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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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    Matthew K. Weaver Rome, GA 05-11-16
    Matthew K. Weaver Rome, GA 05-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "My favorite book, butchered."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The written version of this book is one of my all-time favorites, but the narrator of the audiobook simply ruins it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was robotic and sucked the life out of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see another version of this book (with a different narrator) on Audible.

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    Linda 05-09-16
    Linda 05-09-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny"

    I laughed out loud so many times (in public) I thought people must think I was as batty as Ignatious.

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    Eddie Rebel 05-05-16
    Eddie Rebel 05-05-16
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    "A must read for all"

    A dark hilarious (at least I think so) diatribe of a young, southern, intelligent, lazy, confrontational man that brings his wrath to all those he deemed worthy. Third time I've listened, and it gets much better every time. U could listen to Ignatius J Riley everyday and still look forward to what he is going to say next. A remarkable character that leaves a lasting impression. Do yourself a favor and bring Mr. Riley into your world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MsDayPlanner Encino, CA United States 05-05-16
    MsDayPlanner Encino, CA United States 05-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "I'm a big fan . . ."
    What made the experience of listening to A Confederacy of Dunces the most enjoyable?

    I loved "listening" to this book. I started by reading a hard copy that was loaned to me, then I bought an e-book for my Kindle so I didn't have to worry about folding back the pages, and though those were worth reading - once I got the audible version I was completely hooked. I think I've listened to this book 3-4 times already. I think one of the best parts of this reading was the narration - he gave life to each of the characters, almost like seeing it in a play with different performers. One of my favorite books and especially the audible version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the characters. I love the richness of the location and the people. I also loved the back story about how this book came to be published. Kind of bittersweet but it was interesting enough that I even bought a couple of books about the publishing of this book and the man who wrote it and his mother who made sure it was read and published.


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

    I don't think I have - but I loved him. I probably should pay attention to who this was and look for other books that he narrates because it really was the narration of this book that has made me listen to it so many times and even try to get my BF to "read" it - he's still not sold - thinks "listening" to a book is dumb, but I know if he'd just give it a quick listen he'd be hooked too. I've bought him a copy for his Kindle, maybe one day he'll listen and see what I mean...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several moments in this book that moved me. Mostly I found myself laughing out loud at some of the ridiculous moments that Ignatius. I loved the scene in the bar with the bird - I laugh at that scene every time. I love the wienie cart scenes. I love the Miss Trixie project, I loved the car accident with Ignatius and his mother, and just too many to mention them all. But really, I think it's the narration that brings this book to life for me the most.


    Any additional comments?

    It's the narration of this book that has really helped me become a huge fan. I can shut my eyes and see the characters in my head and can tell the difference in who is talking by the way this one is read - and there are so many characters that it would be so easy to get lost but this is one of the best narrations that I've ever listened too. So glad too because I will probably listen to this book many more times. I've also found a cookbook based on this book and have bought that too - yep, I'm a big fan of Confederacy of Dunces. Can't believe it took me so long to discover it but so glad I did.

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    Stig Hamnvik 05-04-16 Member Since 2011
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    "read this"

    I loved the story and the performance. A must listen to kind of book. Enjoy

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    John D. Rodriguez Florida 04-29-16
    John D. Rodriguez Florida 04-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great novel, great reader"

    I read this book twenty years ago and really enjoyed it. Hearing this performance opened up new life to characters that I had just slid past previously. I will be looking for more audiobooks read by Barrett Whitener.

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    Margaret M Morgan 04-28-16
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    "Hahahahaha"
    What made the experience of listening to A Confederacy of Dunces the most enjoyable?

    The narrator. He was perfect.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I laughed out loud all the way through. I wanted to listen all the time, and I tried listening via headphones in public places, but I had to stop because my laughter was disturbing.

    Ignatius says some terrible, outrageous things, but the way he says them is hilarious. The narrator made Ignatius sound just like my cousin Jack, and that is another reason I loved to listen to this book.


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

    I read this book when I was in my 20's, but this was the first time I had listened to it. I loved the book back then, but it is much better as an audiobook.
    There was talk that the movie might be be made with John Candy as Ignatius, but I don't know if he could have done Ignatius as well as Barrett Whitener.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think the scenes when Ignatius was selling hot dogs were quite poignant.


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    Rex 04-24-16
    Rex 04-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Grew on me"

    Narrator tried hard but accent is atrocious and mispronounces every single street in New Orleans.

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    Emril 04-24-16
    Emril 04-24-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent "

    In every measurable facet, the performance gave this work a depth beyond my own imagination.

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    Kari 04-22-16
    Kari 04-22-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Awful"

    Worse book I have listened to in a long time. I could not make myself finish it!!!

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