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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,255 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Faulkner Narrator: J. Paul Boehmer, Scott Brick, Marc Cashman, Susan Denaker, Paul Michael, Arthur Morey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN: 9780739325407
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“I’m a failed poet. Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can’t, and then tries the short story, which is the most demanding form after poetry. And failing that, only then does he take up novel writing.”—William Faulkner

Forty-two stories make up this magisterial collection by the writer who stands at the pinnacle of modern American fiction. Compressing an epic expanse of vision into hard and wounding narratives, Faulkner’s stories evoke the intimate textures of place, the deep strata of history and legend, and all the fear, brutality, and tenderness of the human condition. These tales are set not only in Yoknapatawpha County but in Beverly Hills and in France during World War I. They are populated by such characters as the Faulknerian archetypes Flem Snopes and Quentin Compson, as well as by ordinary men and women who emerge so sharply and indelibly in these pages that they dwarf the protagonists of most novels.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angela Bain | 2/15/2014

    " Not one of my favorite books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin p. | 2/13/2014

    " Five stars...who would have thought? I would have, and that's why I borrowed the book from the library. It's William Faulkner. If you've not read him, get him. If you've got him, read him. If you've read him, good. Now read him again and go to bed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Stewart | 2/10/2014

    " I would say that 85 percent of these stories were great. Some of them should have been made into movies, for instance, Uncle Willy. While many of the stories have racist language, I think this could adjusted for if a movie version was all black in some cases. Obviously, where the theme is racism, that wouldn't be possible. I have read that the Coen Brothers are inspired by Faulkner. They should make Centaur in Brass into a movie or a part of a movie. It could be right up there with O Brother! Where Art Thou? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea | 2/9/2014

    " Before this, I knew only Faulkner's novels. He will probably always be known for the novels but these stories are outstanding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 1/22/2014

    " Though not every story in the collection deserves 5 stars, (unlike, say, every single story of Flannery O'Connor's) a fair percentage of them deserve the rating. Taken as a body of work though--and combined with those novels taking place in Yoknapatawpha County. . . I suppose it's just that these stories capture an essential piece of America. The language is breathtaking as always. Man-o-man. Go read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fedaykin | 1/18/2014

    " Very solid with only a few 'filler' I dind't enjoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex Smith | 1/6/2014

    " As uneven as it is comprehensive and disarming. Here is Faulkner in a giant sandbox. Excellent for the enthusiast. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dirk | 1/6/2014

    " Assigned in 11th grade. only some of the stories were required. Every story is great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louis | 1/3/2014

    " I love everything by Faulkner, but I've always had a special fondness for his short stories. In this massive volume, more than half the stories are worth the price of the book by themselves. Divided into general themes, if you're interested in Faulkner but don't know where to start, here is an excellent place to become familiar with perhaps the greatest of American authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenny Chaffin | 1/1/2014

    " What an incredible writer! I'm ashamed to say I'm only now (after almost 60 years) reading most of these stories. Just finished Two Soldiers and Shall Not Perish.....OMG!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 12/11/2013

    " I haven't read all of these stories, but one in particular is worth a mention. A Rose for Emily is not only creepy it is well-written. Another gem from the South. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 12/6/2013

    " I started it, but didn't finish. I like happy stories and the ones I read were pretty depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerry | 12/5/2013

    " A collection of really good short stories about the rural south and race relations from diffrent times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 10/31/2013

    " I need to be in the right frame of mind to read a Faulkner novel but can always find the right mood for one of the shorter stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 9/13/2013

    " It took me a few months but I finally finished it. Too much Faulkner at once will drive a person to drink... probably bourbon "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B | 8/9/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed each of these stories. They transcend the period in which they were written and are well composed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karlton | 8/1/2013

    " Started in 2008, I've been dipping into it ever since. The widely anthologized stories ("Barn Burning", "A Rose for Emily") are here and they're read for a reason. My favorite story is the hilarious "Shingles for the Lord". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delway Burton | 12/4/2012

    " The Bear remains as one of the shining stars of American fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 12/1/2012

    " Faulkner. Damn. It's almost not fair. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica Perez | 11/6/2012

    " Faulkner is worth the extra effort. Give me Faulkner over Hemingway and Fitzgerald any day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 4/6/2012

    " The most powerful collection of short stories I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Willyf22 | 10/7/2011

    " Read parts of it. I particularly enjoyed "Two Soldiers" and "Shall Not Perish". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meagan | 7/18/2011

    " I love Faulkner's stories. It is rough feeling at times, but I think he did an excellent job with human nature and characterization. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 4/6/2011

    " I started it, but didn't finish. I like happy stories and the ones I read were pretty depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly Interlandi | 4/6/2011

    " I still haven't decided what makes Faulkner's short stories so inferior to his novels. And I usually prefer short stories. How odd. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 6/16/2010

    " So depressing-so bleak-so glad I don't live in a time when everything was so hard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fedaykin | 2/6/2010

    " Very solid with only a few 'filler' I dind't enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 8/24/2009

    " It took me a few months but I finally finished it. Too much Faulkner at once will drive a person to drink... probably bourbon "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dirk | 6/21/2009

    " Assigned in 11th grade. only some of the stories were required. Every story is great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Willyf22 | 5/9/2009

    " Read parts of it. I particularly enjoyed "Two Soldiers" and "Shall Not Perish". "

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About the Author
Author William Faulkner

William Faulkner (1897–1962)  was a Nobel Prize–winning American novelist and short story writer. One of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, his reputation is based mostly on his novels, novellas, and short stories, but he was also a published poet and an occasional screenwriter. The majority of his works are based in his native state of Mississippi. Though his work was published as early as 1919, and largely during the 1920s and 1930s, Faulkner was relatively unknown until receiving the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature, “for his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel.” He has often been cited as one of the most important writers in the history of American literature. In 1962, he was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction.

About the Narrators

J. Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. His audiobook narrations have garnered nine AudioFile Earphones Awards and two prestigious Audie Awards for Best Narration.

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.

Marc Cashman is a three-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audiobook narration. His voice has also been heard locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on radio, television, film, documentaries, radio plays, and video games.

Susan Denaker is an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her extensive theater credits include numerous plays in the West End of London, national tours, many English rep companies, including a season with Alan Ayckbourn’s company in Scarborough. In the US, she has appeared in Our Town and Sweet Bird of Youth at the La Jolla Playhouse and Breaking Legs at the Westport Playhouse.

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code.

Arthur Morey graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.