Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain [Audiobook] {narrated by Elijah Wood}

Title: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Author: Mark Twain
Audiobook
Narrated by: Elijah Wood
Downloaded to Kindle from: Audible.com
Summary: "You don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain't no matter," declares Huck at the start of one of the greatest books in American literature. Filled with all the humor, suspense, and sheer excitement of its predecessor, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the more profound and accomplished creation. The tale of two outcasts' journey down the Mississippi River, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a nostalgic portrayal of a world Twain knew intimately, and the moving story of a boy who must make his own way in an often cruel society that counts it a sin to help a runaway slave.(from goodreads.com)


I'm sure you all remember from your youthful days of yore (always wanted to say that) the colorful story of Mark Twain's, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I thought I remembered it, albeit I was a bit rusty on the story. My current memories mostly brought on by the clips in Easy A where Olive discusses how it's not truly relevant to our time period because she can't remember any white guy running off with some "huge honking black guy". However, at the end of said movie, Olive apologizes to our dearest Mark Twain because that is precisely what happens which is where I laughed hysterically.

Now, although this really has nothing to do with my review, I still found it funny. However, to get back on topic, I was asked to review this audiobook in exchange for my honest review, so here is what I've got.

I loved it. I'm not much of an audiobook fan because I feel that it renders the speaking narrator as the permanent voice in my head for the written narrator of the book. This becomes annoying because much of the time I find audiobook narrators to definitely NOT fit the character they are portraying. My first introduction to audiobookism would be my mother playing Twilight in the car as we drove to Las Vegas to see my sister. I must say, that I found the narrator chosen for that book horribly dull and bland with no inflections that gave Bella Swan any good characterization, as in my head, she had always had. Many of you may debate this, as I know so many people to feel Bella is as bland as the chosen narrator made her.

Nonetheless, Elijah Wood, has given me no such qualms, in fact he has done an amazing job at giving credibility to audiobooks everywhere. I do not say this lightly. But, with Elijah Wood at the helm of Mark Twain's adventurous masterpiece, I felt like I was really listening to Huck Finn tell me the story of his exploratory travels on the Mississippi River. Not only did he hit Huck Finn's voice on the dot he also was amazing when it came to Jim, the runaway slave. I really believed there were two different voices participating in the mesmerizing tale.

It made me fall for the characters in an entirely different way than if I would have read it. Mark Twain's English isn't quite the English of today and I felt that Wood gave it a feeling and a loveliness that my own brain probably wouldn't have.

The only complaint I have with the audiobook is not against this audiobook in particular, but the same complaint I have for all audiobooks everywhere...they take so much time to listen to. A book that would normally take me five hours to read (or less) takes a good ten to listen to on audio. However, the magnificence of technology today allowed me to download, from audible.com, directly onto my Kindle. How freaking awesome is that!!!!!!!!! (It needs more exclamation points still!!!)

So, in conclusion, I recommend this audiobook to anyone who wants to feel like they are traveling along the Mississippi with Huckleberry Finn and Jim. The experience for me was overly enjoyable. Elijah Wood definitely gives it the feel it deserves and makes me believe in Huck's antic's over and over again.

(Sidenote: And for all those wondering, I'm fully against the changing of this original manuscript to wipe away words that, today, some may find offensive. I think that it was written as it was to show a time period and to give the book a feeling of what was developing in the plot lines. Those who are offended should simply, not read the book - This is solely my personal feelings concerning this subject)

Rating: 4/5 PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

I was given this audiobook free of charge from Audible.com in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.


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4 comments:

  1. Great review and thanks for mentioning the ability to download from Audible right to Kindle! Never knew that was possible and I can't wait to check it out!!

    I haven't listened to this one but I love, love, love the book and can definitely imagine Elijah Wood doing a great job. (Didn't he even play Huck Finn in a Disney - or something - movie version of the story?)

    And I'm glad that you mentioned the controversy surrounding the changes in the manuscript too. I've been wondering if the use of the n-word would come across as harsher or more offensive in an audio version as compared to simply reading it as text but Twain was such a master of dialect that I would picture a well done audio performance using the word without sounding overly vulgar.

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  2. I loved your review and it made me want to hear that audiobook too! When it comes to the n-word I couldn't agree more - the fact that it is offensive nowadays doesn't mean it should be erased from a perfectly good book written in a dialect.

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  3. It's been a long time since I read this book, but it might be fun to give it another try in audio form. I can imagine Elijah Wood would be the perfect narrator for this story, so glad that he gives the story some life and isn't dull, droning on and on until you're bored to tears:) Nice review Jen:)

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  4. You finally finished this audiobook. *grin* I'm glad to see it is so.

    Plus, a grand review. I do believe you can whip a great review up in a whim if you must.

    Mad Scientist
    http://madsteampunkery.blogspot.com

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