Narrated by Kevin Kenerly – admirable job. He definitely had the creepy voice to go with the creepy thoughts.
“Anticipation! It occurred to him that his anticipation was more pleasant to him than the experiencing.”
The Admission: This book is much more sinister and creepy than the the last few Stephen King books I’ve read. THERE. I said it.
Oh, Tom Ripley! You are scary. And yet, so much more tolerable – which scares me, too – than Bateman of Am. Psycho. Shudder.
“Tom laughed at the phrase “sexual deviation.” Where was the sex? Where was the deviation? He looked at Freddie and said low and bitterly: “Freddie Miles, you’re a victim of your own dirty mind.”
They have the same in-my-head crazy. They have the same, “OH! WHAT will he do NEXT?!” fear; palpable FEAR.
I listened to this. I bought it when Audible offered a BOGO* deal.
What’s it ABOUT: Tom Ripley has issues. THEN, he gets an opportunity to go to Europe on another’s dime. He schemes a way to get more of that dime in a sinister way. And he takes on a lovely tour of Italy! The issue is that he really does have pangs of guilt, sort of. He just prefers not to be Tom Ripley. This is one creepy dude!
“Tom envied him with a heartbreaking surge of envy and self-pity.”
The Question: Will I read more? This is the first in a series. Hmmmmm.
Another Question: Did I even see the movie? I thought I did but the whole time I listened to this book, I was imagining Leo DiCaprio as Tom and yet THE MOVIE HAS IT AS MATT DAMON! So now I must see the movie because my thinking I had seen it has me all confused.
FINALLY: Don’t go see Kingsman. Disappointing.
And an admonition: All of you who have read Bad Feminist, why have you not told me about Kate Zembrano? I want to read her books! Anyone up for a readalong of Heroines or Green Girl?
* The other audiobook I chose was Heft by Liz Moore but I don’t think I will be listening to this until after Atlas Shrugged. IKR!? What the heck am I doing attempting a 63 hour audiobook? Well, you know I love ’em. The longer the better.