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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.

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Earphones Award Winner (AudioFile Magazine)

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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"Elijah Wood's performance of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is my nominee for the Narrators' Hall of Fame. Wood's unself-conscious reading doesn't sound like a reading at all." (AudioFile)

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  • Meena
  • Newark, NJ, United States
  • 02-17-11

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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  • Rick
  • Urcuquí, Ecuador
  • 11-29-14

Twain's Best

If, like me, your childhood memories of Twain have dimmed, and you tend to think of Huckleberry Finn as “Tom Sawyer (continued),” you’re in for a treat. Tom Sawyer came first and often comes first to mind, but many consider “Huckleberry Finn” to be Twain’s real masterpiece. It’s a true opus of dialogue and social documentary, cloaked in grand boyish adventure on the mighty Mississippi at the peak of the steamboat age.

Elijah Wood is a fine actor who brings to Huck’s first-person story the credible voice of both innocent youth and hardscrabble cunning. Huck can plan an elaborate raid worthy of a general, yet fall for every superstition and witches’ tale that comes along. The book is peopled with a lively cast of dozens of accomplices, con men, doting relatives, townspeople and slaves and they, too, are all Mr. Wood.

And the fine hand of Mark Twain is there throughout, weaving more plot twists and unexpected developments than any other adventure book or movie ever could, always with his trademark humor. An excellent read of perhaps the greatest story by the best-known author America has ever produced. How can you go wrong? I really like this Signature Classics idea.

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 04-12-14

Great Narration of a Classic

It's been decades since I've even thought about Tom and Huck . . . and what better way to meet up with Huck Finn again that this great performance by Elijah Wood. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  • Lawrence
  • Monroeville, PA, United States
  • 02-13-14

Excellent performance

I've listened to various recordings of this great book. This is the best. Well worth the time and money.

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"Adventures" is spot on!

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Elijah Wood does a spirited reading of this beloved classic. You can't go wrong with Mark Twain. A fun book that is always entertaining no matter where you pick up into the story. I like to have this playing as I fall asleep at night.

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  • Mike
  • Rockland, Ontario, Canada
  • 08-19-12

A Great Classic with Perfect Narration

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This book has been one of my favorite books for a long time. The story is a lot of fun and provides a looking glass into the time it was written. It's a great adventure with a wonderful cast of characters. It deals with many themes and problems of the time. Mark Twain never disappoints as an author.<br/><br/>Elijah Wood really surprised me with this one. I always considered him a good actor but the way he pulls off the diverse characters have changed my mind. Elijah Wood is a GREAT actor. You would think that with the amount of characters and different accents involved, that anyone would struggle, if at least a little. Wood makes each character unique and pulls off the language of the time perfectly. You're never left trying to figure out which of the many characters is speaking. Elijah gives them each a different voice and gets their accents and personalities perfectly. I would buy any book read by Elijah Wood now.

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Huck (Not Frodo) Reads His River Road-Buddy Story

I worried that as I was listening to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn I'd be hearing Frodo instead of Huck. Could Elijah Wood handle the dialects of Twain's novel, let alone the rich voice of Jim? I needn't have worried. Wood quickly becomes Huck telling his own story with an appealingly youthful voice full of wit, emotion, humor, and southern twang, modifying it just enough for the various characters' dialogue, reading like Huck talking like his father or Jim or the King, and so on. Elijah Wood is equal to the task.

The novel is a strange classic. The scenes featuring Jim and Huck as they drift down the Mississippi on their raft, experiencing scenes idyllic at pristine dawn and nightmarish at stormy night, bonding as they go, discussing matters philosophical (whether the stars 'was made or only just happened') and practical (whether it's stealing or borrowing to take a few things from a farm now and then) are wonderful. The scenes featuring the King and the Duke are funny, but begin to verge on the unpleasant, and I vacillate between accepting Tom Sawyer's two hour plus cameo in the ten hour novel (giving Twain the benefit of the doubt as intending the domineering, self-centered, scheming, and trouble-making boy to serve as a foil for the nobler and simpler Huck) and resenting his lengthy intrusion (which begins dragging on like a joke interminably overstaying its welcome). I could do with more of Jim and Huck on the river and less of the King, the Duke, and Tom Sawyer in the book.

Twain's novel sympathizes with and condescends to African Americans, scathingly depicts southern culture exemplars like revivalists, feuding families, and participants in the slave system, bitterly satirizes civilization, and accurately exposes the American heart in all its good-natured, kind, greedy, crass, violent, and transcendent glory. If you haven't read it or if you read it long ago, this audiobook version would be an excellent way to experience Huckleberry Finn (but prepare for the n-word).

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  • Bergljot
  • Mosfellsbaer, Iceland
  • 03-20-11

Just as good as 55 years ago

This is a classic, of course, and deservedly so, and I enjoyed it even better than when I read it about 55 years ago. The reading by Elijah Wood was also first class, fast and lively – and all these different accents! They sounded good to my unaccustomed ear any way. Elijah Wood went up several notches as an actor in my mind.

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  • John
  • Galena, OH, United States
  • 02-11-11

Do not pass this one by-and-by.

Elijah Wood sets the bar - his performance opens a whole new level of expectation of audio books for me. Twain's masterful story telling and Elijah's talent combine for a memorable experience.

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  • Trent
  • PLEASANT GROVE, UT, United States
  • 02-09-11

Excellent

Loved the reader, easy to follow. I tend to zone out with some narrators, did not happen on this one. A pleasure to listen, as audiobooks should be.

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  • K D
  • 07-01-17

Language is a bit bad but apart from that very goood

Very good liter bad language but mostly good☺☺☺. But how they used black people litel harsh😐

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