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 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.
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.
Say something about yourself!
This book does have very graphic sex and violent scenes and some readers will not be able to get past this. If you persist to the end you will get a fuller picture of Patrick Bateman, although many questions still remain after the end of the book.
Paul Allen, of course.
I loved the transient counterpoint between the psychopathic thoughts and the minutia of his daily routine
Better than I remember from when I read it a decade ago. Graphic scenes more disturbing in audiobook form. Yes.
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!
I work a lot. I can listen to books while I work. My new hobby. Thank God I can multi-task!
No. too creepy.
None. I can relate with the time but this story is full of disgusting details, that one can't seem to turn away from. One needs to know how this really ends. That's its genius
Good voice, easy listening, not too crazy about his rendition of female scratchy voices but I can imagine there is no other way of doing it.
this is a film from 2000. I never watched it. But Gore fest comes to mind.
The interview is very insightful, want to read or listen to the upcoming sequel.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
This is a story I've been trying to get into for a while, and I'm glad it did. It's a disturbing journey through the mind of a successful psychopath as he describes his bloody murders in the same tone and attention to detail as he does describing what other characters are wearing. It can be slow at times (after all, he describes what everybody around him is wearing in detail), but it is a story that will haunt you. Not for queasy people.
this was recommended to me because I enjoyed fight club. I see the connection, but this is far more disturbing and has none of the humor. I'm probably going to see about returning it.
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