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Back to Blood Audiobook

Back to Blood: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

A big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now.

As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay - with officer Nestor Camacho on board - Tom Wolfe is off and running. Into the feverous landscape of the city, he introduces the Cuban mayor; the black police chief; a wanna-go-muckraking young journalist and his Yale-marinated editor; an Anglo sex-addiction psychiatrist and his Latina nurse by day, loin lock by night - until lately, the love of Nestor's life; a refined, and oh-so-light-skinned young woman from Haiti and her Creole-spouting, black-gang-banger-stylin' little brother; a billionaire porn addict; crack dealers in the 'hoods; "de-skilled" conceptual artists at the Miami Art Basel Fair; "spectators" at the annual Biscayne Bay regatta looking only for that night's orgy; yenta-heavy ex-New Yorkers at an "Active Adult" condo; and a nest of shady Russians.

Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous best-selling novels, Back to Blood is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.

©2012 Tom Wolfe (P)2012 Hachette

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    gerald Bay Harbor Islands, FL, United States 12-10-12
    gerald Bay Harbor Islands, FL, United States 12-10-12
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    "Great story"
    What made the experience of listening to Back to Blood the most enjoyable?

    I have not finished the book yet, but I have to tell you...I live in Miami, and the pronunciation of some of the areas in Miami is horrendous... It's Brickell Ave, not BRICK-EL! Come On- Man!
    I can't stand the obnoxious laugh of the doctor. Even with this, it is one of the best books I have listened to in a long time. I do not want it to end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nestor... so real


    What does Lou Diamond Phillips bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He would be great if he learned how to pronounce the names of some of the most famous areas in Miami... It's Brickell, not BRICK - EL, and the annoying laugh of the Doctor.


    Who was the most memorable character of Back to Blood and why?

    so far, all of them


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 11-23-12
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "I was disappointed it ended. Loved the hero."

    Wolfe is a master at irony and this book is just icing on the cake. I'm really glad I purchased it because Wolfe spins a funny, realistic yarn.

    Lou Diamond Phillips is sterling always, but he was made for this story. His performance alone makes this a worthy purchase.

    I didn't want the story to end, not only because I fell in love with the characters, but because I felt it is an unfinished work in progress. I feel he did a shoddy job at bringing the story to its conclusion. There are way too many loose ends. Still, I am pleased to recommend this one!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Dame Scottsdale, Az 11-19-12
    Jeffrey Dame Scottsdale, Az 11-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Dios mio what trash. Loved every minute!"
    What made the experience of listening to Back to Blood the most enjoyable?

    Where else can you hear loins, mons venus, lubricious sprinkled on every page? Who uses words like those either verbally or written, ever, besides TW?. Not much of a plot, more of a fabulous character study. Fully fleshed out characters come to life but sadly drop from the pages, tantalizing plot threads are disappointingly abandoned but what whacky juicy fun anyway. Its why you came. Enjoy. Narration, accents and pacing just wonderful.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ray 11-05-12
    ray 11-05-12
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    "Uniquely good"
    What did you love best about Back to Blood?

    It's portrayal of the mind set of Cubans in Miami within their own peoples and towards other ethnic groups.


    Which character – as performed by Lou Diamond Phillips – was your favorite?

    Nestor Camacho


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey South Miami, FL USA 11-17-12
    Tracey South Miami, FL USA 11-17-12
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    "Haven't finished"

    Only on the first few chapter, and already annoyed that the narrator doesn't know how to pronounce Mary Brickell. It's BRICK-ell, not bri-CKELL. It's like nails on a chalkboard to a native Miamian.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Tops in Narration."
    What did you love best about Back to Blood?

    It's by Tom Wolfe.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    John Smith was a scream. Will there be a series? Least interesting--the police stuff was pretty dull and drawn out.


    Have you listened to any of Lou Diamond Phillips’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not too much to choose from.


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

    Giselaine's family and lineage.


    Any additional comments?

    An adeptly narrated multicultural fairytale and police procedural, written it feels on scraps torn from Wolfe’s breathless, young alter ego’s notepad. Each chapter opens with a tango, rap, salsa, balalaika fanfare, etc. I give it an "advanced" PG-13 (occasional attempts at hardcore as seen through the eyes of its innocents and always accompanied by an anti-porn or abstinence message) and a “no irony” warning for the adults.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Me 05-03-16
    Me 05-03-16

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    "Maddeningly annoyingly repetitious..."
    What would have made Back to Blood better?

    As some other reviewers have pointed out--the repetitious lines, while maybe meant to be "cutesy" or "stylistic," made this difficult to listen to. In fact, I haven't finished it as it has become intolerable. Certainly a little repetition for artistic sake would be fine, but over and over and over and over and over....


    Would you recommend Back to Blood to your friends? Why or why not?

    Take out at least 1/2 the repetitions and it would be a fine listen.


    Have you listened to any of Lou Diamond Phillips’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I absolutely love Lou Diamond Phillips' narrations. His accents and pronunciations, no matter the language of the words in the dialogue, are second to none.


    What character would you cut from Back to Blood?

    The author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    leslie suelter San Diego, CA 11-05-15
    leslie suelter San Diego, CA 11-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Tedious Tale..and quite unbelievable"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed Diamond Phillips reading...he is quite good. But the story was impossibly unbelieveable and not engaging at all. This story is definitely not one of Tom Wolfe's greatest efforts. I do not recommend.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    not likely that it would be made.


    Any additional comments?

    regrets on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Lescano Narragansett, RI USA 11-02-15
    C. Lescano Narragansett, RI USA 11-02-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Interesting story, excellent writing, awful Spanish"

    Tom Wolfe is clearly a masterful writer. The story, with the details, pops off the page (or, in this case, out of the speakers). Lou Diamond Phillips provides a brilliant performance. The only, and major, issue I had with the book/performance is the Spanish. Whether it was butchered originally by Wolfe or in Diamond Phillips' performance of it, it was awful. One would think that SOMEONE would have proofread or sound edited to improve the grammar/language/accenting. Otherwise, it was quite entertaining and worth the listen. If you're a Spanish speaker, just be prepared to cringe.

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    Eric James Johnson Michigan, USA 05-24-15
    Eric James Johnson Michigan, USA 05-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "It's pretty messy down Miami way"
    What did you love best about Back to Blood?

    The tropical warmth and beauty of Miami... kind of spoiled by mishmash social milieu.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed the gangster Russian 'art dealer' because he lived in Miami the way Miami deserves to be lived in.


    What about Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance did you like?

    Unbelievably good... I never knew he had such range.


    If you could rename Back to Blood, what would you call it?

    Adios America.


    Any additional comments?

    We're in the grinder now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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