©1958 William Faulkner; (P)2005 Random House, Inc.
This is another good book really poorly narrated. The half-enervated singsong of the narrator's voice seems intended to reflect the music of Faulkner's prose, but the effect is like singing Emily Dickinson's poems to the tune of The Yellow Rose of Texas - it just doesn't match the emotional tenor of the content. How do you square singsong with a text filled with words like "vicious" in the first half-hour? The effect is stilted and so distant from the actual content of the text that listening is a process of battling to filter out the narrator's voice. I gave up. This is the second $14.95 I've wasted on unlistenable narration in the last few months.
This narrator is absolutely destroying my love of William Faulkner.
He is possibly the worst narrator I have come across so far.
I am giving this one star because someone needs to tell this guy not to perform any female characters or characters he thinks are slow-witted.
I will be avoiding this narrator at all costs.
Not Faulkner's best by a long shot, but the book is better than the narrator allows it to be. The effect is similar to that of having a mosquito at your ear while you are trying to sleep. . . .
Audible needs to have Joe Barrett re-perform Sanctuary, Absalom and Sound and the Fury. The narration here was ineffective.
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