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Breakfast at Tiffany's | [Truman Capote]

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, February 2014 - Although very familiar with the iconic film, I’d never actually read the novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. When I heard that actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) was narrating it for Audible, I jumped at the chance to listen. Capote’s classic is simultaneously darker and more wistful than the film, and the famed Holly Golightly a little more calculating than charming. Michael C. Hall delivers a mesmerizing performance, giving each character their own unique voice. Hall’s cadence perfectly matches Capote’s words, and he forced me into my own whirlwind friendship with Holly. I’d never before experienced a narrator who seemed to so completely understand an author’s intentions – the effect was magical. —Katie, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's provocative, naturalistic masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist, who eventually gets tossed away as her deepening character emerges.

Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote's most beloved work of fiction, introduced an independent and complex character who challenged audiences, revived Audrey Hepburn's flagging career in the 1961 film version, and whose name and style has remained in the national idiom since publication. Hall uses his diligent attention to character to bring our unnamed narrator’s emotional vulnerability to the forefront of this American classic.

©1950, 1951, 1956, 1958, 1978, 1979, 1984 Truman Capote. Copyright renewed 1986 by Alan U. Schwartz (P)2014 Audible Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[Michael C. Hall] uses his diligent attention to character to bring our unnamed narrator’s emotional vulnerability to the forefront of this American classic.... I felt content and comfortable in Hall’s hands as the tale unfolded. He did a wonderful job giving each character voice, especially that of Holly." (Caffeinated Book Reviewer)

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    Lisa danville, va 06-25-14
    Lisa danville, va 06-25-14 Member Since 2013

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    If you could sum up Breakfast at Tiffany's in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, engaging & entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Holly Go Lightly character seem to come to life. That it was absolutely nothing like the movie.


    What about Michael C. Hall’s performance did you like?

    Yes


    If you could rename Breakfast at Tiffany's, what would you call it?

    I would not rename it.


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    Amazon Customer Pennsylvania 06-18-14
    Amazon Customer Pennsylvania 06-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I wish I hadn't bought the book or listened to it. For me it was a total waste of time.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Truman Capote again?

    I have In Cold Blood already, but after that I am so through with Truman Capote.


    Which character – as performed by Michael C. Hall – was your favorite?

    No favorite, hated everyone and everything about the book. And I generally am not hard on books at all; I usually love every book I read, but this is an exception.


    Could you see Breakfast at Tiffany's being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It was made into a movie and I remember liking it...but now I wonder why. I will rewatch the movie again to see how much they changed the script to make it palatable. Audrey Hepburn is such a class act and the girl in the book is a drug pedaling slut...no comparison!


    Any additional comments?

    Hated EVERYTHING!

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    Juli glendale, CA, United States 06-17-14
    Juli glendale, CA, United States 06-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about Breakfast at Tiffany's?

    I loved the narration. Im not a fan of Dexter, only because ive never watched it, but thats besides the point Michael C Hall did wonderful narration to a timeless classic. I loved that it was like the movie but so not like the movie, perhaps because as the recording was playing I visualized the lovely ms. Hepburn in a somewhat directors cut of the movie in my head.


    Have you listened to any of Michael C. Hall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of Mr. Halls other recordings if he indeed has any. His performance was great. His portrayal of Ms. Golightly is amusing.


    Who was the most memorable character of Breakfast at Tiffany's and why?

    You know to be honest, for me it was Ms. Golightlys nosy neighbor who is not mentioned anywhere in the film. She was such a b****. I wouldve cocked her one.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book! For the price? Its a steal.

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    Pegeen United States 06-14-14
    Pegeen United States 06-14-14 Member Since 2011

    reading is pure joy

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    "When Truman was Truman not In Cold Blood cynical;"
    What made the experience of listening to Breakfast at Tiffany's the most enjoyable?

    The writing and the narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The perspective of the narrator as the straight man -- echoes of Nick in Gatsby.


    What does Michael C. Hall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He sounds like Truman telling the story to his in crows gathered around himself, with drinks and laughter, but basking in being the center of attention as the storyteller.


    If you could take any character from Breakfast at Tiffany's out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Truman Capote himself and I would just sit back and listen.


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    Thomas Orland park, IL, United States 05-20-14
    Thomas Orland park, IL, United States 05-20-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Different than movie..."

    The book is far ahead of the movie with Audrey Hepburn...Great character Holy Golightly...Great easy read...

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    Patrick King Exeter, NH 04-29-14
    Patrick King Exeter, NH 04-29-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Hall Brings New Depth to A Great Story"
    What did you love best about Breakfast at Tiffany's?

    Beyond Capote's light yet vivid scenes and characters, Hall's narration adds a sense of mystery and longing completely appropriate to the theme of the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breakfast at Tiffany's?

    The narrator's initial meeting with OJ Berman in Holly's living room is not what the listener expects and therefore very amusing and beautifully described.


    Have you listened to any of Michael C. Hall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm familiar with Mr. Hall's work on the TV show, Dexter, the primary reason I got this audio book. I've read the book at least twice before and was just curious to see what Hall would do with it. Breakfast at Tiffany's was in my view an unusual choice for Mr. Hall to read. Frankly I was blown away by it. I was aware of the charisma in Hall's voice from his TV work. Add to that Capote's exquisite description and characterizations and this was my treat for last week. I will listen to this again.


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

    Never love a wild thing.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Mr. Hall will have time in his schedule to read more books. Rest assured I'll be listening to them.

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    nicole 04-16-14
    nicole 04-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A Delicious Treat....."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Breakfast at Tiffany's to be better than the print version?

    I loved Michael C. Hall's narration, he was perfect for this story. I really enjoy Truman Capote's writing style and perspective. I find myself identifying with all of the characters and can understand their point of view.


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

    I found myself looking forward to the time when I could listen again.


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    Dave Honolulu, HI 04-06-14
    Dave Honolulu, HI 04-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "So much more than the movie"
    Any additional comments?

    I saw the movie first and now realize that Capote's story has so much more to offer than what's portrayed on screen. I always considered the movie to be a chick-flick, and I still do. The book however, is nothing of the sort. It's an absolutely terrific story, and the narration of Michael C. Hall is great.

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    Haley Bishop, Ca, United States 04-04-14
    Haley Bishop, Ca, United States 04-04-14
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    "Worthwhile listen"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. I am glad I listened - it was short, the narration was awesome, and Capote is an amazing writer in the way he describes situations and people.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was fitting I thought, however it was still somewhat of a let down in that I felt there was no real closure.


    What about Michael C. Hall’s performance did you like?

    He did great voices and you really felt like he was the main character.


    Was Breakfast at Tiffany's worth the listening time?

    Yes it was. I just had a hard time getting through some of it because I kinda hate Holly's character, and seeing as she is a main focus in the book, I had a somewhat love/hate relationship with the story.


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    bridget MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 03-09-14
    bridget MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Have not read in 30 years - still good!"

    Read the book before I saw the movie - prefer the book. Read it at 15 and Ms. Golightly still charms. The movie was tame compared to the book.

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  • Ysera
    Luxembourg, Luxembourg
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    "I have no idea why this is a classic..."
    What disappointed you about Breakfast at Tiffany's?

    Boring story. Sordid lives. I have not seen the movie, but I don't know why anyone would bother making this into a movie. I guess I only made an effort to finish because it was short. I even left the last 40 minutes pending for a week before I managed to get back to it and finish...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Truman Capote again?

    Probably, as I think I read something by him many years ago and found it good enough.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I guess he did his best, the material he had was sort of lifeless...


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. Since the movie is famous, I had expected better.


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  • Susan Henderson
    Scotland
    2/24/14
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    "Excellent listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I actually walked the long way home on a couple of days because I didn't want this to end. I have read the book before but really enjoyed having it read to me. I really felt transported to the moment of the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are a lot of interesting characters in this book but of course Holly is the star. She isn't the nicest person in the world and you know you shouldn't like her yet its difficult not to feel a little jealous of her life and admire her spirit.


    Which character – as performed by Michael C. Hall – was your favourite?

    Michael Hall performs excellently. His accents are wonderful. I especially enjoyed his portrayal of Holly's "husband" ,Doc.


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

    This book made me happy. It reminds us that life is an adventure and we should never "settle".


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