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  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (943)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (513)

    Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

    JOHN says: "TEN STARS"
    "entertaining but dissapointing"
    Overall

    I listened to this on a cross-country drive and it kept me entertained for many hours due to the lively and colorful narration. However, as a work of literature I was rather dissapointed. Although there is a decent storyline, the book consists of a series of excessively long and detailed scenes characterizing aspects of the legal system, wall street, and high-society of NY. Although I realize this is a satirical work, the fact that all of the characters are such blatant racial and social stereotypes made it difficult to take much interest in them. To top it all off, after some 27 hours of building up to an event, Wolfe ends it suddenly with an uncharacteristically terse epilogue that can hardly be called a conclusion, as if he just got tired of it all (understandably) and asked someone else to wrap up. Guess I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the novel, but not to others.

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