Because of the way the book is written the first two chapters jump from scene to scene and time period to time period with no warning. This made it impossible To follow the story at those points. The narrator also was not great at distinguishing between all of the characters voice wise which I understand is hard to do but still added to the confusion.
This book was just not my thing. The characters were interesting but I did not like this book. It had some interesting characters but I was not a fan of this writing style.
I was not familiar with the story. I as an adult I occasionally try to catch up on classic literature I missed as a student. Because of the way this book is written from multiple perpectives it is very difficult to follow.
Performance is fine
Lacking a PhD in English literature I don't feel qualified to answer this question
What I assume is a difficult read is an even more difficult listen
For me, the stream of consciousness style used by Faulker is hard to follow in audible format. Great novel, but I think reading would be better than listening in this case.
Grover Gardner's reading of this masterpiece is fabulous. His voices are varied and sensitive to Faulkner's facility with language, like when Dilsey calls Luster "villian" instead of "villain."
Grover Gardners voice is like nails on a chalk board. I heard him doing backup narration on another book. Same voice, character, from a Faulkner book to a Star Wars book. Identical and completely pulled me out of what I considered a very good performance.
Someone who is capable of reading a book without making it sound like they are not reading a book. Also someone who is capable of doing more than one voice and accent. All male and female voices/accents/inflection are identical.
If this were my first impression of a Faulkner book I would be very reluctant to buy another book authored by an author who is considered amazing.
Faulkner is brilliant, if slightly nuts. The book is narrated from four different perspectives, all utilizing different language and thought patterns, and rarely are the exact events very clear. He has no desire to hit anyone over the head with a "message" about Southern life or sexuality or life or death. But he weaves in themes of all of these, along with much more, in fascinating patterns. Even more, he explores the non-linear way in which human beings think and act, revealing motivations and thoughts that I am rarely aware of within myself. For that reason alone, I could highly recommend this book.
I don't know
The scenes with Benjamin narrating
I was disappointed because there is a whole addendum to the book that is not included in the audilbe version. The narration, however, is fantastic and I would definitely read another book narrated by Grover Gardner.
Grover Gardner has got to be one of the best and he really showcases his talent when reading Faulkner or Twain. For anyone who hasn't read this book or is new to Faulkner's stream of consciousness writing, I would suggest maybe reading this book in print first. It's one of my favorite books, top 10, but it takes a little extra to keep up with the time shifts. I read this years ago and listened to it to enjoy again, I think someone listening especially someone new to his work may get a little tangled up. It's said that his writing is "difficult", in my humble opinion that's strong but you' can't expect to read it while distracted, I think you need to devote yourself to the pages. I think I remember reading that WF originally wanted to use italics or different color inks especially in the beginning with Benji's narrative. I think that would take a lot away but I digress. Great book, Faulkner really writing and at the top of his game, not one cranked out for money, wonderful work, beautiful prose, can't say enough. Hope this helps and more people are introduced to his work and enjoy it as much as I have.