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John Kennedy Toole - who won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for his best-selling comic masterpiece A Confederacy of Dunces - wrote The Neon Bible for a literary contest at the age of 16. The manuscript languished in a drawer and became the subject of a legal battle among Toole's heirs. It was only in 1989, 35 years after it was written and 20 years after Toole's suicide at 31, that this amazingly accomplished and evocative novel was freed for publication.

©1989 W. Kenneth Holditch, Marion Toole Hosli, Sharon H. Muniz, Althea Toole Farley, and Mary Toole McGuire. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • E. Chadwick
  • 2019-03-27

Early Masterpiece

COD is one of my favorite books of all time. The chance to listen to this early novel written when Toole was only 15 was really incredible and it didn't disappoint. The introduction adds great context, and what the book lays bare about bigotry, ignorance, and "in group" selfishness is just as prescient and insightful today. It's an excellent work and, like COD, a sad, funny, absurd, humanistic literary treasure.

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  • MermaidMorrigan
  • 2019-05-24

Brilliant

I had purchased, heard, and loved John Kennedy Toole's A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES on Audible, so when I saw that his other book was available, I immediately purchased it. The narrator is absolutely perfect, with his Southern accent and perfect imitation of both male and female characters. His inflections are perfect, too, as well as the overall pace of the reading. As a child of the South, born in Biloxi, and doomed to suffer as a spiritual seeker in the Bible belt, I appreciate this story so much for so many reasons. Thank you, John Kennedy Toole, wherever you are, you perfect writer.

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  • Joscelyn
  • 2018-08-08

what a wonderful surprise!

I had no idea there was another Toole book published. It is delightful. You can really picture each character. love the narrator as well.

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  • Sharey
  • 2017-08-24

Amazing for a 16-year-old author!

While Toole was obviously a very talented teenage writer, and I'd give 5 stars for that age group, compared to adult fiction, it must honestly be rated as a four. This would be a wonderful book for elementary school kids to listen to! They would be far more interested in another child's story, told in a way children can appreciate.

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  • Jason K. Dove
  • 2016-03-13

Outstanding

Amazing. Brilliant performance, a rich & engaging story. Toole's talent even at age sixteen is immense.

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