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Collected Stories of William Faulkner

This magisterial collection of short works by Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner reminds listeners of his ability to compress his epic vision into narratives as hard and wounding as bullets. Among the 42 selections in this audiobook are such classics as "A Bear Hunt", "A Rose for Emily", "Two Soldiers", and "The Brooch".
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This magisterial collection of short works by Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner reminds listeners of his ability to compress his epic vision into narratives as hard and wounding as bullets. Among the 42 selections in this audiobook are such classics as "A Bear Hunt", "A Rose for Emily", "Two Soldiers", and "The Brooch".

©1976 Jill Faulkner Summers; (P)2005 Random House, Inc.
Copyright renewed

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    I. Aleksandrov Moscow, Russia 12-27-08
    I. Aleksandrov Moscow, Russia 12-27-08 Member Since 2005

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    "A nice way to get the feeling of Faulkner"

    I really liked the narration, different people make the stories sound more lively. Also, i have tried to read/listen to Faulkners novels and could quite pick my way through the. The short stories are a nice compromise, maybe now that I am used to his manner, i will be able to enjoy the longer genre.

    Thank you very much Audible!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    chris las vegas, NV, United States 02-05-10
    chris las vegas, NV, United States 02-05-10 Member Since 2005
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    "great"

    Faulkner is one of those writers I could never get into, but always felt I 'should' like because of wide acclaim. Felt this way about Hemingway for many years until I was at an age where I could appreciate the weight of the work. I am age 31 and, though I can't grapple with Faulner's novels yet, found the short stories quite amazing and much different than what I expected (having read portions of some of his novels). This book costs two credits, but I think it's worth it because the narration by three different readers is perfect. The stories, "Black Music," and "The Tall Men," and a "Rose for Emily" are alone worth the price of this audio. Without exaggerating, I can tell you I've listened to "The Tall Men," at least six times. One day I hope to be able to read an entire Faulkner novel, but for now the short stories are great and very readable (listenable)

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Reich Northern, CA 04-29-13
    Chris Reich Northern, CA 04-29-13 Member Since 2005

    Business Physicist and Astronomer

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    "Completely Useless as an Audio Book"

    OK, I really wanted this collection but the way it's arranged, without a pdf file for where stories begin and end, it's completely useless. Some stories have multiple parts so as you start listening to a story, it may be 30 minutes or a couple hours and spread over 5 parts. And if miss a section, there is no way of knowing which part of which story you are in.

    As an audio book, it doesn't work. I asked audible for a program---anything. They haven't got one. So you haven't even a list of titles (in order) to guide you. And, as it comes in several large files it's impossible to find anything.

    That's a shame. If only there was something that indicated that X story is in Part 3, second section, you could find it!

    No, sorry. I have to ask for a refund on this as it's really not useable without a program.

    Chris Reich, TeachU

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    B. Leddy NY 02-19-12
    B. Leddy NY 02-19-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Bite-sized Faulkner"

    The short stories of Faulkner are an excellent intro to his writing style and his Mississippi subject matter. A lot of these stories connect into his novels, or they are original drafts of chapters of his later novels. Pretty insightful stuff if you give it time and read through these. The readings are performed by a variety of narrators who all do an excellent job. Highly recommended. He's considered to be one of the best writers in American history - so this production is a valuable resource for people who do not have the time to sit and read, but want to expose themselves to one of the greatest fiction writers.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    karltonwrites Huntsville, AL United States 07-04-12
    karltonwrites Huntsville, AL United States 07-04-12 Member Since 2005

    Say something about yourself!

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    "42 Classic Faulkner Stories Is a Bargain!"

    I've been dipping into it ever since I bought it four years ago, and I finally finished it. Many widely anthologized stories ("Barn Burning", "A Rose for Emily") are here and they're read for a reason. I was surprised by Faulkner's range - I don't assoiciate him with humor, but my favorite story is the laugh-out-loud "Shingles for the Lord". A technical note: there are too many "chapters" (I would have preferred one chapter per story), and each chapter started a few seconds too late, so it was very difficult to find my place. That said, the narrators were fine, and this collection is an excellent buy.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Halena Alexandria, KY, United States 04-20-14
    Halena Alexandria, KY, United States 04-20-14 Member Since 2005

    Artist in Northern Kentucky. Loves listening to books. My likes are history, mystery and some , and mostly writers of the twentieth century

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    "Too Chopped"

    I couldn't make the transitions from one story to the next, one author to the next very well. Didn't complete the listening. I use it sometimes during the interim of waiting to purchase a new book.

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    W Perry Hall Mobile, AL 01-26-14
    W Perry Hall Mobile, AL 01-26-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Faulkner stories great (narration awful in parts)"

    I love reading William Faulkner, though at times his work is difficult to follow on audio and it, of course, can be spoiled by a bad narrator, just like any other book narrated by Scott Brick.

    If one listens to an audiobook in which the narration is heartfelt and the narrator can actually act in narrating, it's such a wonderful experience. A recent example for me is "Last Days of California" by Mary Miller (like Faulkner, a Mississippian), narrated by Andi Arndt. Ms. Arndt apparently put in a tremendous effort, to sound Southern, young and to act as in teen angst and in constant banter between 2 teen sisters. She made the whole thing so real that I got lost in it like a good movie.

    Scott Brick's narration gives a soap feel and at times slides into adult-film grade acting. He overdramatizes a word in each sentence (usually the last one) and at times emphasizes every 2d or 3d syllable in every other or 2d or 3d sentence in a paragraph (with no real pattern, perhaps on an ad hoc, random basis). And, you can't help but notice his adulation with his voice; this effect on the (this) listener absolutely ruins the audiobook. I have wondered more than once if he has his latest narration piped into speakers throughout his house and poolside.

    I have had to return books I purchased because his smarmy narration was worse to me than listening to 3 kids scraping rulers repeatedly over a chalkboard.

    I had already rated this audiobook long ago, but just decided to add the review because I have recently come across books I would have loved but dropped like any other Brick. From reviews I've read, I'm not alone in my chagrin. I'm hoping enough noise will make a difference in audio-casting for prime books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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