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Sophie's Choice

Narrated by: Norman Snow
Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (25 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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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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  • 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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  • 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?

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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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  • 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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  • Lisa C
  • 17-07-20

Thought it was unabridged.

The abridgement was stilted and not worthy of styron's greatness. The narrator was excellent however. And the original book is profoundly entertaining and sad and tender. Just the abridgement should never have been approved.

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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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  • Gretchen Schroer
  • 13-05-20

A book that sticks with you

It has been years since I read this book. Never has a book stuck with me so much. The ending completely caught me off guard, Her choice is one that I will remember.