Ethereal -- words that drift and sometimes drive straight into that sense beyond hearing and beyond seeing. Only one two other books moved me as much: Hugh Dickson's reading of Bleak House and Anthony Heald's reading of Moby Dick. All these books I read and listened, alternatively, the pleasure deeper for the hearing of it.
I wanted to read a Faulkner book and this was on sale. The story was interesting, but a bit depressing. I finished the book and was happy when it was over. In the end, every action has a reaction, for the good or for the bad. This is what I walked away with. Racism and hatred hurts everyone in the end. Faulkner's writing is like poetry and this kept me going till the end.
Entertaining, descriptive (of the time period, people and scenarios) and drama-filled (like an old fasioned-soap opera).
The narrator's voice and ability to go into the characters really made the book come alive for me. The story, written in 1932, set in the 1800's I believe, is written in older-style, poetic in areas and very wordy at times. I had to sometimes paraphrase in my mind the main points through the wordy parts of any such scene to keep focus of what was really being said. Though overall the story kept me listening for more. Kudos to Will Patton for a superb job with his intonations and inflections for the many interesting characters and storylines (there were multiple stories within stories that were within the main story itself). He kept me listening to that wonderful voice of his and I heard the entire 15+ hour book within 2.5 days during spare time. It was thought provoking to the time period and sometimes humorous as well. Overall a definite recommended read (or listen).
The charators and their stories are rich. The language gets a bit ponderous in multiple sections. It is easier to listen to when being active about listening rather then when attempting to multi-task.
I was moved to tears, especially by the individual plights of the women at the end of the story.
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!