The Sound and the Fury

Version: Unabridged
Author: William Faulkner
Narrator: Grover Gardner
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Classics
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: July 2005
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours
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The Sound and the Fury is the tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant. Their lives fragmented and harrowed by history and legacy, the character’s voices and actions mesh to create what is arguably Faulkner’s masterpiece and  one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

“I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire. . . . I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all of your breath trying to conquer it. Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.” —from The Sound and the Fury

Reviews (16)


Written by Nick L. on March 9th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

the narration was stellar. of course, with such shifting stream of conscious, it’s helpful to have the text too if the writing is unfamiliar. that said, i can’t imagine a better reading. i loved it.

Better in print

Written by Kathy on April 10th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I believe some other reviewer has already said this, but I'll re-state it: some books are just meant to be read not listened to, and this is one of them. I believe Faulkner used clues (like italics) in the writing to show time shifts, etc. However, you can't "hear" italics so it makes this very confusing to listen to.

Confused 1st time, loved it 2nd time

Written by nittany1979 on April 27th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I was totally lost through the first 2 sections of this book. The characters and their thought patterns jumped from flashbacks and present time so quickly, it was hard to follow. I then started to really like it in the last 2 sections, and now that the characters were established, I listened to it again. The second time through was much easier to follow as I had a feel for the characters and their backgrounds. Very good book, didn't think I would like it, but give it a shot and listen to it twice. Narrator was AWESOME!!!!

Don't bother

Written by Anonymous on August 23rd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I finished the first cd, but could finish the second. It was very slow, and quite confusing.

The Sound and the Fury

Written by Anonymous on May 30th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The tragedy of the Sound and the Fury lies not with, Candice, whose scarlet lifestyle is the family shame. The true tragedy is of a family so afraid to live that they are dying. Benji, although mentally diminished, realized that the only life in the household was Caddie and her daughter. When they escaped to freedom, he mourned their leaving. They represented life (trees,) while the remaining family represented death. Benji's "grave" was his simplistic way of grieving for the loss of the living.

Fury is a good way to put it.

Written by Regan Waller on May 28th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This book may be a classic, but some books are better read than heard. I strongly advise reading this book in lieu of listening to it. It was a bit too hard to follow while driving through traffic especially given that the narrarator was horrible.


Written by Tedd on April 16th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I originally tried reading this book, couldn't get past the first chapter. Then, I tried listening to it with the same result. I guess somebody has decided that WF is one of the "greats" and that this book belongs in The Canon. But, I just don't see it.

Not for Audio

Written by Deborah from Troy, MI on April 15th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This Great American Novel just doesn't "work" as an audio book. Faulkner shifts around in time a lot. In the printed version, Faulkner uses italics so the reader knows that the character is having a memory, or that there's a time shift. But in the audio version, it's very confusing and frustrating for the listener. Some classic novels work well in audio ...but this isn't one of them. I'll try a printed version...someday! If you want to read a great classic southern novel that works well in audio, try "To Kill a Mockingbird", beautifully narrated by Sissy Spacek. Other classic authors I've enjoyed in audio are Thoreau and Dickens, which lend themselves well to the spoken word.

Sound and the Fury

Written by Janice Church on January 30th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Fascinating and unusual book. You should read Cliff notes or similar before listening to this book as stream of conscience means it's difficult to grasp characters and their relationships to each other. Lots of truly great and insightful dialog. Amazing that Faulkner could make such disparate characters come alive - an immature "idiot", a selfish, self absorbed mother, a selfish, resentful, recriminating brother, a loving, caring, whoring sister and a guilt bearing suicidal brother - sounds like a soap opera. Great book, great characters, once you figure out the characters and plot.

The Sound and the Fury

Written by Anonymous from Sanford, FL on September 8th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I didn't finish this audiobook. It was too hard to listen to. It's probably a really good book, since it's considered a classic, but I'll probably never know because I couldn't enjoy the audiobook. The style of writing is too hard for reading aloud and the narrator only made it harder with his winey voice.

Author Details

Author Details

Faulkner, William

William Faulkner (1897-1962) was an American novelist and short-story writer who was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1949. He is recognized as one of the greatest American writers. His masterpieces include The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Sanctuary, Light in August, The Hamlet, and The Reivers.