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There is a bisexual love-quadrangle where everyone is looking to trade up for a wealthier connection and a bigger apartment. Rummel voices the female portions of dialogue with surprising ease. A father desperately forces his son into a bonding vacation in Hawaii where he fails to make conversation and fails to get laid. Rummel's rendering of both father and son's drunken slurring is tragicomic in the extreme. A college student takes the train cross-country to watch her father marry a much younger health nut and aspiring newscaster who owns 20 ripped Flashdance sweatshirts. Plummer's judgmental inflections are perfectly timed in this very rare treat, as Ellis does not often so deeply develop female characters. A junkie rock star lists an assortment of beatings, rapes, and near-miss overdoses he floats through with groupies at the Tokyo Hilton. Rummel's snappy and snappish accent for the put upon British manager of the band is a major bright spot in this long string of Californians.
But some names do stand out in the endless parade, as Ellis reinvents many characters from his other novels in this one. Tim Price (from the cult classic American Psycho) tells of a gloomy foursome having dinner on the anniversary of their friend's death by brutal car crash. A middle-aged pill-popper speculates on the herpes-riddled adventures of Blair and Julian (from Ellis' first novel, Less Than Zero). A college student takes the semester off, slowly sinking into the Los Angeles lifestyle until she can't mobilize for a return to Camden (the school in many Ellis novels), chronicling her progress from scholarly and sensitive brunette to bored and senseless blonde by writing unanswered letters to Sean Bateman (from Rules of Attraction). Listening to Therese Plummer and Christian Rummel give voice to these old and familiar favorites will send shivers up your already creeped-out spine. With over 100 audiobooks between them, the two narrators have no trouble expressing an utter indifference with which each of these character snapshots is speeding toward denial or death. In less capable mouths, a story like this would just leave you cold, but Plummer and Rummel make it chilling. —Megan Volpert
Dirk sees his best friend killed in a desert car wreck, then rifles through his pockets for a last joint before the ambulance comes. Cheryl, a wannabe newscaster, chides her future stepdaughter, "You're tan but you don't look happy." Jamie is a clubland carnivore with a taste for human blood. As rendered by Ellis, their interactions compose a chilling, fascinating, and outrageous descent into the abyss beneath L.A.'s gorgeous surfaces.
As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of Bret Easton Ellis' book, you'll also get an exclusive Jim Atlas interview that begins when the audiobook ends.
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By Timothy Gorr on 06-06-09
Fine collection of early 80's stories from Ellis. I'm really glad that both a male and a female narrator were used to divide up the different chapters (each one is told in first person). Therese Plummer in particular, is a real talent.
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By Bradley P. Valentine on 05-06-15
From a big fan
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I’m a big fan of Bret Easton Ellis’ work, generally. Lunar Park is just about one of my favorite novels. Glamorama is a hell of a lot of fun. Less Than Zero is OK and most of his other works have great moments.
The Informers has its moments, too. Particularly a vampire section. That’s about it. I’m not a fan of thing at all. The narrator on the audio is icky, too. The reader tries to convey a kind of disaffectedness that comes off as silly and like the guy doesn’t understand the kind of people he’s representing other than in terms of a middle school student.
Unless you’re a big fan of the kind of thing Ellis does, The Informers is likely going to be a waste of time for you. Like I said, the vampires section towards the end is the only really good part.
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