I love listening to books when cycling, paddleboarding, etc but I press pause when I need to concentrate. Its safer & I don't lose the plot!
Nothing. Maybe I am shallow but i found this to be incomprehensible codswallop. I had to Wiki it because I thought my Ipod was malfunctioning. Once I had got some idea, via Wiki, what was happening in the book I had another go at listening to it, thinking that it might get more comprehensible / enjoyable after Benjy had finished his bit. It didn't - Quentin was just as bad and I gave up wasting my time trying to decipher this pretentious rubbish. A classic? Not in my book.
A Prayer for Owen Meaney. I've already started it and have understood it so far from line 1. Is this too much to ask?
All of them except Luster. Then it could be called 'The Incomprehensible Monologue of Luster'
This beautiful novel is an incredible challenge to read without the help of this talented performance. This is why I pay for audible!!
Maybe I'm just not quite creative enough to enjoy this jungle of words and anger. This book was not enjoyable to my brain's taste buds. Easy enough to understand, but I don't like feeling this dark and sad when listening to a book. It'll make you feel it's raining outside even on a sunny day.
As is his usual standard, Grover Gardner makes the journey through this book much enhanced. The 'stream of consciousness' style of writing is difficult to follow, but Mr. Gardner makes it possible. It's not high on my list of stories I liked, but it is high on the list of narrators to listen to.
Benji - although the most difficult initially - to me was the most likable.
I tried to listen to it, but with the sentence structure sounding like the kindergarten "Dick and Jane" books I just couldn't do it. most of the sentences were 3 to 5 words, then he/she/mama / etc said. if the characters had more than 3 to 5 words of dialog at a time, we could probably figure out who was speaking without it being announced at the end of every single sentence! The narrator couldn't have done a good performance because he didn't have good material.
I've been trying to read Sound and Faulkner for...decades, with resources and guides (and I'm a Joycean!) but...this novel's just hard for me to follow.
Nothing happens the entire book and very hard to even follow what is happening since the book doesn't translate very well to audiobook due to italicizes sections in the book denoting character thoughts. This is a story of stupid people doing stupid things and reaping the natural consequences. Nothing noteworthy and nothing to learn here. I rarely leave a review but hope that this might spare someone.
No...but if you have a hard time with Faulkner then this is definitely worth the listen. Just make sure you do some extra research to keep the story straight.
Dilsey...somebody has to keep these Compson people from themselves.
This one while good is inferior to his performance in Absalom, Absalom.
Elitist white people with way too many neuroses.
I'm a teacher in Florida who loves to listen to books whenever possible! I enjoy listening to classics in audiobook format. Happy reading!
It's a classic, but I found it so difficult to follow. Part of it was the displacement of time that I think would have been a lot easier to follow in print, since they used italics there. It was so jumbled.
I'd be very reluctant to.
I would have had something delineate the difference between the timelines- a tone of voice, or some sort of mention.
Some of the characters were interesting.
I'm pretty sure that anyone who says that they actually enjoy this book just wants to sound smart.
This is not an easy book to understand given its stream of consciousness format, but listening to it made it much more understandable and enjoyable. It really is a masterpiece.