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A powerful novel examining the nature of evil, informed by the works of T. S. Eliot and Freud, mythology, local lore, and hard-boiled detective fiction, Sanctuary is the dark, at times brutal, story of the kidnapping of Mississippi debutante Temple Drake. She introduces her own form of venality into the Memphis underworld where she is being held.
©1958 William Faulkner (P)2005 Random House, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Very Jones on 02-11-2015

Loved the reader!

Where does Sanctuary rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A memorable listening experience. I found myself rewinding and listening repeatedly to passages. The prose is so rich that with each re-listen, more details emerge.

What other book might you compare Sanctuary to and why?

I have also listened to and loved Absalom, Absalom!, The Sound and the Fury, and Light in August. I preferred Sanctuary to Light in August, but do not consider Sanctuary as brilliant as Absalom or Sound.

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

I must disagree with fellow readers who did not like Hoye's interpretations of the book's many Southern dialects. Hoye's voice sounds very similar to Faulkner's own inflections as heard in his Nobel speech. I also thought Hoye brought realism and authenticity to the range of voices in the novel which span the social classes--from the Memphis Madam, Miss Reba, to Horace Benbow's gentrified drawl, to the hillbilly twang of the bootleggers

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1 out of 5 stars
By Dana on 20-10-2010


This is another good book really poorly narrated. The half-enervated singsong of the narrator's voice seems intended to reflect the music of Faulkner's prose, but the effect is like singing Emily Dickinson's poems to the tune of The Yellow Rose of Texas - it just doesn't match the emotional tenor of the content. How do you square singsong with a text filled with words like "vicious" in the first half-hour? The effect is stilted and so distant from the actual content of the text that listening is a process of battling to filter out the narrator's voice. I gave up. This is the second $14.95 I've wasted on unlistenable narration in the last few months.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Stephen Gott on 21-01-2018

Evil Under The Sun

William Faulkner's "Sanctuary" is a novel that will shock you, through its violence and language.Even after 80 odd years this tale of murder and sex is powerful enough to disturb and lingers long in the mind.Even though it is well read by Stephen Hoye,at times it can be a difficult listen.A Greek Tragedy,set in the Deep South !

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4 out of 5 stars
By Welsh Mafia on 20-10-2008

?Evil has its logic too? ? no comfort read

Approached forward from ?As I Lay Dying? and backward from Cormac McCarthy?s ?No Country For Old Men,? nothing really prepared me for ?Sanctuary.?
Scouring the internet for reviews, the only thing I got was a hysterical liken to Tobe Hooper?s ?Texas Chainsaw Massacre? ? which is plainly nonsense. Be warned, however, there is still an ?if you dare? quality to this book which belies its 1931 publication date.
Sanctuary lies at the fountainhead of the Southern Gothic genre and, had the reviewer seen Tracey Letts? stage play ?Killer Joe? which I saw when it exploded onto London?s West End for a short controversial run in the mid 1990s, then I?m sure I?d have applauded the comparison and somewhat tempered my approach in heeding the warning.
Language and stereotyping are important weapons in a culture and it is important to assert that what passes in ?Sanctuary? reflects rather than endorses that unctuous Southern Aristocracy. The words and descriptions are all here bringing an immediate dissonance that may have you throwing down the book in disgust.
But it is the milieu familiarly of Cormac McCarthy and, perhaps - not so familiarly of John Steinbeck and, I?d suggest, Quentin Tarrantino. In fact, the narrative structure of Sanctuary and the venal central cast seems to perfectly inform Tarrantino?s filmic work.
You have to view the whole from its completion and be prepared to work hard, put your sensitivities to one side and complete the catharsis before coming out of this Grecian tragedy into the bright sunny day of the rainy 6th arrondissement of Temple Drake?s ?Paris with Daddy.?

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