Love the narrator, and I might try another Faulkner book, but I'd have to read the reviews really carefully.
No, I love historical fiction. It might turn me off other Faulkner books though.
This book is unbelievably slow. I'm about halfway through, only still listening to it because I don't have another Audible credit yet.
It begins with the story of a young Southern girl who becomes pregnant out of wedlock, and runs off to be with the baby's father. However, the girl is soon dropped from the story entirely (I assume we will meet her again later), and the book picks up another storyline, of a young black man named Christmas, who can pass for white. He's incredibly unlikeable, as are most of the characters. It is rare for me to read a book in which I can't identify with or admire a single character, but here we are.
Moreover, Faulkner's writing style (at least in this book, I'm not familiar with his other writing) is slow and repetitive. (I'm making this up, but here's an example): "She combed her hair, combed her hair with the comb she had bought at the general store with a grubby nickel, combed her hair every night before bed." Yuck. Reminds me of The Old Man and the Sea, very tiresome and simplistic.
The narrator is clearly talented, and I like him very much - just wish he were reading something better.
It was read well- smooth and creamy voice - but I had no idea what was going on half the time. I was waiting for the point - bits of stories had some follow through and then got lost with no real tie up in the end. The language at first was clever and flowery but after a while it was - will you just say it once and say it plain. I found it was just for the sake of words and maybe you will like that but some of the finer points of the stories just passed me by - Em thinking so what !
Im not stupid but to me this was just self indulgent- I listen to the end thinking - this will come together it will have a last great revelation and I will go 'Oh now I see' - but I never did see
I'm sorry, Oprah but I absolutely hated this book - I actually didn't finish it, although I lasted over half way,hoping against hope for an improvement. In my opinion, the narration is very poor. Every word is read soooo sloowwly, the accents are terrible and the book just doesn't have any clear storyline. Sorry but no good things to say here.
Mother of 8, grandmother of 10, RN and book nerd...
I'll start by saying that I've read this book 4-5 times since I was 13yrs of age. It is one of my favorites and each time I complete it, I come away with something new. This audible was outstanding! I am a fan of Southern writers and will read pretty much anything written by one of these authors. Some are fair, some are good, and more than a few are great. Take a great writer and have his or her work narrated by Will Patton, and now you have a work that has been given breath, color and animation that cannot be replicated even if the work is set to film. Even if you have read this book before, let me tell you that you are missing and opportunity to experience it in an entirely new light with this audio version. Well worth the credit!!!!!
The story was good, but I got bored with all the description, and using every synonym possible in the English language in each sentence. Just not my style. I started losing interest by the time I got to the last chapters. I just wanted to get to the end of the story.
I love to listen to American books. Following the plot, keeping track of personal developments and intrigues while walking two miles to work
After a couple of chapters I stopped reading. I had the idea I was missing the gist of the story. I may try it again this August ;-)
Christian, attorney and lover of the pursuit of excellence in sports, the arts, and life.
Engaging Southern Story
the old testament
the right tone and everything else
This was a far better experience than I expected. I thought it would be too dense and difficult to be enjoyable. Perhaps I am just at a point in my life where I can appreciate a work of this quality and depth.
The read by Will Patton was simply amazing and confirms in my mind that he is the best.
Wow. Dense, complex prose lovingly clothes an uninteresting story about people you couldn't pay me to spend time with. I kept hoping for a 'Tobacco Road' grade of twisted characters but no cigar. Excellent performance but hard to love, or even have much interest, the story or the characters. Read it for the language.
This book is very descriptive.
I'm not sure.
I kept waiting for this book to get exciting but it did not, I was bored and often found my mind wandering when listening to it.
An outstanding treatment of race problems in the US in the first half of the 20th century; still relevant.
Several. Wonderful verbal pictures of difficult situations
The main actor or his involuntary lover