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The Bonfire of the Vanities Audiobook

The Bonfire of the Vanities

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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. Suddenly, Sherman finds himself embroiled in the most brutal, high-profile case of the year, as prosecutors, politicians, the press, the police, the clergy, and assorted hustlers rush in to further their own political and social agendas. With so many egos at stake, the last priority on anyone's mind is truth or justice in this bitingly hilarious American satire.

©1987 Tom Wolfe; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A big, bitter, funny, craftily plotted book that grabs you by the lapels and won't let go." (New York Times Book Review)
"Sheer entertainment against a fabulous background....Often hilarious, and much, much more." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Erupting from the first line with noise, color, tension and immediacy....brilliant." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Michael 09-10-15
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    "Loved the book, amazed by the performance."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Masterful writing, dry humor, the hours flew by.


    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Joe Barrett gave an amazing performance. Not just a reading but a 6 star performance. I am going to look for more books narrated by him.


    Any additional comments?

    It is incredible how current events of the past 13 months mirror this story from nearly 30 years ago.

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    J. C. Labozzetta New Haven, CT 09-03-15
    J. C. Labozzetta New Haven, CT 09-03-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Well read modern classic!"

    Really enjoyed the characters and story. The "Sherman" voice took some getting used to but I learned to appreciate it and others.

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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 08-29-15
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 08-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Now I know"

    Now I understand what all the fuss was about when this book came out. It's just a perfect satire about money, wealth, New York, etc. The narrator was fantastic as well. Just a great listen.

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    Michael Benz 08-17-15 Member Since 2014

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    Best narration I've ever heard, and I have listened to many many audiobooks. Very pleased with my purchase, learned w lot.

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    Sherrie 07-31-15
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    "Do not waste your time!"

    This was AWFUL!! I could not wait for it to be over. Kept having to fast forward hoping it would get better
    Never did. Sorry i bought it.

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    Lawstud 07-23-15
    Lawstud 07-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Magnificent."

    Amazing. Story was phenomenal, engaging, always on edge. the narrator was equally as magnificent and brought each character to life.

    I am an American lawyer (soon to be) and this book will undoubtedly in my "classic collection"- ie will read/hear more than two or three times.

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    Chantal Noordeloos The Netherlands 07-06-15
    Chantal Noordeloos The Netherlands 07-06-15 Member Since 2014

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    The story itself was solid. But both the characters and the ending let it down for me. Perhaps it's because all the macho crap was lost on me. I felt there was little diversity in the personalities of the different characters. The ending was another let down. Such a build up, and then to end on such a passive note. I don't understand the hype.

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    Brian 06-25-15
    Brian 06-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    Great listening experience and excellent storyline. Will be looking for other works done by Joe Barrett.

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    "Engagingly fascinating. Narration is excellent."

    It is astounding to read that the current social tensions in the country are not far away from those back in the mid 80's.
    Great narration.

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    ken solomon LaGrangeville, NY United States 05-08-15
    ken solomon LaGrangeville, NY United States 05-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the best"

    Still a remarkable story! The performance was terrific. One of the best Audible titles. Listen!

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