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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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    Zymu rice lake, wisconsin, United States 07-31-12
    Zymu rice lake, wisconsin, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2012

    Zymu is a lot like you.

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    "A splendid performance of a must-read classic."

    I am often quite hesitant to try a narrator who's fame has come from the often tawdry world of block-buster cinema. In this case, I am happy to report, Elijah Wood absolutely disappears into this performance of an American classic. More Please!

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    Geoff Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada 07-30-12
    Geoff Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada 07-30-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Great audio book"

    Great audio book with excellent performance from Elijah Wood. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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    Ellen LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 06-27-12
    Ellen LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful!"

    Mark Twain's timeless story rendered so beautifully by Elijah Wood was one of my favorite Audible experiences this spring. I can't say enough about Wood's narration, which was perfectly done, and increased the pleasure of the experience tremendously. It was sensitive, nuanced, perfectly paced, and his various accents were hilarious and rang true to life.

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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
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    "Fame isn't quality"
    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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  • Peter
    Beulah, United Kingdom
    1/18/11
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    "A great adventure story"

    In its own right, this book is a simple, first-person adventure story and greatly enjoyable. Written in 1884, it incorporates the attitudes and culture of the time and as it is set in the deep south during a time of racial inequality, there are attitudes, expressions and words used that may shock or offend some people. This book is now a historical reference to a time gone by. The current debate regarding one US publishers decision to remove racial terminology from it has brought this book into the news for all the wrong reasons. People should be allowed to witness history unsullied by current obsessions with political correctness - witnessing both right and wrong is what educates us.

    The narration by Elijah Wood is excellent. His youthful voice and excellent characterisation make this a great listening experience.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    westfield cottage,blairgowrie,perthshireUnited Kingdom
    2/12/11
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    "a great reading!"

    of course it's still 'huckleberry finn', a wonderful novel,alive with characters and colour and action.but this fine reading made it all the more enjoyable as the varying accents and speech rhythms are all part of the book's charm.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steph B
    in a caravan somewhere
    10/25/13
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    "Classic evocation of a particular era"

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a great evocation of a particular era in American history. The attitudes displayed, especially towards race and slavery, are shocking to modern ears and I had to keep reminding myself that the book was not only set, but also written in a very different time and place. I loved the variety of characters, all very real yet memorably larger than life, and I’m sure Elijah Wood’s expert narration was a major part of my enjoyment. His portrayal of all the dialects and accents was fabulous. I think even Dickens would have been proud of the King and the Duke! Having not read any Mark Twain as a child, I expect some of the excitement of the adventures was lost on me – I did get a little bored by the intricacies of the plot at Aunt Sally’s – but the major part of the book detailing Huck’s escape from his abusive father and his and Jim’s journey down the river had me completely hooked and even a little envious at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Evie
    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "Huck Finn"

    It's been a long time since I read Huckleberry Finn, and I had forgotten how much depth there was in the novel, and how much Mark Twain used it to attack the issues and attitudes related to slavery in the Southern States. The movingly, if unsentimentally depicted friendship between Huck and Jim, whom he helps to escape from slavery, and Huck's ruminations on how very sinful he must be to 'steal' Jim from Miss Watson are, even now, powerful indictments against racism.

    Elijah Wood is an ideal narrator for this tale, which is, more than anything, good fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/3/14
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    "Elijah Wood is superb!"
    If you could sum up Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood in three words, what would they be?

    Authentic, engrossing, nostalgic


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

    Elijah's Wood's amazing variety of accents.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The drifting down the Mississippi past St Louis.


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

    It made me think back to childhood when I last read this book, and reminded me what a great book it is.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth
    12/1/14
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    "Classically Wonderful."
    Where does Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a very good rendering of the classic Mark Twain story concerning Huckleberry Finn. Elijah Wood brings the text to life with a sensitive reading and a very good attempt at differentiating the various dialects spoken by the many beautifully drawn characters.


    What other book might you compare Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood to, and why?

    Most of us are aware of this story as the sequel to Tom Sawyer, and in many cases it has been studied as literature in school. This reading of the book repairs some of the damage done by poor English teaching, in that the story is made accessible and enjoyable without all the dissection done in literature classes.


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

    Speaking as someone who has had books 'ruined' in such ways, it was delightful to just listen to the story on its own merits and as such it showcased Mark Twain's wit and his astute observation of human nature.


    Any additional comments?

    It is an absolute joy to add this to my library as a book to listen to again and again purely for the joy of the storytelling without having to worry about O Level grades!! (and yes, that does show my age!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GenKan
    8/8/14
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    "Elijah Wood saves the day"
    Would you try another book written by Mark Twain or narrated by Elijah Wood?

    Elijah yes, Twain no

    Didnt like the book, couldnt relate and it just didnt speak to me.


    Has Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood put you off other books in this genre?

    not really, next time Im going way more fantasy


    Could you see Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    I dont think so


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Arnhem, Netherlands
    5/26/11
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    "A real Treat"

    I am a huge fan of Elijah Wood and I love the Huckleberry Finn story but I found Elijah's way of reading with the American dialect very tiresome.
    English is not my native language, so that is probably the reason.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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