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 read this book several years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am pleased to report that the audio version did not disappoint! It was extremely well-read and I found myself laughing out loud as I listened. Terrific audio experience and an unforgettable book, well worth the voluminous download.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Joe Barrett is a brilliant narrator, I am impressed by his ability to impersonate so many different characters so authentically. I'll look for more books narrated by him.
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.)
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
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.
I read the reviews and it appears that either you really like this one or really hate it. I just can't see what there is to like. Weak plot (it took about 6 hours to figure out the main characters), completely lacking in excitment, over written (though I usually like the extra detail) and an ending that does nothing to foward any 'message' the author might be wanting to get across. Just an absolutley lousy read, never mind the horrible narration with the unrealistic and grating,over the top voices. Stay away from the author and the narrator ! Horrible, absolutley horrible.
I can't believe that I actually stuck with this book for 27 hours. A terrible waste of listening time!!