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.
I bought this book because of reviews and Lou Diamond Phillips who I think is excellent at reading. The story drags and the writer has the reader yell words to make sounds. Like when someone is speaking after each word or so he says slap. Which I took to mean a slapping noise in the background. Another example is when a character is about to say something and in mid sentence the reader yells axe. Then explains he cut off what he was saying. The story is supposed to be about crimes and a reporter and police officer according to the reviews. After 5 hours it had to gotten to the story.
A better story
I would recommend the book only to those who like Tom Wolfe
Mr. Phillips is an outstanding reader. He made listening to the book incredibly enjoyable despite the fact that I was not enthralled with the story. I will look for other books he narrates.
Slight disappointment--excellently written..but just did not like the characters or story.
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