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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Elijah Wood's narration is simply masterful, his narration brings warmth and humanity to this highly renowned work of 19th century literature. Wood handles the various dialects perfectly - in the dialog sections with Huck, Jim and other characters - sometimes you would be surprised the narration is done by a single actor.
The story is fairly episodic and unevenly paced in parts. Especially in the second half, the story slows down a bit in parts. However with the wonderful narration, those things are easily overlooked. I'd recommend this one to anyone interested in classic American literature.
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.
"a great reading!"
of course it's still 'huckleberry finn', a wonderful novel,alive with characters and colour and action.but this fine reading made it all the more enjoyable as the varying accents and speech rhythms are all part of the book's charm.
"A slow, meandering journey"
The performance is great and really brings all the characters alive with their distinctive Southern voices. The story, however, and I feel churlish in admitting this, had me a little bored at times. This is one of those I wanted to read and thereby cross it off the "books to read before you die" and am glad I have...but equally am glad to have finished it.
"Classic evocation of a particular era"
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a great evocation of a particular era in American history. The attitudes displayed, especially towards race and slavery, are shocking to modern ears and I had to keep reminding myself that the book was not only set, but also written in a very different time and place. I loved the variety of characters, all very real yet memorably larger than life, and I’m sure Elijah Wood’s expert narration was a major part of my enjoyment. His portrayal of all the dialects and accents was fabulous. I think even Dickens would have been proud of the King and the Duke! Having not read any Mark Twain as a child, I expect some of the excitement of the adventures was lost on me – I did get a little bored by the intricacies of the plot at Aunt Sally’s – but the major part of the book detailing Huck’s escape from his abusive father and his and Jim’s journey down the river had me completely hooked and even a little envious at times.
"A great adventure story"
In its own right, this book is a simple, first-person adventure story and greatly enjoyable. Written in 1884, it incorporates the attitudes and culture of the time and as it is set in the deep south during a time of racial inequality, there are attitudes, expressions and words used that may shock or offend some people. This book is now a historical reference to a time gone by. The current debate regarding one US publishers decision to remove racial terminology from it has brought this book into the news for all the wrong reasons. People should be allowed to witness history unsullied by current obsessions with political correctness - witnessing both right and wrong is what educates us.
The narration by Elijah Wood is excellent. His youthful voice and excellent characterisation make this a great listening experience.
"Elijah Wood is superb!"
Authentic, engrossing, nostalgic
Elijah's Wood's amazing variety of accents.
The drifting down the Mississippi past St Louis.
It made me think back to childhood when I last read this book, and reminded me what a great book it is.
This is a very good rendering of the classic Mark Twain story concerning Huckleberry Finn. Elijah Wood brings the text to life with a sensitive reading and a very good attempt at differentiating the various dialects spoken by the many beautifully drawn characters.
Most of us are aware of this story as the sequel to Tom Sawyer, and in many cases it has been studied as literature in school. This reading of the book repairs some of the damage done by poor English teaching, in that the story is made accessible and enjoyable without all the dissection done in literature classes.
Speaking as someone who has had books 'ruined' in such ways, it was delightful to just listen to the story on its own merits and as such it showcased Mark Twain's wit and his astute observation of human nature.
It is an absolute joy to add this to my library as a book to listen to again and again purely for the joy of the storytelling without having to worry about O Level grades!! (and yes, that does show my age!)
"Elijah Wood saves the day"
Elijah yes, Twain no
Didnt like the book, couldnt relate and it just didnt speak to me.
not really, next time Im going way more fantasy
I dont think so
It's been a long time since I read Huckleberry Finn, and I had forgotten how much depth there was in the novel, and how much Mark Twain used it to attack the issues and attitudes related to slavery in the Southern States. The movingly, if unsentimentally depicted friendship between Huck and Jim, whom he helps to escape from slavery, and Huck's ruminations on how very sinful he must be to 'steal' Jim from Miss Watson are, even now, powerful indictments against racism.
Elijah Wood is an ideal narrator for this tale, which is, more than anything, good fun.
Everyone should read this book ,
And Elijah Wood dose a fantastic job reading this book ,
I think people should listen to this .
"Very Good Narration!"
It was very well narrated.
I have not but this one us very good.
For me it took 3 sittings, about 3 hours each.
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