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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The master story teller spins the quintessential American novel in Huck Fin. The story lines intertwines tales that cover heavy topics with the heaviest being racism, religion, and true friendship. Huck wrestling with the emotional baggage of what he feels to be right based on his up bringing in a slave culture versus what he knows in his sole to be right within his sole is poignant look into a young man coming to gripes with his inner compass. Tom Sawyer may be a more recognized and beloved Twain story but for me Huck Fin is much more endearing.
This exemplary work of Literature was entertaining as fuuuu. The tangential stories/fables of this novel was extremely enjoyable to picture/read. From the Drunken bitch of a father to the extravagant Duke. The novel has and will hold the title of the great american novel.
Elijah Wood does such an amazing job narrating this. He really brought the characters to life and reminded me why Huckleberry Finn is such a classic. I enjoyed it immensely.
This is my third time with this extraordinary book, first time via Audible. Elijah Wood's performance is extraordinary! HIGHLY recommended!
I will definitely listen to this recording again! It is a great book, but Wood's performance makes the book even more enjoyable.
It's a great recording for a long car trip. I could sit and listen to this for hours without interruption very happily.
Elijah Wood did an incredible job narrating. Simply superb. I was very impressed with his ability to fluently read in dialect and still be able to capture the personality and style of each voice. As an English teacher I am expected to love all classics. That is utter pishposh. I appreciate a good read regardless of the era. While I admire Mark Twain's ability to capture a culture, there are many parts of this particular story that are, blatantly put, boring.
Sure. I think he is a very clever writer.
Interest. Despite a somewhat dragging plot line, Wood can grasp a listener's attention.
This was a fantastic performance from Woods. The books is very entertaining up until the last few chapters. The end of the book turns into a farce, but the first 90% is wonderful and well worth your time.
Elijah Wood makes this story come to life - what an amazing narrator!! The best part of the book is the relationship between Huck and Jim. Once Huck and Jim set out on the raft the story really becomes entertaining and endearing. For the listener its interesting to see the attitudes towards, race, slavery, child abuse, religion while being entertained by the adventures. To me, the part that was less entertaining was when Tom Sawyer gets involved in helping Jim escape. Anyway, I highly recommend this entertaining classic.
I am a mother of two adult children and married to a wonderful man. I am a full time Realtor who enjoys historical fiction.
What a great old time favorite! Before phones, cells and i anythings. A most enjoyable escape.
Huck of course. He is just amazing.
This is my first time and he was very captivating.
No, I never have time for such a luxery but, I do enjoy a little at a time.
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I have loved both Mark twains' characters and the awesomely talented Elijah wood! Wow the words I read in Junior high couldn't register so I passed them over like a foreign language I had never heard! Elijah not only made Every character come to life but the backwoods horrible to understand language became crystal clear! No matter what I write it will not do justice to the experience I was so lucky to have had! Little note I was in the ICU for a week internal bleeding so movement was impossible but mom put on my iphone and I could listen for hours I think it helped me to step down to a regular floor quicker! Thanks audio for the convenience and thanks Elijah for an amazing experience that I intend to again experience very soon! A PLUS!!!!!
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