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.
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"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)
I have always loved to read and just discovered Aubible which I am also loving.
It was a nice little story(?) I guess this was a little teaser for the movie? I appreciate the free audible.
Uhh, sure. It really wasnt long enough one way or the other.
No, i havent but he did a nice job
No, again, thank you for the free audible.
Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!
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....
Make me remember the first time I read this book...will read it again and will definitely see the movie!
i think the in and out of daydreaming although cute, also made it hard for me to follow
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?
Love books, learning, and traveling vicariously through them.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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!
I like autumn night times. Curtains drawn. The dim lamp. Chaired with a book. Fireside hours. A warm peace.
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.
There's about a five minute interview with Stiller at the end, where he promotes the movie.
Thank god this was a freebie...
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.
The fact that it was narrated by Ben Stiller, who is also the Mitty in the movie.
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.
yes, it is only like 15min long.
Pretty well, but it seems kind of unfair, given how short this book is. Ben Stiller is obviously amazing.
I think I like the tone of this story. Interesting pace and inflection.
Everything. I don't consider myself a massive Ben Stiller fan, but I think he's pretty great in this instance.
Incredibly worth reading (especially for the price!) and I'm glad I read it before considering the film.
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.
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