The Hamlet

  • by William Faulkner
  • Narrated by Joe Barrett
  • 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Hamlet, the first novel of Faulkner's Snopes trilogy, is both an ironic take on classical tragedy and a mordant commentary on the grand pretensions of the antebellum South and the depths of its decay in the aftermath of war and Reconstruction. It tells of the advent and the rise of the Snopes family in Frenchman's Bend, a small town built on the ruins of a once-stately plantation. Flem Snopes – wily, energetic, a man of shady origins – quickly comes to dominate the town and its people with his cunning and guile.
As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of William Faulkner's book, you'll also receive an exclusive Jim Atlas interview. This interview – where James Atlas interviews James Lee Burke about the life and work of William Faulkner – begins as soon as the audiobook ends.

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frustrating sentence structure

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

This is probably one of those ones that some people will love and some will hate.


What was most disappointing about William Faulkner’s story?

As much as i just cannot get enough of joe barrett's delicious voice, i still could not finish this book. Faulkner has an odd sentence structure and i found myself just getting too frustrated with hearing drawn out sentences within sentences and very lengthy descriptions which pointed out what something was not before clarifying what it was. I found it impossible to loose myself in the story. I lasted half way through this book because just listening to joe's voice is exciting in itself but unlike other audiobooks narrated by mr barrett, I cannot recall any of the story or characters at all.


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- kelly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-12-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios