We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
Back to Blood Audiobook

Back to Blood: A Novel

Regular Price:$27.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.7 (641 )
5 star
 (194)
4 star
 (211)
3 star
 (127)
2 star
 (54)
1 star
 (55)
Overall
3.6 (536 )
5 star
 (156)
4 star
 (164)
3 star
 (125)
2 star
 (45)
1 star
 (46)
Story
4.3 (529 )
5 star
 (292)
4 star
 (144)
3 star
 (53)
2 star
 (22)
1 star
 (18)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    John Parker, CO, United States 11-19-12
    John Parker, CO, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    78
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    899
    39
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wolfe at his best"

    The full panoply of human folly is on display as only Wolfe can do--greed, envy, lust, petty self-interest, tribalism, hubris. Phillips' narration is superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lillian Coral Gables, FL, United States 11-18-12
    Lillian Coral Gables, FL, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2011
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    80
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "DONT BUY THIS BOOK IF YOU SPEAK SPANISH!"

    I was so looking forward to listening to this book, I bought it the first day it was out. Being of Cuban heritage and living in Miami, it's always interesting to see how "outsiders" perceive "us." In any case, I haven't even finished listening to this audiobook - I'm only two chapters in - but I am SO ANNOYED with the reader's unintelligeble Spanish, his mispronunciations of ENGLISH words (like Bri-kell - a neighborhood in Miami) that I feel compelled ... no DRIVEN ... to warn others to get the e-book or the hardcopy. If you speak SPANISH or live in Miami, this narrator will make you crazy! The city of Miami is arguably a looming character in this book .... it plays a role just as much as the real characters .... I can't believe that a professional actor wouldn't go the distance to find out how people actually speak in that location. I don't know if I can go on listening to this ....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 11-14-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Lou Diamond Philips makes this book!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Back to Blood to be better than the print version?

    Dont know - But I love listening to books.


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

    Excellent. Should win an award. I have new found respect. He is very versatile, consistant and amazing. I dont believe this book would have read as well without him. I hope he gets royalties on every sale. He is an artist.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    At times but too long. About 1/4 of the way - caught my interest.


    Any additional comments?

    Typical Tom Wolf - a fun novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Catherine Norfolk, VA, United States 11-12-12
    Catherine Norfolk, VA, United States 11-12-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    31
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Cubans and Russians and Sex, oh my!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Back to Blood to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, but Lou Diamond Phillips was magnificent and I can't wait to listen to other audiobooks he's narrated.


    What other book might you compare Back to Blood to and why?

    Bonfire of the Vanities for big character creation


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

    No, but I certainly will from here on!


    Any additional comments?

    This book introduced me to the complexity of the Cuban community in Miami which in my own ignorance, I had thought of as fairly one-dimensional. I really enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the community and its issues.

    I get that sex and pornography were major themes in the book and in our culture, but there was a little too much of the bump, bump, grind, grind. I get it.

    I agree with one other reviewer who said the end felt rushed and unresolved and I think I was looking for something out of the Haitian family's character development that never quite materialized.

    Having said that, this is the kind of book I look to Tom Wolfe for - a big send-up of American culture warts and all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Salo Goose Creek, SC, United States 11-11-12
    Salo Goose Creek, SC, United States 11-11-12 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Back to Decent Writing (spoilers)"

    After the stinker that was _I am Charlotte Simmons_, _Back to Blood_ is a welcome return of the Tom Wolfe fans of good writing love.

    Too much of the "PUMP PUMP PUMP, GRIND GRIND GRIND, SPRAY SPRAY SPRAY, YADA YADA YADA" sex scenes and whoever told him - a) police officers still carry revolvers and b) Glock makes revolvers - should be beaten to death with a bag of used typewriter ribbons, but otherwise good stuff. Very compelling until the end.

    My biggest criticism is the abrupt ending - didn't feel like anything was really resolved. He finally has characters that are interesting and empathetic - as opposed to the Charlotte Simmons crowd - and they were just abandoned. It's the literary equivalent of _The Sopranos_.

    If this is Tom Wolfe's last book, it's a nice exit from the stage, but he will still be better remembered for earlier works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Carol 11-10-12
    Carol 11-10-12

    reader5678

    HELPFUL VOTES
    16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    149
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "For Tom Wolfe fans"

    Spectacular narration...the story and writing style are vintage Tom Wolfe; the first half is especially good, but the whole thing becomes a bit over the top in the second half. All that said, I am a Tom Wolfe fan, so I enjoyed it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Glen More 11-06-12
    Glen More 11-06-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A tour de force for Mr. Phillips"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Back to Blood to be better than the print version?

    Yes. No question. Lou Diamond Phillips brings the prose to life. To life! To life! To LIFE!


    If you’ve listened to books by Tom Wolfe before, how does this one compare?

    Up there with Michael Prichard's narration of BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES, which IMHO is the best audiobook ever.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every accent/character is done so ... seamlessly, so seemingly-without-effort. I felt like I was sitting in a room for a script read-through, with the whole cast present, except Mr. Phillips was the whole cast. Thank you.


    Any additional comments?

    Again. Thank you to Mr. Phillips. Sincerely.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lisa Balzereit Alexandria, Virginia United States 01-06-13
    Lisa Balzereit Alexandria, Virginia United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    51
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "could have been really good"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book as It was way too long for the plot. If I had this in print I would have skimmed half the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tom Wolfe again?

    I like the story line and the crazy characters. The plot evolution and introduction of characters, not to be heard from again for 12 hours really left something to be desired.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Donnie MOUNT CARMEL, IL, United States 01-01-13
    Donnie MOUNT CARMEL, IL, United States 01-01-13 Member Since 2011
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    48
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Worst book ever, would like to return it,"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It a terrible book, to change that, you would have to have decent book


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lou Diamond Phillips’s performances?

    He's the reason I purchased it, but its a terrible story


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I have try to listen to it, three different time and I can't make it out of the first of three books. Would like a refund or trade it in on something


    Any additional comments?

    Terrible, can I trade it in?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 12-13-12
    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    101
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    76
    73
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Masterful Narration....so so book"

    If only the book was half as good as Lou Diamond Phillips' narration was (superb!).... the story was just "ok" for me. A few interesting parts but they were few and far between. I do not understand all the 5 star ratings on this one. The characters were interesting and the plot was decent, but it just felt rushed to me... especially the ending.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.