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Light in August | [William Faulkner]

Light in August

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.
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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.

©1954, 1976 William Faulkner (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    William Carmichael, CA, United States 08-27-10
    William Carmichael, CA, United States 08-27-10
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    "They don't write like (as?) they used to."

    I haven't finished this one yet; I'm about three-quarters of the way through, and I'm not sure I have the patience to finish! TEDIOUS!
    When I started I thought, "Wow! Faulkner! I'm on hollowed ground!" But now I know why I'd never read him before. There is a reason why "The Classics" aren't read much outside of the demands of some teacher or professor, and it can be summed up in one word: TEDIOUS!!! My God! It just keeps dribbling on and on!
    Books like this, and other "Classics" were written, and enjoyed, by people who had nothing better to think about. If Faulkner were writing today he could say whatever he has to say in half the words—and they would be couched in a more vigorous story.
    Did you see the movie Amadeus? Remember when a Mozart work was criticized for having "too many notes?" Well, that's what is wrong with the old writings: Too many words.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony United States 02-09-13
    Anthony United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "If you've never been there, Go Now!"

    Faulkner uses words like tea leaves to brew deep mysterious worlds that we forget existed here not so very long ago. How ardently one longs for the trust and simplicity that resonates in the background of the melody he creates with living breathing humans. Read this with your grandchildren and make sure they know that we rose to greatness before TV and smart phones. Teach them that people believe and decieve each other and that family is what family does... Tender as all Faulkners work the characters here play out our fears and hopes. It is a story that makes you think... do that ... think... this book will help.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Clifton, VA, United States 07-10-12
    Patricia Clifton, VA, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I DD NOT LIKE IT"
    What did you love best about Light in August?

    NOTHING. I AM A BIG READER IN FACT I AVERAGE A BOOK A DAY AS I AM RETIRED AND I FOUND THIS BOOK RATHER BORING. ALL OF THE CHARACTERS, BAR NONE WERE DISFUNTIONAL. I KEPT LISTENING HOPING IT WOULD GET BETTER, BUT IT DID NOT.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NONE


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Will Patton?

    IT WAS NOT HIS FAULT. I DON'T THINK ANY NARRATOR WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER. I USALLY ENJOY MOST BOOKS ABOUT THE SOUTH.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    NO1! ONLY BORED ME


    Any additional comments?

    THINK I SAID ENOUGH NEGATIVE THINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Houston Arlington, VT, United States 04-18-12
    K. Houston Arlington, VT, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2012

    Horse Play

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    "BORING!!!"
    What disappointed you about Light in August?

    Maybe I just don't get it...This book was written by William Faulkner, so it 'should' be something really great. I could not follow it at all. The emphasis is on detailed description of the characters and their environment and less on moving the story along. The story itself is lack luster and boring. It got so bad, I could not WAIT until it was over. 22 chapters of pure hell, particularly when you get to the last two our three that drag on. Ending is awful.


    What was most disappointing about William Faulkner’s story?

    The detailed descriptions take away from the plot. By the time he comes up for air from describing the characters, their thoughts, or the scenery, you've forgotten where the plot is at. Horrible book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Will Patton’s performances?

    Narrator was OK.


    What character would you cut from Light in August?

    The old minister. BORING!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money. Don't buy this audio book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    carol Easley, SC, United States 10-20-10
    carol Easley, SC, United States 10-20-10
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    "Lost interest"

    Couldn't keep up with the narrator. Lost interest in it several times, even with repeat listenings. I wasted one of my credits.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Adira Torotno, ON, Canada 12-22-10
    Adira Torotno, ON, Canada 12-22-10 Member Since 2004

    Writer of YA fiction books: "Little Jane Silver" and "Little Jane and the Nameless Isle"

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    "Boring!"

    How did this ever get to be a classic? It is one of the dullest books I've ever heard. While the descriptions are beautiful, absolutely nothing happens for ages and ages and then nothing continues happening, just long description after long description.

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    Darla Chama, NM, United States 11-24-10
    Darla Chama, NM, United States 11-24-10 Member Since 2004
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    "AWFUL!!!!"

    I have never review a book before but felt it necessary to warn everyone as to how REALLY bad this book is. I am really sorry I wasted my money on this book. The only thing it was good for, was to bore me to sleep.

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    menary kitchen 10-07-10 Member Since 2009
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    "dry listen"

    the artist is definitely obvious in this story but the narrator doesnt do it justice

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