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  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2086)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1091)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "I love this book BUT..."
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    Would you try another book from John Kennedy Toole and/or Barrett Whitener?

    yes and yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Crazy Ignatius, who else?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He did this one all wrong


    What character would you cut from A Confederacy of Dunces?

    Nobody. It's a masterpiece.


    Any additional comments?

    I heard Barrett Whitener only once before, reading Sinclair Lewis' *Free Air*, and I thought he was just great, and I'm a huge fan of Confed. having read it three times so far...but I could not get very far with BW's reading of it. I found his voices and pacing all wrong. Crazy Ig sounded like some self-important blowhard politician or something. I just did not like the voices at all and I quickly stopped listening. He was spoiling it for me. This book was so much better in its written form. But again, I highly recommend BW's reading of *Free Air*. He was perfect in that one, but this one, thumbs down.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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