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American Psycho | [Bret Easton Ellis]

American Psycho

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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Publisher's Summary

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.

As an added bonus, when you purchase any of our Audible Modern Vanguard productions of Bret Easton Ellis' books, you'll also get an exclusive Jim Atlas interview.

This production is part of our Audible Modern Vanguard line, a collection of important works from groundbreaking authors.

©1991 Bret Easton Ellis (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Russell 05-04-11
    Russell 05-04-11 Member Since 2008

    I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.

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    "Makes Dexter look like a boy scout."

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    So Fain Atlanta, GA 03-27-11
    So Fain Atlanta, GA 03-27-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Fanntastic book but maybe not for everyone...."

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 03-29-14
    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 03-29-14 Member Since 2013

    I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?

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    "Is Evil Something You Are or Something You Do?"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Bay Area, California 04-29-13
    Kindle Customer Bay Area, California 04-29-13 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Not for everyone"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alison New Jersey 06-04-13
    Alison New Jersey 06-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Intense. Odd. Don't expect it to be like the movie"
    What did you like best about American Psycho? What did you like least?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I mean, how could you not choose Patrick. Even though there are many characters, Patrick is really the only character.


    Which character – as performed by Pablo Schreiber – was your favorite?

    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.


    Was American Psycho worth the listening time?

    There were points that I didn't know if I could finish it mostly because it's slightly repetitive. Dinners, AMEX, labels, cocktails, etc.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Raeford, NC, United States 02-09-15
    Tracy Raeford, NC, United States 02-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Appalling!"

    The fuckedupness is mind blowing, were the movie did this book justice, the book debles into the mind of the psychotic.

    There were times I literally wanted to vomit at the details and then wondered why I kept listening to it. But it was kind of like a train wreck where I couldn't.stop.listening evwn if I wanted.

    It is a great book, but be prepared for one fucked up ride!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    itzKat El Paso, TX, United States 08-20-14
    itzKat El Paso, TX, United States 08-20-14 Member Since 2011

    Kat

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    "Ever Drive by a Bad Car Wreck?"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annabelle Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States 04-14-14
    Annabelle Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    "I'm really trying to listen & get something out .."

    I'm listening to this book when I walk my dog, which is about 45 minutes per day. I'm about 7 chapters in and this guy is so into designer clothes and accessories and furniture and fine dining. I saw the movie and that didn't impress me much either. So I'm going to keep listening for a few more days and if he doesn't start killing soon, I'm going to pull the plug. The guy reading it is fantastic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Saud 04-13-14
    Saud 04-13-14

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Evil?"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Austin, Texas 10-10-13
    Aaron Austin, Texas 10-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "An amusing, gruesome ride!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of American Psycho to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version. I pick up a lot of audio books, primarily because my commute to and from work has me driving anywhere from 1.5 to 2 hours a day. I prefer it to the radio.This was a true joy to listen to. I'll definitely grab a print copy for the bookshelf.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Patrick Bateman of course! He's the focal point of the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't nail down one favorite scene. I'd have to say my favorites were his small mad tangents throughout the story. Describing himself running down the middle of 5th avenue in the middle of the day screaming like a banshee was hilarious.


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

    There are a lot of funny moments in the book, but that is countered with some just....Wow. Horrifically gruesome torture, corpse desecration, sexual depravity (we're all a little depraved I think, but most of us have limits). I wouldn't say they particularly shocked me, but I was taken aback for a moment by some of the writing. To that, I tip my hat.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd strongly recommend giving this a listen, Pablo Schreiber does an excellent job with the narration, and really brings out the pitch black humor in this book. It's got all the drugs, sex, rock and roll, blood, murder, and pants-on-head crazy you could want from an 80's set piece.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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