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.
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.