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
"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)
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.
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!
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.
It is a rambling, nonsensical story with a stilted dialog that somehow manages to offend virtually every imaginable group.
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.
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.
Amazing call classic with language and concepts the stretch any vocabulary and mind. A rare work of commentary and comedic genius
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.
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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