Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) by Mark Twain is one of the truly great American novels, beloved by children, adults, and literary critics alike. The book tells the story of "Huck" Finn (first introduced as Tom Sawyer's sidekick in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer), his friend Jim, and their journey down the Mississippi River on a raft. Both are on the run, Huck from his drunk and abusive father, and Jim as a runaway slave.
As Huck and Jim drift down the river, they meet many colorful characters and have many great adventures. The true heart of the story, however, is the friendship between Huck and Jim. A constant theme throughout the book is Huck's internal struggle between what he has been taught, that helping a runaway slave is a sin, and what he truly believes, that Jim is a good man and it couldn't possibly be wrong to help him.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was unique at the time of its publication (1884) because it is narrated by Huck himself and is written in the numerous dialects common in the area and time in which the book is set. Although the book was originally intended as a sequel to the children's book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, as Twain wrote Adventures of Huckleberry Finn it progressed into a more serious work. Twain's views on slavery and other social issues of the time become clear through the words, thoughts, and actions of Huck Finn. The book has always been the subject of great controversy, and according to The American Library Association it was fifth on the list of most frequently challenged books in the 1990s. (Summary by Annie Coleman)
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Well read! My wife and I are artists. We painted to your rendition of the book. It was most enjoyable.
July 25, 2012 Subject:
Annie Coleman has just the right voice for Huckleberry Finn, and she reads so clearly and so well. Very excellent!
October 7, 2011 Subject:
A perfect read
Seriously excellent work.
The book itself? I'd stop listening them inute Tom Sawyer shows up. He seems to drag the boys own adventure genre around with him, and it goes from being a serious work about right, wrong, and growing into manhood back to being a slightly silly caper story.
November 12, 2010 Subject:
Annie reads this wonderfully - she really gets into character, and it makes listening really enjoyable - I also liked her reading of Anne of Avonlea.
Keep reading Annie!
EDIT: I mean Anne of Green Gables, my bad! :)
March 6, 2010 Subject:
What squeaky voice?
What squeaky voice? Playback using Audacity.
Open a file in Audacity, then change the pitch by -10 or -15 percent. Easy to do. Anyone can do it.
No more squeak!
November 26, 2009 Subject:
One of the best audiobooks I've ever listened too (and probably the best within 'home made' category).
Very lively and authentic reading. Suits the stery extremely well. Big thanks to Annie!
December 10, 2008 Subject:
i dunno if its tha mic or ur voice but it makes me want to tear my ears off
September 10, 2008 Subject:
I didn't want to read the book in the first place, but once I started to listen to the recording, it was great. Annie is great, I love the different voices and the accents!!
February 19, 2008 Subject:
this recording really helped me read the book, other wise i probably would have used spark notes which is ok but i still woulnt have read the book.
Annie does a great job of reading the book, by speaking with the acents and differnt voices for differnt charaters, which made it really enjoyable to listen to.
February 5, 2007 Subject:
A beautiful introduction to a beautiful classic.
I've started reading this book on my PDA because these sound files were here, and I knew that they would help me to keep on reading throughout this college semester. Then I began reading a paper copy of Huck Finn--that is the only experience I recommend. Sitting down with your favorite mp3 compatible sound system and a paper copy of Huck Finn is an excellent way to spend any particular part of your day.
Annie Coleman's voice has accompanied my first reading of Huck Finn through all of the chapters of the book and will stay with me forever--when *ever* I read this book, her's will be the voice I'm listening to in my mind--no other will do.