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The Sound and the Fury Audiobook

The Sound and the Fury

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Caryl Cavner 05-31-16
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    "for those who want a good challenge"

    this was definitely a difficult book to listen to on audio. But once I looked up the story online to help me through it, it was challenging and enjoyable to listen to. Definitely not for light listening.

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    J. Rodriguez Northern California 03-24-16
    J. Rodriguez Northern California 03-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "As good as it gets"

    This beautiful novel is an incredible challenge to read without the help of this talented performance. This is why I pay for audible!!

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    Dylon 02-18-16
    Dylon 02-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "mehh"

    Maybe I'm just not quite creative enough to enjoy this jungle of words and anger. This book was not enjoyable to my brain's taste buds. Easy enough to understand, but I don't like feeling this dark and sad when listening to a book. It'll make you feel it's raining outside even on a sunny day.

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    Michele Olson 02-03-16
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    "As Described... a difficult read"
    Where does The Sound and the Fury rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As is his usual standard, Grover Gardner makes the journey through this book much enhanced. The 'stream of consciousness' style of writing is difficult to follow, but Mr. Gardner makes it possible. It's not high on my list of stories I liked, but it is high on the list of narrators to listen to.


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

    Benji - although the most difficult initially - to me was the most likable.


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    christy cridlebaugh 11-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "he said, she said"

    I tried to listen to it, but with the sentence structure sounding like the kindergarten "Dick and Jane" books I just couldn't do it. most of the sentences were 3 to 5 words, then he/she/mama / etc said. if the characters had more than 3 to 5 words of dialog at a time, we could probably figure out who was speaking without it being announced at the end of every single sentence! The narrator couldn't have done a good performance because he didn't have good material.

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    Allen Mahan Portland, Oregon 06-01-15
    Allen Mahan Portland, Oregon 06-01-15
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    "I dunno"

    I've been trying to read Sound and Faulkner for...decades, with resources and guides (and I'm a Joycean!) but...this novel's just hard for me to follow.

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    MFrye126 04-07-15
    MFrye126 04-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Worst book I've ever read"

    Nothing happens the entire book and very hard to even follow what is happening since the book doesn't translate very well to audiobook due to italicizes sections in the book denoting character thoughts. This is a story of stupid people doing stupid things and reaping the natural consequences. Nothing noteworthy and nothing to learn here. I rarely leave a review but hope that this might spare someone.

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    Michael 11-02-14
    Michael 11-02-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A rewarding listen...just stick with it."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sound and the Fury to be better than the print version?

    No...but if you have a hard time with Faulkner then this is definitely worth the listen. Just make sure you do some extra research to keep the story straight.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dilsey...somebody has to keep these Compson people from themselves.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This one while good is inferior to his performance in Absalom, Absalom.


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

    Elitist white people with way too many neuroses.


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    Bloo Florida 07-08-14
    Bloo Florida 07-08-14

    I'm a teacher in Florida who loves to listen to books whenever possible! I enjoy listening to classics in audiobook format. Happy reading!

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    "Was I supposed to like this book?"
    What disappointed you about The Sound and the Fury?

    It's a classic, but I found it so difficult to follow. Part of it was the displacement of time that I think would have been a lot easier to follow in print, since they used italics there. It was so jumbled.


    Would you ever listen to anything by William Faulkner again?

    I'd be very reluctant to.


    What aspect of Grover Gardner’s performance would you have changed?

    I would have had something delineate the difference between the timelines- a tone of voice, or some sort of mention.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some of the characters were interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm pretty sure that anyone who says that they actually enjoy this book just wants to sound smart.

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    APP 01-03-13
    APP 01-03-13
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    "Made a difficult book so much more understandable."
    Any additional comments?

    This is not an easy book to understand given its stream of consciousness format, but listening to it made it much more understandable and enjoyable. It really is a masterpiece.

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