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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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    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"
    Any additional comments?

    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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    W. F. Rucker Stone Mountain, GA United States 08-04-13
    W. F. Rucker Stone Mountain, GA United States 08-04-13 Listener Since 2007

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    "Ignatius J. Reilly Against the World"

    When we first meet our hero he is waiting for his mother in a store wearing his green hunting hat with green ear flaps. He is a very large man subject to internal attacks from his pyloric valve that lead to distinctive large, loud burps. In the store he gets into an altercation with the police in the form of Officer Mancuso, part of the menagerie of characters all vying for the title of the craziest human being on the planet. None of them are any competition for Ignatius.
    Reilly is 30 years old and lives with his mother. He spends his time in bed writing a magnum opus on Big Chief note books in pencil and crayon. He is forced to seek employment when his mother steers her old Plymouth into a building incurring a sizable bill for the damages done. First he finds work at Levy Pants, an old family business on it's last legs. The owner, Mr. Levy and his wife are engaged in a constant battle as he neglects the business and she berates him about anything she can think of the more personal, the better. Ignatius leads a revolution of the work force who figure out he is crazy, stop demonstrating and go back to work.
    He then moves to a career as a hot dog vendor. The high point of this career is selling hot dogs on Bourbon Street dressed up as a pirate complete with earring and plastic cutlass. He is less than successful since he eats not just the profits but all of the product he he can carry around in his mobile hot dog stand. All through the book he carries on a relationship by mail with Myrna Minkoff which could be styled the Marxist and the Medievalist with Myrna as the Marxist. Another fun spot is the House of Joy a B-girl bar whose owner sells porn on the side and pays a black man named Jones $20.00 a week to sweep up while he cracks jokes about his mistreatment. The narrator was excellent. All of the characters have great voices with very distinctive accents.
    I could go on a lot longer but I think you get the idea. The book goes from very amusing to laugh out loud funny as Ignatius goes through the world in his own reality in a struggle with the rest of the world. He loses a lot of the battles but refuses to give up the fight. He speaks of the whims of fortuna and forges ahead. He not only refuses to conform he is horrified and angered that he is expected to. I recommend the book highly and am only saddened by the fact that it was the only book completed by the author during his adult life. He wrote one other book when he was 16 but it was not a work of humor.

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    jon 06-08-13
    jon 06-08-13
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    "Within reach of Cervantes
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    The novel staggers in scope. Hilarious and devastating. A perfect novel and a perfect narrator

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    Amazon Customer 06-06-13
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    "Oh Mah Gawd!"

    Ignatius J. Reilly is utterly and hilariously unforgettable ... So disturbing is he that one wishes to look away, but cannot. A host of delightful characters brought to life by Barrett Whitener, who does John Kennedy Toole's one and only novel proud.

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    John Henderson, NV, United States 05-23-13
    John Henderson, NV, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Hilarious Masterpiece by Novice Writer"
    What did you love best about A Confederacy of Dunces?

    Non-stop laughs and great narration of character accents.


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

    Ignatius' attempted coup of Levy Pants.


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

    Colorful voices and accents.


    If you could take any character from A Confederacy of Dunces out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ignatius. It would be an unforgettably outrageous night.


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