Votre titre Audible gratuit

9,95 € / mois après 30 jours. Résiliable à tout moment.

ou
Dans le panier

Vous êtes membre Amazon Prime ?

Bénéficiez automatiquement de 2 livres audio offerts.
Bonne écoute !

    Description

    The tragicomedy of a young man in NYC, struggling with the reality of his mother's death, alienation, and the seductive pull of drugs.
    ©2009 Random House; 1984 Jay McInerney

    Commentaires

    "A sidelong look at life in the Big Apple, as experienced by youth that once had hope and aspirations. In spite of the depths to which the main characters descend, the exuberance and humour of the narrative maintains its wonderful disregard for conventional behaviour with great buoyancy. An entertaining read, but it is the resignation and frustration that lingers in the mind that makes this novel so compelling." ( Kirkus)
    "A rambunctious, deadly funny novel that goes right for the mark - the human heart." (Raymond Carver)
    "The author is one of those reare writers who catches the moods, nuances and manners of a sub-culture with humor, finesse, skill and accuracy. A born stylist and remarkable discovery!" (George Plimpton)

    Ce que les auditeurs disent de Bright Lights, Big City

    Notations

    Commentaires - Veuillez sélectionner les onglets ci-dessous pour changer la provenance des commentaires.

    Il n'y a pas encore de critique disponible pour ce titre.
    Trier par :
    Trier par:
    • Global
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Interprétation
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Histoire
      3 out of 5 stars
    Image de profile pour Amber
    • Amber
    • 07/01/2012

    Curiously, mundanely real

    Just about everyone who has never lived in New York likes to imagine what it might be like. I found the book just the right balance of obscure and mundane to be believable. It's easy to imagine a person such as the main character existing in NY in the 80s.

    Don't let my title mislead though, this book isn't boring. It's just got the right amount of day to day normality to make it believable.

    When the book finished I initially thought "What? Where's the ending?". But after more thought about what the book was trying to achieve, I'm pretty satisfied with it. It's not a big morality tale, as I started to expect it would be. I was disappointed with some of the character's actions, in just the way I am sometimes disappointed with my actions or those of friends. But that's what makes this book endearing. It's as just life from the eyes of just another person.

    The more I think about this book the more I'm glad I read it.

    Final note though: At 5ish hours it's a fantastic quick read. Easy to follow, easy to visualise. I bought this on sale, and am glad I did.

    4 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

    • Global
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Interprétation
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Histoire
      5 out of 5 stars
    Image de profile pour William
    • William
    • 11/04/2012

    Great Book, not for everyone

    If you could sum up Bright Lights, Big City in three words, what would they be?

    Provocative, bratty, brilliant.

    What did you like best about this story?

    This story follows a broken man who refuses to acknowledge he is broken. It is written in such a way that the reader also refuses to acknowledge this brokenness. This story is also written in second person which is interesting and atypical.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I didn't, but it was short enough that I could. It was very drawing.

    Any additional comments?

    Great for those who liked anything by Bret Easton Ellis or Catcher in the Rye.
    Some may become uncomfortable with the story line, the frequent use of drugs, and the treatment of women.

    2 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

    • Global
      5 out of 5 stars
    Image de profile pour Bob
    • Bob
    • 18/08/2010

    a great period piece for NYC of the early 90's

    I thought I was just going to be annoyed with this story but McInerney's self obsessed, obliviously addicted character grows on you as he struggles with his talents and being his own worst enemy. I kind of live vicariously through characters like this since I've never lived in NY. You kind of want to slap him around and say hey cant you see how great you have it but that's the beauty and the device of the story. Just be warned- it's about living in NYC in the early days of Friends and Seinfeld without all the annoying friends and success.

    4 personnes ont trouvé cela utile

    • Global
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Interprétation
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Histoire
      4 out of 5 stars
    Image de profile pour Michael
    • Michael
    • 06/01/2012

    I felt that sense of loss when it ended.

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, beacuse of the period, the city, the partys, the laughs and Amanda.

    What other book might you compare Bright Lights, Big City to and why?

    The Hotest State.

    What does Daniel Passer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Did notice him as I was listening, which is good.

    If you could rename Bright Lights, Big City, what would you call it?

    Factual Verification

    Any additional comments?

    Even though my life didn't parallel the main characters, i could really understand him.

    1 personne a trouvé cela utile

    • Global
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Interprétation
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Histoire
      4 out of 5 stars
    Image de profile pour Mike
    • Mike
    • 15/04/2021

    Mysteriously excellent

    This one gave me weird dreams, which is a good thing. Dostoevsky gives me weird dreams.

    The story is a bit unconventional. The fact that other people noted: referring to the character in second person takes a bit getting used to, but after a while it becomes natural. It gets a bit worse every now and then (about a dozen times during the whole listen). There are dialogs where another character says "you" and you confuse it with the usual "you" of the narrator when he refers to you. You miss the dialog, pretty much the way you missed the previous sentence. Quotes are not audible so.

    Also I would be happier if the narrator could do different voices better. Otherwise he's excelent and very immersive.

    Nothing in this story has the slightest resemblence to purpose or meaning, which is part of its charm. Taking a look at the 3 minutes remaining near the end of the book I found it difficult to imagine a proper ending.

    Spoiler warning.

    Nothing and everything is resolved. A great ending indeed.

    • Global
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Interprétation
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Histoire
      4 out of 5 stars
    Image de profile pour Theodore
    • Theodore
    • 22/02/2020

    way better than I thought it would be

    i had to choose between this or less than zero for a school assignment. this was a really compelling story and I kinda relate to it in an odd way. warning though,it does have some imagery that might be hard for some to process.

    • Global
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Interprétation
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Histoire
      3 out of 5 stars
    Image de profile pour Christian
    • Christian
    • 20/03/2019

    A book not meant to be listened to

    I liked the content of the book, but the narration fell a bit flat for me, which makes the story suffer more than it should.

    • Global
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Interprétation
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Histoire
      4 out of 5 stars
    Image de profile pour Stephanie M. Hasty
    • Stephanie M. Hasty
    • 29/08/2018

    Flawed people

    ...make such interesting characters. I think I fell a little bit in love with this dude although he's got a bit if a Coke habit and can't seem to find people who will truly be his friend. I like that he has a person he can call in the middle of the night, I hope he keeps her. Also, this book was second person all the way through...what the heck?!

    • Global
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Interprétation
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Histoire
      4 out of 5 stars
    Image de profile pour Ben
    • Ben
    • 07/12/2016

    good reader, decent but fast nd unfulfilling story

    a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a I 5 1 2 e h

    • Global
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Interprétation
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Histoire
      1 out of 5 stars
    Image de profile pour Emily
    • Emily
    • 19/08/2015

    excruciating navel gazing

    I understand the author told the story in second person to make some point about the difficultly of climbing in other people's heads and truly experiencing what they feel. But the narrator was so self-absorbed it was distracting. He only relates to people by their opinion of him. Even his fond memories of his mother were her talking about him. If you really want to hear yet another struggling writer-who-never-actually-writes' stream-of-consciousness about what a struggle it is to find out he isn't a special snowflake and life is hard in a world where apparently "hey wanna do some coke?" is a natural conversation starter, this is your book. Reminded me of @guyinyourmfa but...not funny

    Trier par :
    Trier par:
    • Global
      5 out of 5 stars
    Image de profile pour Christian
    • Christian
    • 07/04/2012

    Lost in New York City

    McInerneys New York Roman ist längst zum Kultbuch geworden. Warum, das beweist dieses Hörbuch, von Daniel Passer sehr gut interpretiert.
    "Bright Lights, Big City" ist einer dieser Romane, wo der Erzählton, die Atmosphäre viel wichtiger ist als die eigentliche Handlung (und eines der wenigen gelungenen Beispiele für einen Roman in der zweiten Person singular). Man kann ihn von der Stimmung mit dem ein Jahrzehnt später entstandenen "Faserland" von Christian Kracht vergleichen (allerdings ist "Bright Lights, Big City" sprachlich um einiges stärker).

    Der jugendliche Held Jamie zieht von der Provinz in die Metropole New York. Statt als Schriftsteller oder Journalist Erfolg zu haben, fristet er sein Dasein als "fact checker" bei einem Intellektuellen-Magazin. Seine Frau aber macht Karriere als Fotomodell und verlässt ihn. Jamie verliert langsam die Kontrolle über sein Leben, und zieht jede Nacht mit seinem Freund Tad Allagash durch die Clubs, trinkt Alkohol und nimmt Drogen.
    Ein irrer Trip durch den Big Apple, komisch und tragisch zugleich!

    2 personnes ont trouvé cela utile