To Kill a Mockingbird
Written by: Harper Lee
Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
Release Date: 07-08-14
Publisher: Harper Audio
To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic book for many reasons. It tells a story of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl. Most people have already read it at some point either by choice or because they had to for their schoolwork. It wasn’t included in our high school literature classes, which is fine because I don’t think I would’ve appreciated it as much as I do now. Considering I’m generally not a huge classics fan (some of them are really overrated) I’m glad to have the To Kill a Mockingbird audiobook in my collection as I’ll probably re-read it again at some point.
What a better way to experience To Kill a Mockingbird than an audiobook? It’s a novel that with it’s intensity and intimacy lends itself perfectly to the audio medium.
The narrator – Sissy Spacek is definetely an excellent choice for the production, giving each character their own unique voice with her oh so pleasant drawl. It definetely sets the right mood and instantly teleports you right in the little ol’ town of Maycomb, Alabama.
To say that her acting makes the already amazing book even better is an understatment. You just have to hear this one, but be warned you won’t be able to stop until you’ve heard every last word of it.
Production and sound quality wise, everything is perfect as you might expect from a publisher like Harper Audio. Appropriate narration pace, uninterrupted plot flow, excellent sound quality without blatant edits, all throughout the recording.
This is an unabridged recording of To Kill a Mockingbird, so you’re getting the whole thing. I’ve never read the print version, but I didn’t notice any missing parts of the plot, as expected.
I know I’me not alone in finding some of the classics boring, but if you want to read one classic book this year you can’t go wrong with this audio rendition of To Kill a Mockingbird. Oh, what a great way to enjoy this multi-faceted story. I can endlessly talk about the literary qualities of the book but I doubt I can add anything that hasn’t been said already. Writing about this book is difficult because all of the above seperlatives are just words on a screen and you’ve probably heard/read them already. I just can’t express what a winning combination between story and narration we’ve got here.
For me, the To Kill a Mockingbird audiobook is definetely one of the most moving, throat-clutching and inspiring novels I’ve ever read. Truly unforgetable 12 hours you won’t even feel flew by.
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