The Member of the Wedding

  • by Carson McCullers
  • Narrated by Susan Sarandon
  • 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The best way to experience this classic of the American South is by joining five-time Academy Award nominee and Best Actress winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Thelma & Louise) as she guides the listener on a journey through the anguish of adolescence and isolation.
"Rarely has emotional turbulence been so delicately conveyed," said The New York Times of Carson McCullers' sensitive portrayal of Frankie Addams, a disconnected 12-year-old whose only friends are her family’s maid and a six-year-old cousin. Desperate to be part of something big, she takes an overlarge interest in her brother’s wedding and dreams of following the couple on their honeymoon to the Alaskan wilderness. But as Frankie crosses into adulthood, she experiences the fantasy-shattering disillusionment that must come with it. This is a story for anybody who’s ever felt like an outsider and a natural fit for Ms. Sarandon, a master at creating authentic, sympathetic characters.


What the Critics Say

"Sarandon uses her voice well to convey all the emotions of a troubled girl who is searching for a place to belong." (Audiofile)


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It's a Classic People

Would you listen to The Member of the Wedding again? Why?

Yes. Read this book in college and all of Carson McCullers' books. She writes haunting prose and creates real, raw characters who pull you into their loneliness. Susan Sarandon was a great choice (although I didn't care for her Bernice voice). I can't help but laugh at those who wrote it was slow and boring. It's a beautifully written work of art with myriad layers. It's obviously not for your typical beach reader. I enjoyed this book for the third time and it was a great way for my 13 year old to "read" a classic. Highly recommend. Would give anything to write as well as McCullers.

What did you like best about this story?

Frankie's painful maturation, John Henry's innocence, and Bernice's wisdom

Which scene was your favorite?

It's such a simple scene, but I like when when Frankie gives in and collapses on Bernice after dinner, before she goes back to town. You know she's not ready to let go and the compassion and realization is told so simply and beautifuly in that moment with few words. Breaks my heart and makes me want to hug my Mom and never let go.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end of the story always makes me shed a tear for the loss of innocence.

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- FanB14

Growing Up

Would you consider the audio edition of The Member of the Wedding to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed it. I think the audio version is the better choice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There aren't very many characters in this story. Frankie is the main character and the most interesting, most fleshed-out.

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

I really like her voice and her southern drawl.

If you could take any character from The Member of the Wedding out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Frankie's father.

Any additional comments?


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- JanBreesmom

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-08-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios