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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Adore reading - almost any genre except science fiction. In a book club so get to read a variety of great books!
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.
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.
Too many to mention, but the visual of the Mississippi River and its many torments for Huck and others will remain with me.
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.
Great narration and classic story- what more could you say? Elijah Wood has gone above and beyond in this endearing Mark Twain tale.
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.
Deservedly a Classic
The friendship developing between Huck and Jim
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.
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!
Randee and Dan
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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