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The Talented Mr Ripley

Narrated by: David Menkin
Series: Ripley, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (302 ratings)

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Summary

Tom Ripley is struggling to stay one step ahead of his creditors and the law when an unexpected acquaintance offers him the chance to start over.

Ripley wants money, success, and the good life, and he's willing to kill for it. When his newfound happiness is threatened, his response is as swift as it is shocking.

©1983 Patricia Highsmith (P)2007 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"Ripley, amoral, hedonistic, and charming, is a genuinely original creation." ( Daily Telegraph)
"Precisely plotted, stylishly written, and kept alert by an icy wit. Streets ahead of the conventional thriller: a cool little classic of its kind." ( Evening Standard)

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A real page turner

Very entertaining, the time just flew by.
It was very interesting seeing the world through the eyes of Tom Ripley. I disposed on one level but also quite liked him on another.
It was such a good listen I may now check out the next Ripley book.

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Interesting

Enjoyed the story but do have some mixed feelings as I struggled to empathise with Mr Ripley most of the time, but I suppose that's the whole point of the book.
The narration is excellent and really made the story come alive.

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Tense and Unpredictable

Having seen the film a few years ago and remembering nothing much, except that I enjoyed it, I thought I'd refresh my memory with this. It's in turns cringey, clever and tense, and best of all, I didn't guess the ending. In fact, the ending was so surprising that I had to rewind to make sure I hadn't got the wrong end of the stick! I can't remember the end of the film (it's an age thing) but I'm sure it wasn't this. Thomas Ripley is so vividly drawn that I found myself cringeing on his behalf at the start and then listening with mouth hanging open as his character develops. The descriptions of Venice and Rome are so vivid that I felt I'd been there myself. The narration is just right, bringing all the characters to life. The tension builds throughout the second half of the book and by the end I was totally sleep deprived. I couldn't switch it off. Highly recommended.

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Incomparable plotting; mediocre reading

Highsmith's brilliant story and superb characters, especially antihero Ripley, make for addictive listening despite lacklustre and rather wooden reading.

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Very pleasant and well read

What did you like most about The Talented Mr Ripley?

T Ripley is very different to one in the movie. I was drawn to the book by the movie. So glad there is an audiobook for this. A must read or listen to.

What about David Menkin’s performance did you like?

Love his Italian accent. Kept my attention for all eight hours.

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

I didn't want it to end. Will search for the next episode of T Ripley.

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Nicely Narrated

David's narration really brings this story to life. a fantastic book to bring on a travel to Italy

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book Vs film

different stories but similar, loved them both but liked the book slightly better than film

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Recommend so hard

Couldn't stop listening! Absolutely brilliant. Great series to get into during this time of such difficulty

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Loved it, from start to finish. If you've seen the film, don't expect it to be exactly the same,. Film and book are excellent in their own way.

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watch the film perhaps.

not great. I'd watch the movie again but the book, not so enjoyable as the movie.