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Breakfast at Tiffany's

By: Truman Capote
Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
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Editor reviews

Editors Select, February 2014 - Although very familiar with the iconic film, I'd never actually read the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. When I heard that actor Michael C. Hall (Six Feet Under) was narrating it for Audible, I jumped at the chance to listen. Capote's classic is simultaneously darker and more wistful than the film, and the famed Holly Golightly a little more calculating than charming. Michael C. Hall delivers a mesmerizing performance, giving each character their own unique voice. Hall's cadence perfectly matches Capote's words, and he forced me into my own whirlwind friendship with Holly. I'd never before experienced a narrator who seemed to so completely understand an author's intentions – the effect was magical. —Katie, Audible Editor

Summary

Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's provocative, naturalistic masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist, who eventually gets tossed away as her deepening character emerges. 

Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote's most beloved work of fiction, introduced an independent and complex character who challenged audiences, revived Audrey Hepburn's flagging career in the 1961 film version, and whose name and style has remained in the national idiom since publication. Hall uses his diligent attention to character to bring our unnamed narrator’s emotional vulnerability to the forefront of this American classic.

©1950, 1951, 1956, 1958, 1978, 1979, 1984 Truman Capote. Copyright renewed 1986 by Alan U. Schwartz (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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"[Michael C. Hall] uses his diligent attention to character to bring our unnamed narrator's emotional vulnerability to the forefront of this American classic.... I felt content and comfortable in Hall's hands as the tale unfolded. He did a wonderful job giving each character voice, especially that of Holly." (Caffeinated Book Reviewer)

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What does Michael C. Hall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His voice was perfect for the role; it was made for him.

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The story differs greatly from the film and is set in a completely different era. It is beautifully crafted and portrays the difficult life of Hollie Golightly via her neighbour and best friend’s eyes. His love for her is shown through both of their heartaches and Hollie’s tragic and destructive behaviour. I love this story and I love the characters; it is truly timeless.

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This is one of my favourite storis

Much as I liked Audrey Hepburn, I didn't really appreciate the film " Breakfast at Tiffany's". Audrey simply wasn't Holly and the film had an artificial happy end. I have always loved the story, though, for me this -and not "In cold blood" - is the masterpiece of Capote. Michael C. Hall (aka Dexter!) reads it with a very appropriate nostalgic twist. Lovely. And kind of sad, but with hope underneath.

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The beautiful voice of Michael C Hall

What made the experience of listening to Breakfast at Tiffany's the most enjoyable?

I give this 5 stars if only for the beautiful voice of Michael C Hall. Unlike many readers, Michael C Hall changes his voice and style of speaking subtly for each character, so that you always know who's speaking and you are drawn into the dialogue without being conscious of being read to. I suppose I should add some appreciation of the writing of Truman Capote here, but I am just dazzled by this recording.

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A wonderful, stylish and shockingly timeless read

If you are, like me, a lover of Truman Capote's work, then you can't get much better. Capote's pros are both effortless and undeniably cool, and Michael C. Hall does a fantastic job of enhancing these qualities while bringing both the characters and the time period to life. I can't think of a single thing I would change so it is an easy five star listen for me.

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Surprisingly modern tale

Beautifully understated narration. Wonderful writing by Capote. Great way to spend a couple of hours!

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Excellent listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I actually walked the long way home on a couple of days because I didn't want this to end. I have read the book before but really enjoyed having it read to me. I really felt transported to the moment of the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There are a lot of interesting characters in this book but of course Holly is the star. She isn't the nicest person in the world and you know you shouldn't like her yet its difficult not to feel a little jealous of her life and admire her spirit.

Which character – as performed by Michael C. Hall – was your favourite?

Michael Hall performs excellently. His accents are wonderful. I especially enjoyed his portrayal of Holly's "husband" ,Doc.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me happy. It reminds us that life is an adventure and we should never "settle".

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Watch the film!

I remember the film Breakfast at Tiffany's with great love but this book disappointed. I know the book comes before the film but, in this case, the film won. I very rarely say that. I was left wanting and didn't much like the narrator.

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fab

a truly memorable and bitter sweet love story. better than the film adaptation. well worth a listen.

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WHY?

WHY did I never read this before? I loved the film, of course - who didn't? But this - the layered, utterly engaging storylines, the edgy yet luminous prose -hit me on the face and left me desperately wanting more again and again! Straight to the top of my everlasting old friends book list!

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WTH

What would have made Breakfast at Tiffany's better?

I don't think anything could make it worse I don't know what could make it halfway decent.

What will your next listen be?

That's for me to know and you to know I know.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Nothing

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom

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