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.
Reading until I am ready to write.
This is one of very few books that I would consider perfect--beautifully wrought and an amazing story. All the King's Men is in my top 3 novels which I have read so far. I loved how everything was tied together in the end. It made for a happy and rewarding ending after much loss and sorrow.
**I listened to this unabridged audiobook while reading Polk's restored texted of All The King's Men. There were some skipped paragraphs in the audiobook, but after following along with the text I found the audiobook to be virtually the same.
This recording was my first encounter with this American classic and next I will read the book, for my book club. I was impressed by the narrator's ability to create and sustain each individual character's voice throughout the entire read. He was exceptionally good with female voices, a skill I often find lacking in male narrators. And he did regional voices well too, southern without overdoing it. The listen will definitely help me with my read.
Mr Emerson's performance is flawless and engaging. The best book+performance that I have had (so far) with audible.
I listened to this book mainly for the recollection of it as a great political novel. Yeah I found the narrator and the main characters more interesting than Willie stark. Robert Penn Warren is both a great novelist and great poet. Even though there is a slightly dated quality about the book when encountered in 2016, I heartily recommend it for its graceful imaginative writing and insights into human nature and interaction. The narrator captures the sense of the writing, the place, and the characters wonderfully.