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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.

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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,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA, United States 11-02-12
    Michael FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA, United States 11-02-12
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    "Great narration from Elijah Wood"
    What made the experience of listening to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood the most enjoyable?

    He had a great voice throughout. It was clear which character was talking at all times. The accents were great as well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Satirizing of Southern antebellum culture


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part where Huck pretends to be a girl.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada 10-15-12
    Steven Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada 10-15-12
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    "Elijah Wood was a nice touch"
    What made the experience of listening to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood the most enjoyable?

    Elijah wood's performance was great. All the characters were well done. A good light listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bee 10-11-12
    Bee 10-11-12

    Bee

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    "Great voice performance by Elijah Wood!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood to be better than the print version?

    Not necessarily however the performance brought the story to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Huckleberry Finn


    What about Elijah Wood’s performance did you like?

    Elijah brought the story to life with his talented voice performance.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the purchase and time spent listening

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 10-08-12
    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Excellent audio version of Huckleberry Finn!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karlene McGowen Houston 10-03-12
    Karlene McGowen Houston 10-03-12
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    "Elijah Wood is the perfect choice"
    If you could sum up Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood?

    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.


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

    This is my first performance of his I've listened to. I will definitely look for more.


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

    No, since it is 10 hours long, I decided to listen a little each day as I got ready for work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    manchild_420@yahoo.com Missouri, US 10-03-12
    manchild_420@yahoo.com Missouri, US 10-03-12
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    "I loved this performance"
    Would you listen to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood again? Why?

    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


    What did you like best about this story?

    Elijah Wood makes this so enjoyable


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve St Charles, MO, United States 10-02-12
    Steve St Charles, MO, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyed, but sometime found language uncomfortable"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood to be better than the print version?

    Yes I enjoyed the performance better than the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood?

    Trip on the raft downriver.


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

    just as good as I expected


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

    I thought Huck's and other characters attitude toward blacks disturbing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Wood 09-28-12
    S. Wood 09-28-12
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    "Very Well Done!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood to be better than the print version?

    I really loved this audiobook. The different voices of the characters really made it great to listen to. Very entertaining and wonderfully done.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The different voices for the characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The discussion of having snakes, spiders and rats with the "prisoner"


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It was all perfect.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Alexandria, VA, United States 09-24-12
    Elizabeth Alexandria, VA, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Classic but not a great listen for me"
    What did you like best about Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood? What did you like least?

    Elijah Wood does an amazing job. His voice is very good and he puts a lot into his narration


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a classic story but is complicated and not easily listened to by the casual listener.


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  • Peter
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    1/18/11
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    "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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    westfield cottage,blairgowrie,perthshireUnited Kingdom
    2/12/11
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie Jane
    a caravan somewhere in Europe
    10/25/13
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Evie
    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "Huck Finn"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kirsti O'Rourke
    6/27/15
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    "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 :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maria
    6/24/15
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    "Fabulous"

    Absolutely wonderful. Beautifully narrated - a stellar performance by Elijah Wood who brought the story to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    3/15/15
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    "Very Good Narration!"
    Where does Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was very well narrated.


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

    I have not but this one us very good.


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

    For me it took 3 sittings, about 3 hours each.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • nenglesberg
    2/7/15
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    "Great read"

    Everyone should read this book ,
    And Elijah Wood dose a fantastic job reading this book ,
    I think people should listen to this .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
    2/6/15
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/3/14
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    "Elijah Wood is superb!"
    If you could sum up Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood in three words, what would they be?

    Authentic, engrossing, nostalgic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood?

    Elijah's Wood's amazing variety of accents.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The drifting down the Mississippi past St Louis.


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

    It made me think back to childhood when I last read this book, and reminded me what a great book it is.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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