The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Meet Walter Mitty.
He's a Husband.
He's a Captain of a Navy ship
He's a toughest man on the trial
He's the man who can a woman from distress and is a hero to all man kind.
He's also worrying his wife, his co-workers, his boss and his shrink.
Walter Mitty has dreams. Dreams of being a hero. But he's not dreaming them in bed, like everyone else is. He's dreaming these events while driving, while shopping, talking to his wife, walking down the street. He "...more
I am so glad Audible and Ben Stiller brought him to life for me. I listened to his story on the drive home from my daughters appartment last night. I started it at the end of her driveway and finished just as I turned into mine. I did not have to sit in the car to finish listening, as Ben Stiller had indic...more
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The length of the story itself is shocking as well. A 32 page tale(or 15 minute long narration) translated onto the screen as a full length feature? Obviously a lot of liberties have been taken (as was the case with Where The Wild Things Are wh...more
No repongo el argumento porque es un cuento (o short story, como le dicen) muy breve y, además, algunos deben conocer las versiones cinematográficas (que no vi y que, según lo que leí por ahí, distan del libro). Lo que sí puedo decir es que divierte, pero deja una sensación agridulce que perdura después de terminar...more
Because daydreaming is underrated.
There is something about onomatopoeia that made the short story appealing. It adds up to the reader imagining how Mitty quickly triggers a daydream. At one moment he is an assassin. And then he became a surgeon.
The thing with this short story is it leaves you a s...more
This short story was narrated by Ben Still...more
Now let me first say that I love Thurber. His subtle humor cracks me up in some of his other short stories (like "The Dog That Bit People" or "The Night the Bed Fell In"--personal favorites of mine). However, as much as I like the Danny Kaye film version (& have been opposed to having it remade for years), I'm not...more
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Update from February, 19, 2014:
Hm, now, after listening to an audiobook narrated by Ben Stiller (brilliant narration, btw) I changed my mind about this short story completely and will be increasing my rating to 3,5, maybe even 4 stars (you'll see 4 stars anyway).
Guess, this story has to be read to you, because whole picture ap...more
And now, I'm ready to watch the film. HAHA! The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is just a simple short story yet it is superbly constructed.
I like his daydreaming? or is it his past life? HAHA! Find it out by reading it.
It was a wonderful little story, although written much differently than short stories are today, and I'm glad I read it. The end was perfect. Mr. Thurber doesn't say where it's set although he mentions Waterbury and New Milford, both towns here in CT not fa...more
In only a few pages, the character of Walter Mitty is impressively brought to life. His story is touching and tragic, but in small and conflicted ways. I love how Thurber kept this short instead of fleshing it out. I had the feeling of driving past a suburban home and peering in through a window — catching a glimpse o...more
Creating ridiculous - but authentic sounding - language to detail five flights of fancy on a day of buying household supplies and driving his wife to appointments, it is easy to empathis...more
I wish Bill Watterson (Greatest Sunday Comics author of all time: Calvin and Hobbes) wasn't such a reclusive crazy person. I would like to ask him if he ever read this story, because Walter Mitty IS the adult Calvin.
Anyway, it was a fun rea...more
Can't wait to see how that get a full length movie from it. Also on the search for other short stories by this author.
Liked it, but since it was so short how do you really rate it?
Genius for his time, however.
In Thurber 'a story, he shapes Walter Mitty into a character that seems to be a middle aged, married man with a tendency to slip into daydreams as he's d...more
In the movi...more
Walter Mitty always has his head in the clouds. Sometimes as a Navy pilot other times a surgeon, and my personal favorite a man accused of a crime. I really liked the portrayal of daydreaming and how everyone wants to escape from reality. Ben Stiller did an excellent job of narration. I’ll be honest I probably would’ve never read this short story or would’ve seen the movie, but after listening to the audiobook I’m qu...more
An enjoyable read! I'll admit that I only read this book because the movie is coming out this Christmas (which, by the way, I highly recommend you check out the trailer as the cinematography looks fantastic). I'm not obsessed with the book, but I don't regret reading it. When I learned that the movie was based on a book, I immediately though that the book would be a novel so I was a bit disappointed to find out it was only a short story. I knew not to completely base a book on it's le...more
Yup, a short story by Thurber. It makes sense, but I never knew that. And Dany Kaye starred in the movie! Whoot! I'll have to watch this.
Anyhow, as for the story, it's okay. Nothing great, noth...more
It is a really short audiobook (and was for free).
The story does not resemble that of the movie but gives the essence of the character, Walter Mitty. A day dreamer. And the way his attention moves away from his boring every day life to have adventures with him the hero.
I liked it.