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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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    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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    "Awesome Classic"
    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

    One master-passion in the br east, like Aaron's serpent, swallows all the rest. A. Pope

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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.

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    Richard Toronto, Ontario, Canada 11-01-12
    Richard Toronto, Ontario, Canada 11-01-12
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    "One of Faulkner's Most Accessible Novels"
    What did you love best about As I Lay Dying?

    I liked Faulkner's compassion for characters to whom many people who read literary wouldn't give much more than the time of day. I also liked Faulkner's originality and his ability to make local matters universal.


    What other book might you compare As I Lay Dying to and why?

    I can think of a coupler of recent English novels that owe a debt to As I Lay Dying: The Hide by Barry Unsworth and Last Orders by Graham Swift, which was made into a movie with some good acting in it. Faulkner influenced Carson McCullers and numerous other Americans, including Paul Harding, who recently won a Pulitzer Prize for Tinkers. As for predecessors, how about The Spoon River Anthology.


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

    This is the first time I've heard this team. I thought they read clearly and with expressiveness.


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

    Parts of it made me laugh. No tears here.


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    Tony 09-07-12
    Tony 09-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Narrators' Accent Struggles Distract, but Good"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Will Patton's Light in August narration is wonderful. Someone who can do an authentic Southern accent would have been better here.


    Any additional comments?

    The Southern accents adopted by the narrators were rather awful and quite distracting at times as the actors struggled and missed. The actor who reads Vardaman, the little boy, does catch these sections well, however, and rendered them in a very moving way.

    The novel itself is a classic of the twentieth century, and a tragicomic masterpiece.

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    Jeffrey Northbrook, IL, United States 01-16-12
    Jeffrey Northbrook, IL, United States 01-16-12
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    "A True Classic"
    Where does As I Lay Dying rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was near the top.


    What other book might you compare As I Lay Dying to and why?

    Tobacco Road, because they both deal with a poor rural southern family. However in this case the family seems to genuinely care about each other and are not starving.


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

    Yes, I had insomnia one night and listened to the entire book


    Any additional comments?

    Faulkner is difficult for me to understand without a study guide. Following it with a study guide it was an enjoyable experience.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen San Francisco, CA, USA 12-03-07
    Gretchen San Francisco, CA, USA 12-03-07
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    "Ouch"

    I think the prose of Faulkner's work is beautiful and could be beautifully read by the right narrator. The narrators of this particular recording drove me crazy. I couldn't listen for more than 15 minutes at a time and have finally given up on trying to finish it. I have listened to at least 100 books and this was by far the worst narration.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful

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