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 loved a number of things about this audiobook - the humor, the descriptions of NYC and the advertising business, the sad story that eventually is revealed and the redemption. It's beautifully told and very moving.
I'd just listened to The Good House by Ann Leary and had a similar reaction to that book.
I think he is well suited to play the part of the protagonist, Finbar Dolan.
Finbar Dolan and his metamorphosis.
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.
I thought this book was going to be an "insider" tell-all about the advertising world - but - it ended up being a real "story" - that just happens to be about a man in the advertising field.
Yes -it does give "tid-bits" into what goes on behind the scenes (at an ad agency) - but it is more focused on the main characters past "demons" and why he is the way he is.
It was a good - easy read - and if you are "stuck" as to what to listen to - it's worth the credit.
The performance was fine.
His father and siblings
The stories about the Ad Biz were great. Unfortunately they were tangled with boring tales of the lead characters lousy relationship with his family.