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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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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 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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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Michael Balzoa
  • 2011/03/11

Masterful Narration

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is nonpareil, but Elijah Wood's dramatization verges on genius. His style brings nuance to the fore that was simply unavailable to me when I read the book (silently) to myself. It added color to an already colorful peice of work. Congratulations, Mr. Wood.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • J. Schafer
  • 2011/03/02

Full of rich Americana

This absolute classic is brilliantly narrated by Wood who uses his talent to the extreme. I was duly impressed at Wood's lingual skills in navigating the dialect and accents. For those who have written reviews detesting the use of the "N" word, that's simply how they spoke in Twain's time. This novel brings you back to the lazy days of the mid 1800s in America and all that goes with it. If you paid attention in high school or college US History class, you'll understand the language of the time. "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was on my high school reading list and I was hooked when I read it. I had read it twice more after school and was thrilled when it came out on audible.com. I was not disappointed by the treatment the audio transformation gave it. Highly recommend.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mama C
  • 2011/03/05

Wonderfully Narrated

I already owned a different narration of "Huck Finn" when this one came out. After listening to the sample of Elijah Wood reading I had to buy this one. Was it worth it? It certainly was! What a difference an actor makes. His dialects and voices were wonderful and I was on that river with Huck and Jim.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Angelica
  • 2010/11/19

Elijah is truly amazing

This is turning out to be one of my favorite audio books. Elijah's done an amazing job bringing this tale to life.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • carla
  • 2011/02/24

Well worth listening to!

I probably read Huckleberry Fin in High School, but that was 40 years ago. I was curious how well Elijah Wood would narrate the book and though it was one of the BEST books I have purchased so far. Elijah was very, very good at capturing the dialects and I did appreciate the original text, N word and all. I highly recommend this book. It is a classic that anyone would enjoy listening to.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • james d. thomas
  • 2011/01/07

Worthy "signature" premiere

Mr. Wood's narration starts slowly but builds in both intensity and humor. An hour or so in to the book, he hits his stride and never misses a beat from then on. I downloaded when it first became available although I thought that Elijah Wood was an odd choice for narrator. Instead I found he was a brilliant choice. The narration ranks with the best of Jeff Woodman; this is as good as it gets. The definitive version on audio which will probably never be surpassed.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • D. Evans
  • 2012/01/26

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".

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2010/12/11

Fabulous

Elijah Wood is very talented. Huck Finn is always gonna be a good listen, but the nuances Elijah Wood uses in his narration and the energy in his voice make this one of the most enjoyable audio books I have ever listened to. Make sure you listen carefully to Elijah's treatment of the dialect for "the King!" Check it out - you won't be disappointed!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Rick
  • 2010/11/23

You'll like it.

I hadn't read Huck Finn since I was a boy and had forgotten just how wonderful a book is. Wood does a very nice job reading - he handles the different accents quite well. I enjoyed it, so I reccommend it.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • R. O'Hare
  • 2010/11/19

Well read - Interesting Book

I enjoyed listening to this book. It's shocking to hear the slang, the use of the n-word, and the prejudice demonstrated here by so many of the characters. But it is clear that Mark Twain was trying to capture time in a bottle, showing the language, customs, popular beliefs, However, the authordemonstrates his disapproval of the prejudice by the way the story unfolds. When Huck acts most prejudiced, he is trying to blend in with the crowd in order to help Jim. Jim ends up being the most noble character of all, with his self-less actions and deep sense of right and wrong. Elijah Wood was spot on with the reading. Worth the listen.

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  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Peter
  • 2011/01/18

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.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2015/02/06

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.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2014/12/03

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.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • nenglesberg
  • 2015/02/07

Great read

Everyone should read this book ,
And Elijah Wood dose a fantastic job reading this book ,
I think people should listen to this .

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Evie
  • 2013/04/14

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.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
  • 2013/10/25

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.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • tungeler
  • 2011/02/12

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.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Roly
  • 2020/02/21

An exaggerated authenticity ... and testament to history

This is entertaining, unusual and controversial; the language and narration are novel with a current of humour as it describes the American South of the time. There’s an exaggerated authenticity in its joie de vivre, raw-emotional comeraderie, naïveté and skull-duggery but also entrenched racism of slavery. The small town, Mississippi Southerners happily ate their meat’n greens and smoked their corn cob pipes but propagated great cruelty and the book exposes this.
The adventures of Huck Finn, entertaining as they are.... eventually become a little tedious and I flagged toward the end.... but finished.
At the very least the novel is a literary testament to history and holds its place as one of the (sic) ‘great american novels’ . No regrets !

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Descendent
  • 2019/09/29

Superb. Absolutely fantastic narration with no ego

Genuinely, genuinely brilliant. Mark Twain read at his best. I can't recommend this highly enough.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Sall
  • 2018/10/21

An absorbing classic tale

I quite enjoyed this book, it has a relatively fast paced story, and has a lot of humour and fun.

One for someone who wants to get started on American literature, as it has a lighthearted feel is lot of places.

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  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • GARRY
  • 2020/02/20

TRUE CLASSIC

MARK TWAIN AS HIS BEST. MOST ENJOYABLE,JUST HOW MUCH MISCHIEF CAN A COUPLE OF RASCALS GET UO TO?LISTEN AND YOU'LL FIND OUT

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Caron Chester
  • 2017/05/08

Great yarn, by a great storyteller!

Mark Twain is insightful and possessed of a great sense of humour.
Elijah Wood is excellent as the Narrator... I wish there were more narrators in his league!
Brilliant!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jean
  • 2015/01/31

Best listen! Elijah Woods does a brilliant job

I really enjoyed hearing this old favourite of mine. Elijah Woods brings it to life with his excellent effort at using the various accents and voices. I highly recommend it!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2021/01/19

GREAT

Wonderful adventures from a great writer. Elijah Wood is masterful. Exposes white racism. The n-word, alas, is of its era.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2020/10/24

Elijah Wood is superb.

Elijah Wood performance is superb, and makes the story even more enjoyable. The book was better listened to than read.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sam T.
  • 2020/10/15

better than I could have done

I've tried reading Huck Finn before but just couldn't do it. This is better than a movie, better than your own imagination. Top performance by Frodo.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2020/10/03

Now one of my top favorites book.

I originally wanted something light hearted, I’m a huge Over the Garden Wall fan, and this was perfect.

The story is incredibly enjoyable, and a little bit thought provoking. I didn’t want this to end, the narration was perfect.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Bin Lu
  • 2020/08/28

What a great performance by the narrator

The narrator Mr Elijah Wood did such a wonderful job in this classical novel. Sometimes I feel like the characters from the novel were just around me.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2018/12/11

Great classic

A great Mark Twain classic, very well read, easy to listen too and follow, hard to stop, thoroughly enjoyed it

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • matt r.
  • 2018/09/21

Elijah should get an award

The narration of this classic book brings the listener right onto the raft with Huck and along for the adventures.
wonderful performance.