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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One of the most significant books ever written comes to life with Wood's narration. It is easy to grasp not only the story, but the period and poignancy of the time.
I highly recommend this, even if you think "you've read it".
Elijah Wood has found a second career. He did a first rate job of brining the characters to life with an impressive range of voices.
Yes. We bought it for a long car trip and encountered some resistance from our older son (14), who did not want to be "forced" to listen to something just because it was a "classic." However, once we had listened for about ten minutes he was hooked.
As anyone who has read it or read about it knows, the "n" word is used liberally, along with epithets and descriptions that are no longer acceptable (e.g., "Injun"). To me, the recorded version was all the more jarring for hearing some of the language spoken out loud. It provided an opening for talking about books in context, and why an author would choose to use words that, in another context, have been used to hurt or demean.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
I just can't get past the language. I grew up in the South and I know this is set during the time of slavery, but I just can't hear the word without cringing. I can take the F bomb, profanities, and just plain cussing, but not the N word. In fact, in my house, if we slipped with a cuss word or two every now and then (it's not like my mom didn't use the words sometimes), we would be reprimanded. But that word was just like a profanity and was treated as such, just like any other racial slur.. So, I know it's required reading in a lot of schools, I just can't mentally delete the word when I hear it, like I can skip over it when I read the printed word. Therefore, I couldn't get past about an hour and a half of listening. It should, by no means, be banned or discouraged. It just wasn't for me to hear. The narration, however, was excellent. Nice to hear Elijah Wood, though it did mostly feel like he was reading the book rather than the kind of narration I'm used to. So definitely, give this a listen if you want to relive your days of required reading in school and you want to see what happens next, after Tom Sawyer.
Elijah did a wonderful job with the dialects and accents. When reading this book we all talk like the characters in our minds. Elijah brought this to our ears. Very enjoyable listen!
Elijah Wood's performance was fabulous. Really added life to the story.
Elijah's subtle voice differences were not distracting as they sometimes can be with other readers. Excellent.
I do think that the audio version is superior to the print version. Elijah Wood did an excellent job voicing the various dialects, which is something that always slowed down the print version.
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 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.
"Very Good Narration!"
It was very well narrated.
I have not but this one us very good.
For me it took 3 sittings, about 3 hours each.
Everyone should read this book ,
And Elijah Wood dose a fantastic job reading this book ,
I think people should listen to this .
"A slow, meandering journey"
The performance is great and really brings all the characters alive with their distinctive Southern voices. The story, however, and I feel churlish in admitting this, had me a little bored at times. This is one of those I wanted to read and thereby cross it off the "books to read before you die" and am glad I have...but equally am glad to have finished it.
"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
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