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 truly gets it! I've read the book before, I wasn't sure if I wanted to listen to it, and the only reason for me to check it out was the famous actor and his voice.
Maybe I wasn't expecting too much, or maybe I just forgot how great Mark Twain is as a writer, but at first I was only enjoying the fact that Elijah Wood is actually doing something other than Hobbits :) However, a couple of chapters in I was already hooked to his elaborate play with accents, which naturally became characters, and began to build up the story.
I listened to some parts of the book a few times, just to experience a scene one more time, it is that much captivating! Highly recommend, especially because this is not 'trimmed' language version, all the cultural jokes, references, and sayings are intact and are hilarious!
Highly recommended! This is a fabulous performance of Mark Twain's great classic novel. It will transport you completely.
Wood's accents and performance made this book come alive more than I could have imagined. I've read this book many times before and loved it, but his performance was just fantastic! He spoke as the characters so well that I never had trouble knowing who was speaking and sometimes even forgot it was HIM doing the reading!
Dune, as read by a cast (mostly!) is how I'm going to answer. In that audiobook, many actors play the parts for some parts of the story, but not all. That made it sometimes difficult and the main narrator did not always distinguish the characters on his own.
However, Wood in Huck Finn did a FANTASTIC job of making each character come to life and seem like each character had its own voice actor. This book has shown me what all Audible books should be like. I am definitely going to get more of the Signature books if they are all as good as this!
Jim, most definitely, Jim. I always liked him, but Wood brought him to life in a way I didn't think possible.
I am SO GLAD I got this book, just fantastic. I only wish I had listened sooner. I'm recommending this to my friends to listen to as it's just a great listen. Thank you Audible and thank you to Elijah Wood for this performance.
Certified bookworm since 1962
I listened to this during "Banned Books Week" as tribute to Mark Twain whose writings, and this book in particular, were often banned. This is one of the great american novels and I could never do it justice by attempting to review it, except to say that Elijah's Wood's narration (acting might be more appropriate) is incredibly good. Mr. Wood truly brings something original to the story. This is my 4th "reading" of the "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and Elijah Wood's narration made it fresh and renewed.
Loved this version of Huck Finn. Mr. Wood's performance was stellar and I loved the story.
Just finished Huck Finn for my Southern Literature book club. Elijah Wood pulled off the accents to my (albeit Yankee) satisfaction. Made wading through the reading of southern and period colloquialisms a delight. Enjoy!
Although I liked LOTR, I'm not much of a fan of Elijah Wood, but he does an outstanding job narrating this book. As for the book itself, it's old and dated, it covers topics that are ancient history, it has some racist overtones, but it still captivates. I go through a lot of books on Audible, averaging 11 per month over the 4 months that I have been a member, but this one stands out as one of the best. It's well worth a credit.
100% of the books I read are in audible format. I enjoy reading apocalyptic, WWII, psychology, classics, contemporary and non-fiction.
Love it -- I was laughing out loud quite often while reading this book, which I never expected. First time I've read it and I'm over 60 -- I loved hearing words used 100 years ago that are still used today, and sometimes altered -- words that you would not think originated that long ago. I bookmarked a number of phrases that were interesting to me. It truly is a classic and listening to it in audible made it come alive!
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.
Wonderful story. Narration was very good. It had been years since I read this and enjoyed it again.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"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.
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