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)
Funny, engaging & entertaining.
The way Holly Go Lightly character seem to come to life. That it was absolutely nothing like the movie.
I would not rename it.
I wish I hadn't bought the book or listened to it. For me it was a total waste of time.
I have In Cold Blood already, but after that I am so through with Truman Capote.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Get this book! For the price? Its a steal.
reading is pure joy
The writing and the narrator.
The perspective of the narrator as the straight man -- echoes of Nick in Gatsby.
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.
Truman Capote himself and I would just sit back and listen.
The book is far ahead of the movie with Audrey Hepburn...Great character Holy Golightly...Great easy read...
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.
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.
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.
Never love a wild thing.
I hope Mr. Hall will have time in his schedule to read more books. Rest assured I'll be listening to them.
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.
I found myself looking forward to the time when I could listen again.
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.
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.
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.
"I have no idea why this is a classic..."
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...
Probably, as I think I read something by him many years ago and found it good enough.
I guess he did his best, the material he had was sort of lifeless...
Disappointment. Since the movie is famous, I had expected better.
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.
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.
Michael Hall performs excellently. His accents are wonderful. I especially enjoyed his portrayal of Holly's "husband" ,Doc.
This book made me happy. It reminds us that life is an adventure and we should never "settle".
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