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  • The Town: A Novel of the Snopes Family

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (4)
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    (3)
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    The story of Flem Snopes' ruthless struggle to take over the town of Jefferson, Mississippi, this is the second volume of Faulkner's trilogy about the Snopes family, his symbol for the grasping, destructive element in the post-bellum South.

    B. Leddy says: "Narrator makes Faulkner accessible"
    "Wonderful Follow-up to The Hamlet"
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    Joe Barrett once again delivers a terrific rendering of Faulkner. He makes listening to Faulkner easier than reading him. This one is slightly less disjointed than The Hamlet, but it also circles back around on events, telling them from different perspectives. It is by turns funny and tragic as it traces the rise of Flem Snopes from the backwoods of Frenchman's Bend to his position as a respectable banker in Jefferson. I recommend listening to The Hamlet, The Town, and The Mansion as one long novel.

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  • The Hamlet: A Novel of the Snopes Family

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The Hamlet, the first novel of Faulkner's Snopes trilogy, is both an ironic take on classical tragedy and a mordant commentary on the grand pretensions of the antebellum South and the depths of its decay in the aftermath of war and Reconstruction. It tells of the advent and the rise of the Snopes family in Frenchman's Bend, a small town built on the ruins of a once-stately plantation.

    Amy says: "good audiobook"
    "Surprisingly Easy Listen"
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    I was a little skeptical about listening to Faulkner, but I was delighted to discover that in many ways he is easier to listen to than to read. As convoluted as his writing can be at times, it is in the oral tradition. It helps that the narrator is excellent. If you listen to this book, don't stop there. You must go on to The Town and The Mansion as Faulkner continues the story of Flem Snopes and the lives he affects. Taken together, they are a remarkable look at early twentieth century Mississippi, as well as an integral part of the Yoknapatawpha County stories.

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