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.
"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)
The very end when Walter imagines standing in front of a firing squad.
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.
Listening a book is thousand times better than reading when you are a busy person !
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.
Of course, Mitty, because his imagination has almost no limit !
I could not say because each are genuisely awesome and funny to picture.
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..)
The story pulled me in and then just ended. You can't leave me hanging like that!
He switches seamlessly between the character's hopeless self and adventurous self
No, even though I read the story because the movie was coming out. This story should remain short and [bitter]sweet.
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.
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.
No. Can't say...
I can't give my opinion to the book as this isn't the complete book.
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.'
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.
This is more of a preview kinda like a trailer/commercial to entice you to want to see the movie or buy the book.
Yes, it was a nice little fantasy that I think we all like to live in sometimes.
I wouldn't change it
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.
This was a short story and was interesting. It wasn't spectacular, but I enjoyed it.
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!
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