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Sophie's Choice

Narrated by: Norman Snow
Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Summary

In this brilliant, multi-layered novel, a young Southerner, Stingo, wants to become a writer. In Brooklyn, he meets Nathan, a brilliant Jewish intellectual involved in a turbulent love-hate affair with Sophie, a beautiful Polish woman. She has a terrible wound in her past, one that impels both Sophie and Nathan toward destruction.
©1982 William Styron (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic reviews

"No reader of Sophie's Choice can doubt that Styron has put immense energy into trying to understand and deal justly with the evils in American history and the European Holocaust, to say nothing of the evil (as well as the good) in his characters....Scene after scene comes back now, long after I last read the book, with astonishing vividness - perhaps the most obvious mark of a masterpiece." (John Gardner)

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  • Alex
  • LEICESTER, United Kingdom
  • 22-01-15

Sad and funny

What a horrible choice to have to make. Heart rending. It's horrible what people can do to other people for a stupid philosophy.

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Terrible abridgment

This is an interesting if oddly written story, but the abridgement totally ruins it. It is not done at all sensitively and really takes you out of the story.

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Powerful

My first audiobook but really was impressed. The novel is sad, but grips you straight away.

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  • J. Flynn
  • 25-07-16

THIS IS ABRIDGED

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

shame on me for not noticing it was abridged before I purchased. I don't understand why they would abridge any book. you miss so much including what the authors intent was for the reader.
there were so beautiful lines in it and it was a powerful story (the small part I heard!)
the narrator had a great voice

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  • Sarah
  • 21-03-17

Abridged Version

This is a scam. Don't waste your time with it. It doesn't state that it is an abridged version of the book.

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  • Jay Day
  • 18-08-16

ABRIDGING IS A CRIME

Would you try another book from William Styron and/or Norman Snow?

Yes

What could William Styron have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

no

Which character – as performed by Norman Snow – was your favorite?

stingo

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

i loved the book. the editing was a crime

Any additional comments?

To abridge a book of this quality and magnitude is a crime against literature.

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  • Leah
  • 13-03-17

Not the full book

This was a abridged version of the book - condensed in to 3 chapters. Very disapointed because I wanted the full book.

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  • Suzanne Buirgy
  • 05-09-18

Not the entire book! Abbreviated version.

This should have been made clear in the packaging! Very disappointing. I would never have bought it.

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  • Raven
  • 31-03-19

So upset!!!

I thought this was the full version of the book it’s not. I don’t know why it even exists.

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  • ester yom
  • 26-02-19

it is not a full text.

reading is good but disappointed that its not a full text. am I mistaken or what.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-08-08

so-so

Sound was great, loved the reader. Love anything having to do with the Holocaust, and had always heard what a fantastic novel this was. Perhaps, it would have been better had this been an unabridged version. I could never understand why the protagonist was attracted to this dysfunctional woman. This version failed to help me sympathize with Sophie. It was just so-so

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-11-19

Not full story

Was good however, I wish I knew ahead of time it wasn't the full book.

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  • Dan_Man
  • 27-05-19

Masterpiece

One of the greatest books I've ever had the pleasure of listening to.
The writing is brilliant and the story masterful. The narrator is also spectacular; there were many moments where I was lost inside his voice - visualizing the words with my imagination.
Sophie's Choice is undoubtedly one of the best books of the 20th century (or any century for that matter).
I have no idea how this is sitting at a 3.8 average on Audible currently; in my mind it only shows the idiocy of some Audible listeners - listeners who believe listening to a book is the same as reading it.
Highly recommended.