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.
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Yes, Elijah Wood makes this book fun and easy to follow along with!
It had a lot of twist and turn that were unexpected and its a historical novel that even my grandparents read in school
When Huck found Jim after the fog and truly found out that Jim really cared about him and that they were good friends.
I am a Senior in High School so this book was a project, I DO NOT READ! BUT, this book was awesome and Audible made it enjoyable for me! Thank You!
I was absolutely swept away in the story due to the wonderful narration.
Huck and Jim and Tom, WOW!!
I am convinced that Elijah had to learn to speak English correctly because the accents he used during the narration had to have been his mother tongue!
The story is wonderful and so much fun. I laughed out loud over and over! I enjoyed the adventures that Huck happened in to but when Tom arrived, I could not stop laughing! Great story, I highly recommend it!
I loved this book. Elijah did a great job with the various characters' accents and dialects, which enhanced the performance and made it easy to distinguish between each of the characters. His voice was very enjoyable to listen to - I was able to listen to it for hours at a stretch and not get sick of it or find it annoying in any way. His performance of the text felt sincere.
I was surprised at how many giggles I got from this book. I guess some humor never goes out of style. It's refreshing to read a book from this era that is written in the voice of the common folk. It somehow feels more authentic to the period, and more insightful of people's lives than other texts that are written in a more florid style.
For the first few chapters, I flinched inwardly every time I heard the dreaded 'n' word. However, it wasn't long before I felt reassured that it was not being used in a disparaging way at all. It seems that Mr Twain had much sympathy for the plight of these people and penning this book was a way of sharing his thoughts on the slave trade in a relatively subtle way.
I am plowing through the classics and getting through some of these can be a struggle and some are simply dull. This classic is entertaining, and Elijah Wood was an inspired choice for narrator.
Former Marine 4321, former State Department public diplomacy officer. Current USAF Public Affairs Specialist
Few things are more important in an audio book than voice quality and Elijah Wood brings Huck to life. This is, of course, a classic piece of American literature. Elijah Wood has created an entirely new and marvelous product with his lively and credible narration. I just love it!
Elijah Wood's narration is simply masterful, his narration brings warmth and humanity to this highly renowned work of 19th century literature. Wood handles the various dialects perfectly - in the dialog sections with Huck, Jim and other characters - sometimes you would be surprised the narration is done by a single actor.
The story is fairly episodic and unevenly paced in parts. Especially in the second half, the story slows down a bit in parts. However with the wonderful narration, those things are easily overlooked. I'd recommend this one to anyone interested in classic American literature.
No. Enjoyed the first half of the first part. Only listened to the rest hoping it would improve.
Maybe. This was recommended to me by a friend. I have been disappointed.
Huck Finn, with Jim, a close second.
This book is one of the funniest and best I have ever read and I cannot say enough about the performance.
I had tried to read this book before and honestly could never get into it. The performance brings it to life. I laughed out loud for a third of the book. At the end I clapped even though I was alone in my living room. I am astonished at both Mark Twain and Elijah Wood. Well done.
This is a great version.
Elijah Wood does a great job with the different voices
I love the part where Huck tries to turn Jim in, but just can't.
Say something about yourself!
Even if you read Huck Finn before -- and, who hasn't? -- Elijah Wood did such a terrific job with the narration of this classic that it was a very enjoyable revisit. Highly recommended.
The classic tale is as relevant today as it was when it was written. People can argue all they want about how we've moved past racism, but that is just not true. Yes, we have come leaps and bounds from where we, as a country, were when this story was penned, but there are plenty of pertinent lessons to be learned here. As for the performance, Elijah Wood has done a remarkable job. He has given character to everyone in the story. Although his voice for women can be funny at times, it all still works very well. I highly recommend this if you're interested.
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