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Ripley Under Ground: Complete & Unabridged (Isis) [Audiobook, Large Print] [Audio Cassette]

Patricia Highsmith
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Sep 1991 Isis
Tom Ripley has a lovely house in the French countryside, a beautiful and very rich wife, and an art collection worthy of a connoisseur. But this gracious life has not come easily; it is based on murder, forgery, and smuggling, and could topple at any moment.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Isis; large type edition edition (Sep 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850898537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850898535
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,619,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In Ripley Under Ground Patricia Highsmith is in her most brilliant form" (Daily Telegraph)

"The No.1 Greatest Crime Writer" (The Times)

"Ripley Under Ground is Highsmith back on top of her most enjoyable humour-and-horrors form" (Sunday Telegraph)

"By her hypnotic art Highsmith puts the suspense story into a toweringly high place in the hierachy of fiction" (The Times)

"The Ripley books are marvellously, insanely readable" (The Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'Patricia Highsmith is unrivalled' - Daily Telegraph --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome but gripping 20 Dec 2002
This is a good book but it is perhaps not quite as good as The Talented Mr Ripley. How could it be? All the same, it's a rich, compelling story with great locations.
Ripley is more mature here. He is not the gauche boy he was in the previous book who still had so much to learn. Nor is Ripley the underdog - he has fashioned a nice little life for himself in which he enjoys considerable leisure and luxury.
The means by which Ripley has arrived at his new found wealth are criminal and he must exercise further criminality in order to maintain his lovely life. Murder, impersonation, fantastic lies - Ripley is at it again and he must constantly plot, plan and scheme in order to stay ahead of the law.
All this in a sea of superb writing with Highsmith's characteristic sharpness, pace and attention to detail. This book is different to its predecessor, mostly because Ripley is different and his circumstances have certainly changed. I'm not sure that I understand Ripley any better after this book, but then again, his unusualness is part of his appeal.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ripley Under Ground 7 Jan 2004
This second Ripley novel sees our 'hero' Tom Ripley settled in France with his wife, Heloise, about 6 years after the Dickie Greenleaf affair in Italy described in The Talented Mr Ripley.
Complicit in a fraud to fake the paintings of the in-fact dead Derwatt, Ripley must take action when the police begin to suspect that the 'new' Derwatts (supposedly painted by the artist while living in seclusion in Mexico) are faked. Donning a fake beard, Ripley makes an appearance as Derwatt at the Buckmaster Gallery in London attracting the attention of a certain American Derwatt collector, Murchison.
Ripley Under Ground revisits the black humour seen first in The Talented Mr Ripley, and begins to develop more fully the complex character of Tom Ripley who now has to contend with combining murder and deceit with his domestic life at 'Belle Ombre'.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic suspense 27 Jan 2004
Another adventure with Patricia Highsmith’s lovely character Thomas Ripley. This book follows the author’s “The Talented Mr Ripley” so that the reader is already acquainted with most of the protagonists like Dick and Chris Greenleaf, Bernard Murchisson or Tom’s wife Heloise. When Ed Banbury and Jeff Constant, owners of the Buckmaster Gallery in London, decide to open a new show featuring paintings by the famous Derwatt, the situation becomes uncomfortable when the American collector, Murchisson, claims that a painting he bought three years ago is a fake. Knowing that Derwatt died years ago in Greece and that Bernard had been forging paintings by “Derwatt”, allegedly living in a remote village in Mexico, it will take all of Ripley’s talent to clean the reputation of the Buckmaster Gallery, as Murchisson’s visit to London is imminent. Mrs Highsmith’s highly successful ingredients are all present in this novel: crime, horror, humour and suspense.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first book 2 April 2014
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enjoyable. found this story hard to put down at times. not quite as good as the talented mr ripley but I intend to read the complete ripliad.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Highsmith Loses The Plot 22 Jun 2013
There was a fifteen year hiatus between the brilliantly original Talented Mr Ripley and the second if the Ripilian sequels, Ripley Underground. I was terribly disappointed by this book, in fact it was as mediocre as The Talented Mr Ripley was brilliant. The storyline is riddled with masses of flaws and policemen with single brain cells who fail to corroborate Ripley's version of events and check his unprovable false alibis to ascertain his guilt.
As the story continues you can read the ponderousness in the prose of an author who has lost the plot. The last quarter of the book reads like a struggle of a writer who doesn't have a clue how to finish the story, its monotonous and laboured. The story started off quite promising and the premise of Ripley's involvement with an art fraud was good but the story deteriorated rapidly as it went along until it became utterly ridiculous.
Having read an excellent biography on Highsmith by Andrew Wilson it becomes apparent that Highsmith struggled with her later work and never recaptured the dynamism and creativity of her earlier works. In this book Ripley is chaining neat whiskeys, glasses of wine or some other alcoholic beverage every other page. Cigarette smoking features continuously throughout the book too, with every single character addicted to the habit. Highsmith was in fact subconsciously writing about her own lifestyle, she was both a heavy drinker and a chain smoker. In later works her publishers refused to print her books until they had been heavily re-edited numerous times because they were sub par. I'd conjecture that Highsmith's personal lifestyle took its toll on the quality of her work remarkably as she got older. I'll still read some more of Highsmith's books but I'll stick to her earlier works.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The very talented Patricia Highsmith 9 Sep 2013
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I loved the anthony Minghella Talented Mr Ripley film, so thought I'd read one of the later Ripley novels, think she wrote five in all, but I found this one was at least one Ripley too far and it all got rather unbelievable.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite crime writer 8 Jun 2013
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There's no one touches Patricia Highsmith. Her stories are very clever, and I keep seeing Matt Damon in my mind's eye as I read. What a brilliant role for him as The Talented Mr. Ripley. This is another story of our devious Mr. Ripley. Compelling.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Ripley
Great slow build up of the story heading towards the inevitable Ripley action. One of the most interesting characters in fiction.
Published 4 months ago by Mikesview
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Can't say anything else about The Tom Ripley books, as I have said it all before, except that the books are a fantastic read. This book kept me entralled from beginning to end.
Published 5 months ago by joanie
4.0 out of 5 stars Ripley makes murder seem so reasonable
Although the Ripley books were written decades ago, they portray a world that still seems modern, although in this one, Tom Ripley has a really bad time with the 1950s French... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mad Bookie
4.0 out of 5 stars Not QUITE as good as the first one ...
Having just read The Talented Mr Ripley, which I couldn't put down, I picked this one up immediately. It's still a really good read though not too logical in parts. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Trudy Bradburne
4.0 out of 5 stars Rather old-fashioned?
I find Highsmilth's style of writng rather old-fashioned and there are some things that seem amusing today (like taking scissors on a plane!) but the plot is sound. Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2012 by Alison Mallaghan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good customer service
Unfortunately, no doubt due to the royal mail, I never received this book! However I got a reply to my email asking whether it had been sent out the next day, and was given a... Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2011 by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first book
Like The Talented Mr. Ripley, this book is beautifully written and Ripley's character has matured. By now, I have become accustomed to his criminal instincts and enjoyed this book... Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2011 by Donald Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bookseller. Congratulations
I am greatly impressed by the speedy service of this bookseller. The book was in excellent condition as described. I couldn't have asked for a better service than this.
Published on 25 Feb 2011 by David J. Weeks
3.0 out of 5 stars A Married Ripley Dabbles in Double Dealing
Ripley Under Ground is the second book in the Ripley series. The book suffers in comparison with the astonishing first book in the series, The Talented Mr. Ripley. Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2004 by Donald Mitchell
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