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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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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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    Vieux Carré Blonde Northampton, Massachusetts 07-17-15
    Vieux Carré Blonde Northampton, Massachusetts 07-17-15 Member Since 2009
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    "The Greatest Work, Perfectly Read"

    After way more than 50 listens, Elijah Wood's impeccable reading of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn still holds my Number One spot for American Fiction. This recording is second only to Jeremy Irons' reading of Lolita in my hierarchy of (>1100) Audible titles.
    It's my single most recommended book, because it shines brighter on repeat listens, and is suitable for all ages.
    For me, every July starts with a week of listening to Huck Finn: it gives me faith in the goodness of most people, in the human spirit, and in America. It's sad and wise and clever and warm.
    It was a brave book when written, and listening to it, taking it into our hearts and minds now is brave and right and necessary.
    The depth of character and quality of its portrayal—through action, words and introspection— the missteps and triumphs, the frustration, imprudence and ultimately the redemption of Jim and Huck will become part of your personal experience, if you just listen.
    Elijah Wood's performance is flawless. No child is singsongy or cloying. The menace of hateful men is as palpable. Tom Sawyer is shallow and puerile. We see that he won't grow up to be half the man Huck Finn already is.
    This is probably still the greatest work of American fiction. If it is not required reading in your school district, then your school district is doing your children a disservice.
    Make Huck Finn required reading in Your Life. And let Elijah Wood read this book to you.

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    Phil Kalamazoo, MI 07-17-15
    Phil Kalamazoo, MI 07-17-15 Member Since 2017

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    "Norman Dietz is better"

    This is a fine recording, quite well done. The accents and voices were probably far more accurate than Dietz's narration. But Dietz has that something that you can't describe, something comes through to the listener that is just missing in this book. I think Wood sounds more like a young teen, but a board young teen.
    My favorite part of the book is near the beginning, when Tom Sawyer forms the band of robbers. That is the funniest, most ironic part of the book, in my opinion, and Norman Dietz nails it!!! Elijah Wood gets through it ok...

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    Kristina Honokaa, HI, United States 07-11-15
    Kristina Honokaa, HI, United States 07-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great narrator."
    If you could sum up Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic performance in dialect.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Huck, of course, because he had such a sense of adventure and got himself and Jim out of so many tight places. Ever cheerful Huck enjoyed every moment.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many good scenes to select just one.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Mark Twain at his best.


    Any additional comments?

    I think folks who are looking at this title already know Huck and Mark Twain. It is the performance that makes this so special. The perfect voice to color the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy 07-04-15
    Wendy 07-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great narrative"

    A few skips near the end, although it did not change the narrative, editing would be nice for clarity.

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    Heidi MILES CITY, MT, United States 07-04-15
    Heidi MILES CITY, MT, United States 07-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent!"

    This book is so well performed by Elijah Wood. Of course it's a classic and has been read by almost everyone in high school but it's worth a second time just to hear the portrayal by Elijah Wood. Highly recommended! You'll enjoy every minute of it!

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    Marci 07-03-15
    Marci 07-03-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Slow plot line but always interesting"

    This book is a great sequel to Tom Sawyer. Because of what twain says in the preface about the local dialects used in the time period before the civil war, twain has nothing to apologize for. Thoroughly enjoyed it, only an idiot would ban thus book I am surprised anyone would find this book offensive. This is a child's book not intended for politics.

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    Jaime 06-26-15
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    "Great audio"

    Great story and audio performance. The book was great overall and well done in my opinion




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    Linda 06-25-15
    Linda 06-25-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent!"
    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely wonderful! This is the first audiobook I've ever listened to, and I'm glad that I did. Elijah Wood gives an excellent read-- seamless, consistent, and believable. I only hope that it doesn't set the bar too high for other audiobooks I may end up listening to in the future. ;)

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    susan hicken 06-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Engaging Performance!"

    Elijah Wood does a great job giving Mark Twains characters personality and depth...if you've been afraid to read the book, you should listen to this one!

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    Alisar Ohio 06-09-15
    Alisar Ohio 06-09-15
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    "Talented performance"

    Well written, but performed even better. The only thing the story lacked was a plot, but you are warned about that in the beginning. Fantastical adventures that are good for the imagination. Elijah Wood did a phenomenal job with the voice acting. Best audible performance I have yet to hear.

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  • 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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

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  • 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.


    4 of 4 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
  • 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 4 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<br/><br/>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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