Funny, Ironic, Cynical
Miss Texas, loved her.
No, first one, but I will read more.
Wanted to savor it.
I listened to it twice, I have only done this a few times with other books. It ranks in my top 20
Crystal Renee, I have a soft spot for crazy
Crystal Renee from the great state of Texas
When Miss Texas was taking out the armed corporation workers
I really didn't want to like this book so much, but you can't control these things as much as you would like. The story flows really well, two of the main characters are extremely likable.
This was a very interesting listening experience, a good listen, well written to keep your interest. The book was a fun listen!!!
This audio book is awesome. Music, fake commercial breaks, weird voices, explosions and a hilarious James Bond-gone-feminist pastiche of a novel. Beauty pageant + deserted island + evil villains galore = a riveting read. You will laugh out loud.
Many explorations and adventures await!
I'm a man and didn't get this story so maybe a woman would find it more enjoyable
The fact that a good portion of this book was to try and coerce the reader into accepting homosexual behavior as something we should all accept. It's fine, but I don't accept it therefore once the story started aiming in that direction I simply ended listening.
Her voice was terribly loud high pitched to me, I often had to turn the volume down when she switched to some of the "many" different characters voices. She did pretty good considering she knew how to portray each character the way she knew how they should sound.
None to me sorry
I'm sure there will be plenty of people who will laugh at this story, but to me it wasn't about a story rather a push to get people to accept the authors beliefs about how people should be in her perspective. No thank you
This audiobook left me with some mixed feelings. But, in regards to the performance, the author herself reads the book aloud in a wonderful manner. She has a lovely and lively reading voice and the accents all sound quite convincing - not only in just keeping the Miss Teen Dream contestants apart, but also in the accents of Ladybird Hope, the Bodacious Babes British pirates and even a crazed dictator. On this level it is an entertaining and lively and well-performed listen with special effects at just the right parts to augment the fun. And this Audible edition concludes with a bonus interview of the author which offers insight into Bray’s motivations and inspirations for telling this story. Actually, the interview contains more emotional depth than the entire novel that precedes it.
It’s not that I disliked the book - it’s a campy, fun idea for a novel that works well in engaging readers from the very beginning. A plane, full of beauty pageant contestants, crashes and maroons the surviving girls on what at first appears to be a deserted island. Despite the storyline, the book is less Lord of the Flies and more Gilligan’s Island. Not all 50 contestants make it, but it’s a sizable enough crowd that there are still major and minor characters (poor Miss New Mexico runs around the whole novel with her only remarkable trait the airplane tray that is lodged in her forehead) but with the varying accents it is quite easy to keep them all straight.
The book is set in a vaguely dystopian future where all is run by The Corporation. This drives the entire plot and also provides ample fodder for the satire (Bray puts her past experience in advertising to hilarious use here). Unfortunately, the soapboxing that comes with all the satire goes beyond mocking The Corporation. As almost (sorry, Miss New Mexico) each girl begins to be developed each one deals with a different key issue - being Indian, black, gay, transgendered, intellectual, ditzy, deaf, slutty. It’s a lot to cram in one book - and ultimately, it leaves none of their struggles feeling particularly genuine. Plus, despite some references to diets, makeup, waxing, at the end of the day, they are all still beauty queens so body image - a topic that I fully expected to be beaten over the head with - isn’t really addressed at all. When mixed in with the hunky pirates, utterly ridiculous plot and by the tenth hour, I was just anxious for the book to be over. I wish that it had been more tightly edited, less politically motivated. It had some very fun moments, though, some genuinely funny moments, but it just wasn’t the book I had hoped for - especially considering the rather shallow “happily every after” epilogue that wraps up the novel.
If you like witty satire of American culture - this book is for you. This book pokes fun at everything - beauty pageants, TV commercials, hair removal products, reality shows, boy bands, corporate America, and even has a Sarah Palin-esque presidential hopeful and a Kim Jong-Il type with lots more than world domination on his mind.
There's also a serious side to all this silliness - a look at how women are portrayed in the media, the expectations that women are faced with from society, how it's ok if you haven't got it all figured out by the time you're 16 years old.
All of the "footnotes" got a little annoying - I found they interrupted the flow of the story. Other than that - I think this is a great book for young women especially.
It's currently at the top of my list...I loved the quirky and twisted tale, but I also appreciated the deeper issues addressed throughout the insanity and chaos.
Can't pick one...they all rock...even the bad guys.
She is the reason I loved this book...the book is quirky and fun all on its own, but Libba and her portrayal of her characters MADE the book. I loved her, loved her voices...
Not a freakin' clue...
I have a serious and many say unhealthy hatred of doughnuts...they are so beyond gross...the smell, the taste, the texture...YUCK!!! Totally random I know, but if you listen through to the very last second it will make total sense.
I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.
The first part of this story is BRILLIANT. Absolutely hilarious, great satire. The ending (well really as soon as the pirates .. yes pirates... show up) its starts to get a little bit too 'out there' for me.
This is the funniest audio book I have read. Couldn't stop laughing throughout
I think Tiara was my favourite from an audio/voice aspect. Couldn't pick favourite from character aspect
The girls reactions when the pirates arrived
I wish I could have listened to it in one sitting, unfortunately I was listening to it at work and it was too long for that
A great book and Libba Bray does a fantastic job as the narrator of her book. Don't think anyone else could have done it better