WATT

WATT
By Samuel Beckett • Read by Dermot Crowley

“Astonishing performance”

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The right friend, absolutely. The performance is a work of art in its own right, and the text is so difficult, it’s almost a sport to see what the narrator’s going to do with it. What he does is offer this much under-represented text arguably (by me) its best medium.

What did you like best about this story?

Watt has some of Beckett’s funniest writing, and there’s a great sense of him working towards the inimitable trilogy. The performance here makes sense of the oceans of patterned text when you read it in hard copy, and Crowley brings fantastic light and shade to aid comprehension of the incomprehensible.

Have you listened to any of Dermot Crowley’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I listened to Dermot Crowley on Molloy, so I bought this one with confidence. His performance in Watt is comparable in excellence, but much more of a tour de force, because the text is even more difficult. He utterly brings it to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I wanted to take it all in in ‘movements’ — it evolves and develops in the manner of classical music.

Any additional comments?

I’m so pleased to hear Crowley unleashed on Beckett again — I’ll certainly listen out for more from him.

Nettlewine – 04/03/2017 – Audible Review

“Astonishing performance”Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? The right friend, absolutely. The performance is a work of art in its own right, and the text is so difficult, it’s almost a sport to see what the narrator’s going to do with it. What he does is offer this much under-represented text arguably (by me) its best medium.
What did you like best about this story?Watt has some of Beckett’s funniest writing, and there’s a great sense of him working towards the inimitable trilogy. The performance here makes sense of the oceans of patterned text when you read it in hard copy, and Crowley brings fantastic light and shade to aid comprehension of the incomprehensible.
Have you listened to any of Dermot Crowley’s other performances? How does this one compare? I listened to Dermot Crowley on Molloy, so I bought this one with confidence. His performance in Watt is comparable in excellence, but much more of a tour de force, because the text is even more difficult. He utterly brings it to life.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?No, I wanted to take it all in in ‘movements’ — it evolves and develops in the manner of classical music.
Any additional comments?I’m so pleased to hear Crowley unleashed on Beckett again — I’ll certainly listen out for more from him.

Nettlewine UK 3/4/17  Audible 

“Perfect Narration”If you could sum up Watt in three words, what would they be?A difficult novel to read made easy by listening to it.
What other book might you compare Watt to, and why?Murphy and How It Is. They are all challenging books to read and these audio recordings really open out the text.
Any additional comments?I would like to hear some of Beckett’s later novels and short prose on Audible. For instance Ill Seen Ill Said, Company, Worstward Ho! and The Lost Ones.

mike dee Llanelli 5/5/17  – Audible