The narration was stilted when he wasn't using an awful accent
I stopped halfway through. It was terrible.
A Sci Fi junkie who occasionally goes slumming to read other literature.
This an American classic and on my list of must-read. It won the Pulitzer in 1981. A sort of Don Quixote set in 1950s/1960s New Orleans, the story wittily reveals the complex social structure of the time. You could also say it is a mimic of Huckleberry Finn, just with very different characters and setting. In fact, Toole references Twain's work two or three times in the book. Tool doesn't hold back in Dunces. He goes after every group he believes is judgmental and hypocritical, and that's pretty much everyone. I love Tools's sense of humor which is sometimes displayed in outrageous scenes, but more frequently is subtle and understated.
Narrator Barrett Whitener is awesome. Several times while listening I wondered how one person can perform so many voices so effortlessly. He is one of the few male narrators that can portray a female character without making me grit my teeth.
It was a very Original story, and by the end of the story I had developed a very real affection for the Main Character (Ignatius), and I was very concerned with is well being..
Barrett Whitener does a masterful job bringing the characters to life. Great story by J. K. Toole. Ignatius is a one of a kind but he is a little tiresome after a while. Second time I have listened to this recording.
This book was, as the review title indicates, wildly entertaining and mildly infuriating. The particular charm, however, was that it managed to be both simultaneously. The myriad of colorful characters and the unbelievable circumstances they found themselves in, invoked a vivid and vibrant counterculture bursting at the seams with life. This will most certainly find itself on my "must read again" list.
Really enjoyed this off-the-wall book. Was genuinely funny and the characters were interesting. Not a lot really happens in the book but it still kept me interested. Not to mention the narrator is probably the best that I've heard in any audiobook so far. I loved his narration of Ignatius, Jones, and Ms. Trixie in particular.
About one hour into this book I temporarily gave up and listened to another book. I just wasnt feeling it but when I finished that ine I came back to "Dunces" as I had nothing else to listen to. Im glad I persevered. It turned out to be one of my favorite books ever. It's unlike anything I've ever read. Loads of fun!
If you are in the mood for slightly absurdist humor, this book is it. I don't think I'll ever forget the character of Ignatius Riley. The archetypal overeducated failure to launch is even more relevant today than it was in the 1960s when the book was written. The series of misadventures he goes through are perfect for his quirky view of the world. I'm just sad, having completed the book, that this was the author's only major work.