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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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    Kevin 05-04-16
    Kevin 05-04-16 Member Since 2017

    Reading until I am ready to write.

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    "What an ending..."

    I can't comprehend how I feel emotionally about this book. I do concede it is a masterpiece. I just read The Sound And The Fury which pales in comparison to As I Lay Dying. I could probably read the former 10 times and still not have the best grasp on what is going on with the story. As for the latter, I could probably reread the story and understand it (just as I have now) but feel completely differently about it, and that is how a Southern Gothic novel should maintain its mysterious aura. It's difficult for me to say whether the ending was: a happier way to end a depressing book, an ridiculous way to end an angering book, or the other two permutations. Some gem quotes I thought were: "It takes two people to make you, and one people to die. That's how the world is going to end." Cash on being crazy and Armstid on Anse's demeanor. Also, Faulkner is the undisputed champion of stream-of-consciousness, and I've read Joyce and enough Woolf to make that assertion.

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    Amazon Customer 03-08-16
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    "DON'T READ THIS BOOK"

    The narrators did a good job reading and getting into their characters, but the story itself was not worth reading.

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    Olivia Berry 03-03-16
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    "awesome!!"

    this book is so amazing. I read it with my AP English class and it is just such an amazing story with layers of symbolism and character depth. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves American literature. it's not too long and easy to understand!

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    Sgirl 02-23-16
    Sgirl 02-23-16
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    "I had to read this for AP lit"

    Just like the header said... I don't like the book. Without the audio I would have failed every test on this book.

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    Kermit 02-11-16
    Kermit 02-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "this book was written to be read not listened to."

    i struggled to keep the story moving. the voices and times keep switching. i am sure when i listen senond time out will be different. this book is is on everyone's list of 100 greatest books of all tone.

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    Brian 01-07-16
    Brian 01-07-16
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    "Wonderful narration"

    The reader of Daryl is one of the best audio book performances I've experienced to date.

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    Deirdre 09-29-15
    Deirdre 09-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely lived Darl's Voice Actor"

    I loved this audio book. At times it was difficult to understand, but that was a matter of becoming familiar with the vernacular.

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    Robert E. Osborne 06-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story Great reading"

    If you are a fan of William Faulkner you will enjoy this…

    The reading captures the southern way of speaking in such a way that makes the surface of the Faulkner story somehow even more rich…

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    Jay Quintana 03-19-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Frustrating, annoying, but ultimately satisfying"
    What made the experience of listening to As I Lay Dying the most enjoyable?

    The ending. This was a challenge and I felt like giving up at times, but the last act was satisfying.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They sounded exactly like you'd expect the characters to sound. I'm not from the South, though, so I can't vouch for the authenticity.


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

    I got angry at times listening to this. It was hard to know what was going on. Frankly, I benefited a lot by consulting SparkNotes. I was close to throwing in the towel on this, but, well, I kinda wanted to say I've read a few Faulkners, so I kept at it. It was a good decision because the characters and the story grew on me.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to many audiobooks, this was definitely one of the more challenging ones. Had to hit the rewind button quite often.

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    BigDan 07-23-14
    BigDan 07-23-14
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    "Awesome Classic"
    If you could sum up As I Lay Dying in three words, what would they be?

    A Must Read!
    What can you say besides "Faulkner at his best". A great novel of life and love and tragedy.
    Three words cannot do it justice


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    "A stream of voices in the dry wilderness?."

    The key to this book is the disparate voices of the same family that find their way to us across the divide of time, location, culture and context. A book that is a struggle from the start - 15 different narrators in 59 chapters - but a journey that becomes easier as we are helped with the burden of unfamiliar language and strange circumstances by a great narration team. The Stream of consciousness technique was refined from its European source by Faulkner and we see its full glory here - on the trail to Jefferson, Mississippi. Not Agamemnon to Odysseus as the title suggests, but a dirt poor family in the throes of their own sad Odyssey.
    Great stuff ? a really difficult book well delivered ? it?s what makes Audible so valuable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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