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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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    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.

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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 St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 06-29-14
    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 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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    Amazon Customer Pennsylvania 06-18-14
    Amazon Customer Pennsylvania 06-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I wish I hadn't bought the book or listened to it. For me it was a total waste of time.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Truman Capote again?

    I have In Cold Blood already, but after that I am so through with Truman Capote.


    Which character – as performed by Michael C. Hall – was your favorite?

    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.


    Could you see Breakfast at Tiffany's being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    Hated EVERYTHING!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lara Donahue, IA, United States 08-18-14
    Lara Donahue, IA, United States 08-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "great story with an excellent narrator"
    What about Michael C. Hall’s performance did you like?

    His effortless way of reading and changing character - it was never forced or fake.


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    Angie Jimenez 08-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Michael C. Hall is so dreamy!"
    What made the experience of listening to Breakfast at Tiffany's the most enjoyable?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line was surprisingly corky, and I found myself laughing throughout the whole book.


    What does Michael C. Hall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the 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!


    Who was the most memorable character of Breakfast at Tiffany's and why?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I decided to get this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 08-16-14
    Tim United States 08-16-14 Member Since 2010

    My reviews are always pending.

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    "Michael C. Hall has a Career"

    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.

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    Ms Winston East Coast U.S.A. 08-15-14
    Ms Winston East Coast U.S.A. 08-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic Tale Brought to Life for a New Generation"
    If you could sum up Breakfast at Tiffany's in three words, what would they be?

    Still has magic!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    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.


    If you could rename Breakfast at Tiffany's, what would you call it?

    I would not rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime Wynantskill, NY, United States 08-13-14
    Jaime Wynantskill, NY, United States 08-13-14 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Loved It"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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