I very much enjoyed the humor and pace of this book. The little bit of fun after the credits was a treat. It's not life changing, and I didn't really learn anything new; just confirmed that hospitality staff are sneaky, cocky, and money-hungry. Ahhh...but that's OK with me!
The narrator did a great job with the accents and the author did a good job conveying NY vernacular.
Near the end when the guy from New York(jokingly) said he'd break his legs. And the Author makes the point if you don't get the joke, then you missed the point of the story.
No I haven't.
I busted out laughing a few times and had some eye openings to the BOH processes. As a road warrior we only see the front desk and fail to realize, their position in the grand scheme of things. Having worked retail in my youth, I understand the cavalier attitude of virtually any employee described.
Great book, quite funny, educational even for an experienced traveler, for someone new to the world of travelling, a wealth of information. This would make a fantastic gift for the road warrior family member or friend to read on their trips.
The language in this book was so offensive that I could not finish the book as much as I would have liked to hear the story. Maybe if I was reading it I could have skipped over the foul words, but impossilbe to avoid in an audio book.
I wish audio books came with ratings for language because I've been disappointed in a few books. I know some people really swear profusely, but if the story can't be told without the over use of profanity then I do not want to 'read' the book.
The book started off a little slow. But that did not last long....written very well. I like the fact it was narrated by the author. He brought real life to all the characters he played. As the book continued I felt like I was going on this journey with the author. I literally laughed out loud and was saddened at how the author's life was playing out. Perfectly narrated! I wish it didn't finish! Great book!
If you want to hear the shady side of the hotel business this is a good insight
change the narrator ...I never finished this book 1st time in all my 50 Audible Titles . It was so irritating listening to someone who sounded like Sylvester the Cat.
As a hotelier who rose from page boy to GM. hope the listeners know not all hoteliers are shady , hustling or drug dependent. But hospitality professional who enjoys being a gracious host.
Here's where the audio version of a book can really make a difference.
I'd read some print reviews and comments that characterized the narration as arrogant at best, and flat-out insulting toward hotel guests at worst. And I can see how, without the winking wryness of Tomsky's voice narration to smooth things over, this could definitely come off as more of a whiny rant than the ironic-but-human tone the author (I think) intended.
And I can totally see why some people took offense--Tomsky makes no bones about hotel service being all about the bones--or bricks, or bennies, or all those other nicknames they have for tip denominations.
If the staff's not making fun of us behind our backs (literally--and with hand motions--I wish I could cite the chapter but you'll just have to get the book...), they're key-bombing us, or peeing into our cologne bottles. (Okay the peeing in the bottle story is apocryphal at best and only involved a celeb athlete, but still...)
But don't despair; Tomsky gives back by telling us what to do--and what not to do when we check in. If nothing else, you'll have fun figuring out the celebrity blind items. (Spoiler/answer key: Tim Burton, John Cusack, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Jordan)
Tomsky can write, and he has a few good anecdotes, but not as many as you'd think given all his years in the biz. He sounds like a genuinely good guy whose writing has been snarked-up by too many readings at the Knitting Factory--I heard the Brooklyn-hipster-style in his voice before I even confirmed that's where he lived.
But he arguably makes up for it with some awesome NYC and Nawlin's accents.
Frequent travelers probably won't find anything new here, and I'm not sure there's enough "inside dirt" for this to be a truly explosive read, but I was thoroughly entertained nonetheless.
A great audio book that accompanied me in a long train journey. It was easy to follow and very well read by the author. For frequent travelers, this book is indeed a sneak peak behind the scenes of the many hotels we visit. I would recommend this one as one of the best audio books I have purchased.
Someone who would take less offense at the vulgarity, f-bombs, and crude language.
Language would be my focus.
After Bossy Pants by Tina Fey and David Rakoff's works, this was a favorite.
He fairly took on the gritty and the great of working in the hospitality industry.
When I found this audiobook and read the title, I thought it was an expose` of hotels--all the little particulars of making rooms ready for strangers. Only a few minutes into the narrative I realized I was completely wrong. A few more minutes and I was hooked--the protagonist begins the book as a hapless valet at a moderate New Orleans hotel. The book chronicles his rise to front desk, through a move to New York, and dreams of a larger life. It can be surprisingly sad in parts--remembering his friends in New Orleans post-Katrina, but laugh out loud funny in others (I'll NEVER forget the guest with the brown paper bag). The reader has the advantage of being the author, so he knows exactly where to delight and surprise the listener. To me, wanting something different, this book was exactly right, even though it was nothing like I thought.