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A Confederacy of Dunces Audiobook

A Confederacy of Dunces

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Publisher's Summary

"A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at once." So enters one of the most memorable characters in recent American fiction.

The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

©1980 Thelma D. Toole; (P)1997 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Barrett Whitener strikes just the right note." (AudioFile)
"A Confederacy of Dunces has been reviewed almost everywhere, and every reviewer has loved it. For once, everyone is right." (Rolling Stone)
"What a delight, what a roaring, rollicking, footstomping wonder this book is! I laughed until my sides ached, and then I laughed on." (Chicago Sun-Times)

What Members Say

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    M. L. MEISTER 09-19-15
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    "What a hoot!"

    The story is funny and extremely entertaining. Mr. Whitener does every voice and each character has its own personality. This gem is worth more than diamonds. If you're from Louisiana, particularly New Orleans, you will highly enjoy this romp.

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    Carla 09-15-15
    Carla 09-15-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Listen to the Arte Johnson version!"

    The narrator is an Abomination!

    I heartily agree with Jennifer's 2012 review: "Cringeworthy Narration, Brilliant Story"

    This celebrated comic masterpiece should be narrated by someone who can do justice to all the ethnic and cultural voices John Kennedy Toole has rendered with such elegance and teasing affection.

    Barrett Whitener sounds like a math teacher from the midwest with no clear understanding of accent or cultural inflection.

    In Arte Johnsons' version the sailor-suited Timmy is sassy and fun. In Whitener's version he sounds like he has a severe cleft pallet. Mr. and Mrs. Levy, Johnsons's hilariously bickering Jewish couple just sound grim in Whitener's vaguely southern interpretation.

    I don't understand all the accolades Whitener received from other Audible listeners.

    I highly recommend the Arte Johnson version, a perfect marriage of book and narrator. I only wish it were unabridged. You have to search for it online which is a real shame as it is by far the better version.

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    Rachel Gray 09-10-15
    Rachel Gray 09-10-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Waste of an Audible Credit"
    What disappointed you about A Confederacy of Dunces?

    The narration was stilted when he wasn't using an awful accent


    Any additional comments?

    I stopped halfway through. It was terrible.

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    Paul 09-07-15
    Paul 09-07-15

    A Sci Fi junkie who occasionally goes slumming to read other literature.

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    "American classic. Great humor."

    This an American classic and on my list of must-read. It won the Pulitzer in 1981. A sort of Don Quixote set in 1950s/1960s New Orleans, the story wittily reveals the complex social structure of the time. You could also say it is a mimic of Huckleberry Finn, just with very different characters and setting. In fact, Toole references Twain's work two or three times in the book. Tool doesn't hold back in Dunces. He goes after every group he believes is judgmental and hypocritical, and that's pretty much everyone. I love Tools's sense of humor which is sometimes displayed in outrageous scenes, but more frequently is subtle and understated.

    Narrator Barrett Whitener is awesome. Several times while listening I wondered how one person can perform so many voices so effortlessly. He is one of the few male narrators that can portray a female character without making me grit my teeth.

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    Michel 06-16-15
    Michel 06-16-15
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    "Different but very Enjoyable Read"

    It was a very Original story, and by the end of the story I had developed a very real affection for the Main Character (Ignatius), and I was very concerned with is well being..

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    am 03-19-15
    am 03-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent"

    One of my favorite all-time books and the reader did it great justice. Well done. I highly recommend it.

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    Marie M Howell 03-13-15
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    "My review"

    Barrett Whitener does a masterful job bringing the characters to life. Great story by J. K. Toole. Ignatius is a one of a kind but he is a little tiresome after a while. Second time I have listened to this recording.

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    BigZ Phoenix, AZ USA 03-13-15
    BigZ Phoenix, AZ USA 03-13-15
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    "Wildly entertaining and mildly infuriating..."

    This book was, as the review title indicates, wildly entertaining and mildly infuriating. The particular charm, however, was that it managed to be both simultaneously. The myriad of colorful characters and the unbelievable circumstances they found themselves in, invoked a vivid and vibrant counterculture bursting at the seams with life. This will most certainly find itself on my "must read again" list.

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    Amazon Customer 03-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant and Funny!!!"

    "If there are armed rapes why should there not be armed hot dog thefts."

    laugh out loud funny

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    marco United States 03-04-15
    marco United States 03-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Very enjoyable"

    Really enjoyed this off-the-wall book. Was genuinely funny and the characters were interesting. Not a lot really happens in the book but it still kept me interested. Not to mention the narrator is probably the best that I've heard in any audiobook so far. I loved his narration of Ignatius, Jones, and Ms. Trixie in particular.

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