I've come to expect epics from TW so my only complaint here is that the story ended much too soon. This is classic Tom. Down in the dirt with the over-privileged and posers of the art world. His writing becomes more poetic with each new novel. Lou is a terrific narrator, as good as any I've ever heard.
Love novels, love to laugh.
Once again Tom Wolfe gives us a wonderful novel. The characters are so defined and the story is great. He's an amazing author. I loved CHARLOTTE SIMMONS and this book is equally as terrific. Lou Diamond Phillips is the perfect choice to narrate this novel.
In mid winter in Oregon, it was good to spend some time in Florida.
I have not finished the book yet, but I have to tell you...I live in Miami, and the pronunciation of some of the areas in Miami is horrendous... It's Brickell Ave, not BRICK-EL! Come On- Man!
I can't stand the obnoxious laugh of the doctor. Even with this, it is one of the best books I have listened to in a long time. I do not want it to end.
Nestor... so real
He would be great if he learned how to pronounce the names of some of the most famous areas in Miami... It's Brickell, not BRICK - EL, and the annoying laugh of the Doctor.
so far, all of them
Only on the first few chapter, and already annoyed that the narrator doesn't know how to pronounce Mary Brickell. It's BRICK-ell, not bri-CKELL. It's like nails on a chalkboard to a native Miamian.
It's by Tom Wolfe.
John Smith was a scream. Will there be a series? Least interesting--the police stuff was pretty dull and drawn out.
Not too much to choose from.
Giselaine's family and lineage.
An adeptly narrated multicultural fairytale and police procedural, written it feels on scraps torn from Wolfe’s breathless, young alter ego’s notepad. Each chapter opens with a tango, rap, salsa, balalaika fanfare, etc. I give it an "advanced" PG-13 (occasional attempts at hardcore as seen through the eyes of its innocents and always accompanied by an anti-porn or abstinence message) and a “no irony” warning for the adults.
Great story, great well developed characters, vividly painted scenes.
I don't recall a book that was so good and so bad at the same time. And the bad could have so easily been simply not written by Mr. Wolfe or even more simply edited out of the audible book.
Generally very good, but he should have ditched the irritating laugh of Norman. Readers are smart, they get it that Norman is obnoxious, vain, and self-absorbed, but the repeated attempt at a laugh that, I suppose, is meant to support these characteristics got old very fast.
To warn readers that they should be ready for a combination of good and bad writing. I read many books without writing a review, doing so only when I feel compelled by something very good or very bad.
Why did Tom Wolfe feel he had to use endless repeated words to make a point. I was happy to see from earlier reviews that my reaction was not exclusive to me. As I said above, readers of Wolfe are smart people. The repeated repeated repeated words became so irritating I wanted to scrap the book many times, but as I said the story was very good. I only would ask the editors to please please please please use better judgment and do what their job title implies.
Not for Tom Wolfe but maybe one where Lou Diamond Philips is the narrator
I'm afraid not.
Yes, that was good enough.
Maybe the melting pot in Miami.
No not realy. I just didn't like it and throwed it away when I was half way.
This was a stellar read. Perfectly paced. Great execution of a large variety of accents - without 'showing off' - always believable and embedded in the story. A text that required an advanced sense of rhythm - Lou DP, you nailed it.
Plot. Observation. Tom Wolfe - finger on the pulse, as usual, of America now from every angle - politico-socio-racial and just plain human.
There are no duds.
Why would I?
Such great company in my car. So many 'OMG, No!' moments. Brilliant.
A reviewer's got to do what a reviewer's got to do
It takes long to get into this book. The story is convoluted , the characters difficult to comprehend and one really does not understand where Tom Wolfe wants to take him. Is the book meant to be an essay on the ethnic and social conflicts in Miami or simply a comedy on the high class bourgeoisie investing in art for social recognition ? No, this is, you discover after a few hours of patient listening, a thriller .. The writing style and the reading are frenzy and a bit too high pitch. Much ado about nothing.
those who have never read Tom Wolfe
He's recycling lines from the 80's! I used to love Tom Wolfe, but this book is was a serious disappointment.
A complete waste of a credit. I can't believe I suffered through the whole thing, just hoping it would improve.