Extended Audio Sample

Download A Confederacy of Dunces Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole Click for printable size audiobook cover
3.0000138051297 out of 53.0000138051297 out of 53.0000138051297 out of 53.0000138051297 out of 53.0000138051297 out of 5 3.00 (96,341 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Kennedy Toole Narrator: Barrett Whitener Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
Regular Price: $22.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at onceFull, pursed lips protruded beneath the bushy black moustache and, at their corners, sank into little folds filled with disapproval and potato chip crumbs.

So enters one of the most memorable characters in recent American fiction.

The hero of John Kennedy Toole’s incomparable, Pultizer Prize–winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, an obese, self-absorbed, hapless Don Quixote of the French Quarter, whose half-hearted attempts at employment lead to a series of wacky adventures among the lower denizens of New Orleans. This book has become an American comic masterpiece.

Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A masterwork of comedy…The novel astonishes with its inventiveness, it lives in the play of its voices.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “If a book’s price is measured against the laughs it provokes, A Confederacy of Dunces is the bargain of the year.”


  • “An astonishingly good novel, radiant with intelligence and artful high comedy.”


  • A Confederacy of Dunces has been reviewed almost everywhere, and every reviewer has loved it. For once, everyone is right.”

    Rolling Stone

  • “A corker, an epic comedy, a rumbling, roaring avalanche of a book.”

    Washington Post

  • “His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans’ lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures…What a delight, what a roaring, rollicking, footstomping wonder this book is! I laughed until my sides ached, and then I laughed on.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “The dialogue is superbly mad. You simply sweep along, unbelievably entranced.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A brilliant and evocative novel.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “The episodes explode one after the other like fireworks on a story night. No doubt about it, this book is destined to become a classic.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Barrett Whitener strikes just the right note of Rabelaisian iconoclasm. He does justice not only to each memorably drawn character but also to the witty, elegant writing."


  • “The many subplots that weave through A Confederacy of Dunces are as complicated as anything you’ll find in a Dickens novel, and just as beautifully tied together in the end. But it is Ignatius—selfish, domineering, and deluded, tragic and comic and larger than life—who carries the story. He is a modern-day Quixote beset by giants of the modern age. His fragility cracks the shell of comic bluster, revealing a deep streak of melancholy beneath the antic humor.”

    Amazon.com Review

  • “A comic masterpiece that memorably evokes the city of New Orleans…Toole’s prose is energetic.”

    Library Journal

  • “A masterpiece of character comedy…The novel can hardly contain burstingly funny Ignatius—and the mix of high and low comedy is almost stroboscopic: brilliant, relentless, delicious, perhaps even classic.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • A 2007 KLIATT Editor’s Choice Audiobook
  • The 2007 SoundCommentary.com’s The Best of the Best Editor's Choice Audiobook
  • Winner of the 1981 PEN/Faulkner Award
  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice, June 1980
  • An Audible.com Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cwrigh13 | 2/16/2014

    " best book ever. i have read it 3 times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by al•veiz | 2/10/2014

    " Re-read it. Outstanding in Southern Humor literary genre. I don't much care for such things, but I recognize a commendable competency here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen | 2/5/2014

    " Coompletely enjoyed this book. It is pretty off color, but gets funnier and funnier. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sarah Pavelko | 1/23/2014

    " Clever but just not my type of humor. "

  • > Show All
Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations