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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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    mlirving Oakland, California 10-01-16
    mlirving Oakland, California 10-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, wonderfully read!"

    Exceptional narration for this book! A classic that I love reading in paper but enjoyed listening to even more.

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    Heidi 07-29-16
    Heidi 07-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Tom you are a Southerner"
    What made the experience of listening to The Bonfire of the Vanities the most enjoyable?

    Find the melding of a story written by a Master craftsman...who's able to integrate his Southern roots into the daintiness of the story line....Sherman, Marshall, the RELee statue, the foxy chic, while not being intimidated by New Yorkers...A shame the movie didn't master the story the same way. Oh and the Brit....PERFECTO!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marshall-great accessory....really a dachshund? Perfect visual for a accomplice to an affair....haha, Tom you are really a humorist. Love it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The dinner party...and the short hand to describe the x-rays...especially the description of how the one x-ray's ass had disappeared....


    If you could rename The Bonfire of the Vanities, what would you call it?

    "The Bond of NY"


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the language....because it made the visual....a white woman and brown lipstick living in the Bronx....and what does one think of when hearing about a woman's lips? Especially wrapped in brown lipstick? Oh Tom you jokester....:-)

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    Staci Erickson 07-20-16 Member Since 2012
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    "a true classic"

    a little slow to start, Mr Wolfe paints a startling picture which coincidentally applies to many attitudes today.

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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 05-22-16
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 05-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A satire . . . but who cares?"

    I did not like the characters and felt that I could not relate to them. I don't know if it was due to stereotyping each of the characters, or due to lack of character development. The book was way to long and much of it seemed pointless, perhaps because the author rambled a lot through out it.

    I finished the book, but I had to drag myself to the end! Not an entertaining book.

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    Krysclie 05-03-16
    Krysclie 05-03-16 Member Since 2011
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    "a flawless book and a flawless performance"
    What did you love best about The Bonfire of the Vanities?

    It's amazing that a book 30 years old could remain so relevant and even prescient. Bonfire has long been one of my favorite books. So, as a Super-Fan, I could hardly imagine how any book by Tom Wolfe could find room for improvement. Yet, this performance by Joe Barrett proves that even "perfect" has wiggle room. This audio is so entertaining, I've actually listened to it numerous times, much like one watches an iconic movie over and over through the years.


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    mich mccormick 02-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining performance"

    Think 'The Great Gatsby' meets 'The Wire' in 1980s New York. Do with that what you will.

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    Chris 01-10-16
    Chris 01-10-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow"

    I listen to about 30 audiobooks a year and this is by far the best audiobook I've ever listened to.

    Puts Tom Wolfe in an entire new light; he is surely one of our greatest authors.

    A super performance by the narrator.

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    marcus messner 12-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great story and great performance!"

    The ending is a bit disappointing but the plot is very solid overall.

    I really hated the British joirnalist's accent. Very caricatural, sounded like he was drunk all the time.

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    Michael 09-10-15
    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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