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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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  • Julian Summer
  • 27-04-2013

Brilliant

This is an excellent, cleverly written and funny book. As with all Tom Wolfe's main characters, there is a greek tragedy development of hubris, nemesis and catharsis, with many well developed minor characters playing alongside. And the reader is quite excellent, really the best I have heard, regardless of whether he is doing men or women, hispanic, black or white. The reader pushes my rating from a 4 to a 5 star. There is only one slight negative and that is that Tom Wolfe employs a peculiar narative device for emphasis and that is to repeat himself, repeat himself, repeat himself. After a while it actually gets a bit annoying, annoying, annoying. But thats really quite minor compared to the overall pleasure from listening to this book.

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  • NICK B.
  • 01-06-2015

Magnificent prose, read by a pro

Brilliant! Exceptional descriptions, fantastic characters, and read in a most entertaining way. Couldn't fault it!

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  • Steve
  • 09-09-2013

Great pace, fabulous insight

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Sharply written, incisive, beautifully observed. This book has pace, tension, humour and paints a revealing, disturbing and often hilarious picture of Miami life

What other book might you compare Back to Blood to, and why?

Bonfire of the Vanities - the only other Tom Wolfe I've read

What does Lou Diamond Phillips bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He portrays accents well, and brings the often deliberately absurd repetitive phrases to life.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It certainly made me laugh, and kept me enthral led throughout. I was sad when the 20 hours was over

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  • Antonio Villar
  • 06-06-2013

Excellent story and performance

Tom Wolfe strikes again with an incredibly good narration. I really enjoyed. Waiting to listening to The Bonfire of Vanities by L. D. Phillips!!

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  • joanjava
  • 25-01-2016

Will challenge you. But you'll keep listening.

The book was a long worthwhile listen. Written and read aloud from the heart. I didn't agree with all his conclusions, which at times a little too contrived and sentimental. But in the whole really compelled me to listen. And think.

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  • Rebecca
  • 28-09-2015

Very Very Good

I was so disappointed when this book ended I wanted it to go on forever ( well at least until I had finished the ironing). Well written, hilarious, and a perfect listen

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  • Dewifach
  • 18-06-2015

Terrific writing.

Great book. Not too keen on LDP's French pronunciation or his portrayal of the Porn Doctor's laughter, but great overall performance.

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  • matt
  • 01-08-2013

Moments of excellence - ultimately disapointing

What would have made Back to Blood better?

He uses a very similar formula to bonfire of the Vanities and Man in Fall to much greater effect. The characters here seemed shallower and less thought through, the comedy didnt always work and the pacing felt off.

Would you ever listen to anything by Tom Wolfe again?

Definately

Have you listened to any of Lou Diamond Phillips’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've not heard LDP before but thought he was very good

What character would you cut from Back to Blood?

The Editor

Any additional comments?

I think an amount of hype is always likely to anything by Tom Wolfe and will be compared to his earlier work. I think BTB suffers as a result of this.

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