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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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    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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    A Good Amazon Custumer 12-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A classic! Not to be missed!"
    Where does A Confederacy of Dunces rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A wonderfully written book. Easily in my Top 5 Audible listens. LOVE the main character. And the narrator was spot-on perfect. If this doesn't bring a smile to your face, check your pulse!


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    Amazon Customer 12-07-14
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    "Hilarious"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Confederacy of Dunces to be better than the print version?

    About equal. I love this book and it's been great to hear it read aloud also.


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    David A. Brooks 10-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "What did I just listen to?"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were all one dimensional but you really don't mind. Great satirical comedy.


    What does Barrett Whitener bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The individual voices for each character bring them to life as much as the written descriptions.


    Who was the most memorable character of A Confederacy of Dunces and why?

    Obviously it was Ignatius J. Reilly.


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    Anthony 08-25-14
    Anthony 08-25-14
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    "Good Book Ruined by a Bad Reading"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Love the book. One of the funniest books I've ever read but the reading of it did not fit well.

    Reader made Ignatius J. Reilly sound more like Yosemite Sam than an overgrown, childish, socially awkward individual. Completely ruined it for me.

    Great book though. Its a must read


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