Narration by Will Patton gives this Mississippi based novel a great atmosphere. The novel itself seems to drag at times, as if the writer was fishing for direction, and then picks up for a shocking end.
workingmomof2. Lots of driving time = many Audio books
Will Patton does the most amazing job tirelessly scratching through Faulkner's overly wordy prose. There really is a great American Novel hiding under all those words, but you have to weed out all the extraneous verbage to find it. I found myself saying out loud more than once, "Yah, yah, I got it...just spit it out already!" Faulkner apparently likes to tell you something is red 5 different ways....or everything 5 different ways. I am amazed that more people didnt just lose interest in his work. No doubt the stiry us powerful, the characters deep and complex, but you have to strip the prose off to find all that out. Patten IS the best narration for Southern literature.
There is no denying Faulkner is brilliant at painting pictures with words;spinning a silken ribbon! I just was not in the mood for spinning a dark one. If you are in thr mood for a brooding tale of days gone by then you should find this facinating. I just was not in the mood to be depressed any more than I already was. My rating is for a book by a word-spinner that college profs make you read to show what can be done.
Its sense of place made real through Faulkner's rich, textured language. The story is told at a relaxing, ever-more-interesting pace.
Novels by Lee Smith, who is also a gifted southern writer. My favorite of hers is Fair and Tender Ladies.
No, but plan to.
Yes. I loved Will Patton's performance.
I have not.
Wonderfully written but depressing story of life. Very sad characters.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
I have never read this book and decided to try some real literature and see if I liked it. I love Faulkner's way with words and the narration by Will Patton was superb. When I finished it, I looked it up on Wikipedia and didn't realize alll the biblical connotations to this story. However, I liked the story by itself, I don't need all of the deep meanings to it. The story stands tall without it.
Byron Bunch. He was a lonely, disconnected man coasting thru life until he meets Lena. He learns to take a chance and stand up for what he believes in. Powerful stuff.
This is the first time, if he is the actor,(which I think he is) I enjoyed his performance in Armageddon but nothing compares with his brilliant reading of this book. He got all the nuances right and made all of the characters live and breathe for me.
Too long, so no. I enjoy taking my time and cherishing a book, getting the time to muse over each chapter and anticipate what is coming next. This is one of those books and I don't regret at all the week it took me to listen.
Absolutely loved this book. One of my favorites!
I believe the audio version of this book is easier to follow than the written version would be. Since Faulkner writes as people think, I believe I would be forever going back to the previous paragraph or page without the excellent narration provided with this book.
I admired the descriptions of Mississippi within the book. As a Mississippi newbie, I'm fascinated by the people and the landscapes here. Faulkner nails it.
His was a quietly passionate performance. Believable and compelling. Extremely well done.
No. I needed breaks to digest the storyline and reflect on the characters.
As a writer, it's obvious to me that Faulkner was a frustrated poet. His words, though poetic and very descriptive, make the reader work too hard. I prefer writers who don't let their words get in the way of the story itself. But who am I to criticize a master?
I'll read more of Faulkner's work. (And no, it's not required in order to maintain one's citizenship in Mississippi. Unless you live around Oxford, maybe.)
I came to see Will Patton and though his narration was impeccable, the story could not keep my intrest.
Based on the interview with James Lee Burke on William Faulkner, the narrator, Will Patton, and the reviews i read on the so-called
I am exploring Scandinavian mysteries but also like mysteries set in other parts of the world. I also like reading Literary Fiction.
I would recommend this book for two reasons: First, because it is a profound and deeply moving (and disturbing) exploration of the legacy of slavery in the United States. Second, I would recommend it because Will Patton's narration is fantastic. He has an easy, warm style, unaffected and natural. I am going to seek his other performances out. Faulkner was one of those writers that everyone talks about, he's one of the giants of American Literature. For a long time I've been wanting to read him and I'm grateful for having had the opportunity to experience this audiobook.
There are NO spoilers in what follows because I don't want to ruin it for others. But here's some more details:
The novel, which is set in the 1930's, starts out with a young pregnant girl traveling to Jefferson in search of the father of her unborn baby. Once there, the story essentially shifts emphasis and focuses on a few men in the town, one of the named Christmas, who is very enigmatic. It is the story of Christmas which takes over for much of the middle of the book, before a return to Jefferson and the situation of the pregnant girl. There are other great characters: for example, a disgraced preacher called Hightower who has been forgotten by the town, and his friend Bunch, a hardworking, decent man who, as it turns out, is very lonely. There's also a middle aged woman living on an unkempt plantation. They are interesting people who are portrayed with depth and compassion.
The novel is not entirely linear and there are parts that are very meditative, descriptive and philosophical. Those parts are mostly entertaining because the writing is so rich but I confess that the second to last chapter, which I listened to twice, did me in, I just couldn't quite absorb it entirely. Other chapters were simply electrifying.
If you like straightforward, plot driven novels which go from A to B to C, then this book could be a slog. If you like reading modern classics and you're OK with some jumping around in time, with passages of rich description and psychology, then you'll love this.
Most importantly, Will Patton really sells this story. Thanks to his voice and talent I could get past the challenging parts and experience this great story.
No this is powerful enough on the first reading to remember every detail
When the main character is hiding out, rarely eating and going through a sort of purification process
This felt like a true flavor of the south that still exists today in the deepest, darkest parts of the southern soul lurking there in a scary way. Narrator's accent was dead on.