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A Confederacy of Dunces Audiobook

A Confederacy of Dunces

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Publisher's Summary

"A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at once." So enters one of the most memorable characters in recent American fiction.

The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

©1980 Thelma D. Toole; (P)1997 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Barrett Whitener strikes just the right note." (AudioFile)
"A Confederacy of Dunces has been reviewed almost everywhere, and every reviewer has loved it. For once, everyone is right." (Rolling Stone)
"What a delight, what a roaring, rollicking, footstomping wonder this book is! I laughed until my sides ached, and then I laughed on." (Chicago Sun-Times)

What Members Say

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    Amazon Customer 03-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant and Funny!!!"

    "If there are armed rapes why should there not be armed hot dog thefts."

    laugh out loud funny

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    marco United States 03-04-15
    marco United States 03-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Very enjoyable"

    Really enjoyed this off-the-wall book. Was genuinely funny and the characters were interesting. Not a lot really happens in the book but it still kept me interested. Not to mention the narrator is probably the best that I've heard in any audiobook so far. I loved his narration of Ignatius, Jones, and Ms. Trixie in particular.

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    Steve Jones Vero Beach, Fl USA 02-17-15
    Steve Jones Vero Beach, Fl USA 02-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Unusual an unforgetable"

    About one hour into this book I temporarily gave up and listened to another book. I just wasnt feeling it but when I finished that ine I came back to "Dunces" as I had nothing else to listen to. Im glad I persevered. It turned out to be one of my favorite books ever. It's unlike anything I've ever read. Loads of fun!

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    Clay 02-07-15
    Clay 02-07-15
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    "One of my new favorites"

    If you are in the mood for slightly absurdist humor, this book is it. I don't think I'll ever forget the character of Ignatius Riley. The archetypal overeducated failure to launch is even more relevant today than it was in the 1960s when the book was written. The series of misadventures he goes through are perfect for his quirky view of the world. I'm just sad, having completed the book, that this was the author's only major work.

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    Brian Joss 02-01-15
    Brian Joss 02-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Horribly Offensive"
    What disappointed you about A Confederacy of Dunces?

    It is a rambling, nonsensical story with a stilted dialog that somehow manages to offend virtually every imaginable group.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Pope Joan


    What three words best describe Barrett Whitener’s performance?

    Barrett Whitener did a good job with the material at hand. The quality of his narration was the best redeeming feature of this audio book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I have to admit that although I found the majority of the book fairly boring when it wasn't being blatantly offensive, there were some passages that were laugh out loud funny.


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    Brendan Patterson Boston, MA United States 02-01-15
    Brendan Patterson Boston, MA United States 02-01-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing"

    Amazing call classic with language and concepts the stretch any vocabulary and mind. A rare work of commentary and comedic genius

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    Edward Gregory 01-14-15

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    "Best. Audio. Book. Ever."

    This tragic comedy may be better heard than read. Boethius has never been so funny and Fortuna spins the wheel to make you laugh. Please read this book. It may not make you better, wiser or more successful, but you will be happier.

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    Leanna Range 01-10-15
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    "Awesome!"

    This is one of the best narrations I've experienced since being a monthly subscriber. The performance made the story even more enjoyable. It won't disappoint.



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    Tennessee Reader 01-02-15 Member Since 2011
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    "One word: Brilliant!"

    The combination of a storyteller extraordinaire and come-to-life narration warrants a one word conclusion and rating, absolutely BRILLIANT!

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    Jarrett GeojeKorea, Republic Of 01-02-15
    Jarrett GeojeKorea, Republic Of 01-02-15
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    "The reading brings the characters to life"

    It's a great novel with a brilliant readying performance. I've listened to this more times than I wish to admit. Quickly, hilarious and well written.

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