The richness and brokenness of the characters.
Any scene where the main character doesn't realize he's speaking out loud. I can just feel the humiliation when he realizes it and the wistfulness about not being able to say what one really feels.
Didn't read the print version, but the writing lends itself enormously well to narration. Has a David Sidarus quality to it.
No, but I would absolutely do so again and again.
This book is so very well written with the voice that matches the entire shiva experience. Witty, surprising and so very well crafted.
didn't see it coming. (OK that's 4)
Yes! I loved the fact that the victim and the suspect were both deeply flawed characters.
Yes and he's one of my favorite narrators. In fact, I sometimes am not familiar with the book but choose it because he narrates it.
I wouldn't listen to any book I've already heard.
The main character was charmingly naive and buffeted by circumstances and chance.
No, but I will listen to more.
The passages about the injuries that the Julian suffered and the care he was given by a woman he could not love as much as he loved another was very moving.
This was a little slow to get started, but I'm so glad I stuck with it. It's a powerfully wonderful story and I look forward to listening to others in the series.
I didn't read the print version, but Lou Diamond Phillips was magnificent and I can't wait to listen to other audiobooks he's narrated.
Bonfire of the Vanities for big character creation
No, but I certainly will from here on!
This book introduced me to the complexity of the Cuban community in Miami which in my own ignorance, I had thought of as fairly one-dimensional. I really enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the community and its issues.
I get that sex and pornography were major themes in the book and in our culture, but there was a little too much of the bump, bump, grind, grind. I get it.
I agree with one other reviewer who said the end felt rushed and unresolved and I think I was looking for something out of the Haitian family's character development that never quite materialized.
Having said that, this is the kind of book I look to Tom Wolfe for - a big send-up of American culture warts and all.
The interplay of history and exceptional narrative
The description of what the world might have looked like had JFK lived.
There is a fundamental goodness in Mr. Wasson's voice that underlies so many of the characters.
Yes! Hated to pull out my earphones!
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