I will buy them without hesitation.

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    Elizabeth Provo, UT, United States 04-11-12
    Elizabeth Provo, UT, United States 04-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    What made the experience of listening to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood the most enjoyable?

    Elijah Wood, what a great performance it brought the characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I am sure I raised a few eyebrows when listening to this book while trying on clothes at the store, I found myself laughing out loud. I love Huck and the trouble that he and Tom Sawyer find themselves in at the end. I have always enjoyed this story but have only ever seen the movies of it. However, it has now gone on my must listen to again shelf. So good.

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    Ann Elizabeth Korte Grand Junction, CO United States 03-20-12
    Ann Elizabeth Korte Grand Junction, CO United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2010

    I'm an avid reader who doesn't have much time to actually read, now that I am also a mom. Love that so many great books are on audio now!

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    "Great narration of a great book!"
    Where does Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Wood really brings all the charaters to life. It's a great narration!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed outloud at times. Really well done.


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