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The Deer Park

A Novel
Narrated by: John Buffalo Mailer
Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Comedy, Other
3.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Amid the cactus wilds some two hundred miles from Hollywood lies a privileged oasis called Desert D'Or. It is a place for starlets and would-be starlets, directors, studio execs, and the well-groomed lowlifes who cater to them. And, as imagined by Norman Mailer in this blistering classic of 1950s Hollywood, Desert D'Or is a moral proving ground, where men and women discover what they really want - and how far they are willing to go to get it. As Mailer traces their couplings and uncouplings, their uneasy flirtation with success and self-extinction, he creates a legendary portrait of America's machinery of desire.

©1955, and copyright renewed 1983 Norman Mailer. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Relatives shouldn't always be narrators

Great bits of writing in between naff scenes made worse by monotone narration with silly faux female voices. Incredibly irritating narrative voice , read the book instead !

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  • Richard
  • 06-06-2019

Buffaloed

John Buffalo Mailer has a great reading voice. But he shouldn't attempt accents. His character voices are inconsistent and ambiguous and range between Edward G. Robinson's gangster voice and an unintentionally funny Rodney Dangerfield voice, "I tell ya."
And his southern accent falls flat.
In all, his various accents distract from the narrative.

Please re-record the book and just read it. We'll fill in the blanks in our minds as to who's who.

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  • Nancy in MA
  • 08-12-2017

Horrible

Worst book I’ve ever read. Couldn’t even finish it! Didn’t understand the plot. Waste of money.

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  • Frond Flayfixer
  • 16-05-2018

Great book, wonderful narrator

This is the kind of book that lands you right in a certain place and time (in this case California in the 1950s), populated by intruiging characters and description that manages to be both terse and lush. The atmosphere is wonderful, but there's little plot and no central character, so it demands quite a lot of patience from the reader at times.

I wanted to put a word in for the narrator, who does a wonderful job, moderating his voice perfectly to express the many and varied characters, including the women (no mean feat!). I find it so hard to find a narrator who doesn't end up annoying me, so this alone was a joy.