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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I loved Elijah Wood's reading of this classical story.
Huck gets away of most situations thanks to his behavioral intelligence, a way to say that it's not all about education at school, it's about learning to live in real life and cope with people and it's about enjoying every bit of it. Yet, it's fun to see how what he learned at school eventually proves useful: reading and writing are the most important skills one can learn.
I read Huck Finn a number of times, but I never had a better time than hearing it read to me, at night, by Elijah Wood.
The best moment is when Huck has to decide whether to "go to hell" for his friend Jim.
One of the greatest anti-slavery novels ever, this is beautifully presented by Wood's performance.
Thank you Audible and Amazon. I will read it on my Paperwhite again this summer! But the Audible version was a wonderful experience.
this story is a classic, while it feels awkward listening to an audio in some parts is great for the most part. Elijah wood does a stellar performance
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