Not very highly. If I were to rank it with the limited experience I have had with readers, I would rate it at a "3" for "mediocre."
As I am already not a Faulkner fan, the grating overly intense reader, while he accurately portrayed the accents and vocals, made the story nearly unbearable at parts to listen to. Listening to his voice for 16 hours was very difficult on my ears, even to the point of soreness.
Will Patton does an excellent job with this Southern classic, as he narrates the story with appropriate accents and a pace that goes along with the unhurried pace of the protagonist's journey. A wonderful way to re-acquaint yourself with a famous work, or to explore it for the first time.
A little wordy at times, but a great way to sample Faulkner, and The South
all of them.
I desperately tried to grasp what the author was attempting to accomplish. I endured these ramblings right to the end. I do not recomment this book. Chased too many rabbits in too many directions. Whew! Glad this novel is OVER!
Although this is a beautifully written novel, I was completely unable to care about any of the characters. Quite frankly, I didn't care if they were happy or sad, lived or died. I also found it incredibly irritating to have to listen to the same scene told from different viewpoints considering I felt no empathy for any of the characters. If I was reading this, I would have stopped part way through, but I'm still new to audio books so I haven't yet learnt to give up on the ones I'm not enjoying.
The narration was average, neither enticing me nor putting me off, though I did find I had to constantly change the volume.
I couldn't finish this book. My reads need to have a good storyline, move at a reasonable pace and have interesting character development. Light in August failed all three.
Somebody that is 85 years old and from the south
Not William Faulkner
This book just was not my style. The writing style is too thick and the writer worked so hard to create indepth emotion and feelings that he created nothing instead. Archiac and verbose.
Former steelworker from Buffalo NY retired after 40 yrs. as a Registered Nurse. Viet Vet, did a lot of theater in HS... e-Clectic for sure
Faulkner uses words like tea leaves to brew deep mysterious worlds that we forget existed here not so very long ago. How ardently one longs for the trust and simplicity that resonates in the background of the melody he creates with living breathing humans. Read this with your grandchildren and make sure they know that we rose to greatness before TV and smart phones. Teach them that people believe and decieve each other and that family is what family does... Tender as all Faulkners work the characters here play out our fears and hopes. It is a story that makes you think... do that ... think... this book will help.
I might. The storyline was rich and might even be worth a second read --something I almost never do.
When the main character walked from Alabama to Missippi while in the advanced stage of pregnancy.
We have improved race relations somewhat.
Absolutely. Especially if I was on a road trip in the southern United States to remind me of what it would have been like in an earlier time. This book addresses religion, racism, gender and southern values in ways which are both humble and honest. On top of that it's a beautiful story with the lives of a diverse group of people interwoven in complex ways.