We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Bonfire of the Vanities Audiobook

The Bonfire of the Vanities

Regular Price:$31.47
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (1516 )
5 star
 (679)
4 star
 (471)
3 star
 (227)
2 star
 (78)
1 star
 (61)
Overall
4.1 (1019 )
5 star
 (479)
4 star
 (317)
3 star
 (140)
2 star
 (52)
1 star
 (31)
Story
4.3 (1015 )
5 star
 (562)
4 star
 (288)
3 star
 (105)
2 star
 (26)
1 star
 (34)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Ana 02-09-15
    Ana 02-09-15

    11x17

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    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!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    30
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    elle 12-14-14
    elle 12-14-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    239
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Still Holds Up"

    Tom Wolfe doesn't create believable female characters and the narrator doesn't do believable female voices, but despite these failings, this books still holds up with its unflinching look into the mind of a "Master of the Universe" with feet of clay. Somehow, the story helps you find a way to feel some compassion for a character who is really quite despicable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lorraine Russo Towaco, NJ USA 10-10-14
    Lorraine Russo Towaco, NJ USA 10-10-14 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    27
    11
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Love this book"

    Tom Wolfe is great, the narrator is perfect for the story...hated to see it end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    mdaustin Austin, TX USA 07-26-14
    mdaustin Austin, TX USA 07-26-14 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Maybe my favorite audiobook of all time"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Great story, great narration, highly entertaining!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great intertwining of at first seemingly unrelated characters, very interesting story, great depictions of vanity and other human foibles, wonderfully entertaining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Susan 09-14-13
    Susan 09-14-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    115
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Surprisingly engaged"

    This was a pleasant surprise. Enjoyed the dismantled modern cast system. Society is so fickle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Charlene 04-13-13
    Charlene 04-13-13 Member Since 2002

    Toronto, Canada. Audible enthusiast since 2001.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    18
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    68
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    9
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Truly a modern classic"

    This book was described as a modern classic and that is an apt description. It is densely packed with meaning, metaphor and issues -- perfect for studying in literature classes! None of the characters are at all likeable, which is usually a recipe for a bad book. But they are understandable, and it becomes clear through the story that abstract justice is a concept on no one's mind, while getting what one "deserves" is at the forefront of everyone's agenda. As each struggles to get what they deserve and use each incident to further their own objectives, it becomes clear that "reality" is constructed by a mash-up of disconnected people pursuing their disconnected motives simultaneously, and justice plays no part. An interesting book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Elizabeth New York, NY, United States 03-25-13
    Elizabeth New York, NY, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Both timeless and a time capsule, brilliantly read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great story about urban greed; social, financial and civic power grabs; still fresh, absurd and funny twenty-five years after publication.


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

    1) Peter Fallow 2) Reverend Bacon 3) Tommy Killian


    Any additional comments?

    This was a brilliant narration by Joe Barrett - he brought to life an astonishing variety of characters and accents, making this as a superbly enjoyable way of experiencing this classic, Regan-era American novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Don Rockford, IL United States 03-13-13
    Don Rockford, IL United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2015

    it takes all of us

    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    140
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "gangs of new york"

    An absolutely brilliant performance of an absurdly compelling story. Even Carly Simon couldn't bring this human foible to light any better. Makes you wonder what would any verdict be "in foro conscientiae" (epilog).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Julia L. Scott 01-07-13

    itmaven

    HELPFUL VOTES
    76
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    219
    47
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A whole different world and not politically correc"

    My husband has been listening to this book. He says it is a whole different world. It was slow going for him at first but now that he is connected into it--he has completely tuned me out and is listening at every chance. Be warned--lots of profanity

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.