Yes - it is funny and informative
None - it's in a class by itself!
His tone and his sarcasm which makes it even better.
If you've ever stayed in a hotel, you MUST see this.
Great book. Not only is it funny and entertaining, it is informative and educational. A must read for travelers.
The writer gave some useable, laughable tips for regular hotel users, although I can't see how I'll ever use ghetto names for hundred dollar bills, either at home or in my travels. Generally, this is just so much juvenile macho "grooming" by a very young man. Everybody at some point thinks the world will be fascinated by their tales at work. This is no different. Nobody over a certain age wants to read about drinking, drugging and general mayhem in a twenty-something's life as a hotel staffer. I hope the writer's next book appeals to a wider, more mature (by that I mean over 18) audience. Also, the writer read the book, himself, in a not very appealing way. Maybe somebody else could have made this work.
Maybe if he'd approached his subject matter with a bit more maturity and allowed someone else, a professional reader, do the narrative, it might have been more enjoyable
This book was a fun listen and a worthwhile use of a credit. The stories are entertaining - if not always told with a cohesive narrative - and for someone like me who generally sticks to nonfiction/history it was a great easy listen/distraction. I liked that Mr. Tomsky narrated the book himself as the flourishes he adds to his own stories greatly improve the listen. Don't buy it if you're expecting Dave Eggers or David Sedaris type essays - also don't buy it if you're looking for honest to goodness travel tips. I thought the publishers pushing the book as having travel/hotel upgrade tips was disingenuous - Mr. Tomsky does use 'tips' as gateways to tell a story the 'insider tip' he offers is almost always give a big tip.
In short - well narrated, funny, easy listening....would be great for a long plane flight.
This is a must read if you stay at hotels for two or more nights, certainly if you stay a week or more. But a sense of humor is required.
This hilarious book provides an insider’s view of the hotel industry, its services, guests, and employees. Ethical and unethical advice for how to make the most of your next hotel stay are provided. But this is not a dry how-to book or pompous tell-all. It is a genuinely funny memoir about a young guy working in the hotel industry, making his living by moving up—and down—the hospitality ladder, and the people he meets.
The stories are well written and narrated—okay, the stories are laugh out loud funny. For example, do you ever wonder what happens to your car once in the valet's hands?
The narration throughout the book is just like the Audible Sample—conversational with cuss words and all—so if you like the sample and don't mind some cussing then my guess is you’ll like the book.
The book starts slowly, a bit bogged down in detail, but hang on because it speeds up. The beginning info is necessary. We learn how the author moves from being an out-of-work philosophy major graduate to valet driver to in-house hotel employee. By the end we are left with colorful laughable events full of honest, sharp-edged and keen observations of human behavior (good and the bad), useful tips to improve our next hotel stay, and an understanding of hotels including the history, the people who run them, who change our sheets, and clean our drinking glasses with Pledge--yes I said Pledge. And much more.
This is a hilarious book. I hope you enjoy it. And remember the next time you want a room up-grade just tip the…. Oh read the book.
Was fantastic, interesting, engaging and really worth the liste.
Tommy (main character). Was extremely funny and interesting.
The whole book!
Just the plain honesty was really moving.
Fantastic, couldn't have asked for a better book!
A Hotello myself I found myself laughing out loud and tearing in other moments. Thank you for your book.
I loved the audible version because you get the spirit and personality of the memoir through the author's own voice.
At the end of the book their are things not to say when checking into a hotel. Some of these are so obvious its hard to believe that some guest's still use them.
The author plays himself but under a different name which is hilarious on its own. I won't tell you though, you have to get the book.
Never have your luggage kicked again?
I haven't ever reviewed anything on Audible. I started with the book and then wanted to listen to it at work and in the car. Tomsky is going to make you laugh, but he is going to make you laugh at yourself. Once you listen to this book you can plan on having much better hotel experiences.
This highly entertaining book gives a good insight into the machinations behind a hotel's front desk. The narrator, who is also the author, does a terrific job of moving it along and making you want to find out what the heck could happen next. Educational as well as amazing, he lets you know what you should never do, plus what you can get away with. Fast paced and fun, this book gets a strong recommendation from me. Give it a try!