©1991 Bret Easton Ellis (P)2009 Recorded Books LLC
Undoubtedly this book is filled with violence and disturbing imagery. So if you are particularly sensitive to these things then perhaps be wary of listening to it. However, it provides a satirical account of our hyper-consumptive way of life; alienation and boredom. The protagonist is utterly deplorable - he is a psychopath after all - but seeing an extreme version of the wealthy late 80's/early 90's New York through his eyes is intriguing. In terms of the audio production the narration is excellent and I will look for other books read by Nick Landrum.
Absolutely. So addictive. Easton Ellis gave me something, and now it's over, and I'm sad.
Bateman's eye for detail.
Bateman obviously. I think aspects of his character will resonate with most people.
Also, a very interesting insight into 80's yuppie America. So much of the social commentary holds true today.
The narration was very good, both in terms of pronunciation and animation in the voice. The book was written in such a way, as to make a point, and in my opinion it is a social critique. There are a lot of details and they will sometimes be somewhat boring to a listener, but there are also scenes that are terribly violent and brutal, but both of these characteristics help to underline the author's point, so it works!
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
I gave up after listening to 75% of this book. Patrick is unlikable and is nothing more than evil. The details of his violence is horrific. The characters in the book both boring and rude. I don't care if this is some social commentary on the period, the book can not be classed as entertaining or informative. It is garbage and does not deserve its status. I will not listen to or read anything else Bret Easton Elllis has written as this book has turned me off both his style and thinking. Nick Landrum is fantastic in his narration. I wished I had read the other reviews before listening to this disgusting piece of literature. There are some things you don't need to know and wish you never experience, this book is one of them.
I find this review hard to write. The book itself may be (in my view) described as depraved, corrupt, lacking in any literary content, a selection of words looking for a plot and not finding it . There was no content here, one can but wonder how it was published at all, it contributed nothing to American literature. The characters (such as they were) were shallow in the extreme, nothing , nothing at all to recommend it.
"A most uncomfortable and gripping listen!"
Yes. This book constantly caught me by surprise, and in the process shredded my nerves to breaking point. This book is intelligently written and not a comfortable listen, but is incredibly compelling.
Ellis throws very disturbing comments into the mundane descriptions of the lead characters behaviour. In one scene he talks about Bateman arriving at his flat, performing some everyday tasks and then torturing a small dog to death, completely catching the reader by surprise.
The second sex scene with the prostitute and another female character. Far from being an erotic encounter, I found myself apprehensively awaiting the scene to descend to the brutality we have come to expect from Bateman, shredding my nerves in the process.
Ellis' reflection of every other character around Bateman not recognising each other, calling each other by incorrect names and generally being so self absorbed and in their own worlds that no one is missed when they disappear. This includes Bateman himself, greeting people who he thinks are others throughout the novel. In this instance the most real characters are the ones on the periphery, making it much easier to relate to them and caring more about their fates.
Buy this book. It is highly intelligent and is guaranteed to catch you out, shred your nerves and make you dread what is about to happen.
"The years have not been kind"
Having read this myself many moons ago as a teenager and believing myself to be sophisticated and urbane at the time. I thought I would use my monthly credit to re visit it.
I really wish I hadn't, what took for irony and a polemic against the yuppie generation turned out to be with the benefit of age just misogyny and verbal pornography.
"a challanging but good listen"
i really stuggled with reading the book with endless lists of who is wearing what and reviews of bands but the audio book makes this all so much easier to get through. the book is violent so if you are faint hearted dont bother. its well read by nick landrum who when needed matchs the bored tone of the character. book transition quickly from a story of a high living well dressed male to that of butchery. i love it you should give it a try.
"diary of a psycho"
what can i say???? 1st part of the book i found boring and uninteresting and the 2nd part was sooooooo gruesome that i found it hard 2 listen too!!!! i wouldnt say its a bad book but i wouldnt say it was good either!!! im gonna sit on the fence with this book!!!
A great listen. Highly recommended to all users. Can't wait to listen to Part 2.
Another reviewer has described this book as both boring and gruesome. It is both. The story is composed largely of lists of who's wearing what by which designer, punctuated by scenes of extreme violence both physical and/or sexual. It is not for the faint-hearted.
The protagonist – Patrick Bateman – is a thoroughly dislikeable character, completely without redeeming features. Leaving aside the psychosis, some psychotics can be utterly charming, he treats everyone mercilessly and his actions are without repercussion. He is utterly self-absorbed, sexist, homophobic and racist. I read a review of this book elsewhere that suggested that the violence does not actually happen and I feel that it is completely plausible that these scenes are cocaine-fuelled fantasies.
There are recurrent themes throughout the book, the subject of the "Patti Winters Show" televised each morning; getting a reservation in an exclusive restaurant; monologues on the merits of the band Genesis and singer Whitney Houston. The characters’ conversations are beyond banal, a discussion on brands of bottled waters, for instance.
Had I set out to read the physical book, I wouldn't have got past page 20 it is so mind-numbing, however, the narration is good and this is a help towards the finish, which I will do, if only to see how depraved or conversely, boring, it can get. It goes without saying that the book in itself is very well written, descriptive passages leave nothing to the imagination.
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