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!
He is a wonderful narrator. His many voices are amazing.
This book is gossipy and exciting.
If you adore Wolfe give it a try. Or if you have trouble sleeping and an endless pointless story could help you sleep buy this book
Is there a caboose on this train...On and on and on...Get to the point. The characters could be good but its like reading twitter, who cares
Is laugh out loud was really bad and annoying
Maybe -- I may have quit too soon but for me 10 hours was all I could stand enjoying
I expected to like this as much as I did Bon Fires. Bon Fires took place in NY neighborhoods I am familiar with, I am also very familiar with South Florida and Miami but I could not relate.
Lou Diamond Phillips provides the best narration I've ever heard. Very enjoyable characters and plot.
Repetitive words were very annoying. Slap Slap Slap
Yes, both my husband and I enjoyed it.
More variety to his voice
Back to Blood is journalist-turned-novelist Tom Wolfe’s fourth novel, all best sellers, but it is still a very slight tale. It could be called “Miami Exposed,” as it seeks to paint a portrait of that city’s many warring classes and ethnic territorials, all, in their own way, pursuing the American dream. Most of the characters are so overblown that they are cartoons of real people, and the situations that Wolfe creates for them are so implausible, that the novel is sometimes more farce than drama. Still, Wolfe is such a good story-teller that the reader is nudged onward to find out how it all turns out, which will lead many readers to be disappointed because Wolfe frequently either abandons his characters or fails to resolve situations in which he has placed them. I have now read all of Wolfe’s four novels, and I would recommend that anyone interested in reading Back to Blood, do so only after they have read his earlier works in the order that they were written. Wolfe gets worse with each of his novels, but they’re still good enough to keep him and his readership going.
What saved this book for me, was the superb reader, who made this a better book than it would otherwise have been.