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Publisher's Summary

Carson McCullers was all of 23 when she published her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. She became an overnight literary sensation, and soon such authors as Tennessee Williams were calling her "the greatest prose writer that the South [has] produced." The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter tells an unforgettable tale of moral isolation in a small southern mill town in the 1930s.Richard Wright was astonished by McCullers's ability "to rise above the pressures of her environment and embrace white and black humanity in one sweep of apprehension and tenderness." Hers is a humanity that touches all who come to her work, whether for the first time or, as so many do, time and time again. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter is Carson McCullers at her most compassionate, most enduring best.
©1940, 1967 Carson Smith McCullers; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers
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Audie Award Finalist, Classics, 2005
"A remarkable book...[McCullers writes] with a sweep and certainty that are overwhelming." (The New York Times)
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By Michael on 03-15-15

Beautiful Prose and Perfect Narration

This is a much overlooked classic with excellent prose and deeply interesting characters. There is little external story, instead the internal stories of the characters, all misfits, all dreamers, all lovers, are juxtaposed and explored. The narration is perfect with superb pacing, expressing each characters’ internal dialogs distinctly and with emotion.

I loved this book, and particularly liked this audible addition. I finished it in one day, and will happy listen to this again.

Some of the reviews describe this as book as depressing. The book demonstrates the essential importance of not allowing your dreams to slip away, thus I found it uplifting, in its own way.

This book is not for everyone as there is virtually no action or story.

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22 of 23 people found this review helpful


By Connie on 06-26-06

Cherry Jones - 10

Wow, Cherry Jones really made this so much more interesting than the story itself. I've always bought Broadway tickets if her name was on the marquee, now I will look for any other Audio Books that she has narrated. Great, great, job.

As far as the book goes -- I am truly impressed that a twenty-three year old could write such character detail.

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22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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By Dr.A.P.Berlin on 07-03-16

One of the best books of 20th C - beats mocking bird

Book is beautiful- not just extraordinary as with by a woman in her early twenties - but prescient in issue of race relations and moving beyond words. The central character of the mute Singer and the theme of projections is masterly

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By Helen on 05-04-10

A classic

I read this because it's one of those books that is on so many 'all time great classics' lists and I wasn't disappointed.
A fascinating look at race and how it plays out in everyday life in the life of one young girl.

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4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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By Gabrielle on 10-02-17

Brilliant story, brilliantly told

I loved this and will listen again. A story about the human condition, class, race, politics wrapped in a perfect tale of individual lives.

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By Rebecca on 08-09-17

long and boring

I can't say I enjoyed this audio and at times it just became my background noise without feeling I was missing much.

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