This book is a good companion to the blog, but it really stands out because of the reader! Victor Bevine is the perfect voice for this droll subject and makes the pseudo-sociological study work really well in audio.
As a just left of center white person, I thought this would either be funny or have some insights about our culture. It is neither entertaining nor informative. For a truly engaging account of the people and culture Mr. Lander describes, read Bobos in Paradise by David Brooks instead. This "pseudo-documentary" style is meant to by satirical I assume, but is really just boring.
Also, the author neglects to include the enormous fraction of the white population who are not college-educated liberals in his characterizations.
The short-form nature of each entry in the book make this a great listen for those times you've got a short commute or just a few minutes to kill listening to something. This is a great audiobook to keep on your device for a long time and work through slowly.
I did enjoy this read although even at the end, having had a large percentage of matches to me, I was not sure if I was was entertained or should be offended. Some of it just doesn't match any white person I have ever known, and a lot of it matches more than I care to admit.
All in all a worthy read.
And it's also read very well.
I loved this--loved its ironically anthropological take on nice people like me! Perfect for when you don't feel like a serious read.
There were no characters- my fav. bit was when he talked about how white people have to have bottled water at meetings etc. and it has to be FIJI - mainly because i had just made a specific stop at the store to by FIJI water so i wouldn't look like an idiot drinking a coke at a meeting HAHAHA. Everytime I do something that was talked about in the book i die laughing-- and I do a lot of things in the book.
LAUGH the ENTIRE time.
Listen to it~
If you're looking for something to listen to during long trips, this may not be the audiobook for you. I thought after about #50 that the "things white people like" had gotten a bit predictable.
This may be a good one to listen to during a 30 minute commute to work.
Where did this guy do his research? The white people he describes refers to new age, pretentious, Californian vegan hippies.
There are a few kernels of truth in the extensive list of what white people supposedly like, but it was a lot less entertaining than I was anticipating.
I think the author sort of missed some key cliches as well.
In the book, Lander says that white people like a variety of teas (green, chai, black, etc.) but REALLY white people will have only one brand that they drink and will badmouth other brands. Lander says that white people like ethnic food, but REALLY white people like traditional meat and potatoes or whatever is local to their region.
Anyway, wasn't a fan... thought it described only the type of white person you'd see on the OC. Not me or anyone I know!
I laughed out loud throughout when listening to this book. It really hits home, with both obvious and insightful observations of 'white culture' that helped me see the humour in myself and others.
But when I went to write a review and rate the audiobook I saw that perhaps the style of humour (and the dead-on tone of narration) is not universal. Definitely check out the sample; if you think this sounds like your cup of tea after that, you won't be disappointed!