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Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter | [The Waiter]

Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter

According to The Waiter, 80 percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining 20 percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.

Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.

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Publisher's Summary

According to The Waiter, 80 percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining 20 percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.

Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.

Through outrageous stories, The Waiter reveals the secrets to getting good service, proper tipping etiquette, and how to keep him from spitting in your food. The Waiter also shares his ongoing struggle, at age 38, to figure out if he can finally leave the first job at which he's really thrived.

(P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The other shoe finally drops. The front-of-the-house version of Kitchen Confidential; a painfully funny, excruciatingly true-life account of the waiter's life. As useful as it is entertaining." (Anthony Bourdain)
"I really enjoyed Waiter Rant. The book is engaging and funny, a story told from my polar opposite perspective." (John DeLucie, chef of The Waverly Inn)

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    William 04-11-12
    William 04-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Reading, Story may be Odd for Non-Waiters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would suggest this book to a friend, as a friend did to me. However the story line may be hard for non-waiters to relate to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Waiter Rant?

    One chapter is about the restaurant nearly going under. It was amazing. My heart was racing the whole time.


    What about Dan John Miller’s performance did you like?

    He was great. His Latino accent may have been a little bit, cartoon-y.


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

    No, it was a bit too long with this and is written in such a way that it is a series of vignettes that can be listened to at your leisure.


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    John Westfield 11-05-10
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    "Awful"

    I like food and restaurant writing but this is just silly and amaturish - I cannot believe he had a successful blog. Read anything by Michael Ruhlman instead!

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    Paul levy 10-11-09
    Paul levy 10-11-09 Member Since 2008
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    "See from another side"

    The narrator is good.
    This book stayed with me long after the listening was over. it's gift is viewing the world from the other side of the table.
    Good choice.

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    Jonas Samsioe 07-07-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Waste of Credit"

    For some reason I was hoping for a book similar to Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential i.e. some insight into the restaurant world. This book is nothing like it and like many of the other reviews state the author needs to get a life or at least stick to his Blog. Just because you can write a witty blog doesn't mean you a re good author! STAY AWAY!!!

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    Amazon Customer New York, NY 12-02-08
    Amazon Customer New York, NY 12-02-08 Member Since 2007

    a reader from NYC

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    "Great!"

    I enjoyed every moment of this audio. The insight into the restaurant industry was interesting in and of itself and I think the author definitely has a future as a writer. Naturally, in a work like this, he'd talk about himself, in addition to his job. Going in, I expected the self-revelatios to be boring, something I'd have to put up with. I can't say the author's life is anything special. But the way he wrote it is what gives a clue that he has talent. He presented his own mundane issues in such a way as to allow the reader to relate, to empathize. In other words, he made something special ut of the ordinary.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Orange GroveAustralia 09-21-08
    Peter Orange GroveAustralia 09-21-08
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    "Disappointing"

    Somehow, somewhere The Waiter lost the magic of the original blog by concentrating too much on personal emotions. Middle age angst is not what his blog was known for not what I expected from the book.

    Very Disappointed

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Erling OSLONorway 08-27-08
    Erling OSLONorway 08-27-08
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    "Fun, philisophical and just plain great"

    This was one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. The waiter has a charming way of mixing personal anecdotes with human observation, philosophy and psychology. The naration was near perfect: clear, well-paced and interesting.

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    Jose L. 11-15-08
    Jose L. 11-15-08
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    "Not for everyone."

    This is OK if you are or have ever been a waiter. If not, don't bother. You'll find it hard to identify with anything he says.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Solon, IA, USA 02-12-10
    David Solon, IA, USA 02-12-10 Member Since 2009
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    "putrid"

    Somewhere between the audacious and enchanting writing of Anthony Bourdain and the awkward, self centered school report of a 5th grade who is desperately in need of both self confidence and turoring, Dan Miller has found his niche. He reads like a bad menu. Over the top in meaningless cliches. Please... someone fire his editor.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 06-19-09
    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 06-19-09 Member Since 2007

    Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!

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    "Don't bother"

    This author literally needs to get a life. I was hoping for a more balanced view of life from the other side of the menu, but this author used the entire book to whine and complain, in an almost childlike manner, about his job. If he is so unhappy with it, maybe he should find a different vocation? Some of his rants are very legitimate, but some of them are simply what any person working with the general public must endure. The cross he is bearing is no larger than any other that so many thankless jobs entail, yet, for some reason, he believes he should be especially entitled to be exempt from the tribulations that come from working with the outside world. I found it tiresome, and a waste of money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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