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)
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
When a book has been made into an iconically famous film, and when that film is playing through your head as you listen to the book, your reactions to the book can be a bit confusing. On the one hand, the film got the story all Hollywooded up, fleshing out the narrator character to give him more to do, and adding some artificial sweetener to Holly to make her more palatable the audience. The callousness of the real Holly was a bit disconcerting with dear Audrey in my mind’s eye.
In spite of movie scenes floating through my head, I was able to appreciate the sharpness of Capote’s writing, and the enigma that is Holly Golightly who so carefully hides who she is, possibly even from herself. She expects to be taken care of but also to have things her own way, envisioning herself as a 'wild thing'. Without the Hollywood dressing Holly’s behavior is more consistent with her character, infusing the story with cynicism, poignancy and a sense of lonely inevitability. The outcome is a story much more organic than the film.
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.
12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!
It ranks in the middle and I neither loved or hated this audiobook. I wanted to be sucked in and captivated by this story, but I just wasn't. Holly Golightly is one of the most self centered, narcissistic and selfish characters I've come across in awhile. I found her neither provocative or independent. Had her character been likable or at the very least one I could understand, I might have had more patience for her. When she dumps her cat, then cries for her to return, that was it for me. I am glad that this story was only 3 hours long, because there's only so much shallow l can handle.
He was great and 5 stars all around! His voice was perfect.
I don't know what her neighbor "Fred" saw in Holly Golightly. He loved her and in fact every man loved her and I still don't know why. I just didn't get her allure.
I loved the movie and had Audrey Hepburn in my mind while listening to Breakfast at Tiffany's. The movie is nothing like the book. The movie is all eye candy and Audrey Hepburn takes you on an experience - she takes you to a grand party. Holly Golightly of the book is reckless and dumps her cat in a back alley, and expects others to clean up her messes. I understand that she had a hard life, was traumatized and sexually exploited. She's a survivor and living the only life she knows how to live. I get it, and I still don't like her.
Great book with masterful writing read by wonderful narrator. Michael Hall added so much to this fascinating story. Reminded me a little of "The Great Gatsby".
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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!
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