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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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    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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    Benjamin mexico city, Mexico 08-20-14
    Benjamin mexico city, Mexico 08-20-14 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "The world seen and explained by a GENIOUS"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Confederacy of Dunces to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read it but the characterization from the reader was great.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Ignatious sees the world... sickening


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

    Ignatious J Reilly


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    History through the eyes of truth.


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    Tamara Vista, CA, United States 06-05-14
    Tamara Vista, CA, United States 06-05-14 Member Since 2010
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    "teleported into the sims?"

    I am convinced the author is/was a time traveler who played the sims and then went back to write a this story

    characters who stay true to their personality traits at all costs
    dropping items anywhere that suits them
    living on whatever food is presented to them
    a hint about changing a personality as easily as changing a wig
    pulling buckets of paint from pockets
    and, of course, ever place needs a pet!

    forget all the banter and deep discussion about what the author "really meant" ... go live vicariously in simsville!

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    Stuart 05-19-14
    Stuart 05-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Performance lacking"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book itself is tremendous. The performance is spirited and the narrator is quite adept at voices, but he consistently mispronounced names that anyone with ANY knowledge of the city would know. It's difficult to listen to.

    Chartres Street is "Charters" not "Shart."
    Poydras is "POY-druss" not "poy-DRAH"
    Carondolet is "cah-RON-do-let" not "cah-ron-do-LAY"

    and so on. Basic stuff.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Barrett Whitener’s performances?

    Yes but a bit of research before narrating wouldn't be misplaced.


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    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 04-26-14
    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Too stupid"
    Any additional comments?

    In the beginning, I was entertained. Towards the end, it got too stupid to finish.

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    Noam D.N. Menashe, Israel 04-11-14
    Noam D.N. Menashe, Israel 04-11-14
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    "I wanted to like this book but just couldn't"

    The genre of this book and this particular type of humor are ones that I generally like, but the narration and the way the book is written just put me off.
    I found both extremely irritating and just quit the book after an hour.

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    Cynthia P. Johnson City, TN United States 04-07-14
    Cynthia P. Johnson City, TN United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Don't waste your time and good money on this"

    I spent over 3 hours of my life listening to the first of this book thinking that it would get better - it won a Pulitzer prize for heaven's sake. However, it was SO poorly read and the main character so repulsive that I finally gave up. It is not that the accents are inaccurate, but the narration is just bad. The main character is obese, profane, lazy, a liar, blaming all his problems on others - this is not funny, it is disgusting. Don't waste your time or money - you have been warned!

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