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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.

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.

    5 of 5 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.

    4 of 4 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 2005

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Bay Area, California 04-29-13
    Amazon Customer Bay Area, California 04-29-13 Member Since 2007

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JD 07-28-14
    JD 07-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Creepy and intriguing"
    If you could take any character from American Psycho out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Paul Allen, of course.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the transient counterpoint between the psychopathic thoughts and the minutia of his daily routine

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    I. Watt Baltimore, MD 03-28-14
    I. Watt Baltimore, MD 03-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent."
    Any additional comments?

    Better than I remember from when I read it a decade ago. Graphic scenes more disturbing in audiobook form. Yes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 03-02-14
    Stacy INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Fashion, food, beauty tips...and murders"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Columbus, Ohio,USA 03-01-14
    Amazon Customer Columbus, Ohio,USA 03-01-14 Member Since 2012

    I work a lot. I can listen to books while I work. My new hobby. Thank God I can multi-task!

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    "Crazy"
    Would you listen to American Psycho again? Why?

    No. too creepy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Psycho?

    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


    What about Pablo Schreiber’s performance did you like?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    this is a film from 2000. I never watched it. But Gore fest comes to mind.


    Any additional comments?

    The interview is very insightful, want to read or listen to the upcoming sequel.

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Worst book I've ever read"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If there had really been a decent story. If a weak overall story hadn't been drawn out over 16 unbearable hours.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Guaranteed it will be better! Not possible that it could be worse.


    Did Pablo Schreiber do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Fair job.


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

    I was incredulous at the nothingness of this story. Extreme amount of depravity thrown into an extremely weak story that just went on and on and on. It had absolutely no ending. I didn't even know that was possible. Chapter after chapter of the same thing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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