Excellent listen. Complex, wonder dialog, subtle social criticism and one of the best character creations. Barrett Whitener does a exceedingly good job of narration.
This is a quirky story about a really eccentric man. I read this book several years ago and wanted to buy it on audio to listen on my drive to and from work. The narration is absolutely spot on and really brings out more in this book than just reading it. If you are familiar with New Orleans, then you will enjoy this book even more as the follies unfold all over town.
The author does a nice job of developing characters, but I thought the plot was pretty weak and not that interesting. It also ends rather abruptly but by that time I was ready for the book to end. The narrator is excellent however and I'll never be able to think of the hero of the book without thinking of the voice that perfectly matches the character.
A great and enjoyable book, simply stated.
But what makes this stand out is the deft and capable narrator. Absolutely astounding how well it was read. The cadences of New Orleans brought out superbly. Each character distinct and novel. This reading brought this book to life in the most wonderful way.
Ignatius J. Riley's "Oh my God!" will stay with me forever.
I've read reviews from several sources and this seems to be one of those books with no middle ground - you either adore or abhor it. I fell to the latter. Couldn't stand the main character nor nearly any other character in the book. I thought the narrator did a tremendous job with the material he had to work with. Jones came through to be the only character that I could stand to listen to by the end of the book.
Truly a confederacy of dunces. I have never read a book with such unique and eccentric characters. A roller coaster ride from one hilarious set of unlikely circumstances and outrageous situations to another. The confidence of the less than stellar hero Ignatius Riley, that he alone was the sane and injured participant of each of these situations rather than the cause of each one was amazingly believable.A quirky and delightful read. What a tragedy,that the author, John Kennedy Toole took his own life,without knowing his work would be published and awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
I had no problems with the narration. I really just didn't get the story. I found the characters. especially the main character, to be absolutely annoying. I really don't like "not finishing" a book, but I finally told myself life is just too short to waste on a book that I don't like.