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The life of a scrivener can be a dull one. After all, your entire occupation has to do with the handwritten copying of law documents. But when Bartleby arrives, he turns the office upside down with the enigmatic phrase: “I prefer not to.”

Public Domain (P)2008 B.J. Harrison

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  • Julie Gray
  • 04/10/2017

Haunting...

The first chapter was a bit detailed and slow (which seems about right, given the period this book was written) and then the story became so strangely amusing and Kafka-esque. But Melville wraps the story up in a beautifully haunting way that I will not soon forget. I'm so glad I listened to this novella. The narrator was pitch perfect and the story will stay with me for a long time.

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  • Anthony
  • 26/05/2017

Listen to this version

The narrator is very good, and the other versions are far too pricey for a tale of this length.

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  • Darwin8u
  • 18/04/2012

"I would prefer not to REVIEW"

This novella seems to anticipate both Kafka and reflect Dostoevsky. I would say more but I prefer not to.

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  • Sharon
  • 04/11/2013

I loved Bartleby

This is another one of those books that you think “I’ll get round to this one day”. I never did so decided to listen instead. I am glad I did.

NARRATOR – The narrator does a very good job with this book. He has the voice for a Dickensian novel. His voice is commanding and his accent frightfully English. His voice differentiation is great so there is no confusion. His accents are appropriate which can sometimes be a trap with this period. His inflections keep the story moving along without being overly dramatic, but maintain the drama nonetheless. I enjoyed the rendition very much indeed.

STORY – This story is a classic for a reason. Sometimes a character out of a book will stick with you, Bartleby has certainly done that. The author has drawn him and his compatriots so well you can almost see and smell them, and thanks to the great narration you can hear them.

I would recommend this book unreservedly to anyone that loves great characters in their storytelling.

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  • Juan Malo
  • 03/05/2018

One of Melville’s Greatest Stories

From the theater of the absurd, comes a strange tragi-comical story wonderfully dramatized. Many believe it is the first story of a form of autism that was not diagnosed until much later. Wikipedia has this possible explanation: “Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger's, is a developmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests.[1] As a milder autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it differs from other ASDs by relatively normal language and intelligence.[4] Although not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and unusual use of language are common.[5][6] Signs usually begin before two years old and typically last for a person's entire life.[1]” Truly a great story and a must listen!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26/03/2018

I would prefer not to

I would prefer not to at this time. I would prefer not to at this time

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  • j daly
  • 22/02/2018

I would prefer not to

I hope someone can enjoy this story. only thing I found interesting was the well vocalized narration. the story is simply odd and not interesting to this listener.

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  • William E. Hendry
  • 02/01/2018

I can,t believe Melville wrote this

Even a great narrator like BJ can save this boring, awful story. I hope they will give me a refund.

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  • bill assell
  • 09/08/2017

not my cup of tea

I enjoyed listening to the narrator and the story seemed to be well written but it was I guess a little two deep for me not really sure of the appeal. maybe it's a comment on the humans distain for change.

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  • Laura S.
  • 14/06/2017

Funny like Kafka is funny

Melville is among the greats for good reason. It was a pleasure to encounter the story again, this time as an audiobook. The narration is entirely inoffensive, which is rare as can be. The narrator's enunciation was excellent, his interpretation smooth and correct. Glad I chose this version from among those on offer.

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  • Christian
  • 09/01/2013

Ein amerikanischer Klassiker

Ich habe schon das deutsche Hörbuch, gelesen von Christian Brückner, sehr genossen. Und wollte nun auch das Original hören. Sprachlich klingt das schon teilweise recht historisch, aber durchaus beeindruckend. Und Barleby ist und bleibt mit seiner Lebensverweigerung eine der unvergesslichsten und berührendsten Figuren der Weltliteratur.

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