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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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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 02-23-14
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Never love a wild thing"

    When a book has been made into an iconically famous film, and when that film is playing through your head as you listen to the book, your reactions to the book can be a bit confusing. On the one hand, the film got the story all Hollywooded up, fleshing out the narrator character to give him more to do, and adding some artificial sweetener to Holly to make her more palatable the audience. The callousness of the real Holly was a bit disconcerting with dear Audrey in my mind’s eye.

    In spite of movie scenes floating through my head, I was able to appreciate the sharpness of Capote’s writing, and the enigma that is Holly Golightly who so carefully hides who she is, possibly even from herself. She expects to be taken care of but also to have things her own way, envisioning herself as a 'wild thing'. Without the Hollywood dressing Holly’s behavior is more consistent with her character, infusing the story with cynicism, poignancy and a sense of lonely inevitability. The outcome is a story much more organic than the film.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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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.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 07-10-14
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 07-10-14 Member Since 2010

    MTF

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    "Great writing, boring story"

    I think that this story would be better to read, given the great writing Capote uses for his descriptions. It is harder to savor great writing on audio, I think. I never really cared about any characters, and quit halfway through. I understand that the author is a great writer, but that was not enough for me to keep my interest in this book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 06-29-14
    Simone 06-29-14 Member Since 2006

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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    "Not my cup of tea"

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s is part of pop-culture (I think mostly thanks to the movie and Audrey Hepburn) so that’s why I was curious about the book.

    I did not care for Holly one iota which made her story uninteresting; I found her more annoying than anything else.

    -mysterious and quirky? NO.
    -bratty and self-centered? YES!

    Well, now I know. I only persevered because it was short - I haven’t seen the movie, and I don’t plan to after this.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 08-09-14
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 08-09-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Writing is great, story not so much"

    Smart, young woman tries to put her ugly beginnings in rural poverty behind her by coming to the big city, where she becomes a prostitute. Written with style and intelligence but the story is merely OK. Would've been better as either a short story or a full novel because we don’t learn much about her after the initial introduction and yet it seems so much more could've been said.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mon San Francisco, Ca 11-14-14
    Mon San Francisco, Ca 11-14-14 Member Since 2010

    12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!

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    "Not a fan of Holly Golightly"
    Where does Breakfast at Tiffany's rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in the middle and I neither loved or hated this audiobook. I wanted to be sucked in and captivated by this story, but I just wasn't. Holly Golightly is one of the most self centered, narcissistic and selfish characters I've come across in awhile. I found her neither provocative or independent. Had her character been likable or at the very least one I could understand, I might have had more patience for her. When she dumps her cat, then cries for her to return, that was it for me. I am glad that this story was only 3 hours long, because there's only so much shallow l can handle.


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

    He was great and 5 stars all around! His voice was perfect.


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

    I don't know what her neighbor "Fred" saw in Holly Golightly. He loved her and in fact every man loved her and I still don't know why. I just didn't get her allure.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the movie and had Audrey Hepburn in my mind while listening to Breakfast at Tiffany's. The movie is nothing like the book. The movie is all eye candy and Audrey Hepburn takes you on an experience - she takes you to a grand party. Holly Golightly of the book is reckless and dumps her cat in a back alley, and expects others to clean up her messes. I understand that she had a hard life, was traumatized and sexually exploited. She's a survivor and living the only life she knows how to live. I get it, and I still don't like her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Abington, PA, United States 11-03-14
    Elizabeth Abington, PA, United States 11-03-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Elegantly Written and beautifully read"

    Great book with masterful writing read by wonderful narrator. Michael Hall added so much to this fascinating story. Reminded me a little of "The Great Gatsby".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-07-14
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-07-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "Not what I expected, but it's a good thing."
    Any additional comments?

    A good story with annoying caricatures of characters. It is however quite interesting, a short read, recommended.

    I thought it was going to be a sappy love story, but it was not a love story at all, and was really more of a social satire than anything else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    gzl5ry Oakland, MI, United States 10-07-14
    gzl5ry Oakland, MI, United States 10-07-14 Member Since 2013

    Always open to something new, but my favorite genres are horror, sci-fi/fantasy with more of a leaning toward fantasy.

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    "I'm Not Sure Why People Rave Over This Story"
    Would you try another book from Truman Capote and/or Michael C. Hall?

    Truman Capote? I don't think so. I'm not really sure why people rave over this story. It was a mediocre story at best. Maybe I don't get the age it was written in or something? Still, I have a good sense of context in writing but this story just wasn't very good to me.


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

    I might try Michael C. Hall again, he did ok with the characters including female voices. I'd like to see if he can handle a wider cast of characters as he may end up being a pretty good narrator.


    Was Breakfast at Tiffany's worth the listening time?

    Mheh. It wasn't long really, so I don't think a couple of hours is that big of a deal even though I didn't care for the story overall.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sheerheart 10-07-14
    sheerheart 10-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "What a Fun Read!"
    Would you listen to Breakfast at Tiffany's again? Why?

    Yes! It was a good book to listen to, to get your mind off of things. At times a bit confusing but pure entertainment.


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

    Laugh! It is such a weird story when you break it down, but I can't tell you how many times I laughed out loud in public when I was listening to this!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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