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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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    Robert 04-22-16
    Robert 04-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Funniest Book I've Ever Read/Heard"

    Oh Fortuna! Spin your cruel wheel. Toole was a brilliant writer, evidently with a tortured mind. This book is hilarious but not in a high school humor way like so many other comedies and satires. It is funny in an intellectual manner in most instances but not snooty or pretentious.
    The narrator did a wonderful job with all of the many characters, except the Puerto Rican woman serving Riley, near the end of the book. Rather than sounding Puerto Rican, the narrator made her sound like a somewhat stereotypical Chinese laundress from a 1960 spaghetti western. Her accent was not even close to what it should have been. But otherwise he did a fantastic job. Especially with I. J. Riley.
    If you are looking for an intellectually stimulating but laugh out loud funny listen then get this book. Definitely worth the credit/money and time.

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    Sondra D. Boyd Indiana 04-18-16
    Sondra D. Boyd Indiana 04-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow start but once it gets you, you're hooked!"

    This story is a slow start but the characters are just kooky enough to be compelling. I thought I was gonna hate it but I've got to admit it's a gem of a find.

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    Drew Tiemann 04-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "laughs abound"

    it takes awhile to get into it, but once you get the story that is being told it's impossible not to fall in love with these vivid characters

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    robert luu 04-14-16
    robert luu 04-14-16
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    I found this to be a strange novel and weird. Ignacius annoyed me so much. Well all the characters annoyed me in general. I wanted Ignacius to be locked up.

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    yKnot 04-14-16
    yKnot 04-14-16
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    "More like 6 stars! :-)"

    Funny , smart , engaging, great characters, several plots that come together cleverly.

    I enjoyed the opportunity to listen to this book.

    Starts deliberately slow and then I could barely put the (audio) book away since I Had to know the (very well wrapped-up) ending.

    Clean enough that I'd recommend for my teens (with a few "ahem" parts thrown in, that are Not gratuitous, but add to I.Riley's character explanation!)

    The audio performance was wonderful for multiple characters in one story.
    Easy to empathize with several members of the book.

    And no cliche or predictable scenes that many times bore me in other books and prevent me from finishing them. Again.... In this book: Excellent wrap up and tie-in of characters and multiple plots lines.

    Definitely recommend to others. Enjoy.

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    terrill 04-14-16
    terrill 04-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A journey with the Absurd"
    Would you listen to A Confederacy of Dunces again? Why?

    perhaps, not something I would usually do, but this a unique story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Confederacy of Dunces?

    The pants factory, the hot dog vendor and even the patrolman in costume


    Which character – as performed by Barrett Whitener – was your favorite?

    Almost all, he did a wonderful performance


    Who was the most memorable character of A Confederacy of Dunces and why?

    Ignatius of course. He is so well presented that one can picture his very presence. No even more, all of the characters even the minor roles are brought to life so very well that they almost become the story and are brought into our acceptance


    Any additional comments?

    A book that would make me laugh without warning. It was a daily deal offering and I am so glad it was.

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    Jimmy Hestand 04-12-16
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    "Terrible waste of time. "

    No story or humor. Don't waste your money or time with this one. Not sure why this was rated well by others.

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    judithh California 04-08-16
    judithh California 04-08-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Listen with an open mind as well as both ears!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I enjoyed the narrator and the story line. Very clever dialogue and characters. A one of a kind book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It took an act of faith and reviews of other listeners for me to stick with this book for the first few chapters. I went from "what in the world am I listening to?" to laughing out loud. Not a good book to listen to at 3:00 a.m. when trying to get back to sleep. The protagonist seemed like a raving maniac at first - finally, the rhythm of the prose caught me.


    What about Barrett Whitener’s performance did you like?

    Clever use of different voices for the characters.


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

    Wouldn't make a film of it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book had slipped under my radar, obviously, but am so glad I stuck it out. Certainly not formulaic as so many books are with set characters and repetitive occurrences. How sad that the author only wrote this one book and didn't live to see it published.

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    JFCincy 04-08-16
    JFCincy 04-08-16
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    "What would Ignatious say about this narrator?"
    What would have made A Confederacy of Dunces better?

    Is that too much to ask for a narrator with a Southern accent for a book set in New Orleans?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ignatius, the Don Quixote of modernity.


    What didn’t you like about Barrett Whitener’s performance?

    Where to start . . .


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This is one of the top books in the cannon of New Orleans literature. As a reader I both laughed at, and with, Ignatius' futile battles against modernity.


    Any additional comments?

    Please find another narrator for this Pulitzer Prize winning book.

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    Robert McKenzie 04-06-16
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    "entertaining story, horrible narration"

    the book was great but the narrator was absolutely terrible. I found his ethnic accents to be very distracting. all the black characters and the one Latina all sounded like an offensive cliche of a Chinese accent for some reason. I believe ibwill skip any books that are read by this hack in the future. he very nearly ruined what was supposed to be a funny and satirical tale by turning the characters into crude stereotypes.

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