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.
"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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The story progresses at a painfully slow pace amid indulgently lengthy descriptions of clothing, furniture, and various location in NYC.
Tom Wolfe is showy in his ability to describe all the kinds of people and things while confining his characters to narrow stereotypes.
This is why I am not a liberal arts major.
The book is well written and the story has depth and is engrossing. The narrator can do so many voices it is unbelievable.
Actually none of them. But I still liked the story.
Yeah... the narrator... He is obviously so talented in his ability to do so many voices but when it comes to any sort of minority it reminds me of Airplane! (the movie) Except that Airplane! was made in 1980 and is meant to be egregiously overt in its stereotyping. If you can sit through Airplane! without feeling uncomfortable you might not mind this reading. But, being that this was created in this decade... you have to think twice about this Audible.
Probably not, but I liked Joe Barrett's reading. It enlivened a book I read when it came out, thirty years ago. But I don't need to visit this story a third time.
For a period piece, a morality tale pre-Internet and social media, it remains a valuable dramatization of the pressure of what the 'flak catchers' Tom Wolfe profiled endured two decades later in the Bronx. This time, it's the legal profession, not the (other) bureaucrats.
Having enjoyed his reading of John Irving's "A Prayer for Owen Meany," Barrett here can show off his range of voices and accents as he has many more characters to work with. While the "haw haw haws" on Wolfe's page still grate to the ear here, the verve and pathos Joe Barrett brings to the protagonist, Sherman McCoy, deepens the novel and message.
"Pin the WASP to the wall"--a phrase used by Sherman's persecutors
Ch, 22, a descent from the Dickensian satire into Dantean depths, is harrowing and very well told. One of the longer chapters, but the book generally moves along well. Despite dinner party chat in real time, and those Tom Wolfe elaborations of sartorial and decorative detail.
Engineer in St Louis, Missouri, United States
First of all, forget the movie. The movie is a joke compared to the book. This book is quoted in Financial, Social History, New York, American, and Political literature because it is a awesome and compelling story. Wolfe is the best American novelist that I have read.
The narration is great too.
I thought of not finishing this book because the start was slow and confusing. Each chapter at the beginning discussed a different character and I couldn't see the connection. But be patient, as it all comes together.
I am inspired by the beautiful women, girls, and men who I’ve met over the years that lack the self-esteem to recognize their own beauty.
You must forgive the book for it was written in a different time, a time when race was a bigger issue and religion and politics were more raw. It is interesting how this book can say things then that would not even be allowed socially now. OK yes I agree this is full of stereotypes and in some cases out and out prejudice. But there is a grain of truth in it all and it shows how both the media, justice and the special interest groups create unintended victims. It also pokes holes at the smug rich and shows really how fragile it all is. But most of all it is just a classic comedy of pile of humans building a ridiculously funny situation.
This was a very long story about characters that I still did not connect with, even after listening for 27 hours. Some content was interesting but most was maddening, so at least the story did provoke some emotion. Of course it was a well-written story, considering the author, and the performance was flawless. I'm just a bit sad that I chose to spend a day of my life listening to this instead of...pretty much anything else.
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