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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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.
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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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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
Maybe something shorter
See the play "big river"
This book is a classic but it is so long and so colloquial that I could not stay with it.
No , It was not an exciting story
You can't change it
Great performance by Elijah
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 .
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.
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!).
Hick and Jim - both we're equally endearing.
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.
I wouldn't disgrace the story with a film...
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...
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.
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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.
"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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