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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
Written by: 
Mark Twain
Narrated by: 
Elijah Wood
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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    FanB14 09-05-12
    FanB14 09-05-12

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "Outstanding Adventure"

    This tale is funny, unassuming, timeless. Worth a listen whether to rediscover Huck & Jim travelling down the river or to read/listen for a class. Elijah Wood emotes a capricious air to Huck and flows seamlessly between Pap, Jim, and all the other characters. Happy with purchase.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    aaron gilbert Pearland, TX United States 03-12-14
    aaron gilbert Pearland, TX United States 03-12-14 Member Since 2013

    Christian, Texan, electrician, lover of reading-I lean towards Sci-fi/fantasy but enjoy the classics, history, and science titles also.

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    "A classic very enjoyably performed"
    If you could sum up Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood in three words, what would they be?

    I would choose freeing, educational, and fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Huck of course. The youth is surprisingly wise and innocent at the same time allowing for some outrageous circumstance.


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

    I am very pleased I experienced Huck Finn through Mr. Woods' masterful performance. His accent, cadence, and affectation of each character was a wonder in and of itself.


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

    This young man was really treated poorly in many instances specifically by his Paps. By today's standards the boy would have been traumatized for life. All this he took in stride. Yes, I felt very sorry for him on more than one occasion.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this performance specifically for the narration of Elijah Woods. However I will add it would be difficult to reconcile the use of the common term for black slave at the time to how I raise my children today. Although I get it I am afraid they might not.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    D. Evans Central New Jersey 01-26-12
    D. Evans Central New Jersey 01-26-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Story, Elijah Wood was great - recommended"

    At first, I was thinking Elijah didn't create very distinct voices for each character, and it bothered me a little. He did speak differently for each character, but it wasn't a full-on change of voice as you might hear in other books.

    Then as I listened, I realized Huck was speaking for all the characters -- telling what happened. We weren't supposed to be listening to the characters having conversations -- we were listening to Huck relating his conversations back to us, the readers.

    And then it all fell into place.

    Mark Twain is a great storyteller, and Elijah Wood really made it come alive. I always thought Huck Finn was a troublemaker, and was truly surprised to find out that Tom Sawyer was the instigator, not Huck.

    The recording includes all the language as originally written by Mark Twain, and I truly think that is the right thing to do. It's how the people talked and thought back when the story was written, and you can't change that. All we can do is learn from the past and change how we act today.

    I got so invested in how life would turn out for Huck and Jim. Elijah and Twain really made me care about them both.

    I highly recommend this story to anyone looking for a "page turner".

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Fred 12-13-10
    Fred 12-13-10
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    "Excellence"

    This was my first Mark Twain book and I completely enjoyed it. Mr. Wood's young-sounding voice was completely believable and I had no problem imagining I was listening to Huck tell about his adventures. My experience with this book far surpasses those I have had with any other audio book. Thank you Audible!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Nicholasville, KY, United States 12-06-10
    Larry Nicholasville, KY, United States 12-06-10
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    "Excellent even if you have read or heard it before"

    This is truly one of the masterpieces of American literature and the narrator, Elijah Wood, gives an excellent reading of the work. His voice changes to match characters and the story flows along so well. I hated when it ended.

    One of the best listens I have had from Audible.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Walt Fayetteville, AR, United States 12-23-10
    Walt Fayetteville, AR, United States 12-23-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Huckleberry Finn"

    Elija Wood made Mark Twain's humor and dialect come alive in the multiple characters. He made it real and personal.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 08-19-15
    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 08-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best audiobook I've heard."

    This book is the reason that I started listening to audiobooks. I listened to this on a road trip with a friend of mine, and I was hooked. The narration was beyond amazing. Elijah Wood brings the story to life and it is amazing.

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    Gale 08-22-12
    Gale 08-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A Masterpiece"
    What about Elijah Wood’s performance did you like?

    I'd rather listen to Elijah Wood read this than read the book myself. I can not imagine a more perfectly paired reader and text.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Ernest Hemingway's comment about this book. "The good writers are Henry James, Stephen Crane, and Mark Twain. That's not the order they're good in. There is no order for good writers.... All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called 'Huckleberry Finn.' If you read it you must stop where Jim is stolen from the boys. That is the real end. The rest is just cheating. But it's the best book we've had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since." -- from Ernest Hemingway, "The Green Hills of Africa" (1934)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Meena Newark, NJ, United States 02-17-11
    Meena Newark, NJ, United States 02-17-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good book worth listening"

    Very good book. Well narrated! Thanks to Audible for having this in store! I would recommend this to my friends and family.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "missing Raft Sequence chapter 16"

    One of the most colorful and memorable segments is missing -- the dialog and banter of the raftsmen and the story of the baby in the barrel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • allysabb
    9/14/15
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    "The Best ."
    If you could sum up Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood in three words, what would they be?

    The Best X x .


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mellow yet utterly adventorous voice o' Elij' Wood .


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

    No.


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

    Yes .


    Any additional comments?

    The Best - along with the wit & the Wisdom .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kirsti O'Rourke
    6/27/15
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    "Deep South in your ears!"

    Brilliantly read by Elijah wood. Got the accent spot on i reckon. A little difficult to listen to in places and the language and wording drags a little but it's a classic book and thoroughly recommend :)

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  • Maria
    6/24/15
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    "Fabulous"

    Absolutely wonderful. Beautifully narrated - a stellar performance by Elijah Wood who brought the story to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • HenrietteIM
    Arnhem, Netherlands
    5/26/11
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    "A real Treat"

    I am a huge fan of Elijah Wood and I love the Huckleberry Finn story but I found Elijah's way of reading with the American dialect very tiresome.
    English is not my native language, so that is probably the reason.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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