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What did you love best about To Kill a Mockingbird?
Wonderful story and expertly read by Sissy Spacek. Sissy breathes true life into the characters in her reading.
What other book might you compare To Kill a Mockingbird to and why?
Nothing I have read can compare to this story in this genre, outstanding.
What about Sissy Spacek’s performance did you like?
Sissy Spacek read the novel with such a confident grasp of the narrator that it's hard to believe she is not speaking directly to you.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Don't listen to this story whilst grocery shopping, or if you do, head to the produce section and pretend the onions are getting to you and not the emotions of the story.
Any additional comments?
Why did I wait so long to hear this story, don't make my mistake. It was a great listen and a masterfully told story, five stars all round.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to To Kill a Mockingbird again? Why?
Yes, it's hard to describe except to say that I don't think I've ever enjoyed a book as much and I read a lot!
Which character – as performed by Sissy Spacek – was your favorite?
Sissy Spacek was the perfect narrator.
Any additional comments?
Buy it now!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
I think every avid reader has one particular book, or maybe even a few if they are lucky which leave an indelible mark on them. I’m talking about the books which don’t simply excite or entertain but they leave you changed in some way. Whether it is through sheer exuberance for the story or because the book carried a message that resonated with us. Either way they never leave us and I doubt it’s unusual that they are often books read during our formative years.
There are, I’m afraid, no prizes for guessing that in my case it was To Kill a Mockingbird. Read during my school years growing up in a multicultural town the central messages behind Harper Lee’s story are not revolutionary, they aren’t massively clever but they go to the core of my struggles while growing up. I am certainly not going to preach about what they are but they have been enshrined in my psyche ever since and some key phrases have often anchored me in times of difficulty. Yes, Mockingbird, was *my* book and spoke to me like few others have before or since.
What struck me as I listened to this audio version 35 years later is that those messages are as relevant and important today as they were in my youth and as they were in the time the book was set. Told through the eyes of innocence, and with no little gentle humour this is actually still not an easy book. It’s no pleasantry and it challenges the reader on the fundamental levels of humanity. I’ve often seen the book described primarily as anti-racist and while that is undoubtedly a strong theme it’s about more than that. It tackles all manner of prejudice and the kind of underlying hypocrisy that still flows through much of human society today.
Of course such a book requires a skilled and appropriate narrator. Not knowing too much about her I wouldn’t have had Sissy Spacek on my shortlist but she captures the atmosphere of the American deep South and its languid nature perfectly. She seems to empathise with the innocence and at times exuberance of the key, younger characters. In summary she does a genuinely fine job as a narrator bringing the book to life for our ears. A bad narrator would have been a crime but fortunately she passes with flying colours.
In all, a challenging book now over half a century old brought to life for our listening pleasure and consideration. This is a genuine treasure, spend it wisely.
28 of 30 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
The book and characters are bought to life in this audible edition.
What other book might you compare To Kill a Mockingbird to, and why?
In some ways it is like the book Help with the southern attitude to the African Americans.
Have you listened to any of Sissy Spacek’s other performances? How does this one compare?
This is the only book that I have listened to by Sissy and the fact that she was reading the book encouraged me to buy it. I was not let down by her performance
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I listened to most of the book and then watched the DVD with Gregory Peck and then re stared the book to catch anything I had missed
Any additional comments?
A remarkable book considering it is the only book Harper Lee wrote
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I loved this book when I was a kid, and I haven't read it for a long time, but nonetheless I though I would be revisiting i already knew. What i discovered on the other-hand was that Sissy Spacek's narration added a new dimension to the story that made me fall in love with the characters it all over again.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Most of us have read the story that takes us into the world of Scout and Jem at least once. However this Audible version brings their world to life in a way that expands our understanding of this beautifully written book. Sissy Spacek makes the characters live in our imagination as she sets the scene and controls the pace of the narrative. Her ability to understand each situation as it develops makes this Audible version an essential part of our family's listening pleasure.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful