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3.0009328358209 out of 53.0009328358209 out of 53.0009328358209 out of 53.0009328358209 out of 53.0009328358209 out of 5 3.00 (2,144 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Faulkner Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN: 9780739325391
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Set in the deep south that provided the backdrop for all of Faulkner's finest fiction, Intruder in the Dust is the novel that marks the final phase of its author's outstanding creative period. The chronicle of an elderly black farmer arrested for the murder of a white man and under threat from the lynch mob is a characteristically Faulknerian tale of dark omen, its sole ray of hope the character of the young white boy who repays an old favour by proving the innocence of the man who saved him from drowning in an icy creek.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 4/19/2016

    " The performance of this Faulkner is great. I always love Faulkner and I loved this performance of Intruder in the dust. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 2/20/2014

    " Kind of like the Young Adult Faulkner (if there can, indeed, be such a category). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaun Moon | 2/4/2014

    " Absolutely awe inspiring. Even though at times the author's voice is too obvious and professorial, the language is stunning and the tale is truly captivating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 1/26/2014

    " Not his best work. Atthis point he's slipping, or mailing it in. Whatever the case, the magic is gone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/24/2014

    " Ultimately this book is part detective story and part apologia for Southern slowness in rectifying Jim Crow and racism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 1/18/2014

    " Not the most complex of Faulkner's novels by a long shot, but a very good mystery story with interesting characters. It draws heavily on the racial hierachy of Missississippi as it was to reinforce a strong sense of injustice in the struggle to establish the innocence of a Black man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 1/17/2014

    " Intruder in the Dust is my favorite book. Everyone should read it. Willam Faulkner is the best American storyteller ever, and this book contains fantastic insights on race, gender, age, people, etc., in addition to just being a great story. Seriously, read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary | 1/6/2014

    " didn't love it as much as some of his others, but enjoyed it a lot, a nice compliment to Go Down Moses, love how his books play off each other and people and places reappear or make cameos "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miles | 12/5/2013

    " Everyone should read this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/21/2013

    " I read this book in high school and did a book report on it. I remember being daunted by Faulkner's writing style... not sure I would feel any differently if I read it today. I have read other Faulkner books and found them tough to plow through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 11/15/2013

    " Well you can't say I haven't tried. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Ryburn | 11/3/2013

    " i read this to tutor some students in a friend's class. good stuff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sterlingcindysu | 10/28/2013

    " Set in the late '40's in Mississippi, 16 year old Chuck Mallison (the narrator) is involved with clearing a black man of "red-handed" murder, while his uncle, the town's attorney, tries to save him from lynching. Much discussion of racism, Civil War, Southern life. Very difficult to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 10/27/2013

    " Doesn't quite hold up over the decades, but a groundbreaking novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexander | 10/17/2013

    " Too slow. The stream of consciousness is particularly difficult to follow in this novel. Frustrating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marc | 3/7/2013

    " Faulkner is brilliant. He is a great writer. But he's not for me. I can't get beyond the mile-long, meandering sentences that go back and forth in time. Maybe I'm lazy, but I can't stay with it page after page after page. And this has been billed as one of Faulkner's most "accessible" novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Graceann | 12/27/2012

    " I gave it my best shot, but Faulkner just isn't for me. Who can go all those pages without ever indulging in the use of a period? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Christian | 11/27/2012

    " One can't help but wonder if Harper Lee read this before writing To Kill a Mockingbird. A very similar story with an added touch of macabre humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren G-B | 11/2/2012

    " The writing was incredible; no one writes like Faulkner does, but the style, however, was a little overwhelming. If you are looking for an excellent book with a tight plot, Intruder in the Dust is just that type of book. It's fascinating seeing where Faulkner takes his reader. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonna | 7/23/2012

    " I read this in high school and had such a hard time with the stream of consciousness style that i could not wait for the book to end. I think that now, as an adult, I should re-read it. I think I would appreciate Faulkner's talent more.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 2/8/2012

    " 4.5 stars, only because it's so hard to top The Sound and the Fury or As I Lay Dying. Still a great read from an incredible writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick | 10/1/2011

    " What an intriguing novel! Faulkner's stream of consciousness does it again. It's a "must read" in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phillip | 9/16/2011

    " i read this one after reading a long string of faulkner and i think i was burned out on him at the time. i probably owe the book another reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawna | 8/29/2011

    " Introduction to Faulkner. Desperately need to reread. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steph Post | 6/5/2011

    " I love Faulkner, but this one was a real challenge. I found this book even more difficult than 'The Hamlet.' However, as it was Faulkner, it was definitly worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josefien | 4/22/2011

    " Beautiful though not easy to read, tightly written. Proud black man in southern america is accused of having shot a man. Persuades young white boy to dig up the body in order to prove his innocence. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenette | 1/28/2011

    " I probably shouldn't really claim that I "read" it. I read the first half...and then I was done. I'm not a mature enough reader yet for Faulkner. I'll try again someday. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beth | 12/28/2010

    " I couldn't even finish. The book was very difficult for me to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 10/4/2010

    " I read this book in high school and did a book report on it. I remember being daunted by Faulkner's writing style... not sure I would feel any differently if I read it today. I have read other Faulkner books and found them tough to plow through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 8/14/2010

    " This was an entertaining story that meandered a bit at times. It provides a nice counterpoint to Faulkner's family sagas and fleshes out the world of Yoknapatawpha County. Not totally successful as a mystery and not the author's finest work, it is still worth the effort of reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jbsfaculty | 7/6/2010

    " An African American man is incorrectly accused of murder, jailed, and eventually set free because two white teenagers and an old woman dig up the body clandestanely. Good story, but parts of it get a little preachy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Madam | 6/11/2010

    " One of the worst books I've ever read. Someone should have introduced Faulkner to the concept of punctuation marks. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 5/1/2010

    " Not his best work. Atthis point he's slipping, or mailing it in. Whatever the case, the magic is gone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Ryburn | 4/6/2010

    " i read this to tutor some students in a friend's class. good stuff. "

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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 Narrator

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.