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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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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extraordinary, well-read, classic
Any tall-tale telling adventure by Mark Twain???Tom Sawyer Abroad in particular.
All characters were extraordinarily well voiced by this talented actor.
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Once again, the narrator is the key. Wood is wonderful in his reading of Huck Finn. Older versions tend to sound plummy and sardonic; this one captures Huck's youth and innocence, as well as the real humanity in his and Jim's characters. Parts are laugh out loud funny. A note here about the book's controversy: I would listen to this with my children (middle school and older) and talk about how we all react to the terrible words and stories of racism in this book. It would be an excellent way to approach both classical literature and historical pain with a class or within the family. I think this was a good choice to begin Audible's "signature performance" series. I'm looking forward to others.
I cant believe I didn't read this when I was a kid! Its such a gorgeous story, so warm and funny and smart. That said, I am glad I read it as an adult, as the humour is so sharp and dry, I dont think I would have appreciated it as much when I was younger.
I listened to it as an Audible file, narrated by Elijah Wood. He is so talented, made the story really come to life.
Elijah Wood gives a brilliant performance here, handling with ease all the numerous characters and accents, and conveying wonderfully both the humor and depth of the story.
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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.
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