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Tony

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  • The Mansion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    The Mansion tells of Mink Snopes, whose archaic sense of honor brings about the downfall of his cousin Flem. "For all his concern with the South, Faulkner was actually seeking out the nature of man," noted Ralph Ellison. "Thus we must turn to him for that continuity of moral purpose which made for the greatness of our classics." This volume includes a new introduction to the trilogy by acclaimed novelist George Garrett, author of Death of the Fox and The Succession.

    Tony says: "Mink Cometh"
    "Mink Cometh"
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    Where does The Mansion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very solid reading. The ending of a 20th century classic American trilogy of novels, of course.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mansion?

    Glimpses into Mink's interior monolog are simultaenously touching, horrifying and revolting.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    Barrett did a wonderful job with Mink's voice, and his Flem was chilling. I didn't love his interpretation of Linda's deaf woman voice, but it was an okay choice and Barrett was consistent. Really a very, very good reading.


    If you could rename The Mansion, what would you call it?

    The entire Snopes trilogy should be read or listened to as one book, The Hamlet, The Town, The Mansion.


    Any additional comments?

    Faulkner closes the books on the wonderful characters he's created in the previous two books: Gavin, Linda, Flem, Ratliff, Chick, and Mink. After two books, he delivers a solid and engrossing finale. It is possible to listen to this as a stand alone, for there is enough recounting to bring one up to speed. I did not find this redundant, as some do, because Faulkner always finds a slightly different angle to view it from. For instance, we get a recap of The Sound and the Fury that tells that incredibly complex and tragic tale from an amusing and detached angle that let's you have even one more look at one of the great books in English.

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  • As I Lay Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman, Robertson Dean, Lina Patel, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (214)

    At the heart of this 1930 novel is the Bundren family's bizarre journey to Jefferson to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Faulkner lets each family member, including Addie, and others along the way tell their private responses to Addie's life.

    Kristina says: "Faulkner's As I Lay Dying review"
    "Narrators' Accent Struggles Distract, but Good"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Will Patton's Light in August narration is wonderful. Someone who can do an authentic Southern accent would have been better here.


    Any additional comments?

    The Southern accents adopted by the narrators were rather awful and quite distracting at times as the actors struggled and missed. The actor who reads Vardaman, the little boy, does catch these sections well, however, and rendered them in a very moving way.

    The novel itself is a classic of the twentieth century, and a tragicomic masterpiece.

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  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    Robert Stevens says: "Superb reading of an excellent work"
    "Call it 'The Patton Light in August'"
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    Any additional comments?

    Patton's performance is comparable to a master performance of, say, a Beethoven symphony. Some of the best narration I've listened to, and I've heard a lot. (Arguing whether or not the book, a twentieth century classic, is good is ridiculous. If you don't like it, there's something missing in you, not the book.)

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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