In the Audible.com's "The Talented Mr. Ripley" I have two pleasures united: the mundane but gripping Highsmith writing style and Kevin Kenerly's alluring performance of Highsmith's words. It's Kenerly's voice, much what I'd imagine Ripley would sound like, that has me buying the entire Ripley series. Bravo.
Arte Johnson's characterizations and pacing work to bring Toole's characters to life. The dialogue is laugh-out-loud funny in its own right, but Johnson is faithful to the characters' various New Orleans dialects, speech tics. His masterpiece, of course, is the booming pompous voice of Ignatius.
My only regret is Johnson wasn't chosen to vocalize the unabridged version. As it is, Johnson's rendition is short and oh, so sweet!
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