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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

Written by: Mark Twain
Narrated by: Elijah Wood
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (79 ratings)

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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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What the critics say

"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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An Amazing and Surprising Combination

I never would have thought to ask for an Elijah Wood narration of Huckleberry Finn, but here we have it and it's truly a joy. Wood's narration brings so much heart and charm to a story that was already so heartfelt and charming that it makes this an essentiel reading for anyone who enjoys audiobooks.

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the narration is exceptional

Of course, this book is well written but the narration takes the Audible edition over the top. We couldn't wait to finish dinner and turn on Audible to hear the next chapter and when we finished we were a bit sad to not hear Elijah Woods each night. #Audible1

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Great story.

An adventure that only M. Twain could write... well-written, full of humour and with a strong undertone of abolitionism. The narration by Elijah Wood is superb making this version a must listen.

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It doesn’t age well

The narration is amazing, and the story fun. However, the n word is used A LOT. I understand not editing or sanitizing the story, but it’s jarring, to the point of physically cringing and making it rather hard to listen to the story.

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That's A Lot of N-Words I Tell You What

So fair warning for those 2019 ears.

Beneath the surface, however, I believe I detect a powerful work and critique of racism, America, etc. I wouldn't give this to school kids, but this is a work worth discussing intellectually.

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Outstanding

Outstanding performance by Elijah Wood. The story was so fun and I laughed throughout. I will definitely listen to this one again.

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always an adveture

very long, listened in the car with the kids, but worth it. lots of n words, has some explaining to do lol

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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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  • 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".

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  • Paul Shepherd
  • 2016-09-09

Great delivery of a great classic.

If you have not heard or read Huckleberry this is a must. Elijah Wood delivers it perfectly. It will grip you to the end.