Where to begin.....maybe a good story? better plot??
something that moves fast, and has a plot!
Love his voice, too bad the material wasn't better
don't think it would have been published.
I know it takes all kinds to make the world go round, or so it's said. But this really was a waste of my time, and credits.....while the premise of the story is solid, the promise of a good read, or in this case, listen, was not fulfilled.
Great story, as expected, from Tom Wolfe, made better by Phillip's outstanding performance.
Bonfire of the Vanities and A Man in Full, both by Tom Wolfe. BACK TO BLOOD stands up to them, though in a different way.
Phillips differentiated the voices extremely well, portraying a wide variety of characters with varying accents and sensibilities. He always struck the proper emotional tone and made the most of Tom Wolfe's spoken-word style and frequent overemphasis without distracting the listener from the story. I have seen Phillips play character roles in many films and TV series and was delighted to find what a high level of skill and professionalism he brought to the book as reader. Bravo, Lou Diamond Phillips! I will be looking for him as a reader of other audiobooks in the future.
Many laughs and plenty of tension. No tears, but I didn't expect any from this particular story.
Lou Diamond Phillips was extraordinary as narrator and the story was great. I listened to another Tom Wolfe novel right after because this was so good! It was intelligent yet easy, dealt with difficult issues with levity - I highly recommend.
I already did. No one riffs with words better than Wolfe. Lou Diamond Phillips narration adds the Miami sound to give it an extra dimension.
Nestor realizing his family and neighborhood saw him as a traitor.
Very versatile actor. This is one book that I really think was better on audio. Some of the Wolfe sentences are relentless. Phillips danced through them with ease and panache.
I loved Nestor, but I also thought the sex-addicted sex doc was hilarious.
Really makes you think about human relations, our culture and feelings towards each other. Very well written.
...sadly,no plot. Gave up halfway through. Perhaps I would have been better off with the abridged version. I have loved so many of Tom Wolfe's classics, but this book wasn't going anywhere -- at least by the middle of Part 2. Yes, the narrator is terrific, yes, Tom Wolfe writes some brilliant description (love the use of sounds), but a book also has to move forward. This one doesn't. Disappointing.
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
Wolfe is a master at irony and this book is just icing on the cake. I'm really glad I purchased it because Wolfe spins a funny, realistic yarn.
Lou Diamond Phillips is sterling always, but he was made for this story. His performance alone makes this a worthy purchase.
I didn't want the story to end, not only because I fell in love with the characters, but because I felt it is an unfinished work in progress. I feel he did a shoddy job at bringing the story to its conclusion. There are way too many loose ends. Still, I am pleased to recommend this one!
I have only the audio edition of the book, so I can't tell. This audio edition is very well narrated. More like a performance, than a reading.
The police chief. He is flawed, but not rotten to the bones.
Each character is memorable in its own way and place, but I couldn't single out any one of them. They are quintessential for their own types.
I enjoyed the characters' development including their thoughts and distractions while other things were happening. Tom Wolf is a great writer, who continues to deliver a well woven and entertaining story It was an interesting view of Miami, the cultural mix and the Art scene. Very fun.
Educational explanation of Cubano family and social conditions in Miami. Mr. Wolfe provided memorable personalities and situations. Pace was brisk and entire book interesting.
Camacho - he was torn between many different life forces and 'uncertain' consistently on which path to follow.
Voice inflections, pronunciations and 'flow'.
Camacho's father to argue familial structuring.