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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)

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    Jon 03-31-14
    Jon 03-31-14
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    "Essential Read, but skip the listen"
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    This work is a masterpiece that captures the rare spirit and quirk of New Orleans, and for fans of the culture is an essential read. As a resident of New Orleans, I regret to say the reading of this is all wrong. There are myriad local actors who could have gotten the subtlety of the nuance of the accent down pat, instead the accent is a muddled, quasi-southern (which exists no where in New Orleans). Regretfully this one thing - and its a big thing - ruined the audio book for me. I've read CoD easily 20 times now, but thought the audio version would be fun on my commute.

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    regina sonoma, CA, United States 03-28-14
    regina sonoma, CA, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "brilliant!"
    What did you love best about A Confederacy of Dunces?

    great story, but the performance of Barrett Whitener was the best! I laughed out loud so many times, the small town I live in is now confirmed in the theory that I am completely nuts!


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

    Such a great story teller, he uses different voices thru out the book, so funny, I can still hear it in my head.... Oh My God! Ignatius said...It could not have been better. Thank you


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    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 03-03-14
    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 03-03-14 Member Since 2015

    I like to read but listening is better.

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    "Genius"

    One of the best novels I've read. Spectacularly funny. Barrett Whitener is fantastic. All the more amazing considering that Toole's work could very well have never been discovered had his own mother not been persistent.

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    HSHIII New Orleans, LA, United States 01-24-14
    HSHIII New Orleans, LA, United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2016
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    "The accents are awful"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    some one who has never been to New Orleans but want a really funny story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Confederacy of Dunces?

    The Lucky Dog episodes


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

    Not if he is being asked to do accents.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. The accents were better in my head when I read it.


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    Rey Hialeah, Fl, United States 01-10-14
    Rey Hialeah, Fl, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, ok storyteller."
    If you could sum up A Confederacy of Dunces in three words, what would they be?

    The book was great but the storyteller was subpar.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The taste and decency.


    What three words best describe Barrett Whitener’s voice?

    His voice is fine, his voice acting was irritating.


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    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 01-05-14
    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 01-05-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyable"

    This book was highly recommended by a good friend of mine. It was good but not great. Most of the characters in the book have major character flaws. I found myself despising nearly all of the main characters, except for Mr. Levy, and Jones.

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    Michael Fanning Harvey, LA United States 10-28-13
    Michael Fanning Harvey, LA United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Missed opportunity"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book on paper yes; the audible version no.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ignatius Reilly


    How could the performance have been better?

    This book is about New Orleans. For Orleanians, it touches the soul of the city. Anyone who grew up in the city, particularly the older, lower middle class neighborhoods, knows someone who is like one or more of these characters. The narration takes the story away from the city to anywhere USA. As most cities, New Orleans has its own dialect, but for being in the deep south, the New Orleans accent tends to befuddle most first time visitors. In many, particularly older, movies, a southern accent is inserted for the characters. The narration here is even worse. It would take a local actor, or at least an actor from here, to capture the feel of this magnificent novel. I wish and hope that this will be considered. In my opinion, it is rare for a listen to be better than reading the book, just as it is rare for a movie based on a book to be better than the book . I have experienced it, but not often. Anyway, I believe that this is one that, with the right narrator, the listen could exceed the read.


    Did A Confederacy of Dunces inspire you to do anything?

    To increase my love for my home town.


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    Jordan Seattle, WA, United States 10-21-13
    Jordan Seattle, WA, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Get Ready to Look crazy laughing and listening"
    Where does A Confederacy of Dunces rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audio books in my collection. Hilarious story perfectly in character narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ignacious of course.


    Have you listened to any of Barrett Whitener’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes when Ignacious puts the sign on the cart that says 12inches of paradise and rolls into the womens art club in his pirates outfit. I could not stop laughing.


    Any additional comments?

    Just read it/listen to it! So amazing.

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    J. Comeaux 09-24-13
    J. Comeaux 09-24-13

    AudioBook Fan Extraordinaire

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    "A Stand-Out Book, and Spot-on Narration"
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    I read the book back in early 1980's, and now I have thoroughly enjoyed the audible version. What a wonderful job the narrator did of getting so many individual voices, sometimes in the same scene, and making them unique and enjoyable. The book captures many, maybe most, of the low-life New Orleans city living in the 1960's. I know because I lived there in the 1970's, and not much had changed. I have read a hundred reader reviews of this book, and the sum is this: if you like this sort of thing, then this is the sort of book you'll like. An anti-hero that has no redeeming qualities. A collection of characters all around him that are not much better. Even if you loathe the book, you'll come away with a feeling, "Well, I'm glad I'm not like THAT!" Just read it, it is one-of-a-kind.

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    Daya Curley Sunnyvale, CA, United States 09-07-13
    Daya Curley Sunnyvale, CA, United States 09-07-13
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    "A great book / a fantastic voice performance!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Confederacy of Dunces the most enjoyable?

    I really loved feeling like I could trust the performer as much as I did the text. I had read the books a number of times, but felt like hearing it this time. I'm so glad I did!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Confederacy of Dunces?

    The differentiation was impressive...and the accents totally believable.


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

    It felt like Barrett Whitener was having a blast...and that means the world to the listener.


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