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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood Audiobook

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

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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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    Tony E. 12-12-14
    Tony E. 12-12-14 Member Since 2014

    I am not really great with reviews since I like everything and suspend reality quickly but I do it anyways. Umpire and classic books yay

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    "A Classical Telling of a Classic"

    Elijah Woods is Huckleberry Finn in this reading and he brings you farther into the world with each word. This is a true reading of the work which includes many, many uses of the "N" word which at times became uncomfortable in today's world but is faithful to Twain. If you listen with kids be prepared to talk about appropriate and inappropriate language and how language changes over the years.

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    David from Lancaster 12-07-14
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    "Not what I expected, but enjoyable."
    What did you love best about Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood?

    Learning more about the era that the story took place- so much has changed!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Huck Finn for sure- so naïve yet lovable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Huck and Jim were on the island.


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

    No- not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Good read but be prepared for harsh dialog.

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    Indie Fan NH 12-04-14
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    "Wood Born To Be Finn"
    What did you love best about Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood?

    This book gas always been a favorite. I loved the narration and the interpretation it gave the work. Elijah Wood gets Huckleberry Finn in a way, I don't think most could.


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

    I love the moment when Huck paddles to shore to betray Jim and can't go through with it. Always so much trouble doing right all the time, and so much trouble doing wrong. "From now on, I'll just do whatever comes handy". It's the moral of the book in one scene!


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

    I have only seen him act, including in the film version of The Adventures of Huck Finn. He was great then and he's great now! People remember him as Frodo, but I think Huck was his calling.


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

    I finished it in two days due to extensive travel in the car.


    Any additional comments?

    Never feel like the bit with Tom Sawyer at the end works terribly well. I can't say this changed my mind, but at least with the narration, it muscles through it well.

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    TeeM6 11-22-14
    TeeM6 11-22-14

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    "Best narrator ever!"
    What made the experience of listening to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood the most enjoyable?

    Elijah Wood is a wonder as he takes on every role in this American classic. I was so entertained by his reading, I have recommended it to my friends who teach Huckleberry Finn. Wood is brilliant and deserves every star he gets!


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    carolyn 11-15-14
    carolyn 11-15-14
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    "Bringing Huck Finn to Life"

    I read the book years ago, but after listening to Elijah Wood (Frodo from the "Lord of the Rings" movies) read it, I finally understand why it is considered a great work. Wood brings the tale to life. Not one of his many voices misses the mark.
    A huge cast of characters is seen through the eyes of the unschooled but thoughtful Huck, who is making his way down the Mississippi River with the escaped slave Jim in the steamboat era. The poignancy, humor, greed, kindness, adventure and horror flowing through the work all come alive as Wood reads. I can't praise it too highly!

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    Allen S. Root 10-29-14

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    "This is brilliant social commentary"

    Twain's language is beautiful and he was a keen observer of human nature. Set in the pre-war south it's an interesting commentary on the development of US culture.

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    Greywulf3 10-22-14
    Greywulf3 10-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Listen"
    Where does Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best I have listened to so far. Very engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There was so much more to the book than what I have gotten from from various movies and Television.


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    Richard 09-21-14
    Richard 09-21-14
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    "Great Book Great Reader"

    Elijah Woods reading and his mastery of the Southern accent gives new life to Mark Twains brilliance.

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    eag 09-20-14
    eag 09-20-14
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    "Brilliant novel, brilliantly narrated"

    The story, of course, is familiar to most, so I won't comment on that. Elijah Wood is an absolutely flawless narrator! There is a lot of dialect in this book, and it's important to character development, to creating nuance, time and place. In short, the dialects aren't trivial. Elijah Wood does a masterful job of rendering each character in their unique voice, of capturing the subtle difference that Mr. Twain himself identifies as important. This is a telling that merits repeated and regular listenings.

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    Annie 09-05-14
    Annie 09-05-14 Member Since 2014

    Rather adorable.

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    "Classic!"

    Classic tale, classic author. Loved revisiting this book - as read by Elijah Wood.
    It is a story of friendship, adventure, racism, equal rights, family disfunction and abuse.
    I found myself surprised by the insight and compassion that Twain brought out - with regards to these issues - especially for the time and era it was written in.
    I highly recommend listening to it... Sort of a step back in childhood - reminiscent of my 6th grade teacher reading aloud during class.

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