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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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.
I would listen to this again and again. The story itself is amazing of course but the narration brings the story to a whole new level. EW gives an incredible performance!
I couldn't find enough places to listen to my audio book.
Buy this book!
A book that i have always loved as a child was giving new life by an amazing performance. I have always enjoyed Wood's movies, but this is one of the best pieces of work he has ever done.
Way up there. Very well done.
His acting experience and ability to have many different voices made the book come to life.
What else can I say. It's a classic.
Elijah Wood was very animated in his characterization, so it was easy to tell which character was speaking. This is important if you are purchasing this book for a student who has dyslexia and is unable to easily read the story themselves for a school assignment. Because Wood has a youthful sounding voice, and Huck narrates the story, it made the audio book more believable and enjoyable.
We were doing a literature study in dialect, so it was pretty incredible how Mark Twain is able to consistently write in the various dialects of the region without confusing himself. He stayed true to form throughout the entire story.
Huck was my favorite character, followed closely by Jim.
It isn't the genre my student would normally choose to listen to, but she was captivated enough to recommend that her sibling read the book. That is pretty impressive coming from a student who does not like to spend her spare time reading.
I would recommend Elijah Wood's rendition of Huck Finn. He really brings the characters to life in true form.
Elijah Wood ROCKS!!!!I have never written a review where the most compelling thing about it was the narrator and that was a good thing!I loved the story too but I was completely blown away by the performance. I've listened to over 300 books and have some favorite narrators but Elijah Woods outshines them all to the point of insignificance! He read it like a one man screen play. The voices were all astonishingly different and the accents were spot on: completely believable but hard to imagine they all came from the same person! He is a MASTER at this. I hope he does more!
Obviously it was the narration but I feel I've gushed about that enough so I will go with the characters. Twain isn't known as the greatest American writer for nothing. He knew what he was doing when he created these characters. The combination of innocence and savvy was endearing and captivating.
I loved when Huck and Jim were on the island. The way they had to quickly learn to trust and work together was fantastic.
I must admit, Tom Sawyer irritated me a bit at first. I had to step back and remember that he is a boy with an imagination and is going through this as a pretend play. I had to put away my adult urgency to move things along. Once I did that, I could laugh at the hilarity of the hoops he made everyone jump through.
One of the best books I've ever listened to.
Elijah does a great job with the variety of dialects that Mark Twain represents in Huck Finn. His lively, articulate narrative is a delight!
What a rollicking adventure, with a wonderful moral theme.
They're all great, but the moment when Jim tells the story of striking his daughter is heart-wrenching. So, Jim it is!
Above, plus the delights of the observations of the futility, but rich fun of it all at the end.
Great book - fun to revisit as a mature adult...
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