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The Sound and the Fury | [William Faulkner]

The Sound and the Fury

First published in 1929, Faulkner created his "heart's darling", the beautiful and tragic Caddy Compson, whose story Faulkner told through separate monologues by her three brothers: the idiot Benjy, the neurotic suicidal Quentin, and the monstrous Jason.
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First published in 1929, Faulkner created his "heart's darling", the beautiful and tragic Caddy Compson, whose story Faulkner told through separate monologues by her three brothers: the idiot Benjy, the neurotic suicidal Quentin, and the monstrous Jason.

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    Edward Levy Montclair, New Jersey 07-05-07
    Edward Levy Montclair, New Jersey 07-05-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Surprisingly good"

    I listen to a lot of audiobooks, some easy mysteries, others difficult. I was surprised how easy it was to understand and enjoy this reading of The Sound and The Fury. I'm sure I will listen to it again (which I rarely do). I should add that I have read The Sound and the Fury, but that was a long time ago. This reading really brought it to life for me. I highly recommend it, if you are up for somewhat of a challenge and want to listen to an excellent book read beautifully. (I said it was surprisingly easy, but, obviously, it's not as easy as listening to a contemporary mystery novel.)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alec Sherman Oaks, CA, USA 06-03-06
    Alec Sherman Oaks, CA, USA 06-03-06
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    "Great reading"

    This is the best reader of Faulkner I have ever heard. He has the perfect Southern dialect and accent for the novel. For those who have never read the book, the first chapter will be confusing. I suggest you at least look at the printed version for a few pages before listening -- it will help you figure out what is going on.

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    Edina DebrecenHungary 01-21-06
    Edina DebrecenHungary 01-21-06
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    "Great narrator!!!"

    English is not my first language so classics are never easy for me, but the narration is truely superb, makes listening very enjoyable!!! I'm gonna check out what other books this guy have narrated, he certainly has the talent of making the story come alive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Randall New Berlin, WI, USA 07-31-05
    Randall New Berlin, WI, USA 07-31-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Difficult To Follow"

    This audiobook is very difficult to follow. I had to give up on it after 70 minutes. I listen to audiobooks while exercising and there is simply too much back-and-forth conversation in Faulkner's writing. It's a classic - to be read, not listened to.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Janice 03-19-06
    Janice 03-19-06
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    "The Sound and the Fury"

    I've tried several times to listen to this recording in the car while traveling to and from work, but haven't been able to make it past the first two hours. Faulkner is difficult enough to follow on the written page where you at least have the ability to visually scan back a few paragraphs or pages when you've lost the thread of the plot or dialog, but for me it proved impossible to follow on audio. The endless "he said" "she said" dialog was very irritating to listen to. I don't think I'll try another Faulkner on audio.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    10-28-09
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    "An accent as sweet as pecan pie"

    Hard to say what I enjoyed more, the novel or Mr. Gardner's reading of it. Most of the criticism of this reading is of the novel itself. It's hard to follow, especially in audible form. I highly recommend that the listener study up on the plot before listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Lexington, MA, USA 12-09-08
    Peter Lexington, MA, USA 12-09-08 Member Since 2008
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    "great novel, great narration"

    One of the greatest American novels, and Grover Gardner's narration is among Audible.com's very best. Gardner doesn't just read Faulkner, he becomes him.

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    Kieran P. Doyle Northern NJ 11-12-08
    Kieran P. Doyle Northern NJ 11-12-08 Member Since 2008

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    "Difficult...at best"

    Faulkner was one of my favorite modern authors when I studied literature. His brilliance is the latency of the revelation. Only a persistent reader is rewarded.

    I had reasonable expectations for audiobooks. When I drive, I fight the tedium by engaging my mind. 20 or 25 full length audios

    This is the first I couldn't listen to. I think I lasted about 2.5 hours (in 20 minute increments) It was awful. The narrator was nasal & he used a falsetto for female voices. The diction was true to the punctuation. Usually an asset, except when reading Faulkner. The repetition of "he said" with indistinguished tone, was torture. The ebb & flow of lucidity, crucial to understanding the text, is inaccessible.

    There are so many great texts to have read to you, this isn't one of them. I suggest that one engage Faulkner at his game, read the book. Don't listen to this.

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Raglan, New Zealand 01-30-12
    Mark Raglan, New Zealand 01-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing. Maybe I am shallow but i found this to be incomprehensible codswallop. I had to Wiki it because I thought my Ipod was malfunctioning. Once I had got some idea, via Wiki, what was happening in the book I had another go at listening to it, thinking that it might get more comprehensible / enjoyable after Benjy had finished his bit. It didn't - Quentin was just as bad and I gave up wasting my time trying to decipher this pretentious rubbish. A classic? Not in my book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Prayer for Owen Meaney. I've already started it and have understood it so far from line 1. Is this too much to ask?


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Luster


    What character would you cut from The Sound and the Fury?

    All of them except Luster. Then it could be called 'The Incomprehensible Monologue of Luster'


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 10-20-14
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 10-20-14 Member Since 2002

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Good, but no Ulysses"

    The Sound and the Fury starts with a non-chronological stream of consciousness narrative from the point of view of a mentally challenged young boy. This part is a bit hard to follow the first time through and it really helps to read a synopsis (like the Wikipedia entry) before reading this section. Several printed version use italics to indicate the temporal shifts, which are hard to catch in the audio version. At times the prose rise to the level of greatness, but this is not so for of most of the writing. I found the stream of consciousness writing in the first section much less effective (and less enjoyable) than the narration in James Joyce’s Ulysses (which predated The Sound and the Fury by nearly a decade). Here the stream of consciousness, at times, seems inconsistent with the mental capabilities of character, and is subtly broken when the story demands clarity.

    Other sections use other narration styles and are more story like. The novel tells a story that rings true, but is unpleasant and unaffirming. This is a story of the slow decay of an upper class southern family and includes demeaning portrayals of black servants, anti-Semitism, and other politically incorrect material.

    This novel has some moments of excellent writing, and has some elements that were (almost) revolutionary at the time of publication, yet I found this overall a good, not great read.

    This version does not include the appendix covering the fictional family’s history that is included in many later print versions.

    Grover Gardner’s narration (as usual) is excellent, particularly considering the challenging material.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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