In the tradition of Kitchen Confidential and Waiter Rant, a rollicking, eye-opening, fantastically indiscreet memoir of a life spent (and misspent) in the hotel industry.
Jacob Tomsky has worked in hotels for more than a decade, doing everything from valet parking to manning the front desk. He's checked you in, checked you out, separated your white panties from the white bed sheets, parked your car, tasted your room service, cleaned your toilet, denied you a late check out, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&Ms out of your mini-bar, laughed at your jokes, and taken your money. And in Heads in Beds, he pulls back the curtain on the hospitality business, revealing the crazy yet compelling reality of an industry we think we know. It is an incredibly funny, authentic, and irreverent chronicle of the highs and lows of hotel life and boy, is there a market for it: in 2010, the American lodging industry generated $127.7 billion in revenue. Prepare to be amused, shocked, and amazed as he spills the unwritten code of the bellhops, the antics that go on the valet parking garage, and the housekeeping department's dirty little secrets.
Prepare to be moved, too, by his insightful honesty about the profession; employees are often poorly paid and frequently abused. However, Heads in Beds is more than just a memoir. Jake explains the secrets of the industry, offering easy and legal ways to get what you need from your hotel without any hassle - from scoring late check-ins and upgrades to getting that pay-per-view charge knocked off your bill. This book will give you the knowledge you need to get the very best service from any hotel or property, from any business that makes its money from putting heads in beds. Or, at the very least, it will keep the bellhops from taking your luggage into the camera-free back office and stomping the crap out of it.
©2012 Jacob Tomsky (P)2012 Random House Audio
"Jacob Tomsky is a star. The kid writes like a dream. Heads in Beds is hilarious, literate, canny, indignant and kind - revealing an author who manages somehow to be both a total hustler and a complete humanitarian. I love this book. Keep an eye on this writer. I'm telling you, he's a star." (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia)
Yes -- it will stick with you next time you travel.
It was fresh and original.
I value really good service in all parts of my life. This book offered valuable insights regarding how to express my appreciation for good service more effectively, for the benefit of the employee and for my own benefit. And nothing dry about the lessons learned: very colorful stories and anecdotes made this a page turner. The story did start to wear thin on me towards the last quarter, but then I have a short attentions span.
Funny, insightful, informative, and very impressed with the author's narration.
As a frequent traveler, I loved the inside scoop. I will never Valey park my car again. Also - really pleasantly surprised by narration.
I don't do reviews. Just takes up to much time, but for this book, I just had to. This has got to be the best book I've listened to on audible. It was one of those rare situations where I just couldn't stop listening until it was over. Granted, I'm big into a book that has good stories, and if it has some extremely useful information scattered in there to then it's a real winner for me. This book was all that, plus it was just so well read, by a great story teller. The book had me constantly laughing and totally into the story line, but more than that, I can't WAIT to try out the many hints, tips, and "inside scoop" ideas that the author presents. As he says, it's just a hustle, but this hustle can get you great stays at America's hotels because, for once, it will be you that knows how to make the machine work. Super great job. Loved every minute of it.
Not so sure, if he smooth out the cussing then I might be interested.
I have to say there are some accuracies with the book and yes there are points in the book that I am ashamed it happens in the hotel industry and makes you not feel alone with those thoughts. but I couldn't finish the book because of the vulgarity of words he chose. Yes there are people out there that cuss when they talk but that is not the majority.
This audiobook is in my top 5. I love memoirs and biography and this nails it. The narration by the author is, probably, one of THE BEST audiobook performances I've had the pleasure of listening to in a long while. It's spot on done to the vernacular used by people of color or creed often helping us in the hospitality industry to the author's own use of language through his life and career. This is an insanely honest and spot on portrayal of the author's experience and life within the industry and life he has led.
The author's narration in total. Mesmerizing. Perfect! One of the best performances. It's almost radio drama the way he masterfully narrates his own memoir here.
All of them.
His moments of personal reflection on his life and where his career was going or the realization that his career may be "stuck" in an industry which he wholeheartedly embraces.
This is THE KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL of the hotel and hospitality industry. I can only hope to see this guy on the travel channel or CNN breaking into an amazing career as a storyteller and someone that shares his experiences in the hotel industry around the world much like Bourdain did after Kitchen Confidential revealed, in such amazing literary style, the life led by those we most often encounter but most often take for granted in the service industries.
Heads in beds was terrific listen. The author hit every the hospitality industry right on the head. I was very insight from both a guest persecutive and even more as hotel professional. Must have for any hospitality person!
TOM (the narrator) was my favorite character.
This book had me rolling.
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