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Publisher's Summary

In this brilliant, multi-layered novel, a young Southerner, Stingo, wants to become a writer. In Brooklyn, he meets Nathan, a brilliant Jewish intellectual involved in a turbulent love-hate affair with Sophie, a beautiful Polish woman. She has a terrible wound in her past, one that impels both Sophie and Nathan toward destruction.
©1982 William Styron; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"No reader of Sophie's Choice can doubt that Styron has put immense energy into trying to understand and deal justly with the evils in American history and the European Holocaust, to say nothing of the evil (as well as the good) in his characters....Scene after scene comes back now, long after I last read the book, with astonishing vividness - perhaps the most obvious mark of a masterpiece." (John Gardner)

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THIS IS ABRIDGED

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

shame on me for not noticing it was abridged before I purchased. I don't understand why they would abridge any book. you miss so much including what the authors intent was for the reader.<br/>there were so beautiful lines in it and it was a powerful story (the small part I heard!)<br/>the narrator had a great voice

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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ABRIDGING IS A CRIME

Would you try another book from William Styron and/or Norman Snow?

Yes

What could William Styron have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

no

Which character – as performed by Norman Snow – was your favorite?

stingo

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

i loved the book. the editing was a crime

Any additional comments?

To abridge a book of this quality and magnitude is a crime against literature.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Abridged Version

This is a scam. Don't waste your time with it. It doesn't state that it is an abridged version of the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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so-so

Sound was great, loved the reader. Love anything having to do with the Holocaust, and had always heard what a fantastic novel this was. Perhaps, it would have been better had this been an unabridged version. I could never understand why the protagonist was attracted to this dysfunctional woman. This version failed to help me sympathize with Sophie. It was just so-so

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Not the full book

This was a abridged version of the book - condensed in to 3 chapters. Very disapointed because I wanted the full book.

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  • Ilse
  • Grembergen, Belgium
  • 05-13-12

Finally got to this classic!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes I would, because this way, it's easy to make sure you have read one of the classics.

Was Sophie's Choice worth the listening time?

Yes it was.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

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50 Shades of Grey-with Nazis

What would have made Sophie's Choice better?

Zombies. I had always heard about what a great classic this is but I don't get it.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald-just to get the icky taste out of my brain.

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

His characters are distinct and he conveys the full range of their emotions.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I learned the signs and symptoms of anemia. Great news-I don't have it.<br/>

Any additional comments?

I imagine this is what we'd get if Ernest Hemmingway had decided to write the screenplay for a pornographic movie.

1 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Alex
  • 01-22-15

Sad and funny

What a horrible choice to have to make. Heart rending. It's horrible what people can do to other people for a stupid philosophy.

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  • MISS R. SUR
  • 06-26-17

Powerful

My first audiobook but really was impressed. The novel is sad, but grips you straight away.