This was possibly the best audiobook experience I've ever had with fiction. Each of the readers did a wonderful job with voices and with the "voice" of these stories, which are among the greatest (and funniest) in the American canon. As soon as I finished, I started over at the beginning and started listening to the first stories again.
I enjoyed Ms O'Connor's short stories as much or more than I've ever enjoyed any short stories. This is a challenging read because there is so much symbolism and depth to her writing. I advise using online resources such as cliffs and sparknotes so the reader doesn't miss anything. Be aware that Ms O'Connor's pen is cruel and prose is very biting. Her stories have quite a bit of "kick" to them. I'll definitely be reading more from her.
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
yes I would, although these stories were very relevent at the time There is also underlying truths that are relevant today. this is why Flannery O connor is one of the greatest authors of all time.
It is a collection of Flannery O connor stories there is no comparison
To be honest I did not like any of the characters. That is what is so great about the story telling. If we're honest though we di not like these people we all can relate some how.
Like I said I did't like any of these characters.
Is it just me or do they all die in the end.Which I guess is also timeless and universal, no one makes it out alive.
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Flannnery O'Connor is probably the best writer the South has ever produced. In this collection she draws unforgettable characters, with her masterful use of language and an ingenious ear for dialogue. The performances are wonderful, some of the best I've heard. This is not just entertainment, although it certainly entertains, but literature. Very much worth the listen.
I enjoyed the characterizations. I have attempted to read Flannery O'Conner and I have to say it can be tough. However, when it is dramatized, I get a better understanding. I don't hear everything in my voice, but a multitude of characters. The stories are very dark and foreboding but will keep you listening until the end.
As stated earlier, the characterization make these stories so interesting. Each narrator placed their own spin on the characters and made them come to life. Without their characterization, reading independently would have been tough and I probably would not have finished it. As a matter of fact, I purchased the audio version of Wise Blood because I could not get through the novel.
My only word of caution is the
Listening to a Flannery O'Connor story is as enjoyable as reading one.
The Mother. She was strong-willed in her determination, even if her view of society was wrong and outdated.
When the mother had her stroke, totally unpredictable and shocking.
I write on economics, history and politics. I read/listen to feed my pen. I enjoy great narration more than music,, movies or tv.
Everyone's right. Oconnor is a great writer. She peers into the details of her characters with such detail and plausiblity you can't stay uninvolved. And her use of language is great.
It's an anthology and I don't remember the titles. There was a story that takes place in a doctor's office and it was an amazing contrast of characters.
She falls back on killing those characters with traditional values, be they flawed values or not. You know who's getting snuffed by the end of the first paragraph.
Yes if the friend liked unhappy southern tales with a tragic twist.
Characterizations in each of the short stories.
Very well done.
The historian son who is full of himself but unable to deal with sexual issues.
The various narrators really enhanced the stories.
I didn't used to care for short stories, but books like these show me that I am missing out.
The arrogance of the characters can make your blood boil and at times it is uncomfortable to read. But it is supposed that way.
Not having grown up in the US and the separation, books such as these a witnesses of their time an invaluable and always a learning moment for me.
The only story that I didn't care too much about was the "Lame shall enter first".
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No black American or person of color can read this collection without feeling disgusted, demeaned and revolted. As a black reader, I was totally outraged by this book. I understand why it was originally published in 1965 but I fail to see why Audible would offer this overtly racist collection TODAY!
I would hope that quite a few white people will also be as upset as I am by this author's consistent need to call us "nigger", "low class" and all manner of racist terms. Anyone who has ever read my reviews knows that I'm not at all screamish or hypersensitive by the use of the word "nigger" in literature. In fact, I hate it when white authors feel the need to be politically correct by using the term "n-word" instead or dancing all around the issue when it is mandated in a literary sense. However, this author repeatedly refers to blacks as niggers for absolutely no reason. I get the first story in which he portrays a woman who gets her due after a lifetime of unwarranted racist remarks. What I don't understand is why in another story he thought it was necessary to describe a person's eye color as "blue as the overalls worn by the niggers"! Really?! Not as "blue as the dress of her of the nigger maid at her side" which suggests a gut description or excited utterance caused by the juxtaposition of the 2 like colors. Neither "niggers" or overalls are anywhere in the scene! In fact, up until that point there was no mention of black people at all. In some stories there are no black people ANYWHERE prior to such totally out of context slurs.
I enjoyed the first story because whatever reference to race stayed in keeping with the plot and moral of the short story. But it all became really too much for me by the 7th story. I made it that far by taking a break of as much as 4 to 10 days between listening to this book when I would normally knock it out within a day. Even then I had to stop with this book all together.
If you're not a black person or the rare white person whom feels unspeakably UNCOMFORTABLE from this manner of "racist Tourette's" (i.e., "Hey, John, is it alright - Whoop! Nigger! Soup! - if I borrow your - Yoww! Kike! Mick! - car tonight? - Spick! F**k! Dollar! Screeech!"), overall these stories are interesting. The racist remarks add nothing to the plots - yet detract much. They contain a mentality that should have been outmoded among artists by the time of publication in the 1960s.