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As I Lay Dying Audiobook

As I Lay Dying

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Publisher's Summary

At the heart of this 1930 novel is the Bundren family's bizarre journey to Jefferson to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Faulkner lets each family member, including Addie, and others along the way tell their private responses to Addie's life.

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What the Critics Say

"For range of effect, philosophical weight, originality of style, variety of characterization, humor, and tragic intensity, [Faulkner's works] are without equal in our time and country". (Robert Penn Warren)

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    Darryl 08-28-13
    Darryl 08-28-13 Member Since 2008
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    "good narration of a classic"

    If you're looking at Faulkner then you hopefully know what you're getting into. This, along with Unvanquished are probably good intros with this starting to get into the stream of consciousness and convoluted structures without being too much. this is a great idea to have the rotating narrators by different readers, however they should have gone a step further and used enough to cover all the voices distinctly with no repeats. there are a couple of narrators who read more than one voice/character and some voices are not as individual as they need to be, and a couple times a reader's sections come back to back and the voices run too similar, enough that i lost track of who was speaking a couple times. still a good rendition.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke FRANKLIN, IN, United States 10-21-11
    Brooke FRANKLIN, IN, United States 10-21-11
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    "maybe i'm just not smart enough for faulkner"

    this book single-handedly turned me off to anything written by faulkner.

    i was forced to read this for a college lit class and it was a complete struggle from start to finish. at the recommendation of a fellow student, i downloaded the audiobook in the hopes of understanding the story a bit more. on that note, the audio quality is fantastic and it really helps that each character has a different voice.

    as for the story: i get that faulkner was going for the whole stream of consciousness angle, but the characters were hard to follow, hard to get to know and hard to care about. having the prof lay out the storyline helped a bit and i can see how the plot could be interesting if the writing style had been set up differently. i was just unable to get beyond the surface of this book on my own. maybe it's too many years of fluffy chick lit or just a general apathy for the class i was taking and the professor who taught it, but if i never have to hear of faulkner again, it will be too soon.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lainnie San Marino, CA, USA 11-24-09
    Lainnie San Marino, CA, USA 11-24-09
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    "Have to listen to this twice"

    Once you've heard it the first time, you "get" it the second time. Very confusing to try to understand the relationship of the characters.

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    Robert F. Pope Jr. Akron, OH 11-11-17
    Robert F. Pope Jr. Akron, OH 11-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good reading!"

    I enjoyed re-reading As I Lay Dying while I listened to this production. While the voice were sometimes too kind and soft for the characters, it was a good interpretation. Faulkner wrote this book while working as a night watchman, and when I finished this listening and reading I felt I had made contact with the spirit of William Faulkner.

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    Deep 11-09-17
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    "this book is boring"

    the story is boring and confusing. I wish I never listened to it, such a waste of time

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    Anonymous 07-11-17
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    "Horrible"

    This is the most boring book I have ever read
    It's so dull through the whole boom

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    Geese Howard 03-07-17
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    "Made the narrative and story clearer"

    with different voice actors it became more clear what people are saying and how they were behaving. Being an audible book help me out a lot with this book while when I read it myself I get struck. Seriously, how is Jewel's mother a horse?!

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    Gage Crawford 03-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "phenomenal"

    loved it absolutely positively adored every single sentence. personally my favorite piece of Faulkners works.

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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 03-05-17
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 03-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "This is mostly a survey of machine learning techni"

    This classic does not really tell a story or develop characters but instead expresses ideas about life through constantly shifting stream of consciousness and inner monologs. The narration fluidly shifts from character to character and inner to outer. There are dozens of points of view and single characters represent multiple narrations. Events are non-linear and repeated from multiple perspectives.

    This is a difficult listen and the multiple readers helps, but the audible version is still harder to follow than the written work. If you haven’t read this book on paper, I wouldn’t recommend the audio and a first way to experience the material. If you have already read the book and enjoyed it, you will likely find the audible version interestingly different. If you read the book and did not understand what was going on, you might give the audible version a try.

    The four narrators were excellent, but still could quite handle the many narrator points of view as well as my inner voice when reading the print version.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shawna 03-01-17
    Shawna 03-01-17
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    "Entertaining audiobook"

    I'm not a huge fan of the fragmented storyline through multiple perspectives. Though Faulkner raises some intriguing issues and ideas with country living, coping with death and the subjectivity of personhood. The audiobook really livened up this story. Overall I enjoyed the story after I had read the whole book and could process everything that had happened.

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