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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He had a great voice throughout. It was clear which character was talking at all times. The accents were great as well.
Satirizing of Southern antebellum culture
The part where Huck pretends to be a girl.
The moment at the end where Tom Sawyer is on the edge of death and you find out he had attempted to free an already freed slave.
After listening to this book for 10 hours straight I swear I had a southern accent for at least two weeks after. Woods performance was just so great.
Elijah wood's performance was great. All the characters were well done. A good light listen.
Not necessarily however the performance brought the story to life.
Elijah brought the story to life with his talented voice performance.
Well worth the purchase and time spent listening
This is an excellent audio version of Huckleberry Finn. I thought it better than the print book. I really enjoyed Elijah Wood's narration. He did a superb job! I had no idea he could put on a southern accent so skillfully. The story is okay, not my favorite of Mark Twain's but does paint a picture of life along the Mississippi at the turn of the twentieth century. Overall, I'm glad to have purchased this audiobook and listened to Elijah Wood's portrayal of this legendary literary character.
It was very entertaining. I was engaged both with the story and the performance throughout the reading. Elijah truly did a remarkable job, especially with all the pronunciations.
I enjoyed hearing Elijah do all the different voices from the young Huck and Tom to the older Jim to the women's voices of the aunts. At times it really seemed like there was more than one reader. He did a great job. In addition, the story was just told very well and very smoothly.
This is my first performance of his I've listened to. I will definitely look for more.
No, since it is 10 hours long, I decided to listen a little each day as I got ready for work.
I would listen to it again in an instant. I had never read the book so I'm sure I'd missed something the first time through
Elijah Wood makes this so enjoyable
Yes I enjoyed the performance better than the book.
Trip on the raft downriver.
just as good as I expected
I thought Huck's and other characters attitude toward blacks disturbing.
I really loved this audiobook. The different voices of the characters really made it great to listen to. Very entertaining and wonderfully done.
The different voices for the characters.
The discussion of having snakes, spiders and rats with the "prisoner"
It was all perfect.
Elijah Wood does an amazing job. His voice is very good and he puts a lot into his narration
This is a classic story but is complicated and not easily listened to by the casual listener.
"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.
"Deep South in your ears!"
Brilliantly read by Elijah wood. Got the accent spot on i reckon. A little difficult to listen to in places and the language and wording drags a little but it's a classic book and thoroughly recommend :)
Absolutely wonderful. Beautifully narrated - a stellar performance by Elijah Wood who brought the story to life.
"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.
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