A Fable

  • by William Faulkner
  • Narrated by Kevin Pariseau
  • 20 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An allegorical story of World War I set in the trenches in France and dealing ostensibly with a mutiny in a French regiment.
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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Potentiality

Admittedly, I am a huge Faulkner fan; though, Southern Literature is not my area of study, I have read most of Faulkner's novels. This was one of the gaps in his canon for me. What you have here is Faulkner at his best and his worst. You have moments when the plot and style come together to form a cohesive narrative. But you have plotting that takes turns where none are needed, becoming a book that is mainly potential. To bring the Great War into novel form was the life-long pursuit of Faulkner, which could be noted in his false claims to participation in the war. But the addition of a Chirst-like character onto the narrative leaves the novel moving in different and competing directions.
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- William M Storm

Bad Production and Direction

What did you love best about A Fable?

This is generally considered one of Faulkner's lesser works, although he took ten years writing it and said more than once it was his best. Overall, I thought the story was good. There is a very long digression that adds very little and feels like separate story embedded in this novel.


Any additional comments?

The director of this work chose to have the actor read everything in the same voice, no accents for British or French characters, no dialect or inflection for regional differences. Also, there are dozens of words mispronounced. Finally, there are some places early on where the editor//producer failed to properly edit out second takes and we hear the same line repeated.These added together nearly drove me to abandon this book early on. I persisted only because I wanted to follow the plot. If there is another version of this book in Audible I would recommend trying that first.

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- Andy Curry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-07-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios