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Editorial 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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Critic Reviews

"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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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael Balzoa on 03-11-11

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Angelica on 11-19-10

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 02-06-15

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Stephanie Jane on 10-25-13

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 01-31-15

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!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Rodney Fielding on 09-16-17

Classic has lost relevance

What did you like best about Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood? What did you like least?

Huck Finn has admirable qualities, but his encounters with the extraordinary people he meets along the Mississippi are prolix, often baffling and eventually boring, I found. I have never read this book before, and felt I would enjoy catching up with it, but I did not enjoy it at all. All I can think is that it is a classic that has not stood the test of time, as have many by Dickens, Melville and many others.

Has Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood put you off other books in this genre?

Yes - but I have always enjoyed Mark Twain's essays and occasional pieces.

Have you listened to any of Elijah Wood’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Elijah Wood gives a magnificent performance as Huck Finn. I have not heard him read another audio book, but have seen him in the movies, notably Lord of the Rings.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

I heard about half of this book, and could stand no more. However, I am not going to return it to Audible, since the production was fine, and this is after all an American classic.

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