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!
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.
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!
When I realized that so much of this book was fiction, I was a bit disappointed. But once I started listening, disappointment turned to delight. Along with some hilarious disgust and amazment. A very enjoyable three trips across America with John Waters.
I loved the way this book was broken up into the three parts. If you're not paying attention, the first ride sounds somewhat plausible. It gets better and better. I was laughing out loud at the magic limo duet....
Also love that this was narrated by John Waters himself; he has a great speaking voice and it's nice to hear it spoken in his tone!
Patrick L. James
I picked this up as one of my credits that I get a month since I am a platinum member get more than one book at a time. I thought right away to see what of John Waters they had available :) of my collection of books and I have hundreds. I wanted to see if they had, " shock value " , "crackpot ", "models ", or his yearbook quote Karsay quote, . Anything available by him like maybe his standup special as a special audible download only and may be they would have "this filthy world " like they did with JoanRivers still A(Live) at the London Palladium . In 2006 . Anyways back to carsick, it starts out as , Navello one quotation the good rides... Which I would say is about a little bit more than 50% of the block and he leaves a disclaimer right before that Steiding he originally wanted to do this as part one and part two is now and release it as more of a visionary humor book then one big $27.30 Dollar book that may not do well do to the fact that he didn't cut it in diary form . Broke it up and put it in good and bad days . Q
RoleModels by John Waters. Except this is continuously about one subject where as role models about what inspired him throughout his life this is just about traveling from one side of America to another just hitchhiking people's reactions when they realize , it's world renowned director "John Water's"
The performance is outstanding. The way that he gets you almost visually in fall with the story even with the audio part can almost visualize everything surrounding you as he's telling you what is going on in that very moment end he is describing what is going on every second in the book. He's always had a way with words , cinematography end illustrating points whether it's visual illustrations or a written passage Chezy . And he Upsey and T in his latest book parsec. I gave this five stars because there's nothing bad I can say about this for its performance for the quality :-)
dysfunction Junction, what's your dysfunction ?
I recommend this book to anybody 18 or over this book is definitely more Fradelle link teenagers and above and anyone who is a John Waters/ Landers band 70s . I however am 28 S. I'm not from that era however I do like John Waters and everything he has produced film wise end every book starting from the late 70s original shock value that gave you insight into the days went to find and him were still around making movies together and I also love is newer stuff to but nothing has top hairspray 1988 for serial mom in my opinion since film wise. His novels on the other hand are great and I have almost every single one :-) x
...and just what I expected. Vulgar, crass, disgusting, and in some parts, utterly hilarious. Waters doing his own narration was a must -- had someone else tried to perform this, it simply wouldn't have worked. The way he broke the story up into three sections was quite clever. Now I need to go watch some of Waters' older films...
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