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..
The Talented Mr. Ripley is a crime classic and the hard, almost vicious style of Highsmith really brings to life the darkness of Tom Ripley. The only thing that detracted from the audio book was the narrator.
There's no con man quite like Ripley, but I would compare it to another Highsmith, Strangers on a Train. The reason why is that there's a real sense of claustrophobia around the characters as the net draws to a close.
It was about as good a job as I myself could have done. There's no real variation in voices and frankly, he just doesn't sound at all like I imagined Tom Ripley. His voice is too upbeat or something. It took me right out of the whole thing.
Highsmith seems to have an incredible understanding of her subject. I absolutely believed every minute, every thought, every word. The deranged thinking and emotions of Tom Ripley, the self-pity, the false & fleeting guilt, all the justifications...how could she come up with this and be of sound mind herself? She's amazing! I was absolutely mesmerized. And the narrator does a fantastic job of conveying Ripley's inner states. The blithe tone he often uses to articulate incredible immoral and inhumane plans perfectly conveys to us Ripley's utter lack of conscience. Just FANTASTIC, all around. One of the best Audible listens ever.
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The Talented Mr. Ripley is unlike anything I’ve read before. It was entertaining and nerve-racking, yet somewhat underplayed and even slow at times. It’s a damned interesting story, but also one of the most unpleasant reads ever. You know that feeling when you’re watching a movie where someone breaks into a house and then the person who lives there comes home and the intruder has to hide? It’s unbearable in a squirm-around-in-your-seat-kind-of-way, right? That’s how it felt reading The Talented Mr. Ripley. If I hadn’t listened to the audio, I don’t think I ever would have been able to finish. There was one particular scene that made me gasp loudly (while I was at the gym – not embarrassing at all!!! No no …) where Tom Ripley slips and is nearly busted. Insufferable!
The brilliant thing about this book is that you kind of get to like Tom Ripley, even if he is a creepy psycho. I actually found myself rooting for him – I wanted him to get away with murder. What’s even worse: there were times I could identify with him! That scared the shit out of me. It was just little observations on life and people. Like this quote:
Anticipation! It occurred to him that his anticipation was more pleasant to him than the experiencing.
That could just as well have been something I had said. Don’t get me wrong, I would never murder someone and steal their identity. Unless that person had a really awesome book & shoe collection.