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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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    Jamie 02-17-14
    Jamie 02-17-14
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    "Sound levels vary greatly"
    Which character – as performed by Ben Stiller – was your favorite?

    Walter Mitty


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

    The very end when Walter imagines standing in front of a firing squad.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate Ben Stiller's efforts to create levels of excitement in the book, but I had great difficulty listening to this book in the car. Some moments were too quiet to be heard over the road noise, but if I turned up the sound I was worried about blowing my speakers when he suddenly shifted into a louder portion of the narration.

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    Laetitia France 02-09-14
    Laetitia France 02-09-14 Member Since 2014

    Listening a book is thousand times better than reading when you are a busy person !

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

    The way Ben Stiller is into the story is incredibly immersive. And I really liked the fact that he tells us his point of view about recording his reading, it's prooving us that it's not easy to do it and that could take a lot of time even for 15 mins.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course, Mitty, because his imagination has almost no limit !


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I could not say because each are genuisely awesome and funny to picture.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Ben stiller shoud read more often because he's really implicated in what he's reading, by his voice and his tune, it's like he's next to you reading you the book ! I hope I can find man reader like him (because until now I don't know why I prefer women voice..)

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    Lauren Westminster, CA, United States 02-06-14
    Lauren Westminster, CA, United States 02-06-14
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    "Stiller is the star"
    What did you like best about Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? What did you like least?

    The story pulled me in and then just ended. You can't leave me hanging like that!


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Thurber again?

    Maybe


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

    He switches seamlessly between the character's hopeless self and adventurous self


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, even though I read the story because the movie was coming out. This story should remain short and [bitter]sweet.


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    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 02-06-14
    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "An adventurous, well-narrated 15 minutes"

    This is a great book for a 15-minute listen! The story moves very fast, and Ben Stiller's narration could not have been better. I may actually watch the movie (I don't usually do that). There are two movies about this one, by the way - a 1947 version starring Danny Kaye and the 2013 version released on December 25th.

    Ben Stiller really brings Walter Mitty, a guy who lives a boring life and dreams of an exciting one, to life, and adds a lot of energy to the story in his performance of the various characters in the book.

    This was a freebie, but having heard it, I would pay something for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    michelle MULVANE, KS, United States 02-02-14
    michelle MULVANE, KS, United States 02-02-14

    A newly found fan of audiobooks. Not much credit as a professional critic. Yet my review are more from the 'average persons' point of view.

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    "NOT THE ACTUAL BOOK"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No. Can't say...


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I can't give my opinion to the book as this isn't the complete book.


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

    Walter Mitty I guess. I will say from the preview(S) that it seems like a good book. And I assume that the gist of the story is ' Do what you imagine doing vs. what everyone/society thinks is acceptable.'


    Could you see Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It was. I was only interested because I have't seen the movie and that it was free. I should of known by the length (15 mins) that it wasn't the complete book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is more of a preview kinda like a trailer/commercial to entice you to want to see the movie or buy the book.

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    Alice 01-29-14
    Alice 01-29-14
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    "A good listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was a nice little fantasy that I think we all like to live in sometimes.


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

    Big Fish


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

    No


    If you could rename Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't change it


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    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 01-29-14
    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2011

    I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.

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    "Cute short story"

    This was a short story and was interesting. It wasn't spectacular, but I enjoyed it.

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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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