Wolfe's journalistic eye for detail is fully on display in this brilliant novel. While the writing is admittedly long-winded at times, the patient listener is led on a fascinating journey through high society and the American judicial system. All of the social interactions so deftly described provide illumination into the motivations of the major characters in the novel, which fully brings to life the blazing bonfire of vanities, of so many people's vanities, in the novel's stunning finale. While the novel is set in the New York of the early to mid-1980s, I'm afraid it could easily describe the New York of today. In fact, Wolfe's New York might be a bit tame and naive by today's standards. The reading is equally brilliant. I enjoyed every minute, and I'm looking forward to reading (or listening to) another Wolfe novel soon.
At first I was wondering what all the good reviews were all about but as I got caught up in the tale and how it took the character down a road of no return I was facinated. Makes you think about what guilty and not guilty really are.
had seen the movie years ago, and couldn't make heads or tails of it. finally got around to listening to the audio book recently, and REALLY enjoyed it~ Wolfe has real knack for the characters internal dialogue, and, being a NYer, found the book to be an often humorous look at the vanities of everyone, regardless of social strata.
Narration, overall, was spectacular. only minor criticism was the voices of children in the book... a little too much Alvin and the Chipmunks inflection, otherwise flawless.
thanks for putting it on sale, Audible :-)
Even though this story takes pace in the 1980s it rings true today....perhaps painfully so. Well written and truly well read- you may not like all of the characters but you will never forget them!
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.
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.