I love a great story.
I love hating myself for loving a book about a sociopath and murderer. Thank you, Patricia Highsmith for writing a thoroughly entertaining and original book!
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
Having a sociopath as the main character of a book is a new experience for me. However the idea really did grow on me -- in very large part due to the wonderful narration of Kevin Kenerly. This book has a definite plot, but it is there mostly as a supporting structure to enable the complex character development of Tom Ripley. There is a rather dark fascination in getting to know this disturbing character.
Kenerly provides an excellent portrayal of a psychopathic psyche through his pacing and tone. The combination of Highsmith's prose and this excellent narration is almost musical.
My 4 stars for the story is strictly based on the fact that in real life I would not want to live next door to the main character -- and my suspicion that if I did, he would probably be able to fool me. That's a little chilling.
Aspiring author, classic literature scholar, fantasy and horror junkie, all wrapped up in a cute little package.
This is a tale way before its time, and speaks volumes about the life of someone who is a little insecure about their identity, and how to forge who they are. I always think of this as a a LGBT piece, myself, not just because of the author, but because of Ripley, himself. The narrator explores the character with a great complexity that I can truly appreciate.
Loved this book and the pace of the story! What a great writer. The narrator's voice is perfect!
The plot develops in a slow and reptitive way. The characters could be elaborate but are simple.
The narrator talks like wining and ends each sentence in a ugly way. He lacks emotion in the little crucial moments of the tale.
This is a great listen. I don't know where to rank it among all my listens, however, because pretty much everything I've listened to on audible has been relatively great on the same level.
It definitely did. Towards the end the book became so riveting that I almost wanted to quit listening or pause it because I was legitimately frightened at what would happen next!
He was great with accents and bringing the foreign characters to life. If I had read it by myself I most likely would've forgotten to give them accents. Also, his narration of Tom Ripley was very fantastic. He was good at Tom's change in dialect when he would go between being himself and being Dickie Greenleaf. If I'd been reading I would've forgotten ton change his voice/dialect in my mind.
Definitely, and toward the end I stayed up at night to finish it because it was so exciting.
The writing is stunning. I couldn't stop listening as both author and narrated walked me through the streets of Italy while inside the twisted mind of Tom Ripley.
The book is outstanding - the film doesn't even come close, good as it is - but it's the narrator that lifts it to the next level. The nuanced interpretation is perfect; the cadence smooth - perfectly pitched to the various scenes and situations.
Highly recommend. Great book read by outstanding narrator. Win/win.