I knew that the movie was set in the 1950's, but I didn't know that it was based on this book which was written at that time, or that the book is the first in a series.
Same characters, but many substantial differences in the plot of the book vs. the film. I won;t hint at what they are but if you have seen the movie you still have many surprises coming. First rate suspense .
Wine, food and travel writer, editor, novelist.
Highsmith is known for her wonderful command of the language and a creepy mind. Her sociopaths (Ripley, as well as Bruno from Strangers on a Train) could be characterized as asexual misogynists or repressed homosexuals, depending on your viewpoint. That they don't understand the nuances of male/female relationships enrages them and ultimately drives them to murder. Highsmith writes beautifully, and though Kenerly's narrative tone carries the appropriate sense of underlying malice, I was several times startled out of an emersion in the story by his mispronunciation of Italian and French words, and by the hard "g" that he gives to such words as "ring" and "long." If that weren't bad enough, he often turns statements into questions with a rising inflection at the end of a sentence.
The main character seemed to have no redeeming characteristics.
Did not find one I liked
I thought the narrator did an acceptable job.
Perhaps if a friend had told me it was going to get better I would have stayed with it.
Yes, the narrator is intoxicating
Mr. Ripley's true thoughts about Marge were hilarious to me
No I wouldn't have wanted to listen to it in one sitting because there are alot of details about Ripley's scams and it is a little too much information and becomes boring.
Love Tom Ripley's character. I started off with the movie many many years ago and always loved it. Finally read the book and don't regret it. Never knew it was a trilogy.
It was such a twisted story but my sympathy remained with Ripley, sort of hoping he'd get away with it yet knowing that if he did, it was wrong.
I couldn't believe that I could have sympathy for a murderer and someone as selfish as Tom.
Pick any of the suspense ones where he was sure he'd be found out and then gets away with it.
It is a film.
I bought it on a whim and am delighted I did.
I've read a lot of "criminal" protagonist novels but never about one that lives in the same reality as I do. Kevin Kenerly delivers a though provoking calm to the narrative. Looking forward to this series and other stories by Patricia Highsmith.
Classic story, entertaining and read well. Perfect for listening rather than reading. Engaging and does not require 100% focus, so this was a good book for listening to while doing laundry, cooking etc. Recommended.
Obviously, this writer is talented which kept me listening to the end but nothing happens , especially in the last third of the book.! The main character's emotions are blunted and this seeps through in the writing. Preferred Strangers on a Train by the same author. Less pompous and more tension. Probably finished with this author. Definitely finished with this series,
Great book...only complaint is that the narrator should learn how to pronounce foreign words if they appear in the book they are reading...anyone who speaks Italian will cringe when they hear this..