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.
"[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)
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
Incredibly easy to listen straight through with no break
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.
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.
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!!!!!
Oh yes, this is a classic for a good reason....I could not put it down...the writing was flawless and smart!
Holly!! I adore her...she is a complete mess..and not afraid to admit it!
He was awesome...soulful and so pleasant to listen to...I would love to listen to some of his other work!
The Book Of Holly!
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!!!
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.
Hobby costumer, wannabe jewelry maker, recipe hoarder, fancier of DIY house projects that may never get done, and all around daydreamer.
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.
I read and listen to books. I drink tea. I sleep like a cat and wished I lived in Hawaii.
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.
Books are for dreaming with eyes wide open.
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!
The story line was surprisingly corky, and I found myself laughing throughout the whole 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!
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!
I'm glad I decided to get this!
Still has magic!
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.
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.
I would not rename it.
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.
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".
"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.
"Surprisingly modern tale"
Beautifully understated narration. Wonderful writing by Capote. Great way to spend a couple of hours!
"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.
"The beautiful voice of Michael C Hall"
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.
"Short but oh so sweet!"
I loved this book, it is absolutely perfect! I can not recommend it highly enough.
His voice was perfect for the role; it was made for him.
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.
"Not as good as I expected"
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.
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.
"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.
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