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Ripley Underground Audiobook
Ripley Underground
Written by: 
Patricia Highsmith
Narrated by: 
Kevin Kenerly
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Ripley Underground Audiobook

Ripley Underground

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The Buckmaster Gallery is staging another Derwatt exhibition, but now an American collector claims that the expensive masterpiece he bought three years ago is a fake. It is, of course, and he wants to talk to Derwatt, but Derwatt, inconveniently, is dead. Ripley needs the perfect solution to keep his role in the fraud a secret and his reputation clean, but not everyone's nerves are as steady as his. Especially when it comes to murder.

©1970 Patricia Highsmith. 1993 by Diogenes Verlag AG, Zurich (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 12-17-12
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 12-17-12

    But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "When gods made Highsmith, they broke the plates."

    While I don't believe 'Ripley Under Ground' is quite on the same level as 'The Talented Mr Ripley' it is still amazing to think about on how many levels Highsmith is writing. This novel reminds me a lot of Peter Carey's novel 'My Life as a Fake'.

    Both novels explore ideas of art, authenticity, fakery, artistic isolation and basic counterfeits of all forms. What happens when the poseur becomes a greater poet/painter than the original? How do we measure art? How thin is the line between truth and fiction?

    Anyway, Highsmith deserves to be recognized not just as a hard-boiled crime writer, but as a literary/genre example of Gresham's law. When the gods of fiction made Highsmith, they broke and buried the plates.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Kelin Asheville, NC, United States 02-04-12
    Kelin Asheville, NC, United States 02-04-12 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "am I crazy?"

    Why do I like Tom Ripley? I find myself rooting for this strange murderer. I think the gift of this series is it gives us a chance to look at our own morals and belief systems. And it's so intriguing to try to figure out his. Great reader. I am all for not having endings wrapped up neatly but this ending still, this book feels like it stopped in the middle of a sentance. So much fun though - I look forward to the next one

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 09-26-14
    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 09-26-14 Member Since 2007

    Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.

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    "Dichotomous"

    I had opposing thoughts about almost all of the elements of this book.

    Story line: I thought it dragged; yet, it had a mesmerizing pace that I wouldn't have wanted changed.

    Characters: They were all in the range from full-on sociopath (only the lead character) to amoral to just completely uncaring about anyone but themselves; yet, I wanted to know what happened to them ... in someway I can't explain, I actually cared about how they fared.

    Plot premise: It was about the forging of some only slightly noteworthy paintings, as in "why do I care about this?"; yet, I became interested in the nuances of forgery detection and actually was hoping the forger would get away with it.

    The ending: In no sense of the word was there an ending, or any sense of closure on the story line; yet, it somehow poetically worked with all the rest of the book.

    I kept wondering why I was continuing to listen to this book; yet, I did all the way to the end. And I'm glad I did.

    My only non-dichotomous opinion was about Kevin Kenerly's narration: it was superb!

    Strangely enough: I recommend this book ... but only if you are committed to this series. As a standalone book I'm pretty sure you would find your credit wasted.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Victoria, BC, Canada 01-07-13
    Christopher Victoria, BC, Canada 01-07-13
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    "not quite as satisfying as original"

    Overall a good listen. I found the story less plausible than the original, but still believable enough to be enjoyed. Only problem I have with this story is the degree to which Ripley relies on the witlessness of others...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn 07-20-13
    Carolyn 07-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "another great one from the Ripley series"
    What made the experience of listening to Ripley Underground the most enjoyable?

    the writer and the narrator made the entire experience wonderful.


    What does Kevin Kenerly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    his intonations and pace brings life to this slightly twisted character


    If you could rename Ripley Underground, what would you call it?

    don't know.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teri 07-10-13
    Teri 07-10-13
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    "Loving the Ripley series"
    Any additional comments?

    I'd read that some didn't care for the second book in the Ripley series as much, but I completely enjoyed it. I'd been introduced to Ripley from the Talented Mr. Ripley movie, and enjoyed the book almost as much (yes, I actually liked the movie more than the book); but enjoyed it enough to move on to book two. And I liked it more I think because there was nothing I was comparing it to. Seeing how Ripley is evolving was interesting and the story itself kept me engaged. I'm definitely looking forward to Highsmith's next books in the Ripley series - he's a great character, and these stores make for great audible listens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    daniel Hamlin, WV, United States 03-19-12
    daniel Hamlin, WV, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2012

    I am a D-Bag.

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    "Not as good as the first one"

    For a sequel this is a pretty good book. Rarely do I ever rate a performance higher then a book but there is something I enjoyed about Kenerlys reading. It fits well with Ripleys cocky voice. I look forward to book three.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Coolbreeze 05-07-16
    Coolbreeze 05-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Boring"
    Would you try another book from Patricia Highsmith and/or Kevin Kenerly?

    Yes because I love Tom Ripley


    Would you recommend Ripley Underground to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only to get the last book


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Tom followed Bernard after Bernard thought he was dead. Pretty funny.


    Do you think Ripley Underground needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It does have a follow up. Ripley's Game.


    Any additional comments?

    A little too far fetched for me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandra Camden, ME 03-21-16
    Alexandra Camden, ME 03-21-16

    Now that I've listened to the sample, I don't hear the same "hissing" on ss and gs as the recording I got. Very perplexing.

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    "Impossible to listen, bad quality recording"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't think I will be able to listen to this book. I got it after finishing the first book of the series. The quality of the recording on this one is awful, there is something wrong with it - the s and z and g's come out with a strange hissing sound at the end. It is very disturbing, hurts my ears and gives me a headache. Listen to a sample well before buying, it is the first recording I'am having this trouble with. Usually, with CDs I can adjust the setting on my player, but cannot do it with this file.
    I am not liking this reader as much as the one on the first book either.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    karen newell 01-03-16
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    "Tom Ripley is Addictive"

    I enjoyed The Talented Mr. Ripley so much that I decided to try Ripley Underground. I can see where the series might become more and more formula but there is something mesmerizing about Tom Ripley. I will probably purchase the next book eventually for another Ripley fix.
    Love the narrator, Kevin Kenerly, he is definitely part of my fascination with listening to this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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