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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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    MIGHTYA Northeast USA 08-15-14
    MIGHTYA Northeast USA 08-15-14 Member Since 2014

    Love a well told story (all genres) with a flavor of romance.

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    "Great Narrator on a Great Classic"

    A great classic to start with. Great narrator completes the whole experience! Perfect accent for the writing style and the area where the story took place. Highly recommend!

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    Rebecca Alpharetta, GA, United States 08-14-14
    Rebecca Alpharetta, GA, United States 08-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful book and narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed Elijah's narration. His reading voice is clear and lively with lots of personality.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked listening to this classic. Elijah's narration really brought it to life like watching a good play. The story itself is rich in details from the time period. Its a wonderful tale written by a master story teller. I like watching Huck grow as a character and figure out what he thinks for himself versus what society holds as truth.

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    Litlovingmama 08-13-14
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    "Superbly Done!"
    What other book might you compare Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood to and why?

    The book is similar to the Newbery winner, Elijah of Buxton, because it is told quite convincingly in the vernacular.


    Which character – as performed by Elijah Wood – was your favorite?

    Elijah Wood did an amazing job with all the voices.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Mark Twain is a gifted story-teller. The book was half serious commentary on human nature and half laugh-out-loud funny.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is controversial for the use of the "N" word and I must admit that it was hard to hear it over 200 times. Stilll, I'm convinced that although Twain used the expressions of his time to describe African Americans, he was making a much broader statement in the book about how blacks should be treated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris> NEW ZEALAND 08-08-14
    Chris> NEW ZEALAND 08-08-14
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    "adv huck finn narrtd elijah wood"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood to be better than the print version?

    Great to listen to good caracterisation of different people ,could listen to Elijah all day !! What other books has he done voice for??


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda Taylor Corsicana, TX United States 08-06-14
    Wanda Taylor Corsicana, TX United States 08-06-14 Member Since 2016
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    "WOW!"
    If you could sum up Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood in three words, what would they be?

    Elijah has another career if that whole acting thing doesn't work out. What a wonderful performance of a time worn extremely familiar story. Through his voice he really takes you to Mississippi and into the heart and soul of a boy growing into a man. GREAT LISTEN!


    What other book might you compare Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood to and why?

    Like Gone with the Wind it's a pretty accurate picture of life in the south.


    Which character – as performed by Elijah Wood – was your favorite?

    Huck, was my favorite character that Mr. Wood read. You can just see his face and him wearing the overalls and traveling down the Mississippi


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

    When Huck has to make a decision between turning in Jim to the authorities or to protect his friend.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hazel C. 08-06-14
    Hazel C. 08-06-14
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    "Enter the world of yesteryear USA"
    If you could sum up Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood in three words, what would they be?

    touching
    real
    adventurous


    What did you like best about this story?

    life relationships as seen through the eyes of rapscalion boy and a slave who both reached their version of freedom


    What about Elijah Wood’s performance did you like?

    His perfect narrative of the native vernacular. Had I read this book, I would have never felt the story as I did hearing Elijah's poignant rendition of Southern.


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

    Too many to ennumerate. I was touched by the world view each character held and how they lived their lives based on the knowledge at hand.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frank E Sanabria II 07-23-14
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    "Frodo takes on the Classics"
    If you could sum up Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood in three words, what would they be?

    Oh Lawds, Honey


    What other book might you compare Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood to and why?

    This book is true Twain, southern and holistic with all the colloquial charm you can expect. The only other book I can compare to it is Tom Sawyer.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part Huck plays in the feuding families and the harsh realism it brings in the middle of such a light-hearted tale.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    You'll love the show.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-27-14

    Y. Shepard

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    "Elijah Wood's performance is amazing!"
    What made the experience of listening to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood the most enjoyable?

    Wood is an excellent actor. He brought the characters to life in my imagination.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Huck Finn


    What about Elijah Wood’s performance did you like?

    He didn't just read the book. Hemagnificiently performed the material.


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

    No. I listened to it during my work commute.


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    C L Towle California, USA 05-30-14
    C L Towle California, USA 05-30-14 Member Since 2008

    I've worked in a Children's Bookstore and am now working in the San Jose Public Library system.

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    "Fabulous reader"
    Where does Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 10


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Huck Finn


    Which character – as performed by Elijah Wood – was your favorite?

    All good - amazing with accents.


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

    When he realized that Nigger Jim was not a free man.


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    Robin Åhman Spånga, Sweden 05-15-14
    Robin Åhman Spånga, Sweden 05-15-14 Member Since 2009
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    "What a performance!"
    What did you love best about Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood?

    I had no idea that Elijah Wood was such a good voice actor. Sometimes I forgot that it was him. I had to remind myself sometimes that it was actually Elijah and not the slave Jim.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The best part was them trying to bust out Jim from the Phelps' and Tom coming up with all the crazy ideas to make it match books he had read. The least interesting part was some of the stories about the King and the Duke.


    What does Elijah Wood bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I tried reading it on my Kindle but it was quite difficult and slow just because of the old style of writing and of the slang used. Elijah did it flawlessly.


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  • Brian
    westfield cottage,blairgowrie,perthshireUnited Kingdom
    2/12/11
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    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
    2/6/15
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    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie Jane
    a caravan somewhere in Europe
    10/25/13
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Beulah, United Kingdom
    1/18/11
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    "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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/3/14
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    "Elijah Wood is superb!"
    If you could sum up Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood in three words, what would they be?

    Authentic, engrossing, nostalgic


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

    Elijah's Wood's amazing variety of accents.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The drifting down the Mississippi past St Louis.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think back to childhood when I last read this book, and reminded me what a great book it is.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fredbear
    12/1/14
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    "Classically Wonderful."
    Where does Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood to, and why?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Evie
    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "Huck Finn"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • nenglesberg
    2/7/15
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    "Great read"

    Everyone should read this book ,
    And Elijah Wood dose a fantastic job reading this book ,
    I think people should listen to this .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • GenKan
    8/8/14
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    "Elijah Wood saves the day"
    Would you try another book written by Mark Twain or narrated by Elijah Wood?

    Elijah yes, Twain no

    Didnt like the book, couldnt relate and it just didnt speak to me.


    Has Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood put you off other books in this genre?

    not really, next time Im going way more fantasy


    Could you see Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    I dont think so


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    3/15/15
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    "Very Good Narration!"
    Where does Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was very well narrated.


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

    I have not but this one us very good.


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

    For me it took 3 sittings, about 3 hours each.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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