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)
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.
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.
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!
His effortless way of reading and changing character - it was never forced or fake.
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!
My reviews are always pending.
Michael C. Hall has a career as an audiobook narrator. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was a pleasure to listen to from the star of Dexter. He should narrate more titles. Maybe something darker and longer next time.
As for the short story, I can't remembered if I seen the movie, but for $1.95 the book was good enough. I'm not going to analyze the social status of the main character because there are many other reviewers that dissect this story from Truman Capote.
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.
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I have read the book before and love the story..... so I was excited when this became available. Michael C. Hall does an excellent job narrating! I have listened to it multiply times and still enjoy it.
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