Ripley

11 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 3,400 ratings

The Talented Mr. Ripley 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.
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  • Book 1

    • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    • By: Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,275
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,043
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      4 out of 5 stars 2,050

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Stands up beautifully after almost 60 years

    • By Wild Wise Woman on 05-18-12

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    • The Talented Mr Ripley

    • By: Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated by: David Menkin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    Tom Ripley is struggling to stay one step ahead of his creditors and the law when an unexpected acquaintance offers him the chance to start over. Ripley wants money, success, and the good life and he's willing to kill for it. When his newfound happiness is threatened, his response is as swift as it is shocking.

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  • Book 2

    • Ripley Underground

    • By: Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 447
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 397
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 390

    The Buckmaster Gallery is staging another Derwatt exhibition, but now an American collector claims that the expensive masterpiece he bought three years ago is a fake. It is, of course, and he wants to talk to Derwatt, but Derwatt, inconveniently, is dead. Ripley needs the perfect solution to keep his role in the fraud a secret and his reputation clean, but not everyone's nerves are as steady as his. Especially when it comes to murder.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • am I crazy?

    • By Kelin on 02-04-12

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    • Ripley Under Ground

    • A Virago Modern Classic
    • By: Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Tom Ripley is now the owner of a beautiful estate in France, a wealthy art collector and married to an heiress. The Buckmaster Gallery is staging an exhibition by the celebrated artist Derwatt, but an American collector claims that the expensive masterpiece he bought three years ago is a fake. It is, of course, and he wants to talk to Derwatt - but Derwatt, inconveniently, is dead. Ripley needs the perfect solution to keep his role in the fraud a secret and his reputation clean, but not everyone's nerves are as steady as his.

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  • Book 3

    • Ripley’s Game

    • By: Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
    • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 292
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 252
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 251

    Living on his posh French estate with his elegant heiress wife, Tom Ripley, on the cusp of middle age, is no longer the striving comer of The Talented Mr. Ripley. Having accrued considerable wealth through a long career of crime—forgery, extortion, serial murder—Ripley still finds his appetite unquenched and longs to get back in the game.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant and disconcerting at the same time

    • By Darwin8u on 12-20-12

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    • Ripley's Game

    • By: Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated by: Peter Brooke
    • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Tom Ripley detested murder. Unless it was absolutely necessary. If possible, he preferred someone else to do the dirty work. In this case someone with no criminal record, who would commit 'two simple murders' for a very generous fee....

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    • Ripley's Game

    • A Virago Modern Classic
    • By: Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated by: Peter Brooke
    • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Living on his French estate with his elegant heiress wife, Tom Ripley, on the cusp of middle age, is no longer the striving chancer of The Talented Mr. Ripley. Having accrued considerable wealth through a long career of crime, he tires of his idyllic retirement. Highsmith's chameleon longs to get back in the game, so when a friend needs a favour, he relishes the opportunity.

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  • Book 4

    • The Boy Who Followed Ripley

    • By: Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 181
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 156

    In The Boy Who Followed Ripley, Highsmith explores Ripley's bizarrely paternal relationship with a troubled young runaway, whose abduction draws them into Berlin's seamy underworld. More than any other American literary character, Ripley provides "a lens to peer into the sinister machinations of human behavior." (John Freeman, Pittsburgh Gazette).

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Ripley coldly floats between two steep cliffs.

    • By Darwin8u on 03-09-13

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Boy Who Followed Ripley

    • A Virago Modern Classic
    • By: Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated by: Peter Brooke
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When a troubled young runaway arrives on Tom Ripley's French estate, he is drawn into a world he thought he'd left behind: the seedy underworld of Berlin, involving kidnapping plots, lies and deception. Ripley becomes the boy's protector as friendship develops between the young man with a guilty conscience and the older one with no conscience at all.

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  • Book 5

    • Ripley Under Water

    • By: Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 173
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 145

    Tom Ripley passes his leisured days at his French country estate tending the dahlias, practicing the harpsichord, and enjoying the company of his lovely wife, Heloise. Never mind the bloodstains on the basement floor.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • best book of the series

    • By Parola138 on 12-30-12

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Ripley Under Water

    • A Virago Modern Classic
    • By: Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
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    Tom Ripley is quietly living in luxury at his chateau at Villeperce. He has a past, however, that would not bear too much close scrutiny. He is certain that he has covered his tracks where murder and forgery are concerned. But when a certain American couple move in next door, he soon realises his every move is being shadowed. Ripley fears his secrets may be discovered, and he will stop at nothing to prevent that from happening.

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