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.
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No. Enjoyed the first half of the first part. Only listened to the rest hoping it would improve.
Maybe. This was recommended to me by a friend. I have been disappointed.
Huck Finn, with Jim, a close second.
This book is one of the funniest and best I have ever read and I cannot say enough about the performance.
I had tried to read this book before and honestly could never get into it. The performance brings it to life. I laughed out loud for a third of the book. At the end I clapped even though I was alone in my living room. I am astonished at both Mark Twain and Elijah Wood. Well done.
This is a great version.
Elijah Wood does a great job with the different voices
I love the part where Huck tries to turn Jim in, but just can't.
Say something about yourself!
Even if you read Huck Finn before -- and, who hasn't? -- Elijah Wood did such a terrific job with the narration of this classic that it was a very enjoyable revisit. Highly recommended.
The classic tale is as relevant today as it was when it was written. People can argue all they want about how we've moved past racism, but that is just not true. Yes, we have come leaps and bounds from where we, as a country, were when this story was penned, but there are plenty of pertinent lessons to be learned here. As for the performance, Elijah Wood has done a remarkable job. He has given character to everyone in the story. Although his voice for women can be funny at times, it all still works very well. I highly recommend this if you're interested.
Give this a chance, just when you think you already know the story. Elijah Wood delivers a spectacular performance. The story has not been butchered. This story is as Twain intended, with the political correction movement, this story was at risk of being cleaned up. The story uses language that we may not use and like. But I liked the fact that it was used by Twain to represent a time in our past that we are not proud of. I'm glad that it was not white washed. I hate watching a movie that was edited for television. Its just not the same.
So I appreciate this old story for what it is. The characters seemed authentic as people. Huck Finn is a good leading character, innocent and on the side of what's right. Willing to do what he needed to do during a time when it was a lot easier for him to fall in line.
give this story a second chance and you'll see that you'll want to go back and listen to the entire collection.
I haven't read the print version so I can't compare.
The way Elijah Wood switched back and forth between voices was masterful. It completely swept me up in the story and the time period.
I found the character of Huck adorable. He felt that he was doing the wrong thing by helping Jim escape...but the reader knows differently.
The skill and precision of Elijah's delivery meant his narration never got in the way of the story. It was all about Huck Finn, never about Elijah's virtuosity. The characters were real, not actors in a play.
I was transported to different world where the simple things are important.
Reading in silence would never have brought the different characters to life. It was fascinating to hear the different accents from that time and place.
The simplicity of life in those times really brings out the difference between practical and stupid.
Now I understand why this is a classic. It's timeless adventure story.
Huck was my favorite character. I loved the way he reasoned problems out.
Yes, I found the debate between Huck and Jim about King Solomon very entertaining.
Mark Twain is one of my favorite writers. I've wanted to read this book for a long time. Listening to it in my car was fantastic.
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