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Publisher's Summary

The best way to experience this classic of the American South is by joining five-time Academy Award nominee and Best Actress winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Thelma & Louise) as she guides the listener on a journey through the anguish of adolescence and isolation.

"Rarely has emotional turbulence been so delicately conveyed," said The New York Times of Carson McCullers' sensitive portrayal of Frankie Addams, a disconnected 12-year-old whose only friends are her family’s maid and a six-year-old cousin. Desperate to be part of something big, she takes an overlarge interest in her brother’s wedding and dreams of following the couple on their honeymoon to the Alaskan wilderness. But as Frankie crosses into adulthood, she experiences the fantasy-shattering disillusionment that must come with it. This is a story for anybody who’s ever felt like an outsider and a natural fit for Ms. Sarandon, a master at creating authentic, sympathetic characters.

The Member of the Wedding is part of Audible’s A-List Collection, featuring the world’s most celebrated actors narrating distinguished works of literature that each star had a hand in selecting. For more great books performed by Hollywood’s finest, click here.

©1946 Carson McCullers (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Sarandon uses her voice well to convey all the emotions of a troubled girl who is searching for a place to belong." (Audiofile)

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It's a Classic People

Would you listen to The Member of the Wedding again? Why?

Yes. Read this book in college and all of Carson McCullers' books. She writes haunting prose and creates real, raw characters who pull you into their loneliness. Susan Sarandon was a great choice (although I didn't care for her Bernice voice). I can't help but laugh at those who wrote it was slow and boring. It's a beautifully written work of art with myriad layers. It's obviously not for your typical beach reader. I enjoyed this book for the third time and it was a great way for my 13 year old to "read" a classic. Highly recommend. Would give anything to write as well as McCullers.

What did you like best about this story?

Frankie's painful maturation, John Henry's innocence, and Bernice's wisdom

Which scene was your favorite?

It's such a simple scene, but I like when when Frankie gives in and collapses on Bernice after dinner, before she goes back to town. You know she's not ready to let go and the compassion and realization is told so simply and beautifuly in that moment with few words. Breaks my heart and makes me want to hug my Mom and never let go.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end of the story always makes me shed a tear for the loss of innocence.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Growing Up

Would you consider the audio edition of The Member of the Wedding to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed it. I think the audio version is the better choice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There aren't very many characters in this story. Frankie is the main character and the most interesting, most fleshed-out.

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

I really like her voice and her southern drawl.

If you could take any character from The Member of the Wedding out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Frankie's father.

Any additional comments?

No.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • sam
  • Riverside, RI, United States
  • 04-16-12

One of my favorite books

What made the experience of listening to The Member of the Wedding the most enjoyable?

This has long been a favorite book of mine and since I have read it several times, it probably would not have been one I would have downloaded but I so love Susan Sarandon I could not resist. She did not disappoint and did a wonderful job speaking in the mind of young Frankie Adams. I would certainly recommend this title to anyone.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Kelly
  • SPRINGFIELD, TENNESSEE, United States
  • 08-28-14

Sweet story about a girl in love with a wedding

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Just hearing Susan Sarandon's wonderful narration is worth it, but the story is lovely and interesting, with great characters. It's one of those audiobooks that you want to listen to on a warm sunny day, lying on a blanket, or staring out of the window. Almost like a girl's version of Huckleberry Finn - in an odd way!

What other book might you compare The Member of the Wedding to and why?

It reminds me of The Harp in the South by Australian author Ruth Park, which portrays a poor Catholic family during the Depression. The main character is a girl also growing up too quickly.

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

No I haven't but I'd listen to anything she does

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

Laughed a lot and was worried about the incident with the soldier!

Any additional comments?

I loved Berenice and John Henry more than Frankie! Great characters!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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engaging coming of age story

Would you listen to The Member of the Wedding again? Why?

No. It was good, but this 60-something listener only needs to hear it once.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the interaction of the characters who were very likeable and the interesting storyline.

Which scene was your favorite?

no favorites

Any additional comments?

no

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Actresses are not necessarily good narrators

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I purchased this book thinking that I would really enjoy it since Susan Sarandon was reading it. I was disappointed. I did not feel that she brought the characters to life, and since I recognized her voice throughout, it even took away from the experience.

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Sarandon really brings the story to life

I really enjoyed Sarandon's reading. Her ability to slightly change her voice for different characters really brings the book to life.

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Sarandon Hits a Home Run

Where does The Member of the Wedding rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is in the top 10 of the audiobooks I've listened to over the past 3 years.

What did you like best about this story?

Charming story filled with eccentrics. Rich character development.

Which character – as performed by Susan Sarandon – was your favorite?

F. Jasmine Adams.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The best moments were when the three characters interact. They are so real.

Any additional comments?

Susan Sarandon does an exquisite job making the book's three main characters, who are very different from one another, come to life.

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One of my favorite books of all time

Would you listen to The Member of the Wedding again? Why?

I have read the book at least four times, written reports on it, and mentioned it with several interviewers who have asked about my personal favorites. Susan Sarandon lends it an entirely new dimension.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Frankie [F. Jasmine] Adams is truly one of the most indelible characters in modern literature. Susan somehow becomes a 12-year-old girl when she's reading Frankie's dialogue.

Which scene was your favorite?

Any scene with Berenice, John Henry, and Frankie together talking about dreams, hopes, and expectations.

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

A lonely girl learns how to become 'the we of me'.

Any additional comments?

This is one of Susan Sarandon's great performances in any medium. It gave me six hours of pure pleasure. I love this new series by great actors. Next for me is 'The Sheltering Sky.'

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Imagine Susan Sarandon Reading to Me!!

What a treat to hear that wonderful voice reading this classic. She gives the main character all the spunk that McCullers created and she pulls our emotions into the story to care about what happens to the girl. (Okay, it takes a few minutes to forget the sultry actress, but she soon does make you hear the girl.)

The richness of this book commonly referred to as a "coming of age novel" is that it is about so much more than sex. In fact, it is about the experience of loss, loss of dreams, of naive acceptance and of people, which, I believe, matures us far more radically than lust or even love. Central to the plot is the girl's belief that she will be leaving her small community with her brother and his wife right after the wedding. This fantasy colors all her experiences and touches the listener's heart.

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