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The Bonfire of the Vanities

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Tom Wolfe

Narrated By: Joe Barrett

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: May 2009

Duration: 27 hours 33 minutes

Summary:

Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress'until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward in a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City. Suddenly, Sherman finds himself embroiled in the most brutal, high-profile case of the year, as prosecutors, politicians, the press, the police, the clergy, and assorted hustlers rush in to further their own political and social agendas. With so many egos at stake, the last priority on anyone's mind is truth or justice in this bitingly hilarious American satire.

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  • Linda P

    Loved everything about it. Holds up to the test of time. Fabulous job by the narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Andy H

    This book isn't just dated, it's also incredibly dull. Each character is a rather unimaginative stereotype, and the buildup to the main plotline has barely begun, and I'm 7 discs into it. It simply can't hold my attention any longer, I am returning it unfinished.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Did not age well. I did not even get past the second disc.