What an interesting read. It goes by pretty quick and the action is spare but important. The story is about an ad guy who, strangely enough, focuses more on how he'd like his life to look than actually taking part in it. The narrative is largely made up of the rapid fire internal thoughts of the main character - similar to your own stream-of-consciousness, but far easier to follow than you'd think in a book. The vast details he gives about the daily functioning of the ad business can take you from engaged to glazed over, but then your are hit with an emotional bit of backstory or a current tense situation and you stick with it. I liked the parallel between the main character's facade and the one that the ad industry provides to the public. This is the writer's debut novel and he's done a good job developing his antihero through the course of the story.
Even though this was a wickedly funny book, it really hits home in a few places about how things that happen when you're growing up come back to affect you through out your life. I really enjoyed the story & all the characters.
Listen to this if you ever laughed out loud at an episode of mad men.
The narrator is outstanding, great comic timing and you're really rooting for him to figure his life out..
Brooklyn dog owner and detective story fan. I also enjoy memoirs, short stories and literary fiction.
A rather ho-hum modern novel: sexy hero always knows the right thing to say, but is emotionally damaged and trying to become a better man blah blah blah. Check this one out for the advertising industry setting, which is painfully hilarious. As a fellow communications professional, we all suspect the work we do is a farce, but we take comfort in thinking, "At least we're not like those advertising pricks." This is a novel about those advertising pricks.
One of the best I have listened to! Laugh out loud funny, and touching at the same time., the story is excellent and draws you in immediately. The narrator was excellent with both male and female characters. I highly recommend this listen!
I am certain the the PR firm responsible for this book deserves a promotion. Without the excellent reader, I might have just bailed on the book.
The slowness of his self actualization.
When his boss gave him a second chance.
At the outset this seemed a glib send-up of big time advertising (a rather easy target for satire and ridicule). It centered on one particular flack, a funny but shallow man drifting through life, hiding behind one-liners. Initially it was hard to care about the protagonist and my attention wavered. Then a moving, dramatic back story slowly but steadily came to life and made the listen well worthwhile and quite engaging. The quality of the audiobook is greatly boosted by the excellent, versatile narration of Robert Petkoff. One mild complaint is the at times lengthy and somewhat tedious spells of introspection by the main character Finbar, mulling over the same doubts and fears and mental roadblocks. All in all a fine tale and excellent audiobook.
My first John Kenney-- I was not disappointed; as an advertising professional (one of the "mediocre" players), I identified with Fin: I've been in those shoes before-- the hyperbole of a brand manager talking about his/her product or service, as if HIT software could be the salvation of mankind... Either Kenney is a very good researcher or he spent some time in the pit. But the main story line isn't about that-- it's about family-- which is ultimately why we do what we do...
Yes, I really enjoyed it.
I liked the way the Finn tells his story.
Once tears welled up and several times I laughed.
I had just finished listening to the whole BLack Dagger Brotherhood Series and needed my next book for my long drive to work. I bought this based on the fact that I didn't have a lot of time to look for a book and Truth in Advertising was rated highly on the listeners page. The tone was such a swing from the Black Dagger Books that I was afraid I wasn't going to enjoy it. But wow it caught my interest in a very short time and I couldn't wait to be back in the car and listening again. This was truly a delightful and enjoyable find. I'm glad I browsed the listeners page
I liked the story as the ad team attempted to created a Super Bowl commercial for diapers. Some funny stuff. The book is more than just an inside advertising story and I found myself really caring for the protagonist. Kenney creates interesting multi-faceted characters.
I want to listen to more books from Robert Petkoff. Excellent performance.