UMM, CAN I HAVE THE AUDIO VERSION, PLZ!!
If Whispersync was available I would be so excited to re-read and add notes! Too many layers for one reading.
The opening chapter was brilliant, original, and engaging; very reminiscent of Dostoyevsky's _Notes from Underground_ but significantly new at the same time. The novel as a whole maintains a tacit Dostoyevskian tendency to constantly consider ambiguities of action and interpretation that seem honest throughout--you can really believe in this character. And yet the actual narrative is clear, not muddy like Henry James or other authors who might fit this same description.
The opening chapter; the book begins in media res, and you wonder throughout how we're ever going to get back to the beginning, which is fascinating in itself.
Overly dramatic, widely varying volume, impressive range of character voices
No; I couldn't stomach it for more than an hour at a time.
Joe Morton has a truly impressive and useful range of character voices throughout, but he puts way too much dramatic emphasis on every paragraph of the whole novel, and it's just frustrating. Whereas on a scale from Robot (0) to Melodrama (10) I like my books to be about a 5, 6 or 7, he's a consistent 8. (For comparison, I'd put Jim Dale at a 6.) It makes the whole book sound like it's full of caps, italics, and ellipses, and it's just way too overstimulating. I can handle listening to the whole book, but only in 20-60 min. snippets at a time.
Daughter of the King
Narrator. Although it took him almost the whole book to reach his aha moment, he was finally able to see the world and people in it without his original naiveté.
First time for Joe Morton. I hope to find others. He is fantastic and made the book come alive and very interesting.
Joe Morton---hands down. He was INCREDIBLE.
The early fight scene -- gripping and appalling.
I agree with another reviewer--I would never have appreciated this story as a young person. It's only with age that I felt both the surface horror and the deeper weight of the story
The reader does a really good job capturing the voice of the narrator, and differentiating the voices of other characters. A graduate professor suggested this audio book might give the story more meaning than a paper reading.
I simply loved this audiobook of Invisible Man. The production values were obviously high and the narrator is one of the best I have ever heard. This book has always daunted me before but I actually looked forward to my long commute everyday.
This is by far the best audible production I have ever purchased. Joe Morton's theatrical performance is excellent, carrying with it a vast range of energy and emotion, investing a whole world of Ellison's characters with life while also maintaining the mental world of our Invisible narrator. The story is rich and complex, raising questions that persist into our times. At once a profoundly incisive commentary on contemporary society as it confronted African Americans in the early twentieth century, the hard matter of a man trying to make his destiny and fulfill his human promise in a world which cannot recognize him for doing so. Supremely thoughtful and bitterly realistic, the novel can often be uncomfortable reading that challenges, in its honesty, the illusions that underpin cruelty and shallow ideology. Yet, as Ellison's characters would tell you: that's how it really is. Great reading of a great book that has been even better the second time around, I highly recommend!
...of novel and narrator. I won't review the novel here because I've nothing to add that hasn't been said before about this master work. The narration is somthing that, in a third-person limited point of view, can make or break even the greatest of novels. Joe Morton gives a splendid performance that captures the character of the unnamed narrator to perfection. He manages to add a dimension of humanity to the narrator. You can tell Mr. Morton was having fun flexing his acting muscles.
I read this book over forty years ago and did not remember much of the details. Joe Morton really makes the story come alive and feel very contemporary. If you have read it you should listen to his narration to get a deeper understanding and perspective on the story. If you have not read it, start with this narration. You will not be disappointed.