I had read the book during college - it was one of those books that I would stop, go back a few paragraphs, and re-read a section to be sure I had grasped what was happening - and so I was concerned (I guess more curious) to how well an audiobook could capture the shifts in perspective and time. Grover Gardner is consistently good in my opinion, but this has to be one of his best performances. His reading brought the book to life for me in a way that greatly enhanced my experience of it.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the book is difficult and takes some effort. (And having already read it, I can't comment on the experience of starting with the audiobook alone.) However, the effort is richly rewarded - this is one of Faulkner's best, and Faulkner himself is arguably the best at capturing the self-contradictory pride and moral decay of the post-antebellum South, while bundling all of this tragedy up in engaging storytelling.
This has to be the best production of Faulkner on audio available. I can't imagine how it could be better.
Decadence, human nature.
Caddy. She is strong willed and will not give in to bribery. She is the only one who really cares and loves Benjy, showing the only human character in the family.
An excellent reading makes it easier to understand. Not an easy book, but Gardner's changes in tone and accents help a lot.
No. You have to listen to a part, think about it and maybe listen again before going to the next section.
I will look for more books read by Grover Gardner.
It would have helped to have a clearer understanding from the start of who each character is and how they relate to each other. I felt like I was trying to figure out who was who evern late in the book.
I could see it as a movie, which might make it easier to follow.
Challenging, rewarding, haunting.
The stream-of-consciousness style of narration might remind listeners of James Joyce's works, but the different narrators make this work incomparable.
The encounter between Jason and Dalton Ames.
I don't think that I could have made it through this novel without the excellent narration by Grover Gardner.
Hard to say what I enjoyed more, the novel or Mr. Gardner's reading of it. Most of the criticism of this reading is of the novel itself. It's hard to follow, especially in audible form. I highly recommend that the listener study up on the plot before listening.
Having it read aloud makes it much easier to understand the flash backs of Benjy and Quentin. A major help even if it isn't any faster.
I tried to go the distance, but this defeated me. I remember reading The Reavers and The Unvanquished many years ago. Both were supremely great works of literature. But TSATF is impenetrable for me. I guess I'm not "advanced" enough to get it. If you're like me and you like a somewhat linear development, I would advise something else by this great author. It's a shame so many people are going to get a first impression of Faulkner by this work. There are some other pieces by Faulkner on Audible as I recall.
I never received the audio
Nothing; It is a literary masterpiece...
I would like to know why I never received the audio
I listened to the entire audiobook, but I'm not quite sure why. I had to read the wikipedia page to understand what this book is even "about." The book may be marginally intelligible in written form, but as an audiobook, it is incomprehensible.