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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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    unsightlyleaf 02-23-15
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    "NAILED IT"

    Elijah Wood does an unbelievably fantastic job reading one of the most ridiculously good books ever written. Stop looking, just buy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Genevieve Peterson 02-21-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant performance"

    This is a tricky classic to navigate when reading due to the many dialects. Elijah Wood performs them brilliantly. A great version!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Shipp Houston, TX 02-20-15
    J. Shipp Houston, TX 02-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible"

    Not only is this story over the top the reading was flawless. So worth any cost. My mind is still spinning days later.

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    Juanita Pied 02-11-15
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    "Epic adventure"

    I loved Elijah Wood's reading of this classical story.
    Huck gets away of most situations thanks to his behavioral intelligence, a way to say that it's not all about education at school, it's about learning to live in real life and cope with people and it's about enjoying every bit of it. Yet, it's fun to see how what he learned at school eventually proves useful: reading and writing are the most important skills one can learn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Readin' and Rockin' USA 02-11-15

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    "Marvelous!"

    I read Huck Finn a number of times, but I never had a better time than hearing it read to me, at night, by Elijah Wood.

    The best moment is when Huck has to decide whether to "go to hell" for his friend Jim.

    One of the greatest anti-slavery novels ever, this is beautifully presented by Wood's performance.

    Thank you Audible and Amazon. I will read it on my Paperwhite again this summer! But the Audible version was a wonderful experience.

    Robin M.

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    Parker Albright 02-10-15
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    "love the story, and great performance"

    this story is a classic, while it feels awkward listening to an audio in some parts is great for the most part. Elijah wood does a stellar performance

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    melissa peil 02-05-15
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    "Beautiful job"

    Perfect it is read beautifully and is such a good book. Overall this is a must read. Very good job.

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    katherine casey 01-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Quite enjoyable"

    Excellent! I love the narrator. Good old-fashioned fun . Looking forward to more adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.

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    Maron Kim Boulder, CO 01-28-15
    Maron Kim Boulder, CO 01-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent!"

    Elijah Woods did a great job, much more entertaining, exciting, and funny than I ever expected! Couldn't ask for better

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    Amazon Customer CA 01-23-15
    Amazon Customer CA 01-23-15 Member Since 2014

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    "A classic for all time"

    Elijah Wood gives a great performance to this classic story. Mark Twain would have loved it.

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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

    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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