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Publisher's Summary

First published in 1929, Faulkner created his "heart's darling", the beautiful and tragic Caddy Compson, whose story Faulkner told through separate monologues by her three brothers: the idiot Benjy, the neurotic suicidal Quentin, and the monstrous Jason.
(P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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The emperor has no clothes!

Largely incoherent, with the exception of the occasional well-crafted vignette. Don’t waste your time.

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The Trial and the Tribulation

Faulkner makes it very hard to love him. Though he can string together some of the most beautiful prose, his story telling in this tale is frustrating even though that is much by design. Virtually none of these characters are likeable or endearing.

Rather, much of it is about enduring the jolts and fits of the non-linear nature of Benjy, the naivety and preachiness of Quentin and the god awful repulsiveness of Jason who dominate most of the narrative.

Sadly, all of the female characters are weak, pathetic and/or wayward perhaps in response to the patriarchy of both the father and Jason who seem to take out their family decline on the women and blacks who have catered to the Compson family for generations with little respect or appreciation.

I am sure Faulkner wanted to cast the family with a sympathetic eye, having been in a steady decline since the end of the Civil War. But it is hard considering their racist dismissiveness of Jews, blacks and Yankees.

This novel met two of my criteria, having been included in the list of the 100 best novels and Faulkner's awarding of the 1949 Nobel for Literature. There is no doubting his talent, no matter how trying he may be to read.

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Difficult to keep track of character lines....but still worth the listen

The nature of this book requires multiple narrator voices to follow the storyline....will do a quick digital read to absorb and fully appreciate this great piece of literature.

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Confusing but Interesting

This book was a bit difficult to read, but worth every minute of your time.

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Excellent reading!

Grover Gardner has done a wonderful job rendering the text of a book I have read so many times I have lost count.

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Audiobook unbearable if your first time...

This was my first reading of the classic novel. I found it unbearable... Could not listen for more than ten minutes at a time. I couldn't follow the stream of consciousness writing style, and that drove me to distraction. I kept looking up details online to be sure I understood what was going on. Halfway into chapter two, I gave up. Will read in print some day.

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just terrible!

What would have made The Sound and the Fury better?

i do not think you should be selling this audiobook, the it's almost impossible to follow the story and characters, the southern accent used is incomprehensible, actually i could not continue listening after trying very hard for the first hour or so. i would return it if i had the choice, i lost my money by buying such atrocious audio book. First audio book i stopped listening to after a collection of over 50 audio books i have listened to.

Would you ever listen to anything by William Faulkner again?

no

Would you be willing to try another one of Grover Gardner’s performances?

no

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

i could not finish it

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Loved it!

The narrator did a great job with all the different character voices really helped me to understand the narrative.

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Confusing As An Audiobook

Because of the way the book is written the first two chapters jump from scene to scene and time period to time period with no warning. This made it impossible To follow the story at those points. The narrator also was not great at distinguishing between all of the characters voice wise which I understand is hard to do but still added to the confusion.

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Not for me.

This book was just not my thing. The characters were interesting but I did not like this book. It had some interesting characters but I was not a fan of this writing style.