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Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty | [James Thurber]

Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.
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Publisher's Summary

The multi-talented director and actor, Ben Stiller narrates the classic James Thurber short story that inspired the new major motion picture, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

See The Secret Life of Walter Mitty when it hits theaters this Christmas.

©1942 Copyright renewed 1970 Rosemary A. Thurber. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Ben Stiller was not only aptly cast in the recently released movie of the same title, he's also sublime as the entertaining narrator of Thurber's original short story. A timid man escapes his boring life by living in his imagination - which is full of fantasies of daring heroic adventures. Stiller grasps this concept by imbuing each new character that Walter Mitty assumes with a bold, creative voice." (AudioFile)

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    Susan Crowe LaGrange, Georgia 01-27-14
    Susan Crowe LaGrange, Georgia 01-27-14 Member Since 2012

    I have always loved to read and just discovered Aubible which I am also loving.

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    What did you like best about Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? What did you like least?

    It was a nice little story(?) I guess this was a little teaser for the movie? I appreciate the free audible.


    Would you recommend Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty to your friends? Why or why not?

    Uhh, sure. It really wasnt long enough one way or the other.


    Have you listened to any of Ben Stiller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, i havent but he did a nice job


    Did Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No, again, thank you for the free audible.

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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 01-24-14
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2013

    Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!

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    "So much story packed into 15 minutes!"

    I have not seen the movie yet, and I wanted to experience the book read by Mr. Stiller before I did. What an amazing story! The single star penalty for the story was simply becuase I was left wanting more.

    I loved the way that the narrative shifted from the "real" into the "fantasy" so effortlessly and intelligently. We all have our own secret life, and this book pointed that out in superb style. Forced a little introspection and, perhaps, led me a little further down the path to realizing some of my own secret dreams? Time will tell....

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    cowtown girl Fort Worth,Texas 01-22-14
    cowtown girl Fort Worth,Texas 01-22-14 Member Since 2012

    cowtown girl

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    "Enjoyed the teaser!"
    What made the experience of listening to Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty the most enjoyable?

    Make me remember the first time I read this book...will read it again and will definitely see the movie!


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    Julia Belton, MO, United States 01-20-14
    Julia Belton, MO, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "just couldn't pay attention"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    n/a


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Thurber again?

    yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    i think the in and out of daydreaming although cute, also made it hard for me to follow


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    confusion


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mim HUGHENDEN, Australia 01-17-14
    Mim HUGHENDEN, Australia 01-17-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Living in your own head"

    Charming story, narrated well. Enjoyed the detail the author used to paint the pictures inside Mr Mitty's head. Don't we all have a need for time to think?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DocAlohaB Too many to list :) 01-10-14
    DocAlohaB Too many to list :) 01-10-14 Member Since 2012

    Love books, learning, and traveling vicariously through them.

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    "Life Changed: Average to ADVENTUROUS +++ !"
    What did you love best about Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty?

    Walter's "space-out" moments; at first, they seemed plausible, but quickly became impossibly adventurous. The humor in these "fantasy adventures" combined with the sympathy I had for Walter's initial mundane life made the ending (I won't spoil the transformation) that much more amazing and heartwarming.


    What other book might you compare Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty to and why?

    Death of a Salesman (Willy Loman's life)...BUT with a positive ending. His personal progress by the end made me want to get up and cheer!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were so many, I can't choose just one. Walter's overall humble nature as he experienced his adventures, though not a specific scene, was my favorite part. The action adventures married with humor (difficult to do well, in my opinion) and the development of Walter's character were top notch.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Walter's ability to remain a humble person despite his amazing life experiences (again, to be more specific would take away too much from the enjoyment everyone should treat themselves to by listening to the story and/or seeing the movie, which I also loved).


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked this short audiobook, you owe it to yourself to see the movie. (The movie was one of the most enjoyable and unique movies I've seen in a very long time - perhaps ever!) Listening to Ben Stiller read the book was truly a gift! I'm looking forward to the possibility of The Continued Adventures of Walter Mitty. (Mr. Thurber, please give your fans a sequel!!!). A wonderful ride!

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    Patrick Austin, TX, United States 01-09-14
    Patrick Austin, TX, United States 01-09-14 Member Since 2011

    I like autumn night times. Curtains drawn. The dim lamp. Chaired with a book. Fireside hours. A warm peace.

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    "Basically a movie promo"

    While I did discover that Ben Stiller would be a decent audiobook narrator, the overall premise of this is to promote the movie. It's starts out interesting but there didn't seem to be much of an overall story.

    Here's what it boils down to basically...a guy that daydreams a lot.
    That's it.

    There's about a five minute interview with Stiller at the end, where he promotes the movie.

    Thank god this was a freebie...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa KUNKLETOWN, PA, United States 01-07-14
    Lisa KUNKLETOWN, PA, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    Where does Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    eh, it's not the type of book I would normally listen to but it was free and so I did. It seems like a cute story. I think the movie will be funny.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that it was narrated by Ben Stiller, who is also the Mitty in the movie.


    Which character – as performed by Ben Stiller – was your favorite?

    I don't know, Mitty i guess. it was short and if I recall Mitty is really the only character introduced except at the end when his wife is saying his name and causes him to wake from his daydream.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, it is only like 15min long.


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    Mary San Jose, CA, United States 01-04-14
    Mary San Jose, CA, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "James Thurber's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"
    Where does Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty well, but it seems kind of unfair, given how short this book is. Ben Stiller is obviously amazing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think I like the tone of this story. Interesting pace and inflection.


    What does Ben Stiller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything. I don't consider myself a massive Ben Stiller fan, but I think he's pretty great in this instance.


    Any additional comments?

    Incredibly worth reading (especially for the price!) and I'm glad I read it before considering the film.

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    Anne Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 01-04-14
    Anne Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 01-04-14 Member Since 2008
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    "It was too short!"

    Ben Stiller was a great narrator in this one, he left me wanting to listen to more. Walter Mitty reminds me of me sometimes, when life is mundane and routine, it is nice to slip into a daydream of how big we can be, achieve great things... and then be brought back to reality once again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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