A cross-country hitchhiking journey with America’s most beloved weirdo.
John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I’m Not Psycho", he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash?
Before he leaves for this bizarre adventure, Waters fantasizes about the best and worst possible scenarios: A friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked, a demolition-derby driver makes a filthy sexual request in the middle of a race, a gun-toting drunk terrorizes and holds him hostage, and a Kansas vice squad entraps and throws him in jail. So what really happens when this cult legend sticks out his thumb and faces the open road? His real-life rides include a gentle 81-year-old farmer who is convinced Waters is a hobo, an indie band on tour, and the perverse filmmaker’s unexpected hero: A young, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette.
Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion - and a celebration of America’s weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.
©2014 John Waters (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
have not read the print version, but john waters DOES narrate!
role models. it is also read by john waters.
john waters as himself
the book, of course, made me laugh out loud several times, and like john waters other books, really lifts my spirit
loved it! this is a must for any dreamland fan!! i felt like i was on the road with right next to john the whole time! i hope mr. waters is working on his next idea for his next book! can't wait!
Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.
Absolutely. More especially if the friend is as familiar with John Waters as I am . I do not think you have to be a John Waters fan to enjoy this book, but it does add to the narrative if you are familiar with the references.
The juxtaposition of real, good and bad trips. It goes without saying that the dark humor was stellar.
Having heard Mr. Waters before, it was almost cozy-felling to have him read his own tale. He is a good reader.
At one point, I was lying in bed while listening to this book and began to laugh out loud. Loudly. It cracked me up as well as making me sad for the sorry state of this country.
I don't like the notion of a book being a summer or beach read, but if pressed -- then this one would fit that bill. Hilarious.
Funny, gross and depraved.
John Water's unlikely friendship with a young man who drives him across country.
Everything. The man is a master storyteller and just the cadence of his voice is hysterical.
It'll make you puke with excitement.
The funniest book I have listened to all year!
I, foolishly, thought the book would be about the adventures of an older man hitch-hicking across America. This is obviously a complete work of fiction and no real adventures happen. Oh, there are several adventures, but they are quite obviously fantasy. I think this book should be clearly noted as fiction. I deleted it after "Good Ride #12."
Make sure people purchasing it realize it's totally tounge-in-cheek fiction. I was looking for a non-fiction adventure.
A touch of anger at being mislead by the publishers regarding the genre.
I would have given it a zero overall rating had that been available.
If the whole book had been an actual non-fiction account of a celebrity hitchhiking across the country, rather than the first 2/3rds of the book being rediculous fictitious fantasies about what COULD happen on his trip.
The whole first 2/3rds of the book which were entirely fictitious.
I'm really disappointed that this book was categorized as non-fiction. I enjoy fiction and I'm not offended by John Waters and his over-the-top brand of trashy comedy but that's not what I was looking for in this book. I wanted an actual humorous travelogue from someone who hitchhiked across America and discovered all kinds of interesting people. I had no interest in reading fantastical day dreams which had nothing at all to do with his trip. If there had only been a handful of these in the beginning (like one or two good and bad scenarios each), that would have been fine. But for those stories to make up the vast majority of the book is rediculous. I was so irritated by the time I got to the real trip that I couldn't really enjoy it. I bought this shortly after it was released, before there were a lot of reviews. I will wait next time!
My favorite audiobook experience in my many years of membership because John Waters himself was the reader.
The "Bad Rides" animal rescuer was so right on, and I love animal rescuers.
Funny, outrageous, and unexpectedly sentimental from beginning to end.
Print version of any book is better if you have the time to read.
There is nothing that compares to this
I doubt a film could be made and which version of the trip would it be
I eventually liked this book but there were many times I wanted to turn it off. Make sure you are familiar with John Waters material (and imagination) before buying this book. Parts of it are pretty raunchy and out of the box. If you really "get" John Waters you will eventually like this book
Of course! I love the way his mind works!
The fictional animal rescuer. To say this woman is dedicated, is an understatement.
When John goes to Walmart.
I am always captivated by the masterful storytelling of Mr. John Waters and this book was no different. It made me want to start traveling the country like a gypsy.
I appreciate the narration by the author.
Mark of Tosa
This is obviously fiction. Waters is laughing hysterically that people would buy this book and actually think it has any attachment to reality.
Label it fiction, so I wouldn't have bothered with it.
impressed with himself
John is a good narrator
Spoiler alert: in order, he gets picked up right away in his own neighborhood by a pot dealer who gives him 5 million in cash to make a movie...right. Next he gets picked up by a demolition derby redneck who has John give him a handjob during the demo derby...sure. Then he gets picked up by a cop who happens to have a bag of poppers with him...ahem...Then a 94 year old women who just happened to be an actor in one of his early films. Then a some ravers, then a guy in an orange prison jump suit who just broke out of Levenworth. I stopped there. I want my credit back. And the last two hours of my life.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content