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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (28,965 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Wolfe Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This bitingly hilarious American satire will forever define late-twentieth-century New York style.

Tom Wolfe’s bestselling 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A big, bitter, funny, craftily plotted book that grabs you by the lapels and won’t let go.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Impossible to put down.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Erupting from the first line with noise, color, tension and immediacy, this immensely entertaining novel accurately mirrors a system that has broken down: from the social code of basic good manners to the fair practices of the law…A brilliant evocation of New York’s class, racial and political structure in the 1980s.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Joe Barrett sends shivers up the spine…Wolfe’s Bonfire still burns bright with wit, mastery of plot and character, and an astonishing eye for detail.”


  • “Wolfe’s genius may be better suited to fiction than to journalism; his novel has all the knowledge, insight, and wit of earlier works but tones down the notorious stylistic excesses. The result is not just Wolfe’s most successful book to date but one of the most impressive novels of the decade.”

    Library Journal

  • “Sheer entertainment against a fabulous background…Wolfe triumphantly mounts scene after magnificent scene depicting the vanity of human endeavor, with every character measured by his shoes and suits or dresses, his income and expenses, and with his vain desires rising in smoke against settings that would make a Hollywood director’s tongue hang out. Often hilarious, and much, much more.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “If you saw the movie and liked it, listen to this audiobook, which is a thousand times better.”


  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 1988 Ambassador Book Award for Fiction
  • A 2010 Audie Award Finalist
  • A 1987 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robin | 2/16/2014

    " Tom Wolfe is an excellent writer and thinker, really "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Will | 2/6/2014

    " Great plot, intelligent social commentary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Meredith Hull | 1/30/2014

    " I would have liked it better had I read it before American Psycho, and perhaps I need to amend my review of that as well. In fact the reason I took off a star isn't because of the style or any of the other literary elements I normally nit pick about. It's because I could see my future very easily becoming that of a minor character-- Sherman's wife, Judy. Walking around in the subways on my way to work with the painful fact that I, in my little Chanel flats and Fendi bag, am right on track to become the cuckolded wife of a Master of the Universe who will have as her biggest complaint that the truth didn't come out soon enough-- that is what made it lose a star. I can certainly see its place in literary history and agree with the shining praise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marlene Keith | 1/22/2014

    " If you've never had a hangover, you can read about the perfect one without having to experience it first hand. "

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