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 haven't read the print version so I can't compare.
The way Elijah Wood switched back and forth between voices was masterful. It completely swept me up in the story and the time period.
I found the character of Huck adorable. He felt that he was doing the wrong thing by helping Jim escape...but the reader knows differently.
The skill and precision of Elijah's delivery meant his narration never got in the way of the story. It was all about Huck Finn, never about Elijah's virtuosity. The characters were real, not actors in a play.
I was transported to different world where the simple things are important.
Reading in silence would never have brought the different characters to life. It was fascinating to hear the different accents from that time and place.
The simplicity of life in those times really brings out the difference between practical and stupid.
Now I understand why this is a classic. It's timeless adventure story.
Huck was my favorite character. I loved the way he reasoned problems out.
Yes, I found the debate between Huck and Jim about King Solomon very entertaining.
Mark Twain is one of my favorite writers. I've wanted to read this book for a long time. Listening to it in my car was fantastic.
Elijah Wood brings this story to life. His voice is exactly what one imagines while reading the book. It is spot-on. Makes this classic truly enjoyable and fun. Wish I'd had this option back in High School. I am truly impressed at Elijah's range and ability to "perform" this book.
The book has been reviewed a million times, so I have nothing new to add there. This review obviously focuses instead on Elijah Wood's performance. Sometimes I would get lost in just listening to Elijah's voice and performance that I would not be paying attention to the story. (I recommend Bronson Pinchot's reading of Twain's Chapters from my Autobiography. Similarly compelling!)
I highly recommend the audio. The audio by the man was great. The woman is okay but I just like the man's voice better. I am still listening but half way through the book.
The audio makes the story come alive.
Have not finished the book.
Strong performance, timeless story, unbeatable prose
Been a long time since I last read Huck Finn. It is certainly a scathing look at racism; but it is also a study in hopelessness. Published twenty five or so years after the end of slavery, Mark Twain paints a portrait of world that is unlikely to change. Hemingway once criticized the introduction of Tom Sawyer in this novel -- but without Tom Sawyer's character, the lesson in his absurd treatment of a freed slave -- would be lost. The book is packed with irony and humor and suspense but it is devastatingly sad.
I had never read this book before listening to the audio book (which is something I rarely do - I usually read the print version first just so that I don't miss anything), but this is such an incredible performance and such a wonderful book that I found myself paying closer attention and backing it up when I missed something.
Elijah Wood's performance is perfect - I can't imagine that there is anyone who could have done this better.
All around - this is a fantastic audiobook - a great story and a great narrator.
Elijah Wood did a great job as Huck Finn. Really brought the character to life.
I loved the way that each character had his/her own distinct voice. He really did a great job of speaking for the characters
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