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The Bonfire of the Vanities Audiobook

The Bonfire of the Vanities

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Publisher's Summary

Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace.

A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City. Suddenly, Sherman finds himself embroiled in the most brutal, high-profile case of the year, as prosecutors, politicians, the press, the police, the clergy, and assorted hustlers rush in to further their own political and social agendas. With so many egos at stake, the last priority on anyone's mind is truth or justice in this bitingly hilarious American satire.

©1987 Tom Wolfe; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A big, bitter, funny, craftily plotted book that grabs you by the lapels and won't let go." (New York Times Book Review)
"Sheer entertainment against a fabulous background....Often hilarious, and much, much more." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Erupting from the first line with noise, color, tension and immediacy....brilliant." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Heelfan 12-23-16
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    "not worth a day of my life"

    This was a very long story about characters that I still did not connect with, even after listening for 27 hours. Some content was interesting but most was maddening, so at least the story did provoke some emotion. Of course it was a well-written story, considering the author, and the performance was flawless. I'm just a bit sad that I chose to spend a day of my life listening to this instead of...pretty much anything else.

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    Ramona Petersen 12-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "An affair to remember!"

    A familiar tale buy solemn reminder of the risks of an affair. Really enjoyed the narrator!

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    "Beautiful and anti-climactic."

    Tom Wolfe can write a damn sentence! And although this tale of hubris has a devastating bite, it is a book in search of an ending. The narrator is one of the best I've heard, switching from character to character with ease.

    It's a very good listen, just don't expect a WOW ending.

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    Tim apalachin, NY, United States 12-13-16
    Tim apalachin, NY, United States 12-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "One if the hardest books to finish I've ever"

    I got this book because I recognized the title as a perceived classic. Maybe it is a statement of the author's wtiting prowess that I found the characters so annoying. However I kept wondering if this would ever end. I really had to force myself to finish. I don't think I'll be picking up any more Tom Wolfe stories anytime soon.

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    Janice 12-08-16
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    The story was intriguing but I have to say that the narration by Joe Barrett pushed the audio version of the book to exceptional! I would listen to other books narrated by him just to hear his rendition.

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    This is a great audio performance. The reader does a fantastic job portraying different voices for each character. This is the best book I've ever listen to or ever read. The main story with its characters can be played out in todays news.

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    There is not one person in the whole book that was interesting. The story was dull boring and very long

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    Jane Austin 11-25-16
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    "narrator ruined it, total over acting"

    the story was just so so, but the reading was comical and often offensively racist

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    Myles E Alden LEWISVILLE, TX, US 11-19-16
    Myles E Alden LEWISVILLE, TX, US 11-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Still relevant"

    Excellent story about class and race relations. The issues are amazingly applicable, even 30 years after it was written. Wolfe is witty and comical, so the heavy subject matter is lightened perfectly. Highly recommended.

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    mlirving Oakland, California 10-01-16
    mlirving Oakland, California 10-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, wonderfully read!"

    Exceptional narration for this book! A classic that I love reading in paper but enjoyed listening to even more.

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