I loved this book. Looking through the other reviews, I see some some people love it and some people hate it.
Some call it racist... And the characters tend to be caricatures of stereotypes. But that furthers the story, and every racial and social economic group is equally portrayed.
Some say the story is slow, and the plot isn't that well developed. The plot isn't what makes this story great. It's the intimate portrayals of the main characters, with their many faults on full display. The way they preen, rationalize, and make themselves the center of the universe in their own minds.
This is a story with no good guys. Read it if you love lavish descriptions of events and places, and if you like unflinching character portrayals.
If you want a rousing quick plot and easily defined good and bad, look elsewhere.
A great contemporary story.
The main character's gradual descent into the maw of the lower quarters
Maybe, but many of the voices he used during the narration of this book were so grating and annoying I felt like fast forwarding past them. The voice he used for the daughter Campbell would be an example - it was piercing and painfully irritating. The characters in the judicial system and the city jail were, down to a one, overly loud and obnoxious; too many times these voices sent me diving for the volume control. Just overdone, dumb, and annoying.
I enjoyed this book once it really got going! The characters are wonderfully done and there is such witty humor in between them and their perceptions of themselves. I find it interesting that this book is seen as an iconic 1980s novel, because I felt, reading it, like it could easily be about the present day. The excess of capitalistic Wall Street, the race tensions, the media's ravenous bad taste - it's all there!
I listen to about 30 audiobooks a year and this is by far the best audiobook I've ever listened to.
Puts Tom Wolfe in an entire new light; he is surely one of our greatest authors.
A super performance by the narrator.
The ending is a bit disappointing but the plot is very solid overall.
I really hated the British joirnalist's accent. Very caricatural, sounded like he was drunk all the time.
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.