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The Member of the Wedding | [Carson McCullers]

The Member of the Wedding

The best way to experience this classic of the American South is by joining five-time Academy Award nominee and Best Actress winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Thelma & Louise) as she guides the listener on a journey through the anguish of adolescence and isolation.
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Publisher's Summary

The best way to experience this classic of the American South is by joining five-time Academy Award nominee and Best Actress winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Thelma & Louise) as she guides the listener on a journey through the anguish of adolescence and isolation.

"Rarely has emotional turbulence been so delicately conveyed," said The New York Times of Carson McCullers' sensitive portrayal of Frankie Addams, a disconnected 12-year-old whose only friends are her family’s maid and a six-year-old cousin. Desperate to be part of something big, she takes an overlarge interest in her brother’s wedding and dreams of following the couple on their honeymoon to the Alaskan wilderness. But as Frankie crosses into adulthood, she experiences the fantasy-shattering disillusionment that must come with it. This is a story for anybody who’s ever felt like an outsider and a natural fit for Ms. Sarandon, a master at creating authentic, sympathetic characters.

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What the Critics Say

"Sarandon uses her voice well to convey all the emotions of a troubled girl who is searching for a place to belong." (Audiofile)

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    FanB14 Rockville, VA, United States 05-14-12
    FanB14 Rockville, VA, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2011

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "It's a Classic People"
    Would you listen to The Member of the Wedding again? Why?

    Yes. Read this book in college and all of Carson McCullers' books. She writes haunting prose and creates real, raw characters who pull you into their loneliness. Susan Sarandon was a great choice (although I didn't care for her Bernice voice). I can't help but laugh at those who wrote it was slow and boring. It's a beautifully written work of art with myriad layers. It's obviously not for your typical beach reader. I enjoyed this book for the third time and it was a great way for my 13 year old to "read" a classic. Highly recommend. Would give anything to write as well as McCullers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Frankie's painful maturation, John Henry's innocence, and Bernice's wisdom


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's such a simple scene, but I like when when Frankie gives in and collapses on Bernice after dinner, before she goes back to town. You know she's not ready to let go and the compassion and realization is told so simply and beautifuly in that moment with few words. Breaks my heart and makes me want to hug my Mom and never let go.


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

    The end of the story always makes me shed a tear for the loss of innocence.


    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 03-12-12
    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2011

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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Member of the Wedding to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed it. I think the audio version is the better choice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There aren't very many characters in this story. Frankie is the main character and the most interesting, most fleshed-out.


    What does Susan Sarandon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really like her voice and her southern drawl.


    If you could take any character from The Member of the Wedding out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Frankie's father.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    sam Riverside, RI, United States 04-16-12
    sam Riverside, RI, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorite books"
    What made the experience of listening to The Member of the Wedding the most enjoyable?

    This has long been a favorite book of mine and since I have read it several times, it probably would not have been one I would have downloaded but I so love Susan Sarandon I could not resist. She did not disappoint and did a wonderful job speaking in the mind of young Frankie Adams. I would certainly recommend this title to anyone.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    lindablue Salisbury, MD 03-18-12
    lindablue Salisbury, MD 03-18-12 Listener Since 2008

    I'm constantly listening to recorded books. Right now I'm a bit sick and weak, but can still enjoy a good listen. I'm so glad I have this resource available.

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    "engaging coming of age story"
    Would you listen to The Member of the Wedding again? Why?

    No. It was good, but this 60-something listener only needs to hear it once.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the interaction of the characters who were very likeable and the interesting storyline.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    no favorites


    Any additional comments?

    no

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bette Vista, CA USA 06-02-12
    Bette Vista, CA USA 06-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Imagine Susan Sarandon Reading to Me!!"

    What a treat to hear that wonderful voice reading this classic. She gives the main character all the spunk that McCullers created and she pulls our emotions into the story to care about what happens to the girl. (Okay, it takes a few minutes to forget the sultry actress, but she soon does make you hear the girl.)

    The richness of this book commonly referred to as a "coming of age novel" is that it is about so much more than sex. In fact, it is about the experience of loss, loss of dreams, of naive acceptance and of people, which, I believe, matures us far more radically than lust or even love. Central to the plot is the girl's belief that she will be leaving her small community with her brother and his wife right after the wedding. This fantasy colors all her experiences and touches the listener's heart.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lyn United States 04-24-12
    Lyn United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This is not the girl next door."
    Where does The Member of the Wedding rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best combinations of story and performance I have heard. Southern suduction is sooooo slow to develop it seems like a story told on the porch on a hot summer day when even cold lemonade only cools the storyteller, but doesn't speed up the telling.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Member of the Wedding?

    When we find out the difference between the member of the wedding's wish and reality and the consiquences of that truth.


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

    You can't fix the characters anymore than they can fix each other. Though they do try.


    Any additional comments?

    Get comfortable, keep listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SandykUtah Murray, UT, United States 04-19-12
    SandykUtah Murray, UT, United States 04-19-12
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    "Wasn't my cup of tea"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea.


    Has The Member of the Wedding turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What three words best describe Susan Sarandon’s performance?

    so-so, uninspiring, average (I would listen to other stories narrated by her, however. I just don't think she had much to work with here.)


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Bored. The pace was very slow.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't finish the story. That's how bored I was with it. I made it about halfway through and then decided to not waste anymore time waiting for it to get better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Harrsion Twp, MI, United States 01-11-13
    Kim Harrsion Twp, MI, United States 01-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Disappointed"
    What would have made The Member of the Wedding better?

    A thicker Plot, the story seems to go on forever with no real meaning.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carson McCullers again?

    No


    Which scene was your favorite?

    If Susan was not the narrator I would not have finished the book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Member of the Wedding?

    To many kitchen table nonsense conversations


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Oakland, CA, United States 06-21-12
    Sarah Oakland, CA, United States 06-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Only just began"

    I have only just begun but I already know this is a special special book. And Susan Sarandon is a gift. I don't want to go to work. I just want to sit here and listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Decker New York 06-13-12
    Charles Decker New York 06-13-12
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    "One of my favorite books of all time"
    Would you listen to The Member of the Wedding again? Why?

    I have read the book at least four times, written reports on it, and mentioned it with several interviewers who have asked about my personal favorites. Susan Sarandon lends it an entirely new dimension.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Frankie [F. Jasmine] Adams is truly one of the most indelible characters in modern literature. Susan somehow becomes a 12-year-old girl when she's reading Frankie's dialogue.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with Berenice, John Henry, and Frankie together talking about dreams, hopes, and expectations.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A lonely girl learns how to become 'the we of me'.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of Susan Sarandon's great performances in any medium. It gave me six hours of pure pleasure. I love this new series by great actors. Next for me is 'The Sheltering Sky.'

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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