Boomsday has excellent character development and many funny moments. At 10 hours it is a long book, but just when you think it can not make you laugh anymore, the book has new twists and turns. If anyone can find humor in the Social Security funding crisis, it is Christopher Buckley! Be sure to check your ego at the door because he skewers a wide range of characters.
I love Buckely's books. But after downloading this audio verison I had to go buy the book. The staccato develery of the narrator completely put me off. It is difficult to understand and very hard to listen to for more than a few minutes at a time. Get the book - forget the audio version!
It s today's news
complex mixture of religlion poltics and sex
final moments sending our selves the "great beyond"
Thank you ms Garafalo...and of course Mr. Buckley
I ave listened to this once a year since it first came online.. my ribs hurt from laughing.
Funny and compelling!
Thank You for Smoking.
Any scene that resulted in Garofalo "doing a voice" for a character. Buckley's books are hysterical in a dry, sometimes droll manner. Garofalo was a perfect choice for this novel. When compared to all my previous experiences with narrated works, I have to credit her with enhancing the novel's humor...not a small accomplishment. I so wish she did more narrations!
Harry Turtledove fan
I still hear the voice of Montefeltro in my mind in his accent.
Oh God ! I Have never laughed so much on an audio book, not even when listening to James Herriot series.
This is the Funniest one, and more so because Audible narrated it SO well.
The scene about Gideon calling an Escort House and where Gideon's watch is "donated" to Ms.Tolstoy, then the scene where the Pope's office calls Montefeltro, and STFU scene are simply amazingly funny.
I was laughing in my car so much that the traffic cop was looking at me strangely.
Thanks Audible for breathing life into a wonderful Novel.
Boomsday is another great novel by Christopher Buckley. I first got hooked on No Way To Treat A First Lady and followed it by listening to Her Royal Courtship. I was a little skeptical about this one because I was unsure if I would really appreciate this novel as it was about Baby Boomers and Social Security which have always been dry topics for me. Somehow Buckley, once again, manages to take a topic that usually bores me to death and adds his slanted sense of humor so that I am dying with laughter instead. I would recommend this book, like with all Buckley novels, to those who likes to see the world from a salty, more sarcastic, tongue and cheek perspective. I am once again impressed with the voice acting that was delivered with this Buckley novel. Janeane Garofalo does a great job performing a variety of voices so that by the end of the novel they are all very distinct and familiar to me
Not terribly sophisticated plot or characters but it was fun to listen to. It was good enough that I will try another of Buckley's books. Garofallo's representation of characters isn't the best but still tolerable. I would hesitate to purchase another read by her, though.
I love this book. Mr Buckley does a good job making you think of a very serious issue with humor. The narrator is awesome. Get this book.
I enjoy Buckley's books very much, but I struggled to get all the way through this one. It didn't seem as tightly knit as his previous books and became rather boring and repetitive. It also had a rather strident quality about it, possibly due to the delivery of the narrator. That being said, there are very funny bits, and the narrator does a superb job of uniquely voicing all the characters.