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3.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 5 3.60 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Faulkner Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9780739325421
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First published in 1931, this classic psychological melodrama has been viewed as more of a social document in his tragic legend of the South than mere story. From Popeye, a moonshining racketeer with no conscience and Temple Drake, beautiful, bored and vulnerable, to Harace Benbow, a lawyer of honor and decency wishing for more in his life, and Gowan Stevens, college student with a weakness for drink, Faulkner writes of changing social values and order. A sinister cast peppered with social outcasts and perverts perform abduction, murder, and mayhem in this harsh and brutal story of sensational and motiveless evil. Students of Faulkner have found an allegorical interpretation of "Sanctuary" as a comment on the degradation of old South's social order by progressive modernism and materialistic exploitation. Popeye and his co-horts represent this hurling change that is corrupting the historic traditions of the South, symbolized by Horace Stevens, which are no longer able to protect the victimized Negro and poor white trash due to middle-class apathy and inbred violence.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 2/8/2014

    " This book was kinda up and down. Some parts were great and suspenseful - other parts were sometimes boring, and sometimes really annoying. Overall pretty enjoyable, but didn't love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melonie Hill | 2/6/2014

    " LOVED IT!!!!! From Start to Finish it keeps you hooked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail (myJunegirls) | 2/3/2014

    " Another great Nora Roberts book. Interesting story with fun characters. An "easy" read. Interesting enough that you don't want to really put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy | 1/30/2014

    " Suspensful! A very good read as always! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeannie | 1/16/2014

    " Creepy and gripping, stayed up late to finish and was a little spooked! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/16/2014

    " I love Nora Roberts, and really enjoyed this book. The only disappointment was how quickly everything ended in comparison to the rest of the book, but otherwise I highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 1/12/2014

    " The suspense builds pretty quickly which makes for interesting reading in the beginning. However, formulaic romantic couplings soon take the edge off. The ending is altogether too happy - all of the Hathaways will live happily ever after with their newly-found soul mates -- even poor 'ole Dad. A book that begins with a large amount of promising familial discord should try to end with some as well. To have it otherwise makes the reader feel slighted, as if the author doesn't trust the readers to be able to handle an ending which doesn't package up all of the sub-plots in a pretty box topped with a bright red bow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 1/5/2014

    " I loved it. It was great. Full of suspense, love, and mystery just like all of Nora's books. I loved the island setting, too. It was easy for me to paint the image in my mind being a Floridian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 12/18/2013

    " The usual lightweight fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 12/9/2013

    " One of her best in my opinion "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charli Mac | 12/2/2013

    " Suspense, passion, love, only as Nora Roberts can do it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 12/1/2013

    " Another mindless, quick and easy read by Nora Roberts. Enjoyable enough but I will quickly forget what I have read. Was surprised to find out who the killer was - didn't see it coming at all! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara | 11/28/2013

    " Boring, slow moving, unlikeable characters, unpleasant to read. You can figure out the killer really fast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachelle | 11/5/2013

    " Reminds me of her newer serial killer books... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Armstrong | 11/3/2013

    " book was enjoyable but it felt unrealistic "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 11/2/2013

    " Forgot to review this one too. I saw the movie first so that ruined some of the suspense for me. I thought it took too long to get into the mystery portion of the story. Definitely not one of my favorite Nora Roberts books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 10/29/2013

    " Not bad, even though I figured out whodunnit by page 85. It had a pretty good ensemble cast of characters that were better than the main couple. I liked the setting on one of Georgia's barrier islands. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleenoates | 10/27/2013

    " Beach reading. . . soap opera plot, a few sex scenes best described as "sex no one really has". (THanks Tina) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 9/28/2013

    " This book was Excellent! LEft me on the edge of my seat at times and I ejoyed every second reading it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 8/1/2013

    " Another "cant put it down" book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dahlia Mrd | 7/21/2013

    " Not the best of Nora's books but still a good read for Nora fans!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenelle | 4/3/2013

    " Not a lot of action. I was sort of bored with it-but the end had a good twist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria M. Elmvang | 3/29/2013

    " Trash, but good trash. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misskittykilpatrick | 10/23/2012

    " I can't believe this book has such a low average rating. This was the first Nora Roberts novel I read and I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 10/13/2012

    " I've read this one twice. I will probable read it again. I find new things each time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Els2935 | 4/23/2012

    " Really enjoyed it. Good story with enough mystery to keep the reader guessing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisha | 9/15/2011

    " I loved this story. It was a little creepy, but I loved all the complex relationships within the family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon Krone | 8/19/2011

    " The best Nora book ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish (trishie7) | 6/11/2011

    " loved it. i always enjoy NR suspense novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 4/9/2011

    " I may have rated this higher than it deserves but it's such a strange book, almost comically melodramatic in parts but then balanced by that dark and brooding consciousness that populates Faulkner's novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rafa | 3/28/2011

    " Sórdido recorrido por el lumpen de inicios de XX. A sangre fría con olor a madera podrida. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeff | 2/24/2011

    " Didn't like this one at all. Not his best work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayla | 2/20/2011

    " Very, very dark. More accessible than the Faulkner of The Sound and the Fury. But the depravity of many of the characters in this book is just as distancing as the difficult diction and sentence structure in other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 2/9/2011

    " It was my first foray into Faulkner. I liked it enough, but I definitely didn't love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hector | 1/25/2011

    " In latin there's a word, vorago, which means whirlpool, or maelstrom.
    I think that the events occured in this book are like a "vorago".
    However, despite it's apparent chaotic structure it's a very enthralling book with a violent, yet subtle order "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 12/30/2010

    " A darker, stranger book, I challenge any one to find. Yet, like all that makes us cringe while we secretly want to know more, it is a most compelling and disturbing journey. Perhaps the best thing to come out of my entire college education. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Idabel | 12/12/2010

    " Popeye and an old corn cob. Need I say more? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alisa | 12/11/2010

    " Another Faulkner favorite. So twisted and unique that one can only marvel at the mastery of his ability to shock and intrigue readers all at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darcy | 9/27/2010

    " Probably a lot more straight forward than some of his other books. Still amazingly written and contains some pretty dark material. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danna | 9/14/2010

    " Rereading after many years, in hopes of further insight and understanding... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 9/2/2010

    " Dipped a toe into Faulkner and liked it. Play on narrative form is interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Orion | 6/22/2010

    " well written wrong side of the track 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

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End.