Great story about urban greed; social, financial and civic power grabs; still fresh, absurd and funny twenty-five years after publication.
1) Peter Fallow 2) Reverend Bacon 3) Tommy Killian
This was a brilliant narration by Joe Barrett - he brought to life an astonishing variety of characters and accents, making this as a superbly enjoyable way of experiencing this classic, Regan-era American novel.
An absolutely brilliant performance of an absurdly compelling story. Even Carly Simon couldn't bring this human foible to light any better. Makes you wonder what would any verdict be "in foro conscientiae" (epilog).
Business owner , philanthropist.
You feel for the main character after awhile, even though he is a jerk. It had some good observations of the justice system that were defiantly good. Just few and far between.
Those who are more interested in racial or economic politics. Or men.
Not necessarily. I just couldn't connect to the characters.
Joe does an EXCELLENT job. His dialects are almost flawless and each character has a very distinct voice so I rarely got confused about who was speaking.
It was very thorough. The author did not leave out any details.
Tom Wolfe is obviously a good writer, just incredibly verbose. His descriptions go on and on, sometimes at the expense of the plot or character development. After a while, I just wanted to say, "Get on with it!"
My husband has been listening to this book. He says it is a whole different world. It was slow going for him at first but now that he is connected into it--he has completely tuned me out and is listening at every chance. Be warned--lots of profanity
Great performance. Could work on speaking women's voices, but other than that - truly enjoyable.
So versatile! Rev. Bacon... great job.
I wouldn't recommend this if you are a casual listener as I am and cannot listen everyday. I found it confusing and hard to follow. Wolfe uses a lot of descriptions and social commentary which may have been easier to grasp reading the actual book.
Average. Somewhat Monotone.
Years ago I read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it, but was disappointed in the movie. On a whim I decided to buy the audio version. Couldn't have been more pleased.
The story is as good as ever, but Joe Barrett is a MASTER of delivery. Not only did his accents portray the various cultural levels and geographic areas, but the speech patterns were spot on. From the manipulating Reverend Bacon to the somewhat slurry speech of the British tabloid journalist, Peter Fallow to the Bronx vernacular of defense attorney Tommy Killian. And I'll never forget the thunderous voice of Judge Myron Kovitsky. The characters truly "came alive" as I listened.
Highly recommend this as a first read, or as I did: a re-read.
This book should be required reading for all survivors of the financial crisis. Although some of the themes of the book have evolved in the ensuing years since it was written, the overarching issues of income inequality, racial disharmony, and class entitlement still resonate today. Wolfe is especially good at creating a tragic figure, Sherman McCoy, that is at once self-destructive, insecure, arrogant and above all sympathetic. He has taken the simple path that was laid out before him, and has enjoyed the resulting fruits, but can't take the necessary steps to save himself once his bubble is burst. I found myself missing bus stops and train stations frequently while listening to this book, especially at the end, when the entire story climaxes in a fairly shocking and entirely gripping conclusion.
An introverted excavator.
This was a riveting story about terrible people. This is my first Wolfe and it won't be my last. The portraits of his characters are among the most vividly rendered I can recall any author pulling off. The narrator was quite skilled in pulling off the accents. His weakness was little Campbell, he sounded kind of crazy voicing a little girl, but that is an infrequent issue.
They are all terrible people, let's be honest. Even little Campbell was annoying. Anyway, that is the fun of the book!
The society dinner party was a great opportunity to peak at and giggle at how the
I happened to be listening to the story when there was a very similar story dominating the news. It is interesting how little has changed in the 20+ years since Wolfe wrote the book.