Faulkner was one of my favorite modern authors when I studied literature. His brilliance is the latency of the revelation. Only a persistent reader is rewarded.
I had reasonable expectations for audiobooks. When I drive, I fight the tedium by engaging my mind. 20 or 25 full length audios
This is the first I couldn't listen to. I think I lasted about 2.5 hours (in 20 minute increments) It was awful. The narrator was nasal & he used a falsetto for female voices. The diction was true to the punctuation. Usually an asset, except when reading Faulkner. The repetition of "he said" with indistinguished tone, was torture. The ebb & flow of lucidity, crucial to understanding the text, is inaccessible.
There are so many great texts to have read to you, this isn't one of them. I suggest that one engage Faulkner at his game, read the book. Don't listen to this.
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.
Seemingly hexed and often perplexed by the constant texting which I find most vexing
If you were raised in the green South, you know that smell Exactly.
I never thought I could read this book; I tried 20, 10 years past. I could not understand what the heck was going on, the characters, the setting in time or even why I should be reading it, besides wanting to read an icon, author and title, in my Mississippi.
I finally got the gumption to go for it.
For me, it took listening, reading sometimes twice, and a companion guide.
I must say there are definitely rewards, not the least of which is gaining the satisfaction of reading this classic about a dysfunctional Mississippi family at the turn of the 20th century.
Go for it! Super exercise for the brain!!
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.
I listened to the audio edition and followed along with the print edition in my hand. The two complemented each other well. The audio book helped to smooth out the complicated parts of Faulkner's narrative.
Faulkner's unique arrangement of his narrative. The vividness of the characters. Faulkner's instinct for the universal. The interplay of the members of the Compson family and the black characters, whom Faulkner draws well.
The liveliness and clarity of his reading. He kept the characters separate from each other and managed various southern U. S. accents well.
I've been re-reading some of Faulkner's stories and listening to some on audiobook. In my opinion, "Absalom, Absalom" is a great novel. I haven' t yet found anything in Faulkner's work to equal it.I don't know where it came from or how Faulkner happened to write it. "The Sound and the Fury" is innovative and cut to a smaller scale. Jason Compson is overdone, one-sided, without notable ambition. Still, it's a fine novel.
Book: Various lists make this novel a classic or one of the top novels, at least in English. I see the quality in the prose and it is interesting that the novel shows the action of four days from the viewpoint of four persons. It is a slice of life time from this period: early 20th Century rural South from the point of view of a declining white family. I did not like the stream of conscious writing in part of the book since I think the technique foregoes good writing style; it reminds me of abstract art. Overall, I found it well done and I would buy the book. However, I do not think I would read it again versus reading something new.
Audio Production: The reader was excellent and made the book very enjoyable. In fact, I rate the production higher the actual book. However, consider my credentials as non-student of literature.
I think having The Sound and the Fury read to me helped immensely with my understanding of this complex story by Faulkner. Because it is written in an unconventional way, Gardner's reading made clear immediately what Faulkner was attempting to accomplish. I think I would have been confused had I been strictly reading the text.