There's a reason Robert Penn Warren was named Poet Laureate. This is the great American novel. As a Louisiana native, the story made a lasting impression on me. I'll never think about my home state again without remembering Willie Stark & Jack Burden. Top notch production and narration bring out the beauty and rhythm of the language.
This is a great book, a classic of American literature. I have read it before, but this audio version adds a whole new dimension. The reader captures the book perfectly, bringing extraordinary life and color to Warren's poetic words.
I had difficulty listening to the performer's female lines. They all sounded the same, with a Blanch Dubois aspect. I would have liked to know more about the main character's decline into politics as usual.
Female voices need to be altered to suit the character. Now they all sound alike.
3/4 as much time would have been better. Tighter construction keeps the reader focused on the "big idea."
A sometimes poetic story of an idealistic populist gone rogue and his ethically untethered lackey who uses the research skills learned as a history major to bring to grief those close to him.
A complex, enjoyable read with parallels to current events.
The writing is exquisite. The reading is pitch perfect. And the reflection on American politics is timeless. Highly recommended.
This has been my third reading of ATKM. At first I found the voice jarring, and the Southern accents almost comical. But I came to deeply appreciate his many voices, which fit the simple but emotionally rich dialogue beautifully. This book is my favorite book, and this performance does it justice.