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The Bonfire of the Vanities Audiobook

The Bonfire of the Vanities

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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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    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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    "Entertaining"

    Great listening experience and excellent storyline. Will be looking for other works done by Joe Barrett.

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    Carlos Bello 05-19-15 Member Since 2014
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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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    Chad Kingwood, TX, United States 04-14-15
    Chad Kingwood, TX, United States 04-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "slow at first."

    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.

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    M. Levine 03-17-15
    M. Levine 03-17-15
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    "Good Listen"

    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.

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    Joseph D. Cervelli edison, new jersey 03-10-15
    Joseph D. Cervelli edison, new jersey 03-10-15

    joeeeeeeee

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    "can't believe it took me almost 30 years!!!"

    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!

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    Margaret portervillle, CA, United States 02-21-15
    Margaret portervillle, CA, United States 02-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic"

    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++

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    Ana 02-09-15
    Ana 02-09-15

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    "Extraordinary storytellingdrama,"
    If you could sum up The Bonfire of the Vanities in three words, what would they be?

    drama, energy, suspense


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bonfire of the Vanities?

    The descriptions of the Bronx courthouse


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    Sherman McCoy's lawyer


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was addicted....


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Kathy 01-31-15
    Kathy 01-31-15

    This is the only way to get through all the books I want to enjoy...and still I'm behind!

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    "Took Effort"

    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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