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Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America | [John Waters]

Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

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?
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    randy United States 06-06-14
    randy United States 06-06-14 Member Since 2005
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    "another great piece of filth from john waters!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Carsick to be better than the print version?

    have not read the print version, but john waters DOES narrate!


    What other book might you compare Carsick to and why?

    role models. it is also read by john waters.


    Which character – as performed by John Waters – was your favorite?

    john waters as himself


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    the book, of course, made me laugh out loud several times, and like john waters other books, really lifts my spirit


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 06-08-14
    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 06-08-14 Member Since 2010

    Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.

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    "New and vintage - a romp with John Waters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The juxtaposition of real, good and bad trips. It goes without saying that the dark humor was stellar.


    What does John Waters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having heard Mr. Waters before, it was almost cozy-felling to have him read his own tale. He is a good reader.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    yolie contreras 06-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Hilarious"
    If you could sum up Carsick in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, gross and depraved.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carsick?

    John Water's unlikely friendship with a young man who drives him across country.


    What about John Waters’s performance did you like?

    Everything. The man is a master storyteller and just the cadence of his voice is hysterical.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It'll make you puke with excitement.


    Any additional comments?

    The funniest book I have listened to all year!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    M. J. McCamish Ocean Shores, WA 06-20-14
    M. J. McCamish Ocean Shores, WA 06-20-14 Member Since 2010

    reading rider

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    "I Missed The "Fiction" Label on This Book"
    What disappointed you about Carsick?

    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."


    What could John Waters have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make sure people purchasing it realize it's totally tounge-in-cheek fiction. I was looking for a non-fiction adventure.


    Have you listened to any of John Waters’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    A touch of anger at being mislead by the publishers regarding the genre.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have given it a zero overall rating had that been available.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    B. Crowley 07-16-14
    B. Crowley 07-16-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Read reviews before purchasing! NOT non-fiction!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Waters again?

    Unlikely.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Carsick?

    The whole first 2/3rds of the book which were entirely fictitious.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    P. FARLEY Pittsburgh, PA USA 07-20-14
    P. FARLEY Pittsburgh, PA USA 07-20-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Best Enjoyed as an Audiobook"
    Where does Carsick rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My favorite audiobook experience in my many years of membership because John Waters himself was the reader.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carsick?

    The "Bad Rides" animal rescuer was so right on, and I love animal rescuers.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Funny, outrageous, and unexpectedly sentimental from beginning to end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Ipswich, MA, United States 07-14-14
    Teresa Ipswich, MA, United States 07-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Make sure you like raunchy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Carsick to be better than the print version?

    Print version of any book is better if you have the time to read.


    What other book might you compare Carsick to and why?

    There is nothing that compares to this


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I doubt a film could be made and which version of the trip would it be


    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 07-08-14
    Michelle 07-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Another great ride with John Waters"
    Would you listen to Carsick again? Why?

    Of course! I love the way his mind works!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The fictional animal rescuer. To say this woman is dedicated, is an understatement.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When John goes to Walmart.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate the narration by the author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura CARBONDALE, CO, United States 06-26-14
    Laura CARBONDALE, CO, United States 06-26-14
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    "John Waters Rocks!"

    I was not as interested in his imaginary "best" and "worst" trips- bit his actual trip was a fantastic read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark WI USA 06-24-14
    Mark WI USA 06-24-14 Member Since 2007

    Mark of Tosa

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    "I call BS"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is obviously fiction. Waters is laughing hysterically that people would buy this book and actually think it has any attachment to reality.


    What could John Waters have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Label it fiction, so I wouldn't have bothered with it.


    What three words best describe John Waters’s voice?

    impressed with himself


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    John is a good narrator


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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