Spectacular narration...the story and writing style are vintage Tom Wolfe; the first half is especially good, but the whole thing becomes a bit over the top in the second half. All that said, I am a Tom Wolfe fan, so I enjoyed it.
Yes. No question. Lou Diamond Phillips brings the prose to life. To life! To life! To LIFE!
Up there with Michael Prichard's narration of BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES, which IMHO is the best audiobook ever.
Every accent/character is done so ... seamlessly, so seemingly-without-effort. I felt like I was sitting in a room for a script read-through, with the whole cast present, except Mr. Phillips was the whole cast. Thank you.
Again. Thank you to Mr. Phillips. Sincerely.
I would not recommend this book as It was way too long for the plot. If I had this in print I would have skimmed half the book.
I like the story line and the crazy characters. The plot evolution and introduction of characters, not to be heard from again for 12 hours really left something to be desired.
It a terrible book, to change that, you would have to have decent book
He's the reason I purchased it, but its a terrible story
I have try to listen to it, three different time and I can't make it out of the first of three books. Would like a refund or trade it in on something
Terrible, can I trade it in?
I'm a private mortgage banker for Wells Fargo. I'm married with 5 children and 2 granddaughters. I love Audible as I spend lots car time.
I couldn't wait for this book to come out! I loved Charlotte Simmons and most of Tom Wolfe's other books. The problem with this book is that I never came to care about any of the characters. After investing almost 20 hours, I should have cared about someone! I didn't Some reviewers have objected to the sexual situations. That's odd because all of Tom Wolfe's books have sexual situations, and this book was no different. Unfortunately, I do not recommend this book. Major waste of time, and I only finished it because I bought it.
Nestor! His growth in self-confidence was mildly interesting.
Not really sure as this was an ensemble book. Since I really didn't care about any of them, it wouldn't really matter.
Buckeye by birth, Jayhawk by the grace of God.
If only the book was half as good as Lou Diamond Phillips' narration was (superb!).... the story was just "ok" for me. A few interesting parts but they were few and far between. I do not understand all the 5 star ratings on this one. The characters were interesting and the plot was decent, but it just felt rushed to me... especially the ending.
Cubans, Haitians, Russians, Anglos, old Jews, Art Basel, modern art in Miami. Wolfe blasts them all in his inimitable style. But it seems like he filled the book with more detail than is needed; in order to make the book longer?
Having lived in Miami, I enjoyed the story for that reason. Nonetheless, if you like Wolfe's social-commenting author mode, you will enjoy this audiobook. Lou Diamond Phillips does an amazing job of narrating - his range and depiction of characters are both wonderful.
This is my first Wolfe novel and I've been very dissapointed. I found his deliberate story development tedious and his very frequent use of word repetition annoying. It was a chore to make it through the first half dozen chapters - certainly not a book that kept me listening through the night.
The reader was generally OK, but needs to work on his "ha,ha,ha" laugh sequences - annoying boardering on awful. The frequent work/phrase repetition of Wolfe's novel is something you probably would simply have flown by if you were reading, but Phillips seems to add unnecessary emphasis to this annoying literary technique. The characters were not well differentiated by tone or accent in this reading.
Back to Blood has definitely not made me a Wolfe fan.
The narrator was perfect.
When the book ended I thought there must be another part. I guess I am saying the plot was, to me, just so-so.