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Publisher's Summary

Since his debut in 1955, Tom Ripley has evolved into the ultimate bad boy sociopath, influencing countless novelists and filmmakers.

In this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsome Tom Ripley: a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley becomes enamored of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf. This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal, but he grows enraged by Dickie's ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante.

A dark reworking of Henry James's The Ambassadors, The Talented Mr. Ripley—immortalized in the 1998 film starring Matt Damon, Jude Law, and Gywneth Paltrow—is an unforgettable introduction to this debonair confidence man, whose talent for self-invention and calculated murder is chronicled in four subsequent novels.

©1955 Patricia Highsmith. Copyright renewed 1983 by Patricia Highsmith. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"One of the great crime novels of the 20th century, Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley is a blend of the narrative subtlety of Henry James and the self-reflexive irony of Vladimir Nabokov. Like the best modernist fiction, Ripley works on two levels. First, it is the story of a young man, Tom Ripley, whose nihilistic tendencies lead him on a deadly passage across Europe. On another level, the novel is a commentary on fictionmaking and techniques of narrative persuasion. Like Humbert Humbert, Tom Ripley seduces readers into empathizing with him even as his actions defy all moral standards." (Amazon.com review)
"[Highsmith] has created a world of her own - a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal danger." (Graham Greene)
"One of our greatest modernist writers." (Gore Vidal)

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Patricia Highsmith story is memorable

Even though the story varied slightly from the movie we enjoyed it just as much. Hearing Tom Ripley's introspection is fascinating. The narrator does very well.

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The subtext makes it work

Tom Ripley lives in a society that would have him kill off part of his personality in order to fit in. It's that mostly-buried truth that gives this story its deeper meaning and a significance that rises above that of the ordinary crime thriller.

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A subtle descent into madness

It's a more tame story as far as psychological thrillers go. There are some sticky situations that Tom gets himself into and they're interesting enough. The creepy part is how crazy he becomes with you even noticing it

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Two thumbs down

Boring, boring,boring! It rambled on and on. Terrible ending. I wish I had the time back that I spent listening to this ridiculous book

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Incredible

This is a tale way before its time, and speaks volumes about the life of someone who is a little insecure about their identity, and how to forge who they are. I always think of this as a a LGBT piece, myself, not just because of the author, but because of Ripley, himself. The narrator explores the character with a great complexity that I can truly appreciate.

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Kevin Kenerly is the best Narrator! Great Read

Loved this book and the pace of the story! What a great writer. The narrator's voice is perfect!

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Hard to finish

The plot develops in a slow and reptitive way. The characters could be elaborate but are simple.

The narrator talks like wining and ends each sentence in a ugly way. He lacks emotion in the little crucial moments of the tale.

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Fantastic Thriller

Where does The Talented Mr. Ripley rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a great listen. I don't know where to rank it among all my listens, however, because pretty much everything I've listened to on audible has been relatively great on the same level.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It definitely did. Towards the end the book became so riveting that I almost wanted to quit listening or pause it because I was legitimately frightened at what would happen next!

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

He was great with accents and bringing the foreign characters to life. If I had read it by myself I most likely would've forgotten to give them accents. Also, his narration of Tom Ripley was very fantastic. He was good at Tom's change in dialect when he would go between being himself and being Dickie Greenleaf. If I'd been reading I would've forgotten ton change his voice/dialect in my mind.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely, and toward the end I stayed up at night to finish it because it was so exciting.

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Still perfect

Terrific reading of the classic novel. I return to this regularly, since first enjoying it years ago on audio cassette.

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Brilliant

The writing is stunning. I couldn't stop listening as both author and narrated walked me through the streets of Italy while inside the twisted mind of Tom Ripley.