Earphones Award Winner (AudioFile Magazine)
Audie Award Nominee, Best Solo Narration, 2013
Jerzy Kosinski’s clever parable of a naive man thrust into the modern world is more pointed now than ever. Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man, The Graduate), perhaps best known for his portrayals of vulnerable characters and antiheroes, gives an understated and exemplary performance of this satiric look at the unreality of American media culture.
Chance, the enigmatic gardener, becomes Chauncey Gardiner after getting hit by a limo belonging to a Wall Street tycoon. The whirlwind that follows brings Chance to his new status of political policy advisor and possible vice presidential candidate. His garden-variety political responses, inspired by television, become heralded as visionary, and he is soon a media icon due to his unknown background and vague, yet appealing, conversational nature. Being There was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film, starring Peter Sellers as Chance, in 1979.
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VERY SIMPLY...WELL DONE!
Thank you Dustin Hoffman for a sensitive and straight forward reading of a wonderful little book. I forgot how much I loved this book until hearing it recently read by Mr. Hoffman. A timely story still, and a reading without "voices" and without overly emotional bludgeoning of our senses, the characters and situations speak for themselves. Get it, it is a treat!