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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
Series: Twain's Tom and Huck, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Huckleberry Finn is the original American maverick. He chooses the things that feel the most comfortable for him, regardless of what others may say. But when he is forced to flee his home, and comes into company with Jim, a runaway slave, his sound heart collides with his ill-trained conscience. Together, Huck and Jim journey down the Mississippi River, on an odyssey that has become one of the finest American Classics in the world of literature. This timeless novel is performed by award-winning Classic Tales narrator B.J. Harrison. It is an event you won't want to miss.

Public Domain (P)2009 B.J. Harrison

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This is a hard book to read aloud.

Imagine all the dialects and the different characters, and the characters (like Huck & the King & the Duke) who are pretending to be people they're not by using accents or variant dialects. B.J. Harrison does an excellent job of holding things together and making the narrative easy to follow. I have another Audible version of this book, and this one by Harrison is far superior. He is really good.
The book itself is worth reading or listening to every few years, IMO.

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great fun

loved this book. loved the performance. bj Harrison was excellent. much better than Alan munro

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Masterpiece!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I think this book is just perfect. It is too bad that it has gotten bad press over the years. If you read this book, you will see message Mark Twain is sending and in a way that is so masterful, it is stunning. I think this is just as relevant today as it was when published.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

The climax, which is so apparent, you will not miss it. It brought me to tears.

Have you listened to any of B. J. Harrison’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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

Same as above, the climax.

Any additional comments?

Must read!

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Great listen

The narrator does an excellent job with the dialects and the various characters. Good "read."

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Such a Wonderful Book

I had to listen to this story in English class and I still love this book. Some things really do need to be read and preserved. It saddens me that people tried to do away with this book because of the language it is spoken in but I think that makes it all the more wonderful and accurate.

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What to do?

I want my children to read or listen to the classics. Huckleberry Finn is definitely a classic and it really shows the lives of the people in the South before the Civil War. The prejudice towards the black men and women is unbelievable. Even Huck is prejudice. I'm okay with my kids hearing this because I can teach them about history and that is really how people looked at other people just because of the color of their skin and why we don't want to do that. However the "N" word is a very prominent word in this book. You don't just hear it once in a while. I had it pop into my mind several times as a new part of my thinking vocabulary (for lack of a better term for it). It was never part of it before and I don't like that hateful word at all. I wish we could hear the story without such a hateful word popping up every page or so. But it is Mark Twain's work and really is a part of our past, like it or not. What do we do? Is there anything that can be done without making it an abridged version? The Narrator is fantastic! I even went looking for other books read by him.

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a classic

great story and narration. will take you back as if you are with huck while he tells it.

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Great reader!

Best I found for our unit in American Lit. The voice was right - for an important novel.

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  • 03-10-19

a good reader makes a difference

I downloaded a version of Huck Finn with a reader who paused in the middle of statements and did not do much to work with different accents. I really like the story and love the characters of Huck and Jim but almost couldn't make it through the book. This reader, B. J. Herrison is much, much better. I can't swear to his accuracy but my family experience with many of the areas in question makes me think he has done his homework. I enjoyed it as much as the first time I read it years ago.
This book comes with a mega trigger warning. If you aren't familiar with the race relations of the time it was written in, it sucks to hear or read them play out even though the story doesn't end all dark or anything.
I'll leave any more interpretive stuff to cliff notes and such. I first read this as a kid looking to read an adventure story and it still delivers an great adventure tale.

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Excellent narration

Harrison performs each voice uniquely. It’s impressive and entertaining. While Twain makes a dent in racism by showing Jim’s integrity, he also shows how deeply embedded it is even with people who care about him.

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  • Claire Kendall-Price
  • 04-21-13

Brought to life

A brilliant narration of the great story. Good character voices, and there are a lot of them - from the black slave, to rednecks, to gentrified Americans, to Midwesterners, to English and all in between.

I have listened to this over and over again. Excellent!

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