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Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Carson McCullers

Narrated By: Cherry Jones

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: July 2004

Duration: 12 hours 29 minutes


When she was only twenty-three, Carson McCullers's first novel created a literary sensation. She was very special, one of America's superlative writers who conjures up a vision of existence as terrible as it is real, who takes us on shattering voyages into the depths of the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition. This novel is the work of a supreme artist, Carson McCullers's enduring masterpiece. The heroine is the strange young girl, Mick Kelly. The setting is a small Southern town, the cosmos universal and eternal. The characters are the damned, the voiceless, the rejected. Some fight their loneliness with violence and depravity, Some with sex or drink, and some -- like Mick -- with a quiet, intensely personal search for beauty.


  • Anonymous

    I listened to this entire book waiting for four storylines to connect. They never did. While the stories seemed like good starts, they never got around to making any sense as to why they were all being told together. Just as one story started to hear up, the author moved on to another character and expected us to follow some imaginary reasoning as to why we made the jump to a different story. I should have believed the other reviews about this one being boring.

  • Anonymous

    This book was the most boring thing I have ever read. There was no beginning, climax or end... it was just some monotone voice telling of pitiful people and what their thoughts are. There truly was no point or purpose. It was AWFUL... I did finish the book because the entire time I kept thinking "it MUST get better" and I'm disappointed to say, it didn't.

  • Heather

    I usually love all of Oprah's picks but this is one I've tried to read in paper and now listen to on audio and just can't get into this story.

  • Anne

    Impressive dialog for a 24 year old author. The characters were quite tiresome, though. They really don't withstand the test of time.

  • wlh2040

    This did not grab my attention at all. I listened to it all the way through, and was delighted to begin something of interest when it was over.

  • Anonymous

    This book got very boring at times. The narrator was also a bit annoying. Listened to the whole thing - but was glad to move on to a new book when it was over.

  • Rita

    This book was so good I have listened to it twice. Mick is a very sympathetic character and I was pulling for her all the way.

  • KC

    The narrator of this book is fantastic. The story is quaintly dated but universal. My family was southern but I have lived most of my life in the north and the story made me re-encounter the ingrained and mindless racism of the south in a very visceral way. Although I'd like to believe that on the eve of the inauguration of our first black president this is a picture of the past, I wonder?

  • Gibert Kennedy

    A riveting story. The reader is superb. I'm sorry I waited so long to encounter it.

  • Anonymous

    I only made it to disk 6... while the narrator did a great job, I just never became that interested in the characters lives. I know it's a very popular book and has gotten great reviews- but it didn't capture my attention.