quite by chance i seem to have downloaded three readings that sport a uniform cover design, and this one turns out to be pretty much as i imagine joan didion to sound. there's always a certain pretentiousness to her writing, where you think, what's all this verbiage for? keaton understands what she's reading, she slips into the text, as if she's actually written all this stuff herself, and yet manages to make it sound charming, rather than alienate me the listener. this is good, it's great, you could even just play it as background noise, it'd still be pleasant to the ear.
I am a fan of Joan Didion & am very pleased that so much of her work is available on Audible.
Diane Keaton does such a bad job. Her voice is slurry and laconic, through a lot of passages she sounds bored. The entire Hawaii essay is read as if by a person being forced to do it. She gets lost in sentences, she reads with no real interest. It's droney and to be honest I found my mind wandering through much of her reading.
If you would like to hear Joan Didion read by an accomplished narrator, check out the White Album, the reader there gives one of the best performances I've ever heard on Audible.
I loved these essays when I first read them in the 70s and was happy to hear them again.
Pretty much everything. She mispronounces a LOT of words and it becomes insulting to the material and the listener.
Absolutely. This is requisite reading for Americans, especially those of us who weren't alive at the time Didion wrote Slouching. It captures a cultural movement.
Keaton has a recognizable voice and it flowed very naturally. She captured Didion's tone perfectly.
A film would never be able to do this book justice.
I really like Diane Keaton as an actress, and I think that made my disappointment in this audiobook more difficult to swallow. I really wanted to enjoy it, but it just never pulled me in. I have a long commute; however, when I have a good book to listen to, I look forward to the drive. I never looked forward to my ride and finally gave up on the book.
I bought this book having grown up in the area. I thought it would be interesting. It is but some on the stories just dragged. I still very much enjoyed the book overall especially Diane Keaton did a wonderful performance
Yes. She is a good writer.
Walk down memory lane for me.
Fairly interesting and insightful. She has a good grasp of the zeitgeist of the 60's.
One of the best audiobooks I've listened to so far
Varied subjects from the point of view of a young Didion.
No. That's the first one, but I've seen many of her films and didn't like her that much.
The John Wayne article. I agree one hundred per cent, but couldn't have written it. Didion express my feelings in an elegant and sharp way.
A classic for its contents and performance. Didion is a gifted writer but and inarticulated speaker. Keaton as her 'alter ego' gives her what she lacks.