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.
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
The narration. The reader shouted at me, affected bad approximations of accents and ruined the book. I like reading because it invites my mind and imagination to fill in the blanks. A well narrated audio book allows space for the listener to enjoy and imagine. This reader left nothing.
Absolutely not. If this was someone's first audio book they would probably never listen to another again.
Pretty much anyone.
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.
Tom Wolfe Genius
Bonfire of the Vanities - same hilariously insidious sadistic approach to character development - utterly impossible to put down - jokes within jokes wrapped in jokes in every paragraph. If you read the same paragraph 12 times, you'll double over laughing for 12 different reasons - it reads like a knife through butter but every sentence is densely packed.
Strong, Bad Spanish
have to think about that one
My point in writing this is to encourage Audible to get a different narration - even if by the same guy - Phillips is excellent but fails fatally in one absolutely critical area: Cuban Spanish. Spanish in general, actually. For example, an important character goes to a Cuban gym called "Ññññññño, Qué Gym!", which is short for "Coño! What a gym!". "Coño" is like saying "whoa!" is English, but a bit more profane. You pronounce ño like this "nyo". But Phillips says "no". Now, I'm not Cuban and I'm not an expert in Spanish and I had hoped to benefit from hearing all of the Spanish in this book pronounced with a proper Miami Cuban accent, but EVERY GRINGO who knows the slightest thing about Cuba knows that it's nyo, not no! Everybody says ñññño all the time. It was practically the first thing I learned to say when I was in Cuba. If he gets THIS wrong, everything is suspect, and sure enough, a few pages later he says "DEE os me oh" instead of "dyos me oh" for "my god". This is not a Cubanism. It's just plain old "my God". In any Spanish dialect it's gonna be "dyos me oh" - one syllable on Dios. Again, EVERYBODY says "ay dios mío" (oh my god) over and over and over. If you can say "dee os me oh" and not hear that it sound wrong ... that's not good.
So, in summary, Tom Wolfe might be the greatest writer of fiction of the last century and this book is another stunning example of his art - it just needs a more authentic narration. It's too bad because in every other way Phillips is eminently listenable. I'd give him at least 4 stars if not for the horrendous errors in Spanish.