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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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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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    tony mancill 05-25-12
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    "Brilliant reading of a true American classic"

    I had read the book during college - it was one of those books that I would stop, go back a few paragraphs, and re-read a section to be sure I had grasped what was happening - and so I was concerned (I guess more curious) to how well an audiobook could capture the shifts in perspective and time. Grover Gardner is consistently good in my opinion, but this has to be one of his best performances. His reading brought the book to life for me in a way that greatly enhanced my experience of it.

    As other reviewers have mentioned, the book is difficult and takes some effort. (And having already read it, I can't comment on the experience of starting with the audiobook alone.) However, the effort is richly rewarded - this is one of Faulkner's best, and Faulkner himself is arguably the best at capturing the self-contradictory pride and moral decay of the post-antebellum South, while bundling all of this tragedy up in engaging storytelling.

    This has to be the best production of Faulkner on audio available. I can't imagine how it could be better.

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    coffeeandbooks Mexico, DF Mexico 05-14-12
    coffeeandbooks Mexico, DF Mexico 05-14-12 Member Since 2012

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    If you could sum up The Sound and the Fury in three words, what would they be?

    Decadence, human nature.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Caddy. She is strong willed and will not give in to bribery. She is the only one who really cares and loves Benjy, showing the only human character in the family.


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

    An excellent reading makes it easier to understand. Not an easy book, but Gardner's changes in tone and accents help a lot.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. You have to listen to a part, think about it and maybe listen again before going to the next section.


    Any additional comments?

    I will look for more books read by Grover Gardner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James 05-07-12
    James 05-07-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Too disjointed for me"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It would have helped to have a clearer understanding from the start of who each character is and how they relate to each other. I felt like I was trying to figure out who was who evern late in the book.


    Has The Sound and the Fury turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


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

    Benjamin


    Could you see The Sound and the Fury being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see it as a movie, which might make it easier to follow.


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    Samuel J. Huskey Norman, OK USA 04-30-12
    Samuel J. Huskey Norman, OK USA 04-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A fantastic performance of a fantastic novel"
    If you could sum up The Sound and the Fury in three words, what would they be?

    Challenging, rewarding, haunting.


    What other book might you compare The Sound and the Fury to and why?

    The stream-of-consciousness style of narration might remind listeners of James Joyce's works, but the different narrators make this work incomparable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The encounter between Jason and Dalton Ames.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think that I could have made it through this novel without the excellent narration by Grover Gardner.

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    Chris Blackheath, Australia 07-23-09
    Chris Blackheath, Australia 07-23-09
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    "Brilliant"

    One of the greatest novels of the 20th century read beautifully and skilfully by Grover Gardner. Not to be missed.

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    Samantha La Habra HtsVirgin Islands, U.S. 02-05-08
    Samantha La Habra HtsVirgin Islands, U.S. 02-05-08
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    "Benjy"

    Having it read aloud makes it much easier to understand the flash backs of Benjy and Quentin. A major help even if it isn't any faster.

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    James USA 08-26-05
    James USA 08-26-05
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    "Impenetrable"

    I tried to go the distance, but this defeated me. I remember reading The Reavers and The Unvanquished many years ago. Both were supremely great works of literature. But TSATF is impenetrable for me. I guess I'm not "advanced" enough to get it. If you're like me and you like a somewhat linear development, I would advise something else by this great author. It's a shame so many people are going to get a first impression of Faulkner by this work. There are some other pieces by Faulkner on Audible as I recall.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    bo United States 12-28-12
    bo United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I never received the audio


    What could William Faulkner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing; It is a literary masterpiece...


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to know why I never received the audio

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    Joshua Atlanta, GA, USA 05-26-09
    Joshua Atlanta, GA, USA 05-26-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Impentrable; not written for audio"

    I listened to the entire audiobook, but I'm not quite sure why. I had to read the wikipedia page to understand what this book is even "about." The book may be marginally intelligible in written form, but as an audiobook, it is incomprehensible.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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