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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Just a small town boy, trying to make it in the big city.
Definitely one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to! The narrator does a fabulous job with all the dialects. It really made the book come alive.
I know it might be sacrilegious to criticize Mark Twain . . . but I think he could have used a better editor in a few instances. Setting Jim free from the distant family is a case in point.
But overall, the listening experience was still brillant! It makes me want to listen to the other "Signature Performances".
Kept my interest.
Huck Finn. He was a typical boy of his time and place. He liked Jim, the runaway slave, but he felt guilty for not turning him in. He thought he was doing wrong, but as we read it we know he was actually doing the right thing.
He did a good job of holding our interest in the characters and the story. I was pulled into the story and it was almost as if I was watching a movie.
No, it was too long. But I listened to it for awhile each day until I was finished.
This is an old story, but still as new and fresh every time I hear, watch or read it.
I would listen to this again and again. The story itself is amazing of course but the narration brings the story to a whole new level. EW gives an incredible performance!
I couldn't find enough places to listen to my audio book.
Buy this book!
A book that i have always loved as a child was giving new life by an amazing performance. I have always enjoyed Wood's movies, but this is one of the best pieces of work he has ever done.
Way up there. Very well done.
His acting experience and ability to have many different voices made the book come to life.
What else can I say. It's a classic.
Elijah Wood was very animated in his characterization, so it was easy to tell which character was speaking. This is important if you are purchasing this book for a student who has dyslexia and is unable to easily read the story themselves for a school assignment. Because Wood has a youthful sounding voice, and Huck narrates the story, it made the audio book more believable and enjoyable.
We were doing a literature study in dialect, so it was pretty incredible how Mark Twain is able to consistently write in the various dialects of the region without confusing himself. He stayed true to form throughout the entire story.
Huck was my favorite character, followed closely by Jim.
It isn't the genre my student would normally choose to listen to, but she was captivated enough to recommend that her sibling read the book. That is pretty impressive coming from a student who does not like to spend her spare time reading.
I would recommend Elijah Wood's rendition of Huck Finn. He really brings the characters to life in true form.
Elijah Wood ROCKS!!!!I have never written a review where the most compelling thing about it was the narrator and that was a good thing!I loved the story too but I was completely blown away by the performance. I've listened to over 300 books and have some favorite narrators but Elijah Woods outshines them all to the point of insignificance! He read it like a one man screen play. The voices were all astonishingly different and the accents were spot on: completely believable but hard to imagine they all came from the same person! He is a MASTER at this. I hope he does more!
Obviously it was the narration but I feel I've gushed about that enough so I will go with the characters. Twain isn't known as the greatest American writer for nothing. He knew what he was doing when he created these characters. The combination of innocence and savvy was endearing and captivating.
I loved when Huck and Jim were on the island. The way they had to quickly learn to trust and work together was fantastic.
I must admit, Tom Sawyer irritated me a bit at first. I had to step back and remember that he is a boy with an imagination and is going through this as a pretend play. I had to put away my adult urgency to move things along. Once I did that, I could laugh at the hilarity of the hoops he made everyone jump through.
One of the best books I've ever listened to.
Elijah does a great job with the variety of dialects that Mark Twain represents in Huck Finn. His lively, articulate narrative is a delight!
What a rollicking adventure, with a wonderful moral theme.
They're all great, but the moment when Jim tells the story of striking his daughter is heart-wrenching. So, Jim it is!
Above, plus the delights of the observations of the futility, but rich fun of it all at the end.
Great book - fun to revisit as a mature adult...
I haven't listened to many audiobooks, so it's hard to rate it. However, I enjoyed listening to it and the narration wasn't grating like some audiobooks I've heard. Elijah Woods' voice is pleasant, and he captures the Missouri dialects well.
For me, the moments when Huck feels sympathtically toward Jim are the most moving. You can literaly hear his conscience at work as he struggles between what society claims is "right" and "respectable," and what his conscience is telling him to do. One such moment occurs when he hides Jim from a local sheriff. This was one of my favorite moments in the book because Huck sets his course at that point. I like several of the humorous scenes as well.
See previous comment. In addition to the sheriff scene, where Huck pretends his "family" is ill with smallpox, I liked some of the scenes with the king and the duke as well (though they did get tedious at times).
No. It took me a couple of weeks to listen to it, but I did listen to a few hours at a time. Some parts were tedious and overly long, but lengthy story lines are part of Twain's style. He eventually gets you where you want to go, so if you relax and let him take you there, you'll enjoy the book more.
When I read Huck Finn in high school, I liked it, but I didn't fully get it. With being able to listen to the dialect, I didn't have nearly the frustrations and could really think about the point Twain was making about racism. It's a beautiful book, and Wood does the voices well (even his Jim is not too bad), and it reads more easily on audiobook in my opinion.
Elijah Wood does a wonderful job narrating this story. At some parts, I laughed so hard tears came to my eyes. I had never read this book all the way through before. Now its on my favorites list.
"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.
"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
"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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