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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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.
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.
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.
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.
A better narrator
Wrong accent, wrong tone, sounds WAY too California. What were you thinking of?
One of the greatest novels ever written, too bad you screwed it up
Too long gone, two wrongs right, to a brighter day and Tupelo night . . .
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.
Elijah Wood, what a great performance it brought the characters to life.
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.
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!
Wood really brings all the charaters to life. It's a great narration!
Laughed outloud at times. Really well done.
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extraordinary, well-read, classic
Any tall-tale telling adventure by Mark Twain???Tom Sawyer Abroad in particular.
All characters were extraordinarily well voiced by this talented actor.
I'm actually Mrs. William -- have been using and enjoying my husband's Audible account so much I couldn't resist reviewing!
Once again, the narrator is the key. Wood is wonderful in his reading of Huck Finn. Older versions tend to sound plummy and sardonic; this one captures Huck's youth and innocence, as well as the real humanity in his and Jim's characters. Parts are laugh out loud funny. A note here about the book's controversy: I would listen to this with my children (middle school and older) and talk about how we all react to the terrible words and stories of racism in this book. It would be an excellent way to approach both classical literature and historical pain with a class or within the family. I think this was a good choice to begin Audible's "signature performance" series. I'm looking forward to others.
I cant believe I didn't read this when I was a kid! Its such a gorgeous story, so warm and funny and smart. That said, I am glad I read it as an adult, as the humour is so sharp and dry, I dont think I would have appreciated it as much when I was younger.
I listened to it as an Audible file, narrated by Elijah Wood. He is so talented, made the story really come to life.
Elijah Wood gives a brilliant performance here, handling with ease all the numerous characters and accents, and conveying wonderfully both the humor and depth of the story.
Love fiction and non-fiction, love Audible!
Elijah Wood truly gets it! I've read the book before, I wasn't sure if I wanted to listen to it, and the only reason for me to check it out was the famous actor and his voice.
Maybe I wasn't expecting too much, or maybe I just forgot how great Mark Twain is as a writer, but at first I was only enjoying the fact that Elijah Wood is actually doing something other than Hobbits :) However, a couple of chapters in I was already hooked to his elaborate play with accents, which naturally became characters, and began to build up the story.
I listened to some parts of the book a few times, just to experience a scene one more time, it is that much captivating! Highly recommend, especially because this is not 'trimmed' language version, all the cultural jokes, references, and sayings are intact and are hilarious!
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