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The Talented Mr. Ripley Audiobook

The Talented Mr. Ripley

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Publisher's Summary

Since his debut in 1955, Tom Ripley has evolved into the ultimate bad boy sociopath, influencing countless novelists and filmmakers.

In this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsome Tom Ripley: a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley becomes enamored of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf. This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal, but he grows enraged by Dickie's ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante.

A dark reworking of Henry James's The Ambassadors, The Talented Mr. Ripley—immortalized in the 1998 film starring Matt Damon, Jude Law, and Gywneth Paltrow—is an unforgettable introduction to this debonair confidence man, whose talent for self-invention and calculated murder is chronicled in four subsequent novels.

©1955 Patricia Highsmith. Copyright renewed 1983 by Patricia Highsmith. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"One of the great crime novels of the 20th century, Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley is a blend of the narrative subtlety of Henry James and the self-reflexive irony of Vladimir Nabokov. Like the best modernist fiction, Ripley works on two levels. First, it is the story of a young man, Tom Ripley, whose nihilistic tendencies lead him on a deadly passage across Europe. On another level, the novel is a commentary on fictionmaking and techniques of narrative persuasion. Like Humbert Humbert, Tom Ripley seduces readers into empathizing with him even as his actions defy all moral standards." (Amazon.com review)

"[Highsmith] has created a world of her own - a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal danger." (Graham Greene)

"One of our greatest modernist writers." (Gore Vidal)

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    Linda 05-20-16
    Linda 05-20-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Could not finish this book"
    What would have made The Talented Mr. Ripley better?

    The main character seemed to have no redeeming characteristics.


    Has The Talented Mr. Ripley turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Possibly


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Kenerly – was your favorite?

    Did not find one I liked


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

    I thought the narrator did an acceptable job.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps if a friend had told me it was going to get better I would have stayed with it.

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    Coolbreeze 05-07-16
    Coolbreeze 05-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wish they would remake the movie"
    Would you listen to The Talented Mr. Ripley again? Why?

    Yes, the narrator is intoxicating


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Talented Mr. Ripley?

    Mr. Ripley's true thoughts about Marge were hilarious to me


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Kenerly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    No I wouldn't have wanted to listen to it in one sitting because there are alot of details about Ripley's scams and it is a little too much information and becomes boring.


    Any additional comments?

    Love Tom Ripley's character. I started off with the movie many many years ago and always loved it. Finally read the book and don't regret it. Never knew it was a trilogy.

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    juliet 04-28-16
    juliet 04-28-16
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    "Loved this book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Talented Mr. Ripley the most enjoyable?

    It was such a twisted story but my sympathy remained with Ripley, sort of hoping he'd get away with it yet knowing that if he did, it was wrong.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I couldn't believe that I could have sympathy for a murderer and someone as selfish as Tom.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Pick any of the suspense ones where he was sure he'd be found out and then gets away with it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It is a film.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought it on a whim and am delighted I did.

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    Bradly USA 04-27-16
    Bradly USA 04-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Setting the foundation for this series and others"

    I've read a lot of "criminal" protagonist novels but never about one that lives in the same reality as I do. Kevin Kenerly delivers a though provoking calm to the narrative. Looking forward to this series and other stories by Patricia Highsmith.

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    Anna 04-01-16
    Anna 04-01-16
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    "Perfect for audio format"

    Classic story, entertaining and read well. Perfect for listening rather than reading. Engaging and does not require 100% focus, so this was a good book for listening to while doing laundry, cooking etc. Recommended.

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    Maik Cayapa 03-25-16
    Maik Cayapa 03-25-16
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    "Well-written bore"

    Obviously, this writer is talented which kept me listening to the end but nothing happens , especially in the last third of the book.! The main character's emotions are blunted and this seeps through in the writing. Preferred Strangers on a Train by the same author. Less pompous and more tension. Probably finished with this author. Definitely finished with this series,

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    Jesse 02-24-16
    Jesse 02-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story bad narration"

    Great book...only complaint is that the narrator should learn how to pronounce foreign words if they appear in the book they are reading...anyone who speaks Italian will cringe when they hear this..

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    Wenderric 04-08-15
    Wenderric 04-08-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Disappointing Narrator"
    What did you like best about The Talented Mr. Ripley? What did you like least?

    The Talented Mr. Ripley is a crime classic and the hard, almost vicious style of Highsmith really brings to life the darkness of Tom Ripley. The only thing that detracted from the audio book was the narrator.


    What other book might you compare The Talented Mr. Ripley to and why?

    There's no con man quite like Ripley, but I would compare it to another Highsmith, Strangers on a Train. The reason why is that there's a real sense of claustrophobia around the characters as the net draws to a close.


    What didn’t you like about Kevin Kenerly’s performance?

    It was about as good a job as I myself could have done. There's no real variation in voices and frankly, he just doesn't sound at all like I imagined Tom Ripley. His voice is too upbeat or something. It took me right out of the whole thing.


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

    Yes.


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    Raele Austin, TX, United States 02-04-15
    Raele Austin, TX, United States 02-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Blockbuster Story! Creepy & Chilling & Believable"

    Highsmith seems to have an incredible understanding of her subject. I absolutely believed every minute, every thought, every word. The deranged thinking and emotions of Tom Ripley, the self-pity, the false & fleeting guilt, all the justifications...how could she come up with this and be of sound mind herself? She's amazing! I was absolutely mesmerized. And the narrator does a fantastic job of conveying Ripley's inner states. The blithe tone he often uses to articulate incredible immoral and inhumane plans perfectly conveys to us Ripley's utter lack of conscience. Just FANTASTIC, all around. One of the best Audible listens ever.

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    Gitte Copenhagen, Denmark 05-30-14
    Gitte Copenhagen, Denmark 05-30-14 Member Since 2012

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    The Talented Mr. Ripley is unlike anything I’ve read before. It was entertaining and nerve-racking, yet somewhat underplayed and even slow at times. It’s a damned interesting story, but also one of the most unpleasant reads ever. You know that feeling when you’re watching a movie where someone breaks into a house and then the person who lives there comes home and the intruder has to hide? It’s unbearable in a squirm-around-in-your-seat-kind-of-way, right? That’s how it felt reading The Talented Mr. Ripley. If I hadn’t listened to the audio, I don’t think I ever would have been able to finish. There was one particular scene that made me gasp loudly (while I was at the gym – not embarrassing at all!!! No no …) where Tom Ripley slips and is nearly busted. Insufferable!

    The brilliant thing about this book is that you kind of get to like Tom Ripley, even if he is a creepy psycho. I actually found myself rooting for him – I wanted him to get away with murder. What’s even worse: there were times I could identify with him! That scared the shit out of me. It was just little observations on life and people. Like this quote:

    Anticipation! It occurred to him that his anticipation was more pleasant to him than the experiencing.

    That could just as well have been something I had said. Don’t get me wrong, I would never murder someone and steal their identity. Unless that person had a really awesome book & shoe collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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