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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood | [Mark Twain]

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

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.

Listen to more Audible Signature Classics.

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    kd TX, USA 12-16-12
    kd TX, USA 12-16-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Elijah Wood's reading was excellent!"

    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.

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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 12-14-12
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 12-14-12 Member Since 2015

    I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.

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    "Great listen"

    I was surprised with Elijah Wood's narration it is superb. The story of course is Huck Finn, it needs no introduction.

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    Nancy E Purcell Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, US 12-11-12
    Nancy E Purcell Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, US 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Elijah Wood really makes this story come alive."
    Where does Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it is too long. But it is one that I always listened to "one more chapter" before turning the audio off.


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    ShelbyC-72 San Pedro, CA, United States 12-04-12
    ShelbyC-72 San Pedro, CA, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Amazingly pleasant surprise: Elijah Wood's Huck"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Elijah Wood’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never. This one was excellent.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How far can a strong river take you?


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    Sharon Bridgewater, MA, United States 11-30-12
    Sharon Bridgewater, MA, United States 11-30-12
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    "Classic in a New Way"
    Would you listen to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood again? Why?

    I would listen to this again for the pure entertainment of Mr. Wood's rendition.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Jim because of his simple wisdom. He was perfectly voiced and twanged by Elijah Wood.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


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    Bosco 11-27-12
    Bosco 11-27-12 Member Since 2009

    Make no mistake: We're all mammals here.

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    "Charming, I Suppose"
    If you could sum up Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood in three words, what would they be?

    Charming, I Suppose


    What does Elijah Wood bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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    Dornbusch Manuel Markt Indersdorf 11-19-12
    Dornbusch Manuel Markt Indersdorf 11-19-12

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    "A inspiring classic in master performance"
    What did you love best about Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Elijah Wood’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


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    Fire In The Henhouse Doylestown, PA, United States 11-09-12
    Fire In The Henhouse Doylestown, PA, United States 11-09-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Interesting from a historical perspective"

    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.

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    GeoHueb Seattle, Wa 11-09-12
    GeoHueb Seattle, Wa 11-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Just one Narrater"

    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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    N.C. reader 11-05-12
    N.C. reader 11-05-12
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    "classic storytelling"

    Huck Finn has always been a favorite character for me, and Elijah Wood's performance is excellent, making Huck even more endearing,

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