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The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Carson Mc Cullers

Narrated By: Cherry Jones

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: July 2004

Duration: 12 hours 29 minutes

Summary:

Carson McCullers was all of twenty-three 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.' Available now for the first time on audio from Caedmon and HarperAudio, 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.
Performed by Cherry Jones

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  • 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.