Listening and Reading
In the Audible.com's "The Talented Mr. Ripley" I have two pleasures united: the mundane but gripping Highsmith writing style and Kevin Kenerly's alluring performance of Highsmith's words. It's Kenerly's voice, much what I'd imagine Ripley would sound like, that has me buying the entire Ripley series. Bravo.
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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.
Is the audio version of this book likely to be better than the text version? Having never read the text version, I cannot say. However, I can say that the narration adds a sense of immediacy to the action that builds suspense.
This book reminded of Shakespeare's play, Richard III. Both gave a first person perspective to crime and had a strangely sympathetic criminal narrator.
I didn't really have one favorite "scene" in this book. Instead, I found myself appreciating all of the work and rehearsal that Tom Ripley put into his efforts to assimilate into his surroundings.
I wouldn't dream of renaming this book. The name is perfect as is.
The great film of the same name doesn't even come close to doing this book justice. I was moved to cheering by the end. That it was for a psychopathic killer is why you must read this book.
Highsmith is superb
Kenerly nails the narration.
This is simply put, a great book. Patricia Highsmith creates a well drawn and deeply flawed character. This author creates a world that is compelling and captivating. The performance is also excellent. This is a must read!!
I've never seen the movie. So glad I got the book. Imagine Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye killing someone and going on the run in Italy. I loved every minute of this book.
Psychologically darkly funny
The character study of Tom and his world view was fascinating and amusing.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
liar, dreamer, murderer
ripley's constant finagling.
different parts moments that were particularly enjoyable. it is hard to choose one. i think i found the tension that was going on when freddie figured out what was going on particularly satisfying. tom thought he could fool them all.
i saw the movie. i knew i would like the book and i did.
I enjoyed the story, although the narrator drags down the rating a bit for me. I must admit that, of all the audiobooks to which I've listened, I enjoyed this one the least.
I never saw the film, but the author's writing is so precise and so evocative, I felt like I saw the story evolving in my head as I listened.
All of it. Mr. Kenerly's overly-affected speech often distracted me from the story. He should stick to Shakespeare.
Nice guy ends up head first in the Mediterranean; and bad guy is incredibly lucky.
This must have been a real page turner in its time. In 2012, the tax cheat, Thomas Ripley, would have been caught before he ever left New York for Italy, but then there would have been no opportunity for such a fanciful story taking us on a tour of Europe.
Ripley - a neurotic sociopath - is not an engaging character. And the pace and narration of this story plods along. The other characters are wan and tepid, not the sparkling but damaged children of privelege that the movie demonstrates. You don't really care what happends to anyone in this story.