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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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    Sherrie 07-31-15
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    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
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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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    "Entertaining"

    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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    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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    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
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    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

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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
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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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