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Audible is pleased to present Light in August, by Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner.
An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.
Audie Award-winning narrator Will Patton lends his voice to Light in August. Patton has narrated works by Ernest Hemingway, Don DeLillo, Pat Conroy, Denis Johson, Larry McMurtry, and James Lee Burke, and brings to this performance a keen understanding of Faulkner, an authentic feel for the South, and a virtuoso narrator's touch.
As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of Light in August, you'll get exclusive bonus audio added to your library - an interview with James Lee Burke about William Faulkner, conducted by James Atlas.
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Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.
Really good narration however in my opinion Faulkner is better read than listened too after a while the run on sentences get a bit monotonous when listening.
I loved this book but what made it unforgettable for me is the outstanding narration by Will Patton. Faulkner isn't always easy for me to read but Will Patton's reading was fabulous. The character development by Faulkner in this book is oustanding.
I do like many classics but hadn't read any Faulkner in decades. So when I started Light in August I was ready for a really good read. Unfortunately for me, it was agony waiting for him to spit the words out, to please just get on with it. This is not the fault of the book, it's a fault of our times that we need quick answers, instant gratification, speed. Will Patton is the perfect reader for this work, but his slow southern drawl makes it even more tedious for those of us who don't remember how to relax and enjoy all the nuances in a well written book.
This book takes time, time that many of us just don't have. And if we do have it, we don't like to dawdle. Fifteen minutes to describe a printed sign is bad enough, but then to revisit it again has many of us shrieking, "Just get on with it!" Yet, it seems Faulkner is trying to get us to realize that there is so much more to small things than simply stating them. Just a turn of the head, or NOT turning the head evokes, illustrates, says so much that it takes him pages to relate it.
So, I have to say that it is a good book, but that I just wish I had the patience now for reading it that I had when I was younger.
I almost backed out of this purchase when I read that it was an Oprah recommendation but,, having missed out on High School Faulkner due to an Australian education, decided it was worth the risk.
I was hooked from the start. The language is truly amazing and the narration superb. I felt like the book gave me a true sense of race and racism. What cold, tragic, loveless lives these people led.
In this story he portrays the true tragedy of ignorance and racism as it's played out in a small southern town in the 30's.
An orphan boy, abandoned on the steps of an orphanage by his insane grandfather after his mother dies in childbirth ends up as tragically as one might suspect. Other characters are twined around and through the story of Joe Christmas, so called because he was found at Christmas, their stories as tragic and filled with pathos as his.
This was probably the most tedious book to which my wife and I have ever listened. The only thing that got it even a 2 was the narration of Will Patton. The story line is convoluted and I only finished it because I listen to books while I jog - it was kind of like going to sleep with the TV on, it's noise and it was distracting. It's a good thing I can't sleep while jogging.
If you love vivid imagery then this book is for you. There is too much imagery and not enough of the characters - so much so that I don't even care about what happens to them, that's when I know to give up. I made it through chapter 5 then started flipping ahead chapters - it is SOOOOO tedious. I don't normally drop books, but this one is a chore.
Tell us about yourself! I am a former high school history teacher and now, a semi-retired physician assistant.
Advertised as an accessible Faulkner, the story is excessively bleak. I had hoped that Will Patton could save it, but even his wonderful narration couldn't turn on the Light in August. The characters are sad losers made more pitiful by the depression, wanton murder, and racial prejudice. Steinbeck did it better in The Grapes of Wrath.
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