Very entertaining, if unusual, storyline. I have never read or listened to a book with the primary character anything like Mr. Ripley I don't think.
Different and surprising, but that is the allure that caused me to get another in the series.
This book is right up my alley! I love a story where the hero is also the villain! ... And in this case, a psychopath! A most unusual and entertaining read, written with intelligence and wonderfully narrated!
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!
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.
Tom Ripley and DIckey Greenleaf.
The book is incredibly slow-paced and I found it pretty boring.
The voices could have been differentiated more clearly.
Ms. Highsmith could have had more action sooner than later and a better ending. I would've also preferred a more masculine, secure, and confident Mr. Ripley. Overall, I didn't find the story to be as clever as I initially imagined.
There's no specific narrator in mind; I just would've opted for a more masculine voice.
I thought the questioning of Tom's sexuality was pointless. I don't see how the plot benefited from it.
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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.
I can't say I liked this book, but I had a hard time putting it down when I started it. The story line left me disturbed and strangely compelled to keep listening.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
The tension in this book really kept my attention. Ripley's character is central in the novel and his envy and deception are interesting to follow. Having seen the film previously, I cannot help but notice how completely mis-cast it was.