Audie Award Nominee, Best Solo Narration, 2013
Jerzy Kosinski’s clever parable of a naive man thrust into the modern world is more pointed now than ever. Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man, The Graduate), perhaps best known for his portrayals of vulnerable characters and antiheroes, gives an understated and exemplary performance of this satiric look at the unreality of American media culture.
Chance, the enigmatic gardener, becomes Chauncey Gardiner after getting hit by a limo belonging to a Wall Street tycoon. The whirlwind that follows brings Chance to his new status of political policy advisor and possible vice presidential candidate. His garden-variety political responses, inspired by television, become heralded as visionary, and he is soon a media icon due to his unknown background and vague, yet appealing, conversational nature. Being There was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film, starring Peter Sellers as Chance, in 1979.
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I have literally a few thousand audible books, I have Parkinson's, always an avid reader. I tend toward horror, paranormal, love Vampires .
This basically is the story of a very sweet man, totally sheltered from the world except for what he has seen on TV. And he has a great knack for gardening , through a huge change in his circumstance his total sweetness and honesty serve him very well. I loved the whole short story, narrated by Dustin Hoffman.
The only thing it reminded me of at all was Forest Gump.
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Many readers will have seen the movie with Peter Sellers. Hoffman brings a quiet poignant dignity to the hero which suits the story perfectly. I was moved to tears and laughter and would like to give Hoffman 10 stars for the narration. No one could have done it better.
I love history and enjoy reading different books about the past. I like to joke that I have read many books about the outcome at Gettysburg, but no matter how many I read the outcome remains the same! I do find it interesting and fascinating to get different takes and outlooks on the same events.
Dustin Hoffman 's excellent Narration was another effective interpretation of this wonderfully crafted Kosinski novel.
No one could ever be as stupid and gullible as the people who "misread" Chancy in this book. I had hoped it would be deeper than the movie, or that the writing would be colorful enough to make up for the plot, but alas. Disappointing.
Dustin Hoffman is awesome as a narrator. His beautiful voice and talent are wasted on this novel, but I would not hesitate to listen to some other book narrated by him.
yes. It's short, quick, and simple. Easy to read. Pleasant.
Yes. he has an interesting way of writing.
Chance lovingly caring for the plants and flowers.
Just finished Being There by Jerzy Kosinski. It was like looking at modern art, where the artist is clearly trying to Be Artistic instead of, say, painting (or, in this case, telling a story.) About the only thing I really took away from it was 1) "here's another 60s/70s story I don't enjoy due to needless emphasis on sex," and 2) Kosinski obviously feels that people take away whatever they want to from an exchange instead of what's actually there. Which, while I agree with that, I felt that the message was clumsily presented. I don't understand why this is considered such an important work.
The perfect length, an impeccable performance, we were riveted.
Then we watched the movie, and loved this even more!
Enjoyed listening to this wonderful performance. The story held my interest but in my opinion the ending was too abrupt and for me was dissapointing.
A very enjoyable listen that was apolitical but points off the assumptions that are made without the benefits of facts every day. If you want pure entertainment, Dustin Hoffman delivers but I couldn't help seeing pictures of "Rainman" frequently.
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