Animal House, the film adaptation of stories Chris Miller published in National Lampoon about his experiences at a Dartmouth fraternity, is among the most beloved and successful comedies of all time. In fact, its portrayal of college party life is still imitated on campuses across the country: toga party, anyone? Now, nearly 30 years after the movie hit theaters, there are no taboos left, and Chris Miller can finally answer the fans who all want to know one thing: was it really like that? The answer: yes, but much, much more out of control!
Here, for the first time, are the real stories of Alpha Delta Phi, like the one about the frat brother who entertained the house by lighting his hair on fire (not the hair on his head, however). Or about the pledge who trick-or-treated around campus in a very revealing jack-o-lantern costume. Or about initiation night, when a frozen hot dog became very painful for two rushes. Wild and hilarious, The Real Animal House is a must-listen for any fan of the film and anyone who remembers their college days as a blur of great parties and solid friendship.
©2006 Chris Miller; (P)2006 Tantor Media Inc.
"Billed as a 'wildly exaggerated memoir', this book by the writer whose autobiographical stories for National Lampoon were the basis of the movie Animal House is exactly what you would expect it to be: loud, raucous, infantile, racy, and very funny." (Booklist)
While not as slapstick as the movie where tales were cherry-picked from frat lore and had rating concerns, Pinto's "real" sophomore year is funny, bizarre, and a good male escape listen.
I always liked reading Chris Miller's short stories in National Lampoon during the 1970's and was glad to find this on audible. I found myself laughing out loud a number of times while listening.
This is in no way highbrow stuff; not porn as another reviewer said, just stories about a bunch of guys who were completely out of control (some lucky to be alive) in college. And yes Lampoon fans, the Night of the Seven Fires is in here.
So wait until the family is out of town, grab a six pack and some camels, put on some James Brown (I know you still have that record), and enjoy.
Seriously this book is NASTY. :) But darn it, it's how college life worked! Beer, booze, bimbos and barfing...that pretty much sums this book up to me...one of the best credits I ever used.
The book reads like a bad text book; the equivalent of a marine biology text book being the back story of "Jaws". Yes, you can see some glimmers of the characters you know, but those few glimmers are buried in hours of dry redundancy.
The ability at narrative, or lack thereof. I wasn't looking for this to be the script of a funny movie, but once the beginning of the book leaves the discussion of Harold Ramis being offered the writing job, the next ninety minutes is an extremely detailed and painful overview of the college campus. There are trees, and seasons, and snow, and believe me, if you listen to those ninety minutes, you will know that these things exist at this college, in detail, with your senses educated to the nth degree. Should I go on? Believe me, the book does.
McLaren did ok but not one of the best performances.
The one that feels that we need hours of repeated descriptions of the same things over, and over. The attention to detail is extraordinary, but sadly, the topics that are in great detail are not topics that needed covered in-depth.
We know what Spring breaking loose Winter's cold grasp looks like, and feels like, and smells like, and feels like under our shoes, and feels like in wet hair, and sounds like, and...., no, please take that gun out of your mouth!! Unlike the book, I will stop and simply say listen to the last 45 minutes and you have the whole book, and a lot of your life left.
Sophmoric, Outdated, FUN!
The Seven Fires..
Laughed... Enjoyed the experience
Fun book if you are expecting this particular type of humor. Could be offensive if not prepared for humor or content.
I could imagine where Bluto, Otter and D-Day came from in the movie. It makes the movie even funnier knowing that where they came from was more outrageous than the motion picture.
Trying to understand how these guys graduated with all of the partying and chaos.
No, sometimes it was a little overwhelming and a bit gross.
A good listen and especially if you enjoyed the movie.
I really wanted to like this book. I recently reconnected with a bunch of my old frat brothers from 30 yrs ago and hoped this book would reconnect me with good, old memories. Unfortunately, it totally strains the bounds of credulity. I'm a physician who has worked in more ERs than I care to remember, and it is very difficult for the human body to function after consuming as much alcohol as the author claims he and his brothers did in single evenings of partying. At least one of them would have wound up in a hospital with acute alcohol poisoning. No beer goes undrunk, no woman goes unscrewed in this book. A waste of a credit.
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