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Elizabeth

sydney, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • Being There

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jerzy Kosinski
    • Narrated By Dustin Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman gives an understated and exemplary performance of this satiric look at the unreality of American media culture. Chance, the enigmatic gardener, becomes Chauncey Gardiner after getting hit by a limo belonging to a Wall Street tycoon. The whirlwind that follows brings Chance to his new status of political policy advisor and possible vice presidential candidate. His garden-variety political responses, inspired by television, become heralded as visionary, and he is soon a media icon.

    Ilana says: "Darkly Funny"
    "Social Satire at its Best."
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    Dustin Hoffman's reading of this fine novella really enhances its gently satirical qualities. It has just the right touch of pathos and poignancy in its depiction of Chance's world, and when Chance's world collides with the power brokers of the mighty USA Hoffman's reading highlights Kosinski's brilliant exposition of the shallow absurdity of their workings.

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