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Ripley
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UNABRIDGED
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  • 1

    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (645)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (553)

    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.

    Darwin8u says: "A high-wire, high-risk, high-reward masterpiece"
    A high-wire, high-risk, high-reward masterpiece

    Highsmith is amazing. She alludes to Henry James, plays with a Nabokovian style, throws in James Cain's dialogue, and blends it all with a Camus-like..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 15 2012 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)
  • 2

    Ripley Underground

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (138)

    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.

    Darwin8u says: "When gods made Highsmith, they broke the plates."
    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 leve..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 17 2012 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)
  • 3

    Ripley’s Game

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    Living on his posh French estate with his elegant heiress wife, Tom Ripley, on the cusp of middle age, is no longer the striving comer of The Talented Mr. Ripley. Having accrued considerable wealth through a long career of crime—forgery, extortion, serial murder—Ripley still finds his appetite unquenched and longs to get back in the game.

    Darwin8u says: "Brilliant and disconcerting at the same time"
    Brilliant and disconcerting at the same time

    While this is probably my favorite Highsmith/Ripley novel so far, it is also the most unsettling. She manages - by introducing a new counter-Narrator ..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 20 2012 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)
  • 4

    The Boy Who Followed Ripley

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (67)

    In The Boy Who Followed Ripley, Highsmith explores Ripley's bizarrely paternal relationship with a troubled young runaway, whose abduction draws them into Berlin's seamy underworld. More than any other American literary character, Ripley provides "a lens to peer into the sinister machinations of human behavior." (John Freeman, Pittsburgh Gazette).

    Darwin8u says: "Ripley coldly floats between two steep cliffs."
    Ripley coldly floats between two steep cliffs.

    This was a slippery Highsmith. Ripley coldly floats between two steep cliffs. He isn't necessarily a likable or even sympathetic narrator, but still m..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 09 2013 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)
  • 5

    Ripley Under Water

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (61)

    Tom Ripley passes his leisured days at his French country estate tending the dahlias, practicing the harpsichord, and enjoying the company of his lovely wife, Heloise. Never mind the bloodstains on the basement floor.

    Darwin8u says: "Existential ambivalence to the artistic extreme"
    Existential ambivalence to the artistic extreme

    While not my favorite of the five Ripliad novels, still Highsmith didn't disappoint. Patricia Highsmith is all about atmospherics, setting and slight ..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 13 2013 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)