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Being There Audiobook

Being There

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Best Solo Narration, 2013

Jerzy Kosinski’s clever parable of a naive man thrust into the modern world is more pointed now than ever. Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man, The Graduate), perhaps best known for his portrayals of vulnerable characters and antiheroes, gives an understated and exemplary performance of this satiric look at the unreality of American media culture.

Chance, the enigmatic gardener, becomes Chauncey Gardiner after getting hit by a limo belonging to a Wall Street tycoon. The whirlwind that follows brings Chance to his new status of political policy advisor and possible vice presidential candidate. His garden-variety political responses, inspired by television, become heralded as visionary, and he is soon a media icon due to his unknown background and vague, yet appealing, conversational nature. Being There was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film, starring Peter Sellers as Chance, in 1979.

Being There is part of Audible’s A-List Collection, featuring the world’s most celebrated actors narrating distinguished works of literature that each star helped select. For more great books performed by Hollywood’s finest, click here.

©1971 Jerzy Kosinski (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    William Auburn, AL 02-20-17
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    "Unique captivating story"

    A very enjoyable listen that was apolitical but points off the assumptions that are made without the benefits of facts every day. If you want pure entertainment, Dustin Hoffman delivers but I couldn't help seeing pictures of "Rainman" frequently.

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    Herb 02-10-17
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    "entertaining and somewhat thought provoking"

    It was a good short book. Interesting considering how plausible it would be in real life. The ending, while vivid, was too abrupt.

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    Simon Grinberg 02-09-17
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    "Kinda of a weird book, but all and all interesting"

    The performance is great, the book itself was an interesting outlook on society, if you like modern books it's a good one.

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    Dedrea RUCKERSVILLE, VA, United States 01-13-17
    Dedrea RUCKERSVILLE, VA, United States 01-13-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Great political satire"

    One of my all time favorites. Dustin Hoffman did a nice job. Perfect for 2017!

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    "Pretty amazing short story."

    I'd seen this movie quite a long time ago and loved Peter Sellers performance. I took a chance on listening to this sort story that the movie was based on and was very pleased with the story. Dustin Hoffman's performance was excellent and kept me entertained throughout the story.

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    "delightful short story"

    A Forest Gump type character written before Gump in a story read by Dustin Hoffman. How bad could it be? It was delightful to listen to. My only discomfort was because I'm not used to short stories which often flit into and out of the character's life abruptly. The ending fades without a wrappings up of all the curiosities brought forth. Alas. As a frolic it's a pleasant read.

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    Russell Bernard Salt Lake City, Utah United States 12-26-16
    Russell Bernard Salt Lake City, Utah United States 12-26-16 Member Since 2014

    Avid Listener of books at 1-1/2 times the normal speed. Trying to make up for all those boring high school teachers that could not reach me.

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    "We should all be gardeners!"

    Great narration to an interesting premiss, maybe we should all be so simple to solve our challenges.

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    "great story. surprisingly on target in our times."

    surprisingly in target for our times. great narration. insightful with regard to the importance of media on politicians.

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    brillig108 11-07-16
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    "Don't Listen While Driving"

    My title for the review is a bit of a joke and probably applies only to me. I found this listen very good for dozing off.

    Like almost everyone else, I adore and respect the actor Dustin Hoffman. Here, though, he (or the director) made what seemed to me an odd choice. He read the entire book as one would a gentle fairytale. I understand the choice for this particular tale, but I don't agree with it. In an adult book of this length with mature scenes, it didn't work. I wished for variation in the tone.

    It's not a particularly gripping story anyway, and my mind wandered. Hoffman's beautiful voice remained soothing and gentle throughout, no matter the scene.

    Very very relaxing, perfect for a bedtime story.

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    "A Simple Pleasure"

    This little story is very simple and light. Refreshing, yet sad. No drama or murder, just innocence. It is an amazing listen, no doubt due to the fantastic narrator, Dustin Hoffman. I am not sure if I would qualify this story as funny. It is not humorous that someone exists, but doesn't according to our measures of existence in society. Unfortunately, I suspect that there are definitely others in our world who are exactly like Chance...those who are educated by only watching television with no interaction with the outside world. However, when placed in certain situations, some things should come natural, physiologically, if you know what I mean. Don't want to be a spoiler.

    Chance is also very cunning and intelligent. He did appreciate kindness and took advantage of every opportunity that would benefit him. He spoke very plain and direct. It is also interesting that the people with whom he later came into contact only wanted to hear what they they wanted to hear. They were the ones who put meaning into what he said by interpreting his words according to their needs. Chance allowed this to happen.

    This is a wonderful short story full of wonderment and surprises. Enjoy

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