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'
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.
this was definitely a difficult book to listen to on audio. But once I looked up the story online to help me through it, it was challenging and enjoyable to listen to. Definitely not for light listening.
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.