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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Elijah Wood did an incredible job narrating. Simply superb. I was very impressed with his ability to fluently read in dialect and still be able to capture the personality and style of each voice. As an English teacher I am expected to love all classics. That is utter pishposh. I appreciate a good read regardless of the era. While I admire Mark Twain's ability to capture a culture, there are many parts of this particular story that are, blatantly put, boring.
Sure. I think he is a very clever writer.
Interest. Despite a somewhat dragging plot line, Wood can grasp a listener's attention.
This was a fantastic performance from Woods. The books is very entertaining up until the last few chapters. The end of the book turns into a farce, but the first 90% is wonderful and well worth your time.
Elijah Wood makes this story come to life - what an amazing narrator!! The best part of the book is the relationship between Huck and Jim. Once Huck and Jim set out on the raft the story really becomes entertaining and endearing. For the listener its interesting to see the attitudes towards, race, slavery, child abuse, religion while being entertained by the adventures. To me, the part that was less entertaining was when Tom Sawyer gets involved in helping Jim escape. Anyway, I highly recommend this entertaining classic.
I am a mother of two adult children and married to a wonderful man. I am a full time Realtor who enjoys historical fiction.
What a great old time favorite! Before phones, cells and i anythings. A most enjoyable escape.
Huck of course. He is just amazing.
This is my first time and he was very captivating.
No, I never have time for such a luxery but, I do enjoy a little at a time.
i am a fashionista nerd> I am studying as well as practicing Medicine. I am also a Phd student . I love mathamatics as well. Shopping !!
I have loved both Mark twains' characters and the awesomely talented Elijah wood! Wow the words I read in Junior high couldn't register so I passed them over like a foreign language I had never heard! Elijah not only made Every character come to life but the backwoods horrible to understand language became crystal clear! No matter what I write it will not do justice to the experience I was so lucky to have had! Little note I was in the ICU for a week internal bleeding so movement was impossible but mom put on my iphone and I could listen for hours I think it helped me to step down to a regular floor quicker! Thanks audio for the convenience and thanks Elijah for an amazing experience that I intend to again experience very soon! A PLUS!!!!!
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.
"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.
"A slow, meandering journey"
The performance is great and really brings all the characters alive with their distinctive Southern voices. The story, however, and I feel churlish in admitting this, had me a little bored at times. This is one of those I wanted to read and thereby cross it off the "books to read before you die" and am glad I have...but equally am glad to have finished it.
"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.
"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.
"Elijah Wood is superb!"
Authentic, engrossing, nostalgic
Elijah's Wood's amazing variety of accents.
The drifting down the Mississippi past St Louis.
It made me think back to childhood when I last read this book, and reminded me what a great book it is.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
"Elijah Wood saves the day"
Elijah yes, Twain no
Didnt like the book, couldnt relate and it just didnt speak to me.
not really, next time Im going way more fantasy
I dont think so
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.
Everyone should read this book ,
And Elijah Wood dose a fantastic job reading this book ,
I think people should listen to this .
"Very Good Narration!"
It was very well narrated.
I have not but this one us very good.
For me it took 3 sittings, about 3 hours each.
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