Yes. It's a classic book, and Jonathan Davis' narration puts you right into the feeling of the time and place and Meursault's state of mind.
Meursault. I felt deep compassion for him.
No. But, I will be looking for him. His voice for this story and character was the perfect tone.
No. I''m just not sure any of my friends would enjoy it.
I know it is a specific style, but it just didn't work for me.
Can't say there was a favorite character.
Life is too short to skip a great story, and ice cream.
I like the translation (French to English); the story flows nicely, sensible and engrossing. I did some research on the author Albert Camus, and some reading about his philosophy known as absurdism before listening to the book. That helped me in appreciating the book better. A great short listen!
Well performed and well written...makes you think about life all anew. Which is the purpose I suppose, as an unexamined life may end up not unlike the one in this story.
Narrated accurately. Conveyed the essence of mersault's indifference. A barebones no nonsense depiction of man's struggle with conforming to society's expectations.
I picked this book up as an Audible daily deal and later read that this is a classic.
The main character is interesting with his coldness and insensitivity... it made me think, that he uncomplicates life a lot with this thinking. But I was also thinking, that somebody like this would be called a sociopath nowadays.
Still, I might not have gotten the pure core of it... since I can't see why this is a classic.
I received the book as a graduation present 16 years ago and I've re-read it again and again over the years. Glad to find an audiobook of it. The reader does a good job reading the book as well. I wish someone would make an audiobook of the Fall in English some time in the future.
I found the performance quite well done, with the reader accurately capturing the moral detachment and existential irony of Camu's story. I personally find Kafka more engaging, but Camu is one of the giants of existentialism. A must for any serious student.
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The Stranger is one of the most popular books of the Twentieth Century and the one largely responsible for the fame of Camus. The story is a bit addicting, and very thought provoking. Camus said he tried to write it in an American style and you can tell the influence Hemingway had on his simple understated prose. This is helped by the fitting narration of Jonathan Davis. He does a good job of fitting his narration to the story line and tone of the apathetic character. Almost a monotone, yet easy to listen to.
The story line itself is somewhat funny. The basic plot is that Meursault kills a man in the wake of the death of his mom. But he isn't tried for the murder. Instead he is tried and beheaded because he doesn't mourn properly for his mother, because he has few feelings. Ultimately, and this I think is more or less the point of Camus writing the book as an activist for Algerian natives, the French citizens of Algiers could care less about this man murdering an Arab. What they care about is the fact that the man had the audacity to start an affair right after his mom died. That he didn't seem to love his mother.
And of course, this is often what people are tried for even today. Suspects are routinely tried, especially in public opinion, not on the basis of any evidence as to what has occurred, but what the person did after a loved one is found dead, or has gone missing. And of course people do mourn in different ways. There really isn't any reason that a person wouldn't start a love affair after the death of a loved one, it is perhaps the emotional trigger that sets them off doing stuff they might not have even thought of before. Some people dance around a volcano. The character thinks he is being tried for murder and doesn't really understand why the fixation on his relationship with his mom, which he figures is no one's business. Killing an Arab becomes the excuse for the public to kill a man for not loving his mother as they see fit. In the process of the story many existential themes are explored whether or not Camus really meant for that. He did not really like the term existentialism, but the irony of history has made him the poster boy for it. Of course, any novel that has the death of one's mother, and the imminent death of the character is going to have to grapple, in one manner or another with those subjects upon which existentialism concerns itself, that being the meaning of life especially in the face of death which seems to render life itself meaningless. So perhaps Camus didn't like the term, perhaps he didn't set out to write an existentialist novel, yet when your main character is an atheist facing death, how are you going to avoid it? It is perhaps, precisely because he didn't mean for it to be an existentialist story that it became such a great one. Well, the world is absurd that way.