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)
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.
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.
Still a remarkable story! The performance was terrific. One of the best Audible titles. Listen!
awesome book, hard to follow at first. once started the story was incredible. would recommend to anyone. the inclusion of all aspects of financial stability made it worthwhile.
The narrator's exaggerated Black dialect freaked me out a little, but once I overcame that, I enjoyed the story. I enjoyed the evolution (devolution?) of the main character.
such great detail and wordsmithing and the narrator was fantastic!....the girl with brown lipstick, the lion of dunning spunget, the lord of the pampas!
In the beginning I wasn't sure if I'd really like it since it took a little while to start for me but once it did it was addictive. Every character from the judge to Reverend Bacon to Sherman felt real and brilliant. The narrator was genuinely awesome with his sultry woman's voice to opera shrill to his greasy wise guy voice; it all added to the experience beautifully. A++
drama, energy, suspense
The descriptions of the Bronx courthouse
Sherman McCoy's lawyer
I was addicted....
The reader is outstanding. His range of accents, tone, and voice brings each character to life. The book was good, but hearing it read by such a master made it superb.
This is the only way to get through all the books I want to enjoy...and still I'm behind!
Verbose, long and drawn out, but kept at it. I know this is reviewed to be an incredible work of fiction, and while I think the title is perfect for the book, I thought the whole thing a bit tedious hoping for it to really get exciting. It did not.
Admittedly I read it because the movie had good reviews, but half-way through the book, I checked on the movie's summary and it was not close to the book having thrown out some major characters...therefore, kept to the book.
The performance was very good and accents for New York boroughs great, but the overall of the women was poor. All the women sounded the same: tired housewives and masculine. (Okay, the narrator was a man, but still!) Sorry, but true.
I think that in retrospect the book is making more sense to me, but it was an effort to get through the story.
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