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Mark Smallwood

Boulder Creek, CA United States | Member Since 2012

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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"
    "Engaging performance of classic story"
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    What did you love best about The Hamlet: A Novel of the Snopes Family?

    We listened to the entire trilogy while traveling by car through the South recently, including the Delta. My wife and I had both read these books years ago and loved them, but there is something enchanting about the narration by Joe Barrett. He has a pleasant "country" voice and (with a couple of minor exceptions) gets the dialect and the wordplay. These are hilariously funny books, in their ways, especially The Town and The Hamlet.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ratliff, of course. Ratliff is the moral center and primary narrator of this part of the trilogy. He plays a critical role in the story and provides humor and humanity.


    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but this was wonderful.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I don't think that's possible.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mansion: A Novel of the Snopes Family

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The Mansion tells of Mink Snopes, whose archaic sense of honor brings about the downfall of his cousin Flem.

    B. Leddy says: "Narrator makes Faulkner Accessible"
    "Classic American Novel"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mansion: A Novel of the Snopes Family to be better than the print version?

    I'm not sure why the performance rating on this book is so low. This is a wonderfully performed book, and kept my enthralled despite the fact that I'd already read the book. Mr. Barrett's interpretation of the characters is brilliant and his intonation and inflection make for a very entertaining read. He really brings the characters to life. If you have not read the first two books in the trilogy, this book will not make any sense to you. You owe it to yourself to listen to The Hamlet and The Town before you listen to and comment on this book.


    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Joe Barrett does a fantastic job. He does make a couple of regional mispronunciations: Cairo is pronounced like "kay-ro" not "ki-ro" and there were a couple of other ones, but no big deal.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The funniest tragedy you've ever seen!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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