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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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    Benjamin mexico city, Mexico 12-10-13
    Benjamin mexico city, Mexico 12-10-13 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty?

    The wife nagging, loved the character.


    What about Ben Stiller’s performance did you like?

    yes good sold performance


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    real life is within us


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    utahmomma Utah 12-08-13
    utahmomma Utah 12-08-13 Member Since 2013

    jennjer101

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    "Ben Stiller is perfect for this story"
    Where does Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are really only two but I guess I could go out on a limb and put a vote in for the overshoes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Wow, tough one. So many to choose from. I'd have to narrow it down to the first one . . . Or the last. No, definitely the last.


    Who was the most memorable character of Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and why?

    Again, going with the underdog: overshoes.


    Any additional comments?

    Do you guys ever customize your review forms?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ki Seattle, WA 12-08-13
    Ki Seattle, WA 12-08-13
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    Ben Stiller's greatest gift is to show his depth without taking himself too seriously....it seems that when so many comedic actors decide to start being "serious", they turn mind-numbingly boring. This was a great combination of author-reader...the right blend of lightness and underlying melancholy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Belmont, Australia 12-07-13
    Kevin Belmont, Australia 12-07-13
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    "Excellent performance of a classic short story"
    Would you listen to Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty again? Why?

    Short and well read. I expect to listen to this again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I had heard of this story, but never read it. It is an entertaining and poignant depiction of an ordinary man who enjoys a series of day-dream adventures.


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

    Only as film actor. His audio reading was very skilled.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm grateful for this free audiobook from Audible. I hope the film (which must be very loosely based on this short story) is as enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 12-04-13
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 12-04-13 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "Timeless short story"

    Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com

    I was blown away when I learned that this fun short story was originally written in 1942, because the language use and the situations are timeless. Walter Mitty is a guy who gets distracted by his imagination which sometimes gets him into trouble. I can see why the movie makers wanted to make a movie out of this story, there is so much room for expansion and even more intrigue. If you are looking for a quick wholesome listen the this is for you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leissa Converse, TX, United States 01-20-14
    Leissa Converse, TX, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2005

    I LOVE audiobooks. Audible is the only way I read my favorite books.

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The story is silly. 15 minutes of a grown man playing lets pretend.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something by Robert Heinlein or Stephen King


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

    His personality.


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

    I'll wait for it to be available on cable.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cozy Reader Canada 12-12-13
    Cozy Reader Canada 12-12-13
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    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty tells the story of Walter, who is a daydreamer. He daydreams about fantastical situations where he is always the hero. His daydreams are interrupted by his wife, who seems to think he can't do anything right. This was a short audiobook (less than 15 mins) and we get just a small glance at Walter's life. His daydreams are interesting and the time we witness his life with his wife, you feel a little sad for him as she seems to think he is so incompetent.

    Despite being short I liked this story and I think it will make a powerful story, when it's released on film. Ben Stiller is a good narrator and I'm interested to see how good he will perform this story on the big screen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Knutsson Northern California 12-10-13
    K. Knutsson Northern California 12-10-13 Member Since 2007
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    "It was free."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Worth my time


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Thurber again?

    Probably not


    Any additional comments?

    The shortest book I ever downloaded, and I gave up half way!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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