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.
Lengthy, meaty plot, snarky tone and point of view.
Opening scene in which protagonist scales a sailboat mast to rescue/capture a refugee.
Pacing of the reading -- If I just read the book I would be tempted to race ahead and would miss the full impact (and fun) of some of the subplots.
Title is as good as anything that I can think of.
One of the best from Tom Wolfe in a long, long time.
The story was broken up into pieces and it was hard to follow the thread. When I got to the end, I really didn't care how it worked out.
Performance was okay, but there was lots of stuttering when characters talked or laughed. The laughter was ingenious.
Wasn't the worst book I ever read, but not the best either.
Seductively irreverent satire
Engaging narrative envelops Wolfe's relentlessly intelligent allegory and perceptive wit as he enthusiastically dissects the revered, the iconic, the pretentious and the ugly.
Just as Wolfe endows each of his characters a unique voice, so is each unmistakably projected by Phillips.
The flow of internal monologue, throughout.
So very successful on so may levels, in a word, brilliant.
Wolfe skewers ethnic groups and the wealthy in this satirical send up of life in modern multiethnic Miami. His repartees embellish a boy meets girl tale (or girl meets boy) with insights and characterizations that are amusing though occasionally over the top. There is a bit of Bonfire of the Vanities in here. It’s an amusing story which he might not have quite figured out how to end properly.
I would recommend it to someone that liked Tom Wolfe's writing but I would beg them not to buy it on audio. The brain can skip over words that are repeated in print because it allows your eyes to simply skim over them, but when you're listening to words spoken over and over it is maddening. One can't just fast-forward! Numerous times I had to force myself to continue listening to this book - I found myself saying outloud "I get it already - MOVE ON."
For the most part, the characters were one-dimensional and very unlikeable, but that really wasn't a big surprise. The story is about a bunch of self-centered people and even though the focus is on Miami, it could have been any one of dozen places. Nestor, Magdalena and the young Haitian college girl whose name I have already forgotten, were the only characters with any depth and they were pretty shallow. These just weren't people I'd care to actually know and I don't think Wolfe cared about readers liking these characters. The story, such as it was, just petered out, but by the end, I couldn't have cared less. The constant repetition of words for effect made me cringe. If I am capable of enjoying a Tom Wolfe book, do I REALLY need to have him beating me over the head with what is happening?? Does he really believe that his readers are too dense to imagine the sounds he is describing, or the feelings, or whatever is being repeated?
Lou Diamond Phillips did a wonderful job giving voice to the folks at the active seniors home, but otherwise it was so-so! It bothered me that he mispronounced words, however that was much easier to overlook than listening to him reading words repeatedly. LDP is a good actor and he brought a lot of life to the story, such as it was.
NO!! It's not a great story and the chances of getting a screenwriter and director who would turn it into something sparkling are slim. I wouldn't waste my money to see it in a theater and I doubt I'd even watch it on a premium channel - unless I absolutely had nothing else to watch.
Tom Wolfe is an excellent writer. He captures banality better than almost anyone I've ever read, but he also shared some thought-provoking insight regarding the great American mixing pot of Miami. One last thing - it is not yet against the law to text and drive in Florida as he had Nestor Camacho stating.