A Confederacy of Dunces

Version: Unabridged
Author: John Kennedy Toole
Narrator: Barrett Whitener
Genres: Comedy, Literature
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: April 2005
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 13 hours, 30 minutes
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"A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at once." So enters one of the most memorable characters in recent American fiction.

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Reviews (13)

Buy the book, NOT the audio version.

Written by jmina on September 9th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 2/5

One of my favorite books of all time. I literally waited decades for an audio version to come out. I am sad to say that the narrator; Barrett Whitener, was not even mediocre. I'm not saying that he is without talent, but it was obvious that he did not understand the story, the author, or, worst of all, the characters. His monotone delivery, unbelievable accents, and poor choices for character voices made for a completely different interpretation and created, at best, a patchwork pathos. If the reader does not understand that he reading a farce, there is likely to be nothing but pity and frustration as the most notably evoked emotions. My recommendation: Read the book but don't listen to the audio version.

Great humor

Written by Anonymous on September 3rd, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Lively, funny and unique. Brilliant in composition.

A Must

Written by Anonymous from Vienna, VA on April 2nd, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Seldom have i encountered such a great combination of book and reader (Ciderhouse Rules, A Farwell to Arms, Catch-22 are others i recall). Three words: "oh, my gawd!!"

A delight!

Written by Anonymous on April 23rd, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very highly recommended! A laugh-out-loud experience!


Written by Bob Stewart from Berryville, VA on February 6th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I read this book about 30 years ago and loved it then. I still find it a great read (or listen!). The reader did a wonderful job of making Ignatius larger than life. "Oh...My...Gawd!" Sadly the author committed suicide and this is all that we have to remember him by, but what a first and last novel!!


Written by Christine B. from Monroeville, PA on October 6th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

With all the hype of this being a funny book, I really didn't find any humor. Almost every character is pathetic and annoying (even Jones wore thin after a while, though he was the only character I found likable), I failed to find a plot forming after several CDs, and frankly the story was written very childishly with nothing to draw the listener onwards. I could not finish this "abortion of literature."

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Written by Anonymous on January 5th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was a haunting book. I thought that I would not like it, after-all, the introduction tells us how things ended up. I became absorbed in it though, and oddly enough, I see people a little differently.

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Written by Anonymous on May 16th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Astounding prose. The characters are real. You find yourself wondering why the characters behave the way they do until you realise you know people just like them.


Written by ML from Carrollton, TX on May 4th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Although the book drags on at points, this is one of the most original books I've read. If you are looking for something different, a bit odd and at times laugh out loud funny this is worth the time!


Written by James Lechner from Columbia, IL on March 23rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is the book that got me addicted to audio books. Ignatius J. Reilly is the greatest fictional character ever created. I wish Toole lived long enough to write more about Ignatius and his mothers’hilarious adventures. The narration by Barrett Whitener is very good except when speaking for Ignatius, that’s when he absolutely SHINES! He made it extremely easy to visualize and I could easily see this being made into a movie. If that ever happened, whoever is cast as Ignatius would have to have Mr. Whitener’s voice dubbed in. 5 stars, please read!!!

Author Details

Author Details

Toole, John Kennedy

Toole taught at Hunter College, the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and Dominican College.