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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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    Scott W. Mallory va 12-14-15
    Scott W. Mallory va 12-14-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Book was good. Narrator was better."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It took me aback at first but I jumped in quickly. I honestly believe the narrator, Barrett Whitener, was excellent and he truly gave a performance. I found myself talking along with some of the characters. Highly, highly recommended!

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    Christopher San Diego, CA, United States 12-10-15
    Christopher San Diego, CA, United States 12-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I should have read this sooner"

    A friend recommended this book to me 20 years ago and I let that recommendation go in one ear and slip out of the other and that was my loss.

    I loved this, it's laugh out loud funny, has great characters that you can relate to and who are textural. It's well written and grabs your attention. Pretty much everything you want from a book.

    Do yourself a favor and, at the very least, get this on your 'must read' list!!

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    Amazon Customer New Orleans, Louisiana 11-17-15
    Amazon Customer New Orleans, Louisiana 11-17-15 Member Since 2014

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    "poor performance"

    While I love this book, I feel that the performance was lacking for a number of reasons. The reader failed to grasp the importance of the correct accents to the storyline and his mispronounciation of names, streets, and places was distracting. A little research would have improved the experience considerably.

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    Tom 11-10-15
    Tom 11-10-15
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    "clever satire"

    an amusing tale of the equally sad fate of living in the world of theory alone or experience alone.

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    K Midwestern book lover 11-01-15
    K Midwestern book lover 11-01-15

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    "Brilliant"

    This is one of the best novels I have ever read. Performance was fantastic.

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    Stanaforth T. Hopkins 10-26-15
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    "Funny in the beginning"

    But drags at the very end ...........end end end end end end end end end end

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    Patrick 09-30-15
    Patrick 09-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't finish it due to poor acting"
    What didn’t you like about Barrett Whitener’s performance?

    This has been on my radar for years from multiple recommendations. I'm not sure if it was the content or narration, but i gave up after about 3 hrs. As a Southerner, it pains me to hear poorly rendered dialects. I'm not sure if Barrett Whitener is trying to be comical and failing or earnest and failing. I think he may have been going for an Uncle Remus sound, but it came across as a drugged Foghorn Leghorn.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure this book has literary potential, but was put off by the narration.

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    Fred San Francisco, CA, USA 09-24-15
    Fred San Francisco, CA, USA 09-24-15 Member Since 2002

    Retired CTO in the Financial sector.

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    "it was OK for a while then the lead character for"

    the book is very well read. Good voicing and well paced. I only rated the story 3 stars.

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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 2017
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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