The premise sounded great, but something about the delivery just fell flat. I listened for about an hour, skipped ahead, and eventually gave up. Weak comedy.
I had no idea how very, very white I was. It was a little shocking, quite frankly. I can't tell you how many times I shook my head and laughed at myself all the way through this book.
My only complaint is that it gets a little repetitive. 100 things would have, in my opinion, been better than 150, as there was some overlap with a few chapters.
The narrator was PERFECT. The only person that MIGHT have been a better choice is John Hodgeman, but that's only because he's the whitest man that ever lived.
I would not recommend this book because my friends are mostly progressives from the working class (Yes, we exist.) At first, the blog and the entries in this book were skewering the upper middle class and its affectations. But then the subject matter changed to a conservative screed indistinguishable from Rush Limbaugh or Charles Murray. I'll leave David Brooks out of it because BOBOS stuck to the topic of Yuppies and didn't imply (that I can remember) that people who are concerned about the environment are insincere, etc.
Toward the end of the book, he hits on all the hot buttons the usual gaggle of liberal-haters always hit on. Why white people (he means liberals) like universal health care: so they can quit their jobs (it cannot be that any of them want to see the poor helped.) Why white people (he means liberals) find Christianity tacky (I am a United Methodist and member of Sojourners--which is to say a slightly left-of-center Christian.)
I would not mistrust this book as a conservative screed with an agenda if he hadn't started hitting on all the predictable hot buttons toward the end. I think this gives away his true agenda.
I dislike entitled upper middles as much as he does, but there are liberals from the working class who come by their concerns for the environment and the poor honestly. And who's to say all rich white liberals are insincere? Look at Jared Polis, wealthy philanthropist who has founded numerous schools for at-risk kids and given to countless other causes to help the less fortunate.
I love when Tom Wolfe gets going on a good rant at certain similar elements, but I get the feeling he isn't just swiping at every conservative hot button like a think tank employee. This book reads like it came straight out of a think tank. He wants to call all liberals insincere--I call this (admittedly witty) book insincere. I wouldn't if it didn't hit all the same hot buttons Charles Murray does, and all in a row, too (when he ran out of the easy topics that are clearly affectations to achieve status.)
Ending deteriorates into typical conservative cultural screed; beginning was great.
The narrator was great. Has just the right tone and inflection for the sarcastic parts.
It inspired me NOT to recommend it, even though the first part was good.
Conservatives, please get some new material. Sometimes you have some good points; I enjoy Tom Wolfe.
If I was to have read this book in print, I know I would not have been as entertained as I was by listening to it. The narrator does a perfect job - he has just the right tone of smugness to let you know that this is a satire, and he keeps you laughing with his presentation. I found myself trying to guess what the next item on the list would be, and laughing at pretty much every one. Great humor, with an ironic (but not really) twist.
This book made me laugh frequently! Even though not every bit will apply to every person's life (white or otherwise), there is enough to relate or at least recognize in people around us. Very light and a ton of fun to "read"! It gives you fun tid-bits to bring up during party conversations :)
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The stuff white people like that is featured in this book is hit or miss. Some you will relate to, others will make you scratch your head because you don't know any white people who do / like whatever is being described. My "Stuff White People Like" test results are in. They confirm that I am not very good at being a white person, but I did score high in some critical areas such as coffee (love it), recycling (everyone should do it) and threatening to move to Canada (which I am definitely doing if Mitt Romney gets elected!). Find out how good you are at being a white person and listen to this book. Overall it's a worthwhile listen, although the format of listing stuff white people like eventually get's tiresome.
I enjoyed keeping a checklist next to me while listening to this book. I would find myself laughing and agreeing with certain parts and questioning why I didn't agree with other sections. Being able to compare myself with others was a way to keep this book funny and engaging.
I believe it was #80 on the list. White people like the idea of soccer. "Many white people will tell you that they are very into soccer. But be careful, it’s a trap." I found this to be hilarious.
I have not listened to anything else by Victor Bevine but I am thinking that I will listen to A Nail Through The Heart: A Poke Rafferty Thriller
I did find myself laughing at a number of sections but I wouldn't say that my reactions were extreme.
Overall it was entertaining. I'll admit that there were parts when I started to zone out though.
The fact that as a white male, I could agree and compare myself to a book that was both funny and engaging. Nothing like stepping back and seeing what others see when they look at you.
The number of things that I took day in and day out that seem to be very white person specific.
His voice delivered a calm and very matter of fact listing of various things that white people tend to like made me smile.
It made me laugh on numerous occasions as this book is a great social commentary on what the "majority" likes to do and enjoy in their lives.
No matter your race, this book will make you crack up and is worth giving a listen!
A lot of this is hilarious. Seems to be a spoof not on white people in general, but on a particular brand of white person; those who used to be referred to a s"yuppies" - not sure what they're called now, but they're upwardly mobile politically liberal likers of finer things living mostly in urban settings and with enough money to support their like of finer things. This does not include white people living in suburbs, country music lovers, or those living in rural or small town settings. Neither does it include people living in the South or Idaho or Nebraska. In fact, I don't even think you need to be white to be a target of this book. I can imagine blacks or Asians who fit this stereotype, too.
I made the mistake of looking the author up on the internet in the middle of listening to this book. . After learning more about him I found that I just couldn't finish the book. Maybe just my preconceptions about who would write a book like this? Or the blog that the book is taken from.
But be warned - don't research the author until you have finished this book. This book will never be the same once you know about the author.