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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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    Bartleby

    Read the short story ages ago... Lovely to rediscover it in audio format. Very enjoyable.

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Xophist
    • 20/11/2020

    Superhuman

    Bartleby is a heroic figure because he avoids drawing attention to himself whilst advancing his daunting plan (no spoiler).

    He is without need for social validation or support, and so appears superhuman.

    Given the social environment described, his plan is rational and his execution flawless.

    Was he unable to think of another way of life, or did he put such little value on life itself that he did not deign to devise a different way of life? I prefer to think the latter, and see Bartleby as superhuman.

    The narrator is first rate.

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    • Autodidact
    • 31/07/2020

    perhaps a classic...

    I enjoyed the narrator, but while this may be a beloved classic I struggled to finish. I sped up the reading by 50% or I could not have.

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    • Steven Ray Hill
    • 02/03/2020

    So Melville doesn't just write about the sea.

    This was a very interesting tale about humanity and our responsibility to our fellow man.

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    • N. Hawryluk
    • 26/12/2019

    Iconic Character, Still Funny Over a Century Later

    What a great character. So iconic. Dark comedic storytelling it super on point, even over a century later. I love this one. Narrator is good, though sometimes he glazes over some of the subtler sections. [AUDIBLE]

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    • Daniel
    • 30/11/2019

    Odd Story

    Bartleby is an odd character in an odd story. I would prefer not to hear it again.

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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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