LDP makes all the characters come to life in what would otherwise be a less than great work by Tom Wolfe. Not saying it's bad, but not Wolfe's best ever by a fair margin.
It seems like a rehash of Bonfire of the Vanities. A cast of characters brought together by a racially inflammatory incident? Check. Character development that only reveals darker and darker aspects of the American personality? Check. A tension between materialism and identity politics? Check.
No, but I'm less likely to read this author in the future.
Phillips was a pretty good narrator, and kept me engaged through some very intricate prose.
I could see it being made into a movie, but that doesn't mean I'd watch it. A lot of texts get adapted that shouldn't be.
A normal narrative and shorter
I usually like Tom Wolfe but this was painful. It was WÅY too long and he kept kept kept repeating repeating repeating! It practically gave me a headache. The porn theme was a bit gratuitous.
The story was ok and the setting was informative.
I would recommend this one to someone looking for an engaging listen. There isn't much in Back to Blood that you haven't seen in Wolfe's other recent books like Man in Full or I am Charlotte Simmons in terms of scope or structure. The characters are fairly flat in this one and some (especially the psychologist) just seem to dangle for no reason.
That said, it's Tom Wolfe so there is a great panorama and sense of time and place as he describes the high rollers of Miami.
Lastly, the production value in this one is among the best I've ever heard. Loved the musical interludes. Nice touch.
Probably the description of Flishman's twin herpes and masturbation issues. Nobody describes puss like Wolfe.
He really get into the different parts and makes good use of Wolfe's signature punctuation and description. His Cuban Spanish accents are believable without going way over the top.
This book was a tough listen I thought the story was slow developing.
I needed to become engaged with the characters, I found my mind wandering during the listen
Worked in radio stations all over California from A to Z; KABC, Los Angeles and KZAP, Sacramento plus many more in between. I was a voice talent, copy writer and production director; I'm retired now but still do voice overs.
Wolfe captures the zeitgeist of Miami. Characters perfectly rendered. Read beautifully by Lou Diamond Philips
The opening scene
Another great Tom Wolfe story
Very impressed with Lou Diamond Phillips and his ability to capture each individual character and all the accents. I will purchase everything he narrates.
Listening to this book was a wonderful experience. I grew up in Miami, and the reader and music added to the feeling of local ambiance and flavor. Plus it's a good story. There's no downside!
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.