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)
Say something about yourself!
Never read the print version.
The wife nagging, loved the character.
yes good sold performance
real life is within us
Right up there
There are really only two but I guess I could go out on a limb and put a vote in for the overshoes.
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.
Again, going with the underdog: overshoes.
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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.
Short and well read. I expect to listen to this again.
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.
Only as film actor. His audio reading was very skilled.
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.
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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.
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No. The story is silly. 15 minutes of a grown man playing lets pretend.
Something by Robert Heinlein or Stephen King
I'll wait for it to be available on cable.
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.
Worth my time
The shortest book I ever downloaded, and I gave up half way!
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