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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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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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    William San Jose, CA, United States 02-14-12
    William San Jose, CA, United States 02-14-12

    I'm actually Mrs. William -- have been using and enjoying my husband's Audible account so much I couldn't resist reviewing!

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    "Laugh Out Loud!"

    Once again, the narrator is the key. Wood is wonderful in his reading of Huck Finn. Older versions tend to sound plummy and sardonic; this one captures Huck's youth and innocence, as well as the real humanity in his and Jim's characters. Parts are laugh out loud funny. A note here about the book's controversy: I would listen to this with my children (middle school and older) and talk about how we all react to the terrible words and stories of racism in this book. It would be an excellent way to approach both classical literature and historical pain with a class or within the family. I think this was a good choice to begin Audible's "signature performance" series. I'm looking forward to others.

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    Amanda Sydney, Australia 02-13-12
    Amanda Sydney, Australia 02-13-12

    Literawesome

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    "Gorgeous!"
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    I cant believe I didn't read this when I was a kid! Its such a gorgeous story, so warm and funny and smart. That said, I am glad I read it as an adult, as the humour is so sharp and dry, I dont think I would have appreciated it as much when I was younger.

    I listened to it as an Audible file, narrated by Elijah Wood. He is so talented, made the story really come to life.

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    Blue Canary Berkeley, California 01-19-12
    Blue Canary Berkeley, California 01-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Stellar narration for a true literary classic"

    Elijah Wood gives a brilliant performance here, handling with ease all the numerous characters and accents, and conveying wonderfully both the humor and depth of the story.

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    ILYA 01-14-12
    ILYA 01-14-12 Member Since 2008

    Love fiction and non-fiction, love Audible!

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    "Simply outstanding!"

    Elijah Wood truly gets it! I've read the book before, I wasn't sure if I wanted to listen to it, and the only reason for me to check it out was the famous actor and his voice.

    Maybe I wasn't expecting too much, or maybe I just forgot how great Mark Twain is as a writer, but at first I was only enjoying the fact that Elijah Wood is actually doing something other than Hobbits :) However, a couple of chapters in I was already hooked to his elaborate play with accents, which naturally became characters, and began to build up the story.

    I listened to some parts of the book a few times, just to experience a scene one more time, it is that much captivating! Highly recommend, especially because this is not 'trimmed' language version, all the cultural jokes, references, and sayings are intact and are hilarious!

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    Ceanothus 01-10-12
    Ceanothus 01-10-12
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    "Don't miss this one!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommended! This is a fabulous performance of Mark Twain's great classic novel. It will transport you completely.


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    K. Robinson Lees Summit, MO, United States 12-22-11
    K. Robinson Lees Summit, MO, United States 12-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Made me love this book even more!"
    What made the experience of listening to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood the most enjoyable?

    Wood's accents and performance made this book come alive more than I could have imagined. I've read this book many times before and loved it, but his performance was just fantastic! He spoke as the characters so well that I never had trouble knowing who was speaking and sometimes even forgot it was HIM doing the reading!


    What other book might you compare Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood to and why?

    Dune, as read by a cast (mostly!) is how I'm going to answer. In that audiobook, many actors play the parts for some parts of the story, but not all. That made it sometimes difficult and the main narrator did not always distinguish the characters on his own.

    However, Wood in Huck Finn did a FANTASTIC job of making each character come to life and seem like each character had its own voice actor. This book has shown me what all Audible books should be like. I am definitely going to get more of the Signature books if they are all as good as this!


    Which character – as performed by Elijah Wood – was your favorite?

    Jim, most definitely, Jim. I always liked him, but Wood brought him to life in a way I didn't think possible.


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    I am SO GLAD I got this book, just fantastic. I only wish I had listened sooner. I'm recommending this to my friends to listen to as it's just a great listen. Thank you Audible and thank you to Elijah Wood for this performance.

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    Elaine Cranford, New Jersey, United States 10-16-11
    Elaine Cranford, New Jersey, United States 10-16-11 Member Since 2010

    Certified bookworm since 1962

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    "Exceptional Narration for an Exceptional Book"

    I listened to this during "Banned Books Week" as tribute to Mark Twain whose writings, and this book in particular, were often banned. This is one of the great american novels and I could never do it justice by attempting to review it, except to say that Elijah's Wood's narration (acting might be more appropriate) is incredibly good. Mr. Wood truly brings something original to the story. This is my 4th "reading" of the "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and Elijah Wood's narration made it fresh and renewed.

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    Sheets Sparland, IL, United States 09-14-11
    Sheets Sparland, IL, United States 09-14-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Elijah Wood gave a great performance!"

    Loved this version of Huck Finn. Mr. Wood's performance was stellar and I loved the story.

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    KayEmCee 09-06-11
    KayEmCee 09-06-11
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    "Great way to "read" for my book club"

    Just finished Huck Finn for my Southern Literature book club. Elijah Wood pulled off the accents to my (albeit Yankee) satisfaction. Made wading through the reading of southern and period colloquialisms a delight. Enjoy!

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    James Mathis, TX, United States 08-07-11
    James Mathis, TX, United States 08-07-11
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    "Surprisingly Good"

    Although I liked LOTR, I'm not much of a fan of Elijah Wood, but he does an outstanding job narrating this book. As for the book itself, it's old and dated, it covers topics that are ancient history, it has some racist overtones, but it still captivates. I go through a lot of books on Audible, averaging 11 per month over the 4 months that I have been a member, but this one stands out as one of the best. It's well worth a credit.

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