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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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    06-03-11
    06-03-11 Member Since 2009
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    "A great listen"

    Loved it. Elijah does an excellent job.Not being much of a reader as a child I was so pleased to come across it on audio. I thoroughly enjoyed the tale and the telling of the tale.

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    Judy Kalsipell, MT, United States 05-06-11
    Judy Kalsipell, MT, United States 05-06-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"

    Wonderful story. Narration was very good. It had been years since I read this and enjoyed it again.

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    Albert Missouri City, TX, United States 04-15-11
    Albert Missouri City, TX, United States 04-15-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A masterpiece of american story telling."

    I found myself inside the events of the story as they unravelled in a brilliant rich use of clever words. I felt that I was there along side of Tom Sawyer. Wonderfully written!!

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    Kathy Amarillo, Texas, United States 03-25-11
    Kathy Amarillo, Texas, United States 03-25-11

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    "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    UNABRIDGED
    By Mark Twain
    Narrated by Elijah Wood
    I thought this was a good book to listen to it has excitment, emotions and thills....
    Very good job Elijah

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    Vicki BOSSIER CITY, LA, United States 10-24-13
    Vicki BOSSIER CITY, LA, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A classic but dated"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Twain again?

    Maybe something shorter


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    Did Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood inspire you to do anything?

    See the play "big river"


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a classic but it is so long and so colloquial that I could not stay with it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    brett new york, NY, United States 06-28-13
    brett new york, NY, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2010

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    "A Classic , in its day"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No , It was not an exciting story


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    You can't change it


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

    Great performance by Elijah


    Did Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Great performance . I am trying to listen to all the old classics and I found I nearly gave up on this in the first few chapters , I should have . It was just boring , though I can imagine it would have been a great story 40 or 50 years ago when its all you had to read . These days there is so much to choose from . I may not have bothered to even start listening if I had not been roped in by the narrators famous name .

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    Alberto Sao Paulo, Brazil 03-03-13
    Alberto Sao Paulo, Brazil 03-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This is one of the GREAT literature classics"
    Would you listen to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood again? Why?

    Elijah's performance is great. The way he makes up the voices and the accents in every character is awesome. The difference he accomplishes reasembling a fake british accent and a true british accent is payless.
    For me, as a foreign audio-reader, the performace adds a lot to the already great novel.Though the whole bookk the wording and grammar is not scholarly correct (p.e. I says, you was, by and by, etc.), but in the context, the time, the place, and the characters is just an awesome and amusing cultural sample of american literature. Much more enjoyable in audible that the paper version.


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    Tom Blue USA 11-22-12
    Tom Blue USA 11-22-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Elijah Wood's magnum opus"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Everyone already knows this Mark Twain classic is an amazing story but Elijah Woods brought this book to life in a way that i never imagined possible. This is BY FAR the best voice acting I have ever heard and I can't imagine how anything could top this. If I ever meet Elijah someday and only get the time to tell him one thing, I will thank him for this amazing work (even though I'm a HUGE L.O.T.R. Fan!).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hick and Jim - both we're equally endearing.


    Which character – as performed by Elijah Wood – was your favorite?

    Hard to say, each character was so different and rich. Elijah treated each one equally important. There was no slacking off even on lesser characters.


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

    I wouldn't disgrace the story with a film...


    Any additional comments?

    Elijah - if you ever read this, know that this work is on par in excellence with those other works by Shakespeare, Michael Angelo, Beethoven, etc...

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    Sarah Mudgeeraba, Australia 01-27-12
    Sarah Mudgeeraba, Australia 01-27-12
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    "Elijah is great but I still lost interest"
    What did you like best about Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood? What did you like least?

    I started out with good intentions in listening to this book but unfortunately I just lost interest. The story seemed to drag out with long descriptions of every little detail. Maybe that was just Mark Twain's style though. I wanted to start reading more classics and thought Huckleberry Finn would be a good option especially with Elijah Wood's narration. Initially I was really enjoying it and Elijah's reading style, with his southern accent, bought the novel to life for me. It just was't enough to keep me interested.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 08-18-11
    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 08-18-11 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I could not finish it"

    I remembered that this book was good. I have read it when I was a teenager, but maybe I am getting old and the book was not good anymore. I bought aldo because Elijah Wood was Reading it, but I did not find him really good on doing this, maybe he is a great actor but not such a great reader. I have been heard better.

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