This is a delightful book that will capture you from the very beginning! The book is very well written and the narrator does an excellent job bringing the characters to life. You really, really, really should give this one a listen. You will be glad you did!
this book has been on my wish list for a long time but was quite dissapointed. the story is depressing and not really as funny as its touted as being. just didnt click with me
The books is about an obese, 30 year-old educated man living with his mother in New Orleans. The protagonist educated but alienated by the present times and mores. Ignatius Reilly considers himself stuck back in the Middle Ages where human existence had more meaning. His mother forces him to get a job, and Ignatius finds that he cannot hold down a most menial job. Ignatius is intelligent, has a sardonic sense of humor, and had delusions of grandeur. At the same time he is different, and his difference or nonconformity lead other people to attack him. The book suggests that if the human race were visited by greatness like Jesus, the first reaction would be to destroy him because of his nonconformity. The book is one-of-a-kind, published posthumously, 11 years after the author's suicide. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The writing is hilarious and will make you laugh and cry at the same time.
The original story and fantastic wit
He did the New Orleans accents of different characters superbly.
The relationship between Ignatius and the social activist from the Bronx.
The books has been around for decades, and I had never read it. I am glad I read it, and it seems to be about existentialism in the American South, particularly a lively city like New Orleans.
No. It was a better book to read than listen to. Narration of different voices really threw me off.
There was a very memorable moment involving a stripper, a bird, and an earring.
No on in particular. My main complaint about the narration was the huge decibel spike every time a character said
Better leave that one to the author.
While i enjoyed the book I just could not get over the narration. Every time the reader got to certain voices it made me wonder why they chose to read it this way. Anyone who has listened would understand the odd voices, I believe.
Architectural Photographer based in Florida
Ignatius Reilly's character reminded me of a combination of Don Quixote and Foghorn Leghorn. Toole's masterful use of the language and Whitener's engaging interpretation of his eccentric characters woven throughout this story created a classic that should not be passed over. I would have never thought that constant references to ones pyloric valve could cause me to laugh out loud repeatedly. This is a gem and I sincerely regret the loss of Toole's further efforts. Highly recommended.
I tried to read this book many years ago and just couldn't get into it. Since it is my fathers favorite book, I thought I would try again listening to it and see if that worked... it did! It is absurd and obnoxious at times, and I couldn't see what the appeal was at first. Once I realized it was not like anything else I had ever read and stopped trying to figure it out, it came to me. My father feels it is one of the best books that describes New Orleans French Quarter in the 1960's. He also has a satirical sense of humor that is not everyones cup of tea.
Truly the pleasure is in both the writing and the narration. I even found myself replaying parts that were even funnier the 2nd time around. I was not a fan of the ending, but really the pleasure of this book is journey, not the arrival. Some books are not that different for me if I read them or listen to them. Listening to this one makes a world of difference. Barrett Whitener painted the accent and tone of each character that I never would have achieved by reading this book.
I started this unabridged audiobook on my 24-hour roundtrip drive to my parent's house (Alabama to Texas) for Thanksgiving this year. I was looking specifically for a humorous novel and selected this one from the Good Reads listopia for Best Humorous Books. I was intrigued by the author's tragic story, the setting of New Orleans and the fact that the book was first published in 1980 by LSU Press (my alma mater). The first 1/3 of the book was laugh out loud funny but as the story progressed, the humor grew stale. As the book came to an end, I wondered whether its Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was a bit misplaced or was based, instead, on the incredible story surrounding the book instead of the book itself. I do, however, agree that the depiction of New Orleans was outstanding and the city truly served as a character in the story itself.
Yes, it was so very entertaining. I had previously read the book and loved it, but this was truly entertainment. Also, being from Louisiana, the reference points were easy to follow in my mind and I was IN the story.
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Whitener was fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The love for a son and the apparent lack of emotional connection was very moving.
There were points in this book that were so hysterical. The listener needs to remember the time period in which this book was written to understand the racial attitudes.
I did not know what to expect when I started listening to this book, and as the book progressed that stayed true; I didn't know what to expect next. The story is hilarious and sad and surprisingly moving. The writing is bold and clear and audacious. Barrett Whitener's performance was all of those things too. His characterizations were brave and broad, almost over the top, yet nothing else would suffice to tell this wild story. He skirted the edge of buffoonery the entire time, and yet never crossed too far. My hat is off to this extraordinary narrator for doing justice to this extraordinary novel. Just buy it!! You won't be sorry.
The idea of the story is good, the performance is good, but the story itself drags along.