Light in August is certainly one of Faulkner's best three or four novels, which makes it pretty much one of the ten or twenty greatest works of American prose. And Faulkner is a writer whose density and (occasional) real difficulty (even in just parsing one of those two page sentences) somehow really blossoms into something much clearer when read aloud.
I have heard three other complete readings of this book, and this is a very good one, but it'd be really nice to have the others available as well. Dick Hill did a highly "interventionist" reading (lots of accents, with the narrator's voice being a very good one-off of Faulkner's own), and is certainly worth hearing.
These essays are extremely varied in subject matter and tone and make a worthy addition to the last Hitchens works recorded for audio (usually by the author but, given his current medical condition, this seems not really feasible right now even if Hitch is, far and away, his own best reader). There are lots of political essays, but a whole lot of his extended literary essays (many from The Atlantic and Vanity Fair), which are often an extraordinary pleasure, as well as being exceedingly well-judged. I am a lunatic for books like this, and this is now one of my favorite Audible offerings (this past year or so, others along the same lines include Tony Judt's Reappraisals and Simon Callow's A Life in Pieces, which you need to check out if you go for responsible left wing politics and theatre history, which are two preoccupations of mine.). The four stars ratings are only because Simon Prebble is wonderful, but isn't Hitch and because I would have chosen a few different essays. Otherwise, this is a true five-star, highly recommended selection. The price is also great, considering how much you get.
Keep this sort of thing up, please.
I have been waiting for a recording of this masterpiece for as long as I have been addicted to audiobooks (there was a full-length reading by David Case, but it was never available in Audible; there were two full-length readings available in the UK, and one was by the great Simon Russel Beale, who also played Widmerpool in the BBC-TV version). This is a big, tough job, but this version really is about as good as can be imagined. Congratulations to everyone involved.
Now, how about finishing up a complete Proust?
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