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White

Narrated by: Bret Easton Ellis
Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (233 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Combining personal reflection and social observation, Bret Easton Ellis' first work of nonfiction is an incendiary polemic about this young century's failings, e-driven and otherwise, and at once an example, definition, and defense of what "freedom of speech" truly means.

Bret Easton Ellis has wrestled with the double-edged sword of fame and notoriety for more than 30 years now, since Less Than Zero catapulted him into the limelight in 1985, earning him devoted fans and, perhaps, even fiercer enemies. An enigmatic figure who has always gone against the grain and refused categorization, he captured the depravity of the '80s with one of contemporary literature's most polarizing characters, American Psycho's iconic, terrifying Patrick Bateman. In recent years, his candor and gallows humor on both Twitter and his podcast have continued his legacy as someone determined to speak the truth, however painful it might be, and whom people accordingly either love or love to hate. He encounters various positions and voices controversial opinions, more often than not fighting the status quo.

Now, in White, with the same originality displayed in his fiction, Ellis pours himself out onto the page and, in doing so, eviscerates the perceived good that the social media age has wrought, starting with the dangerous cult of likability. White is both a denunciation of censorship, particularly the self-inflicted sort committed in hopes of being "accepted", and a bracing view of a life devoted to authenticity.

Provocative, incisive, funny, and surprisingly poignant, White reveals not only what is visible on the glittering, pristine surface, but also the riotous truths that are hidden underneath.

©2019 Bret Easton Ellis (P)2019 Random House Audio

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A Fantastic Listen

It's very refreshing to here such opinionated takes on today's society by someone who isn't a comedian and is rather a person that is, by his nature, a thinker and a observer (It would've been very difficult to write his novels if he was neither of these things). This is a very fast listen and no reads Bret Easton Ellis better than himself. As a huge fan of the podcast, I had been looking forward to this book for some time and it definitely didn't disappoint. I only wish that the book was twice the length. Hopefully Mr. Ellis does a followup sooner rather than later. I can't recommend this audiobook highly enough.

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Very prescient, maybe too prescient

so prescient that the Author will likely be attacked en masse by the very people who DIDN'T read the book .. . but SHOULD HAVE.

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Finally ! Objectivity over Sunjectivity

occasionally my mind wo dered due to being a little long winded. Some of the authors points were well taken long before he finished his thought. Very good at giving annobjective viewpoint without actually picki g a side of the fence. So e i teresting history and scary prophecy.

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What I’ve been feeling but couldn’t articulate...

A magnificent set of ruminations on the feckless, fascist excesses of PC culture, identity politics, and Trump Derangement Syndrome from a pop-culture commentator par excellence. Thinking lefties would do themselves inestimable service by choking down this jagged pill.

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great snapshot of Trump and post Trump era

I thought this was great. I liked it. Great narration by the author he perfectly describes the Trump, BLS, metoo and SJW culture. A little too much name dropping but with a purposem. BEE is a brilliant guy and brought a few interesting ideas to the mix.

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F'ing amazing

Amusing, insightful and absolutely accurate observations. Thoroughly enjoyable to listen to. Everybody needs to calm the F down.

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Good, but at times disingenuous

Ellis makes many good points about millennials (those born circa 1984-2004), but is somewhat disingenuous about his opinions regarding art and politics. I sense he wants to be free to critique and judge freely, without fear. And he’s right to desire that. However, his critique of those “in the bubble” is a critique made by a man living in that same bubble. Therefore, it is shortsighted to point where it is either deliberate, or simply ignorant. The book crawls to an end by propping up pop star who shall remain nameless, and using said pop star’s world view as the standard to which society should aspire. As such, the strong foundation the book begins with is left weak by the time its final words are uttered, leaving the reader with a somewhat disjointed experience.

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Truth spoken and should be heard by all.

The first amendment is being attacked and it’s so obvious. Bret clearly shows what is taking place and will probably be hung out and crucified for it. Sad days we live in

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Phenomenal book

I can’t believe someone hasn’t already written this. Everything in this book has needed to be said for a while. I didn’t expect it from Bret Easton Ellis but he did a great job. Everything about this book is solid.

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Haters will hate, but...

Very incisive insights into the state of our nation. I appreciated his perspectives on current issues