Sometimes I really loved this book, and sometimes I just thought it was too far over the top. I did not like the swearing, but I understand why it was put in. I don't enjoy reading the expletives, however. Makes me uncomfortable. Aside from that, I think the writing style was great. I got a bit bogged down in it at the end, though. I actually thought the ending was disappointing. Maybe it is because I expected something else.
I have heard about this book for a long time, and I now understand its title, which is a great title. I will probably think about this book for years. The narrator, Joe Barrett, was one of the best I have ever heard.
I listened to this on a cross-country drive and it kept me entertained for many hours due to the lively and colorful narration. However, as a work of literature I was rather dissapointed. Although there is a decent storyline, the book consists of a series of excessively long and detailed scenes characterizing aspects of the legal system, wall street, and high-society of NY. Although I realize this is a satirical work, the fact that all of the characters are such blatant racial and social stereotypes made it difficult to take much interest in them. To top it all off, after some 27 hours of building up to an event, Wolfe ends it suddenly with an uncharacteristically terse epilogue that can hardly be called a conclusion, as if he just got tired of it all (understandably) and asked someone else to wrap up. Guess I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the novel, but not to others.
Tom Wolfe can do no wrong and this book is no exception. Like his wonderful A Man in Full, his central character, Sherman McCoy, is spared no humiliation in his fall from grace right to the bitter end. The characters are many and completely fleshed-out, adding nuance from absolutely every point-of-view.
Narration is excellent.
(My only wish is that they hadn't botched the movie version so badly. This could be a wonderful piece of cinema.)
I have never seen the film so I came to this book without any preconceived notions. When I was looking for a new audio book, I read some of the reviews and saw reviews stating it was read well and the accents were believable. I am not sure where those people come from but I found the accents very annoying and not at all correct. Being from NY myself, the exaggerated accent made me almost embarrassed for the reader who seemed to be trying too hard. The main character's upper class snooty way of speaking was comical to say the very least. That being said, I did enjoy the story and will rent the film to compare. I would recommend this audio book even if it was a bit too long.
I really enjoyed this book. It was so tragically sad in the way it portrayed the utter worst of every group involved. I think the one line that really gripped me was "And Sherman's regal chin sunk to his chest." When a book has a line that grips my heart, it is an important book for me
This book was long. That is about the only good thing I can say for it. It reads like pop fiction without any of the fun. It was dull with over cooked plot and characters.
Say something about yourself!
It should be called the tedium. Overly wordy and overly dramatic, no character you can cheer for, only words words words
Absolutely. Masterful writing, dry humor, the hours flew by.
Joe Barrett gave an amazing performance. Not just a reading but a 6 star performance. I am going to look for more books narrated by him.
It is incredible how current events of the past 13 months mirror this story from nearly 30 years ago.
Image-iner, sky flier
Really enjoyed the characters and story. The "Sherman" voice took some getting used to but I learned to appreciate it and others.
Now I understand what all the fuss was about when this book came out. It's just a perfect satire about money, wealth, New York, etc. The narrator was fantastic as well. Just a great listen.