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Breakfast at Tiffany's

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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 (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 (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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    JD 02-17-14
    JD 02-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Michael C Hall makes it even greater!"
    Which character – as performed by Michael C. Hall – was your favorite?

    Michael C Hall's adaptation of the narrator was outstanding, but Holly is a close second. He really makes you feel like you know them


    Any additional comments?

    Incredibly easy to listen straight through with no break

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    Blair K. Hartman 09-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic"

    You can't go wrong with anything written by Capote. If you enjoyed this movie, I think you would enjoy the novella as well; though, the two stories do differ quite a bit.

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    Jennifer Masterson 08-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Michael C. Hall is Phenomenal"

    I absolutely loved this version of the book. Will listen to it again someday. Highly recommended to all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Per Jennische 11-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "An entertaining classic"

    Breakfast at Tiffany's was one of those books I always saw references to but never read myself. I'm glad I finally did, and chose to do it as an audible book. It's very well narrated which enhances the experience further.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-31-15
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-31-15 Member Since 2017

    I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!

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    "Fascinating and captivated me!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh yes, this is a classic for a good reason....I could not put it down...the writing was flawless and smart!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Holly!! I adore her...she is a complete mess..and not afraid to admit it!


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

    He was awesome...soulful and so pleasant to listen to...I would love to listen to some of his other work!


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

    The Book Of Holly!


    Any additional comments?

    This was downright captivating!! Such a clean writing style and precise imagery! I always go for newer more modern tales and scifi stuff...but this caught me off guard and shows me that good writing is just that! Holly is eccentric and most likely mentally ill in some way...probably bi-polar, but they didn't diagnose people that way back then...I do NOT think she was a prostitute...an Escort maybe...but really she was just a free spirit...she lived her life how she wanted to, and was honest about it...YES she had an evil streak, but don't we all? She was young and precocious, and I think she will go into my list of most favorite literary characters...I would have like to have known her....Great listen...2 huge thumbs up!! Short and fascinating!!!! If this would not have been on my daily deal, I would have totally missed this little gem...thank you audible!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sasha New York, New York 01-17-15
    Sasha New York, New York 01-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Lovely, warped novella"

    I had high expectations for Breakfast at Tiffany's, In Cold Blood being one of my favorite books of all time. It did not disappoint. The story is engaging - like a train wreck you can't stop watching. Michael C. Hall nails the narrator, Fred - a fellow who is observant, nosy, with an active mind but incredibly lazy and passive nonetheless. And, if nothing, it's worth it to read this novella to introduce yourself to the infamous Holly Golightly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    guenthecat Dallas, TX 12-02-14
    guenthecat Dallas, TX 12-02-14

    Hobby costumer, wannabe jewelry maker, recipe hoarder, fancier of DIY house projects that may never get done, and all around daydreamer.

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    "A classic that I"ll go back to again and again"
    Any additional comments?

    I adore the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's and wasn't sure what to expect in the book. Yes, it's true that most books are better than their movie adaptations, but I was still nervous about whether it would translate as well in book/audio form. I think I'm even more in love with the book, and Michael C. Hall's reading of it, more than the movie. I will certainly have this book on rotation to listen to again and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amber 09-11-14
    Amber 09-11-14

    I read and listen to books. I drink tea. I sleep like a cat and wished I lived in Hawaii.

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    "Great short classic. Superb narration."

    I don’t know what I expected from this book, but it was very different than I had imagined it to be. I’ve never seen the movie, so I went into the book knowing the bare bones from the description. It’s a good thing this was on sale or I may not have found myself hypnotized by the narration of Michael C. Hall or the literary genius of Truman Capote. Also, this book is so short that even if you dislike the book, not much time is wasted.

    The narrator, Holly’s man neighbor who is a writer, finds himself in a sort of friendship with Holly (the main character). We get to see Holly’s life from the neighbor’s point of view and it is an interesting point of view. She is a socialite, a party girl and the neighbor hears the parties and even gets to attend one. For how young Holly is (18 or 19?), she seems to be very intelligent, albeit shallow, and this comes across in the way she speaks. At times I couldn’t quite picture a young girl like this coming across with so much wisdom at times, but it was easy for me to forgive Capote because the book was written so well. Holly also seems very lost and doesn’t seem to comprehend consequences at times and this was spot on for a girl her age. Holly thinks she knows how to find what she is looking for… thinks she knows how to find that place you call home. The narrator who is sometimes called “Fred” (even though that’s not his real name) is a likable personality and I cared about what happened to him, but mostly I cared about what happened to Holly. There were surprise twists to the story that added drama and I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to spoil anything for other readers, but this classic is worth a listen in my opinion. I got lost in the story and narration. Michael C. Hall was just that good and I hope he narrates a few more books.

    On a side note, I guess Capote wanted Marilyn Monroe to be cast as Holly in the movie and I think maybe he was right. The persona of Marilyn seems to fit the character of Holly more than Audrey Hepburn.

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    Angie Jimenez 08-18-14 Member Since 2015

    Books are for dreaming with eyes wide open.

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    "Michael C. Hall is so dreamy!"
    What made the experience of listening to Breakfast at Tiffany's the most enjoyable?

    Hall's voice is like the best silky chocolate I've ever tasted! His narration was perfect! He's character narration was awesome! I would buy anything he ever reads out loud!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line was surprisingly corky, and I found myself laughing throughout the whole book.


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

    Hall's voice for his characters made the story come alive! I felt like I was watching the movie (even thou I've never seen the movie, but for sure will!) on an old school TV with my grandmas embroider placemat on top. He made me love fall in love with the characters!


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

    Holly! She was wonderfully feminine and back country, strong, stylish, funny, honest, and fun! Can't wait to see the movie and see how Audrey Hepburn portraits Holly's character!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I decided to get this!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ms Winston East Coast U.S.A. 08-15-14
    Ms Winston East Coast U.S.A. 08-15-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic Tale Brought to Life for a New Generation"
    If you could sum up Breakfast at Tiffany's in three words, what would they be?

    Still has magic!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The unnamed narrator -- he was so unsparing of himself and, while he realized the flaws in Holly, his love for her was the glue that held the story together. His devotion even extended to her cat, knowing how upset she was after her final action toward the animal. His final "encounter" rounded out the story.


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

    I liked everything about it save the way he did Holly's voice. For the most part I have found that the biggest problem in audio books is a male narrator doing a female voice, and the reverse. To paraphrase the movie "Victor-Victoria" it sounded like a man pretending to be a woman. To Hall's credit, the narrative was spot on with just the right touch of longing...there was an autumnal feeling about his narration that I didn't get in the movie version.


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

    I would not rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    Very well done and can be listened to in one sitting -- in fact I recommend doing it that way so as not to jar the experience. One I will listen to again and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Susan Henderson
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    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".


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ysera
    Luxembourg, Luxembourg
    3/7/14
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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.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • jackie
    Cyprus
    7/20/16
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    "Surprisingly modern tale"

    Beautifully understated narration. Wonderful writing by Capote. Great way to spend a couple of hours!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoska
    France
    4/6/16
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    "This is one of my favourite storis"

    Much as I liked Audrey Hepburn, I didn't really appreciate the film " Breakfast at Tiffany's". Audrey simply wasn't Holly and the film had an artificial happy end. I have always loved the story, though, for me this -and not "In cold blood" - is the masterpiece of Capote. Michael C. Hall (aka Dexter!) reads it with a very appropriate nostalgic twist. Lovely. And kind of sad, but with hope underneath.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • TriciaN
    Carmarthen, UK
    11/18/15
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    "The beautiful voice of Michael C Hall"
    What made the experience of listening to Breakfast at Tiffany's the most enjoyable?

    I give this 5 stars if only for the beautiful voice of Michael C Hall. Unlike many readers, Michael C Hall changes his voice and style of speaking subtly for each character, so that you always know who's speaking and you are drawn into the dialogue without being conscious of being read to. I suppose I should add some appreciation of the writing of Truman Capote here, but I am just dazzled by this recording.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • darren
    London, United Kingdom
    11/5/15
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    "Short but oh so sweet!"
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    I loved this book, it is absolutely perfect! I can not recommend it highly enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I taylor
    10/6/15
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    "Timeless"
    What does Michael C. Hall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His voice was perfect for the role; it was made for him.


    Any additional comments?

    The story differs greatly from the film and is set in a completely different era. It is beautifully crafted and portrays the difficult life of Hollie Golightly via her neighbour and best friend’s eyes. His love for her is shown through both of their heartaches and Hollie’s tragic and destructive behaviour. I love this story and I love the characters; it is truly timeless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • gunnel
    7/27/15
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    "Not as good as I expected"
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    The book is very famous (as is the film) and I had expected something memorable. It was OK, but not more than that. When I listened, I was reminded of Sally Bowles in Goodbye to Berlin. Holly Golightly is the same kind of charming and seemingly irresponsible person with a hidden background, living in a "swinging" big city among glamorous and/or amoral peope, You even see her through the eyes of an admiring male friend. (The Great Gatsby is another book you come to think of). Compared to these two books, Breakfast at Tiffany's is a light-weight novella and there isn't much depth in the characterization. Personally, I liked Holly's abandonned husband best. The story was very well narrated which made it a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lynda
    7/26/15
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    "Ok ish"
    Any additional comments?

    Having seen the film I found that the book was very different especially in the character of Holly so for me I prefer the film.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nicole
    United Kingdom
    2/15/15
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    "Even Michael C Hall can't save this book."

    I don't often write negative reviews but honestly what a load of twaddle. Michael C Hall is brilliant but honestly nothing but another writer could have made this better. I can live with unlikable characters but the whole story is so shallow it comes to nothing. F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal has a similar premise but, with the exception of a great narrator, has everything this book lacks. I'd really recommend you spend your money on that instead.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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