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)
This was the first audio book I've purchased
"Kitchen Confidential" but not quite as gritty and foul. (unfortunately)
It is amusing and informative for travelers.
I was looking for a light, amusing listen while I worked. Perfect. I looked forward to every chapter. I enjoyed it very much and will listen again before my next stay in a hotel. Well done Jacob!
The audio version was great because the author himself read it, and he is a great orator. A real personal spin that adds to the book.
I love cheap thrills, so the "after-shave/cologne" scenario left me laughing out load.
He is a great story teller and excellent speaker. Seems very comfortable with himself and that comes out in his narration.
The book wasn't heavy, just entertaining in a cheap laugh's kind of way. Laughed out load a few times, funny, funny, funny!
I would not - it has a couple good tips which I could tell them myself, and is not worth the ten hours of listening or whatever.
Only if it was short.
He really knows his accents
Steal from the minibar? I'm already generally very nice to hotel staff...I thought it would be more concise and filled with tips about what to do in hotels generally. It had a few tips but really, hearing about someone's work life is not my bag.
I'd bought this because Dan Savage raved about it on his podcast and then asked for tips about getting with a hotel worker...stuff like that was totally missing from the book, and in fact it was only mildly interesting.
Gives nice little tid bits and advice about hotel life in an entertaining story, that would have been entertaining even as a fictional book.
No. Did laugh at times.
Really interesting behind the scenes information about hotels - I will definitely think differently next time I check-in to one! Also, easy to connect and sympathize with the main character, as many of us have had those first terrible jobs.
The main character & narrator, Tommy.
There were times when his narrative grew a bit whiny - as if no one else had ever had such a difficult job or situation as him.
Worth a read, if just for the helpful hotel hints! But you'll get more from it than that.
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who is interested in the inside of the hotel business. I've in the hotel business for 15 years, and a lot of what he says is true. It made me laugh, brought back some good times, and brought back some times I'd rather just forget about. Either way it's a great book. I like that the author read his own book because he really does give some of the characters that image that you can really see. For me it was great because I could relate to many of the issues.
Of course Tommy, but Perry is a good one too.
How he added that great voice to Perry and other characters.
All in a day's work
This book was a fun listen and a worthwhile use of a credit. The stories are entertaining - if not always told with a cohesive narrative - and for someone like me who generally sticks to nonfiction/history it was a great easy listen/distraction. I liked that Mr. Tomsky narrated the book himself as the flourishes he adds to his own stories greatly improve the listen. Don't buy it if you're expecting Dave Eggers or David Sedaris type essays - also don't buy it if you're looking for honest to goodness travel tips. I thought the publishers pushing the book as having travel/hotel upgrade tips was disingenuous - Mr. Tomsky does use 'tips' as gateways to tell a story the 'insider tip' he offers is almost always give a big tip.
In short - well narrated, funny, easy listening....would be great for a long plane flight.
Yes, I already have.
Well, Jacob of course. He's funny and entertaining.
He reads his book well and it's funny to listen to his inflection.
Tip the bellman.
It's entertaining and likely useful to hotel guests.
This book was just fantastic, I could not stop listening and listening to the whole thing in one day (at the gym and doing housework.. I'm not that lazy!). I was thourally engrossed in the interesting life of working at a hotel. Tomsky paints a wonderful picture of what it is like to work in a high end hotel well also providing useful infromation about how to get free upgrades. I love everything about this book.
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