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Publisher's Summary

A big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now.

As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay - with officer Nestor Camacho on board - Tom Wolfe is off and running. Into the feverous landscape of the city, he introduces the Cuban mayor; the black police chief; a wanna-go-muckraking young journalist and his Yale-marinated editor; an Anglo sex-addiction psychiatrist and his Latina nurse by day, loin lock by night - until lately, the love of Nestor's life; a refined, and oh-so-light-skinned young woman from Haiti and her Creole-spouting, black-gang-banger-stylin' little brother; a billionaire porn addict; crack dealers in the 'hoods; "de-skilled" conceptual artists at the Miami Art Basel Fair; "spectators" at the annual Biscayne Bay regatta looking only for that night's orgy; yenta-heavy ex-New Yorkers at an "Active Adult" condo; and a nest of shady Russians.

Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous best-selling novels, Back to Blood is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.

©2012 Tom Wolfe (P)2012 Hachette

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  • Donnie
  • MOUNT CARMEL, IL, United States
  • 01-01-13

Worst book ever, would like to return it,

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

It a terrible book, to change that, you would have to have decent book

Would you be willing to try another one of Lou Diamond Phillips’s performances?

He's the reason I purchased it, but its a terrible story

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I have try to listen to it, three different time and I can't make it out of the first of three books. Would like a refund or trade it in on something

Any additional comments?

Terrible, can I trade it in?

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  • Matt
  • OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States
  • 12-13-12

Masterful Narration....so so book

If only the book was half as good as Lou Diamond Phillips' narration was (superb!).... the story was just "ok" for me. A few interesting parts but they were few and far between. I do not understand all the 5 star ratings on this one. The characters were interesting and the plot was decent, but it just felt rushed to me... especially the ending.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great blast at Miami life, could use less detail

Cubans, Haitians, Russians, Anglos, old Jews, Art Basel, modern art in Miami. Wolfe blasts them all in his inimitable style. But it seems like he filled the book with more detail than is needed; in order to make the book longer?

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Wolfe delivers and so does LD Phillips as narrator

Having lived in Miami, I enjoyed the story for that reason. Nonetheless, if you like Wolfe's social-commenting author mode, you will enjoy this audiobook. Lou Diamond Phillips does an amazing job of narrating - his range and depiction of characters are both wonderful.

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  • Dennis
  • Orinda, CA USA
  • 11-21-12

Annoying and Slow

What disappointed you about Back to Blood?

This is my first Wolfe novel and I've been very dissapointed. I found his deliberate story development tedious and his very frequent use of word repetition annoying. It was a chore to make it through the first half dozen chapters - certainly not a book that kept me listening through the night.

Did Lou Diamond Phillips do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

The reader was generally OK, but needs to work on his "ha,ha,ha" laugh sequences - annoying boardering on awful. The frequent work/phrase repetition of Wolfe's novel is something you probably would simply have flown by if you were reading, but Phillips seems to add unnecessary emphasis to this annoying literary technique. The characters were not well differentiated by tone or accent in this reading.

Any additional comments?

Back to Blood has definitely not made me a Wolfe fan.

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  • Betsy
  • brooklyn, NY
  • 11-17-12

The vocabulary is a pleasure.

The narrator was perfect.
When the book ended I thought there must be another part. I guess I am saying the plot was, to me, just so-so.

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  • Michal
  • Scotsdale, AZ, United States
  • 12-20-12

Borning and too long!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I couldn't wait for this book to come out! I loved Charlotte Simmons and most of Tom Wolfe's other books. The problem with this book is that I never came to care about any of the characters. After investing almost 20 hours, I should have cared about someone! I didn't Some reviewers have objected to the sexual situations. That's odd because all of Tom Wolfe's books have sexual situations, and this book was no different. Unfortunately, I do not recommend this book. Major waste of time, and I only finished it because I bought it.

Has Back to Blood turned you off from other books in this genre?

Absolutely not!

Which character – as performed by Lou Diamond Phillips – was your favorite?

Nestor! His growth in self-confidence was mildly interesting.

What character would you cut from Back to Blood?

Not really sure as this was an ensemble book. Since I really didn't care about any of them, it wouldn't really matter.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Worst Book Ever

Would you try another book from Tom Wolfe and/or Lou Diamond Phillips?

The story went no where and the narrator would repeat sounds until you wanted to yank your earsbuds off!

What was most disappointing about Tom Wolfe’s story?

Story line started and ended no where.

Would you be willing to try another one of Lou Diamond Phillips’s performances?

Never

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

Confusion

0 of 3 people found this review helpful