In American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis imaginatively explores the incomprehensible depths of madness and captures the insanity of violence in our time or any other. Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.
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"Bret Easton Ellis is a very, very good writer [and] American Psycho is a beautifully controlled, careful, important novel....The novelist's function is to keep a running tag on the progress of the culture; and he's done it brilliantly....A seminal book." (The Washington Post)
"The first novel to come along in years that takes on deep and Dostoyevskian themes....[Ellis] is showing older authors where the hands have come to on the clock....He has forced us to look at intolerable material, and so few novelists try for that anymore." (Vanity Fair)
"A masterful satire and a ferocious, hilarious, ambitious, inspiring piece of writing, which has large elements of Jane Austen at her vitriolic best. An important book." (Katherine Dunn)
I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.
Patrick Bates is one sick puppy that we see spiral worse and worse with heinous acts of psychosis.
The narration was great.
If you have weak stomach you may not want to read this. He gets really descriptive.
Overall, I thought this was a great book.
I read the reviews but I didn't think it would be like this... That was some... uh... really twisted stuff. But like others have said, I couldn't stop listening. Very satirical to the point I was laughing out loud. And then I cringed. So graphic. So if you have a weak stomach, don't go for this book. But if you want to listen to a phenomenal performance, and really well written prose then, you need to listen to this.
I think it would almost be sick to say what I like best about American Psycho because its sooooo deranged. This is one of those novels where you question the sanity of the author because it's just that twisted. So I guess what I like "best" is the authors ability to completely step outside of himself (hopefully) and bring to life a homicidal sociopath like Patrick Bateman. I tend to agree with most of the other reviewers when they say that the descriptions of what everyone is wearing gets to be a little much. There gets to be a point where it's almost laughable. But at the same time, I get the need for it. It's so Patrick.
I mean, how could you not choose Patrick. Even though there are many characters, Patrick is really the only character.
I thought the narration was some of the best I've ever heard. I've listened to a bunch of books but Pablo's take on Patrick was on point.
There were points that I didn't know if I could finish it mostly because it's slightly repetitive. Dinners, AMEX, labels, cocktails, etc.
If you're a fan of the movie don't expect too many similarities. Where the movie and novel share the same title. Easton's Bateman is so much more crude, violent, foul mouthed then depicted in the movie. The movie only scratches the surface of the characters, the murder, the gore, the language. So if you think you've got the stomach for it, you won't be disappointed.
I had previously seen the movie and so this audiobook made it on to my read list when a friend suggested that the book was better and one of his favorites. I must say that I did enjoy the audio version a lot. I found the main character to be fascinating and a great study in an extreme sociopath stuck in the shallow upperclass yuppie social scene of the 1980s. I have read other people who say that his constant references to designer clothes and the trappings of money to be annoying but it is a key element to getting into the head of Patrick Bateman. I must also say that he disgusted me and, as the book neared it's end, I began to loathe Bateman even as his tenuous grasp on reality began to slip. The language and imagery are disturbing and not for the timid. However, if you are an adventurous listener that can spend 10 hours inside the mind of a luncatic, I believe this is a worthwhile listen that will make you think and leave you wondering if Patrick Bateman really is who you thought him to be after all. Good book. Good narrator.
Paul Allen, of course.
I loved the transient counterpoint between the psychopathic thoughts and the minutia of his daily routine
My favorite parts of American Psycho were the fashion & food commentary, beauty tips, and updates on the Patty Winter Show. The murders were pretty hard to listen to- way over the top. Still- I really enjoyed this book and the characters- the reader was great too!
While Schreiber's voice on it's own is aesthetically pleasing, it does not mesh with the mad, internal dialogue of Patrick Bateman. It sounds too undeveloped, more appropriate for catcher in the rye, or something. Bateman's voice should be grounded and resonant, instead, Schreiber makes him sound fleeting and dismissive. His inconsistency with other character voices and lack of vocal range and dynamics was frustrating and left much to be desired. It just sounded like he was getting over a cold or strep throat the whole time.
But the most frustrating part was the fact that the final chapter of this book is missing. It almost completely negates any enjoyment of the rest of the book for me (as it's one of my favourites). It ends on an anticlimactic note instead of back at Harry's where we catch one final glimpse into Bateman's distorted perspective. Included instead is an interview with the author, which granted, is interesting. But the fact that it ends abruptly without resolution was (I can't lie) infuriating. This is one of my favourite books, and perhaps I have a personal bias in terms of how I feel it should be conveyed. But I'd much rather hear another version with the final chapter included and a voice actor with a broader vocal range and a more grounded voice.
Reviews warn you that it's graphic, trust me when I say "It is very graphic", at times hard to listen too. But like a car wreck it's hard to turn away, I have to get to the end! Pablo does an excellent job narrating.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
A quote of Patrick Bateman, the young, handsome,successful Wall Street main character. This book is shocking, the graphic violence and sex extreme yet well written and quite interesting. A cutting commentary on culture, consumerism, life in the 80s and relationship.
I imagine few have the stomach to finish this book, so be forewarned. What does it say about those of us that liked this book? I'm not sure.
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