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.
"[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)
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.
The ending was fitting I thought, however it was still somewhat of a let down in that I felt there was no real closure.
He did great voices and you really felt like he was the main character.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
Always open to something new, but my favorite genres are horror, sci-fi/fantasy with more of a leaning toward fantasy.
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.
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.
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.
Yes! It was a good book to listen to, to get your mind off of things. At times a bit confusing but pure entertainment.
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!
It would rank below the average. It was worth the listen but wouldn't encourage me to get another Capote book.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Nicely written, well performed and interesting. The movie; beside Audrey Hepburn - who considered the film not her best work - is a waste of time. Well the song 'Moon River' is a classic and so is the little black dress, with perks. I understand that Capote despised the film version.
This book is good, not great but a nice light read, or listen to. I think we all know someone in our lifetime similar to Holly Golightly and perhaps have fallen in love with them a little. "Fred", I don't think we ever find out his real name - not important, is of course ourselves looking back on youthful drama. In Seinfield TV sitcom it is claimed that Fred was gay (fifth episode for the sixth season. It aired on October 27, 1994), but I never found this in this book. Once again doesn't matter but it would explain why Fred never really pursued Holly, of course in the movie Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard -Paul Varjak (Fred) get together, well we are lead to that conclusion, but the book is more real and probably just as innocent as the movie although real. Can't explain that one, listen to the book and enjoy it.
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