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Back to Blood: A Novel | [Tom Wolfe]

Back to Blood: A Novel

As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay - with officer Nestor Camacho on board - Tom Wolfe is off and running. Here is a big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now. 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.
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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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    Roy Goose Creek, SC, United States 11-11-12
    Roy Goose Creek, SC, United States 11-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "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.

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    Carol 11-10-12
    Carol 11-10-12

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    "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
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    Glen More 11-06-12
    Glen More 11-06-12
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    "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
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    Lisa Balzereit Alexandria, Virginia United States 01-06-13
    Lisa Balzereit Alexandria, Virginia United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    "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
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    Donnie MOUNT CARMEL, IL, United States 01-01-13
    Donnie MOUNT CARMEL, IL, United States 01-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "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
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    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 12-13-12
    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "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.

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    Walter Loewenstern 12-10-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Great blast at Miami life, could use less detail"

    Cubans, Haitians, Russians, Anglos, old Jews, Art Basel, modern art in Miami. Wolfe blasts them all in his inimitable style. But it seems like he filled the book with more detail than is needed; in order to make the book longer?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Larissa 11-27-12
    Larissa 11-27-12
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    "Wolfe delivers and so does LD Phillips as narrator"

    Having lived in Miami, I enjoyed the story for that reason. Nonetheless, if you like Wolfe's social-commenting author mode, you will enjoy this audiobook. Lou Diamond Phillips does an amazing job of narrating - his range and depiction of characters are both wonderful.

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    Dennis Orinda, CA USA 11-21-12
    Dennis Orinda, CA USA 11-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Annoying and Slow"
    What disappointed you about Back to Blood?

    This is my first Wolfe novel and I've been very dissapointed. I found his deliberate story development tedious and his very frequent use of word repetition annoying. It was a chore to make it through the first half dozen chapters - certainly not a book that kept me listening through the night.


    Did Lou Diamond Phillips do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The reader was generally OK, but needs to work on his "ha,ha,ha" laugh sequences - annoying boardering on awful. The frequent work/phrase repetition of Wolfe's novel is something you probably would simply have flown by if you were reading, but Phillips seems to add unnecessary emphasis to this annoying literary technique. The characters were not well differentiated by tone or accent in this reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Back to Blood has definitely not made me a Wolfe fan.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Betsy brooklyn, NY 11-17-12
    Betsy brooklyn, NY 11-17-12 Member Since 2015

    I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.

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    "The vocabulary is a pleasure."

    The narrator was perfect.
    When the book ended I thought there must be another part. I guess I am saying the plot was, to me, just so-so.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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