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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I really enjoyed Eijah Wood's reading of this classic. What an amazing range he has. Of course the story stands in a league of its own, and always has.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
I was surprised with Elijah Wood's narration it is superb. The story of course is Huck Finn, it needs no introduction.
At the top.
No, it is too long. But it is one that I always listened to "one more chapter" before turning the audio off.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves Twain and wants to be astonished by Elijah Wood's characterizations. His Huck and Jim are flawless and make the book sing along, if it needed any help. The kid's got talent.
Huck's sweet, innocent goodness is the best treat of this story, notable in his self-deprecation twist over not being able to "do the right thing" and turn Jim over to the slave hunters.
Never. This one was excellent.
How far can a strong river take you?
I would listen to this again for the pure entertainment of Mr. Wood's rendition.
I love Jim because of his simple wisdom. He was perfectly voiced and twanged by Elijah Wood.
I am astonished at how the *N* word sticks out. It just shows how the English language and people have changed in 100 years. I laughed a lot. Twain was quite an observer of peoples.
Make no mistake: We're all mammals here.
Charming, I Suppose
It's impossible to dislike Elijah Wood, and his reading of this story was very cute. He had no concept of an accent of the Upper South, however, and his attempts seemed to constantly vacillate between Appalachia and southern Mississippi - sometimes in the same sentence. But I eventually got used to his good-natured attempts to speak in Huck's voice, and ended up enjoying his performance very much.
As a non-native speaker, the southern accent that Wood brings into his performance, combined with the people's particular way of speaking and vocabulary, sounded very good.
Finn is a well worked out character. Twain spends time to build up a person with personality and motives that he can thrust into a string of adventures.
Hardly anybody does not know any of these actor's performance in movies of the last decades. In this audiobook he showed remarkable ability to generate the particular tounge of that time/social class/area and brought the title narrator's thoughts vividly across.
From the present, this story is a look back on a different time and life style. Twain provides a comment on that time frame and the people who lived there. It is not a history lesson, but I felt inside that story, just like back when I read it decades ago for the first time.
If you can get past the painful use of racial slurs that were considered acceptable during Twain's lifetime, this story is well-performed by Elijah Wood, and interesting for its portrayal of life along the Mississippi at a certain point in American history.
This audiobook was truly one of the best I have listened to. There were times when I thought there were two narraters. Kudos to Elijah Wood for not phoning it in and putting in the homework necessary.
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