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As I Lay Dying Audiobook

As I Lay Dying

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"For range of effect, philosophical weight, originality of style, variety of characterization, humor, and tragic intensity, [Faulkner's works] are without equal in our time and country". (Robert Penn Warren)

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    "DON'T READ THIS BOOK"

    The narrators did a good job reading and getting into their characters, but the story itself was not worth reading.

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    Olivia Berry 03-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "awesome!!"

    this book is so amazing. I read it with my AP English class and it is just such an amazing story with layers of symbolism and character depth. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves American literature. it's not too long and easy to understand!

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    Sgirl 02-23-16
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    "I had to read this for AP lit"

    Just like the header said... I don't like the book. Without the audio I would have failed every test on this book.

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    Kermit 02-11-16
    Kermit 02-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "this book was written to be read not listened to."

    i struggled to keep the story moving. the voices and times keep switching. i am sure when i listen senond time out will be different. this book is is on everyone's list of 100 greatest books of all tone.

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    Brian 01-07-16
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    "Wonderful narration"

    The reader of Daryl is one of the best audio book performances I've experienced to date.

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    Deirdre 09-29-15
    Deirdre 09-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely lived Darl's Voice Actor"

    I loved this audio book. At times it was difficult to understand, but that was a matter of becoming familiar with the vernacular.

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    Robert E. Osborne 06-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story Great reading"

    If you are a fan of William Faulkner you will enjoy this…

    The reading captures the southern way of speaking in such a way that makes the surface of the Faulkner story somehow even more rich…

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    Jay Quintana 03-19-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Frustrating, annoying, but ultimately satisfying"
    What made the experience of listening to As I Lay Dying the most enjoyable?

    The ending. This was a challenge and I felt like giving up at times, but the last act was satisfying.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They sounded exactly like you'd expect the characters to sound. I'm not from the South, though, so I can't vouch for the authenticity.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I got angry at times listening to this. It was hard to know what was going on. Frankly, I benefited a lot by consulting SparkNotes. I was close to throwing in the towel on this, but, well, I kinda wanted to say I've read a few Faulkners, so I kept at it. It was a good decision because the characters and the story grew on me.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to many audiobooks, this was definitely one of the more challenging ones. Had to hit the rewind button quite often.

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    BigDan 07-23-14
    BigDan 07-23-14 Member Since 2017
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    If you could sum up As I Lay Dying in three words, what would they be?

    A Must Read!
    What can you say besides "Faulkner at his best". A great novel of life and love and tragedy.
    Three words cannot do it justice


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    W Perry Hall 05-05-14

    "There is scarcely any passion without struggle." Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

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    "Smile, Dad"

    I grew up in Mississippi in the 1970s and 80s. I knew of people like the Bundrens.

    If you haven't read this book, the Bundrens are a family (a dad, 4 brothers and a sister) taking their mom (alive for a small part of the book) to be buried about 20 miles away in Jefferson (her wish). Problem is, the river has just flooded (timely here in lower Alabama) and the bridges are out.

    They must deal with flood (crossing a flooded river), fire, mental health and other bodily issues (to say more is to give a spoiler) on their way by wagon to bury Moma.

    It is told from the perspectives of each member of the family and friends and a hypocritical preacherman. Parts of it are hilarious and parts are downright sad. The father reminds me of why it is so hard to break free of the interrelated chains of family and poverty and, to a certain degree, ignorance.

    I give the performance 3 stars for the narrated voice of Vardaman (the character who is still a kid) and, because of his age, he views his mother's death through warped eyes (e.g., "My mother is a fish"). Probably as a coping mechanism and partly because of the trauma of losing a mom and living with a father like Anse Bundren. The narrator, on the other hand, portrayed Vardaman as an idiot.

    Warning: Do NOT watch James Franco's movie prior to reading the book. Watching the father for even part of that movie will likely disgust you to the point you cannot read further. Contrary to Franco, apparently, I never took from Faulkner's book that he intended dad to be viewed as mentally disabled.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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