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.
The narration. The reader shouted at me, affected bad approximations of accents and ruined the book. I like reading because it invites my mind and imagination to fill in the blanks. A well narrated audio book allows space for the listener to enjoy and imagine. This reader left nothing.
Absolutely not. If this was someone's first audio book they would probably never listen to another again.
Pretty much anyone.
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
Bonfire of the Vanities
The acting by the reader was far better than reading the book. I
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.
OK story is really an excuse for observations about the South Florida social and political scene. The Art Basel commentary is priceless.
Big Audible fan since 2007. Love all types of books from sci-fi, mystery, thriller, bios, science, political analysis, and classics.
Tom Wolfe is great at character, scene, and setting development in his writing. Bonfire of the Vanities is one of my favorite books because of those elements, combined with a great plot. But it's almost like Wolfe completely forgot to include a plot in this book. He sets the stage for the plot early in the book, more or less abandons it for the next 85% of the book, then quickly wraps it up at the end. He spent way too much time describing the thoughts and feelings of particular characters in scenes to the point I kept saying, "let's get on with it." How much insight does it provide to describe someone's thoughts to the most minute detail? I feel that there was a masterpiece waiting to be written here, but Wolfe couldn't bother to put it together.
The general ethnic variety of Miami is an interesting setting and good study of socio-economic trends in this ethnically diverse area.
I thought he did a great job of performing the various characters, from Cuban, to American, to Haitian, to Russian. His performance was better than the story, itself.
Not really, no. I'm most disappointed because Wolfe had the elements to make a really great novel, but chose to focus too much of the text on the wrong things.
The very ending of the book perplexed me as well, It had to do with the girl Nestor chose to call between three potential women. It just didn't make sense to me, nor tie in to the theme or story of the book.
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.