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'm not sure if it was the narration or the subject matter or a dated book, but eh..... Won't make my favorite list.
That being said, the ending did surprise me and I liked that part.
One of the most significant books ever written comes to life with Wood's narration. It is easy to grasp not only the story, but the period and poignancy of the time.
I highly recommend this, even if you think "you've read it".
Elijah Wood has found a second career. He did a first rate job of brining the characters to life with an impressive range of voices.
Yes. We bought it for a long car trip and encountered some resistance from our older son (14), who did not want to be "forced" to listen to something just because it was a "classic." However, once we had listened for about ten minutes he was hooked.
As anyone who has read it or read about it knows, the "n" word is used liberally, along with epithets and descriptions that are no longer acceptable (e.g., "Injun"). To me, the recorded version was all the more jarring for hearing some of the language spoken out loud. It provided an opening for talking about books in context, and why an author would choose to use words that, in another context, have been used to hurt or demean.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
I just can't get past the language. I grew up in the South and I know this is set during the time of slavery, but I just can't hear the word without cringing. I can take the F bomb, profanities, and just plain cussing, but not the N word. In fact, in my house, if we slipped with a cuss word or two every now and then (it's not like my mom didn't use the words sometimes), we would be reprimanded. But that word was just like a profanity and was treated as such, just like any other racial slur.. So, I know it's required reading in a lot of schools, I just can't mentally delete the word when I hear it, like I can skip over it when I read the printed word. Therefore, I couldn't get past about an hour and a half of listening. It should, by no means, be banned or discouraged. It just wasn't for me to hear. The narration, however, was excellent. Nice to hear Elijah Wood, though it did mostly feel like he was reading the book rather than the kind of narration I'm used to. So definitely, give this a listen if you want to relive your days of required reading in school and you want to see what happens next, after Tom Sawyer.
Elijah did a wonderful job with the dialects and accents. When reading this book we all talk like the characters in our minds. Elijah brought this to our ears. Very enjoyable listen!
Elijah Wood's performance was fabulous. Really added life to the story.
Elijah's subtle voice differences were not distracting as they sometimes can be with other readers. Excellent.
I do think that the audio version is superior to the print version. Elijah Wood did an excellent job voicing the various dialects, which is something that always slowed down the print version.
Just a small town boy, trying to make it in the big city.
Definitely one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to! The narrator does a fabulous job with all the dialects. It really made the book come alive.
I know it might be sacrilegious to criticize Mark Twain . . . but I think he could have used a better editor in a few instances. Setting Jim free from the distant family is a case in point.
But overall, the listening experience was still brillant! It makes me want to listen to the other "Signature Performances".
Kept my interest.
Huck Finn. He was a typical boy of his time and place. He liked Jim, the runaway slave, but he felt guilty for not turning him in. He thought he was doing wrong, but as we read it we know he was actually doing the right thing.
He did a good job of holding our interest in the characters and the story. I was pulled into the story and it was almost as if I was watching a movie.
No, it was too long. But I listened to it for awhile each day until I was finished.
This is an old story, but still as new and fresh every time I hear, watch or read it.
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