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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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    Allen Mahan Portland, Oregon 06-01-15
    Allen Mahan Portland, Oregon 06-01-15 Member Since 2016
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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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    Mikel Runnion 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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    Richard Toronto, Ontario, Canada 11-20-12
    Richard Toronto, Ontario, Canada 11-20-12
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    "Excellent Reading of a Faulkner Classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sound and the Fury to be better than the print version?

    I listened to the audio edition and followed along with the print edition in my hand. The two complemented each other well. The audio book helped to smooth out the complicated parts of Faulkner's narrative.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Faulkner's unique arrangement of his narrative. The vividness of the characters. Faulkner's instinct for the universal. The interplay of the members of the Compson family and the black characters, whom Faulkner draws well.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    The liveliness and clarity of his reading. He kept the characters separate from each other and managed various southern U. S. accents well.


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

    I've been re-reading some of Faulkner's stories and listening to some on audiobook. In my opinion, "Absalom, Absalom" is a great novel. I haven' t yet found anything in Faulkner's work to equal it.I don't know where it came from or how Faulkner happened to write it. "The Sound and the Fury" is innovative and cut to a smaller scale. Jason Compson is overdone, one-sided, without notable ambition. Still, it's a fine novel.


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    Stephen 10-13-12
    Stephen 10-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "The Sound and the Fury - Audio Performance"

    Book: Various lists make this novel a classic or one of the top novels, at least in English. I see the quality in the prose and it is interesting that the novel shows the action of four days from the viewpoint of four persons. It is a slice of life time from this period: early 20th Century rural South from the point of view of a declining white family. I did not like the stream of conscious writing in part of the book since I think the technique foregoes good writing style; it reminds me of abstract art. Overall, I found it well done and I would buy the book. However, I do not think I would read it again versus reading something new.

    Audio Production: The reader was excellent and made the book very enjoyable. In fact, I rate the production higher the actual book. However, consider my credentials as non-student of literature.

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    kd TX, USA 06-11-12
    kd TX, USA 06-11-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Good intro to Faulkner"

    I think having The Sound and the Fury read to me helped immensely with my understanding of this complex story by Faulkner. Because it is written in an unconventional way, Gardner's reading made clear immediately what Faulkner was attempting to accomplish. I think I would have been confused had I been strictly reading the text.

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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 2015

    coffeeandbooks

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    "Great performance"
    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.

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