Two childhood friends from Scotland and two illegitimate half-brothers from the deep South suffer and enjoy all manner of bizarre adventures that, it turns out, are somehow interconnected and, even more surprisingly, meaningful.
The eclectic cast of characters features Socrates, Carl Jung, and Tony Randall, along with an ex-television evangelist with a penchant for booze, prostitutes, and uncomfortable knitwear who gets mugged in Miami by an almost pure-blooded Watusi warrior - and sets off on a road trip in a stolen motor home.
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It's not very often than I laugh out loud when enjoying a book, but this one did it for me several times. If you are easily offended by language or sexual themes, then this might not be for you. It's what you would expect from a late-night comedian. Ferguson takes aim at several deserving targets, including Hollywood and televangelists. No race, religion, or nationality is safe. While having a good time with us, the author asks serious questions about life and death, religion, sexuality, marital fidelity, and human gullibility.
Unlike some authors that have read their own work, Ferguson does an outstanding job. This is as you would expect, since his is an entertainer. Some books make better audiobooks than others. This work jumps from protagonist to protagonist and location to location without immediately obvious ties. You have to follow closely and remember the characters from earlier scenes. I wouldn't listen to this one when distracted, or you might get lost.
I didn't see the tremendous depth that some reviewers claim to find, but I had a really good time.
It ranks near the top. When I finished it I 1) told everyone I knew to get it on audio, and 2) wanted to listen to it again. I was that impressed by the story and narration.
"Fool," by Christopher Moore. "Fool" is another almost shockingly crass story with heart. In my opinion for lewd humor to work it needs a touch of nuance, something that many humorist of that type lack. Moore and Ferguson, however, have the ability to shock you one moment and make you tear up the next. It's a tough thing to do using language that'll make a sailor blush.
His delightful Scottish brogue and his passion and enthusiasm for the characters he created. Ferguson is a terrific storyteller and his narration is full of life and energy. It would be a very good book to read, but it is a great book to listen to.
I love Craig Ferguson and will still watch his show, but this book should never have been published. It needs a very good editor and at least another year of hard work. The beginning is the best -- there are many moments of insight and laugh-out-loud comments. Unfortunately, the storyline lacks direction, is hard to follow, and therefore becomes boring. Also, the crass language and focus may be acceptable to many, but they are not funny either, and do not add much to the story. It is hard to write a comic novel; Ferguson's characters need more depth so that the story is not just a list of humorous events. Ferguson is definitely a story-teller, but possibly taking on a novel was too much.
There was no cohesive story line between the characters-after their teens they never meet and rarely think of each other-no impact on each other's lives. I love Craig Ferguson as a narrator and there are definitely funny bits, but the funny bits rarely have any (ANY) impact on the overarching story line (probably because it doesn't exist).
not sure, maybe i didn't give it adequate time but it seemed dark and I wasn't in that kind of mood. I wanted something light and funny
sadness and I was disappointed because i really enjoy Craig F's show and especially when he led the Boston Pops on a PBS special...I lke his sense of humor but that was missing
would like to turn in this book
Absolutely...you'll learn something... a lot! :) But put your 'prim' on the shelf for the duration.
Narration is more than authentic.. it's the author... a professional storyteller!
The surprises, humanity, intelligence, galloping adventure, ... romance... and all the rest ;)
This one is just as superb as the 'American on Purpose' .. but.. fiction ... mostly :)
The charming fairy tale interlude ;)
Enjoy your time with a charming, passionate, brilliant, erudite mind that has experienced more of the up and down than most ;)
Wow- this had me laughing out loud so many times, yet the story is so poignant and compelling. Truly amazing and awesome and SMART work both in the story and the storytelling. The author does a fantastic job in narrating his wonderful story. He is very entertaining in making his point, yet he keeps his point simple and makes his point incredibly well while making you laugh. Brilliant work.
I really enjoy CF's wit. And needless to say, he's a brilliant performer. This book is a great example of how one could slap a few aphorisms and puns together, and make them stick with a story not much unlike duct tape. It holds together, but you know it's makeshift.
Treat it as such, and you'll have a great time.
Quirky, funny, juvenile: At times brilliant and laugh-out-loud funny, Ferguson's wit, intelligence, knowledge (such as of events in history) and quirky sense of story-telling kept me listening despite other offensive references that others have spoken of in their reviews.
I learned you had to just "go with the flow" while listening and not try to make logical sense of all the characters and stories-within-stories. This was not a book I rewound in case I missed an important detail. Most things tied together in the end in one odd way or another, but this is much more of a stream-of-consciousness type of book rather than a neatly tied together package.
Too many characters to say and not many of them completely lovable. I did love that Ferguson read it himself. Because he wrote the book, I think it made it easier to follow to hear how he meant for things to sound. Loved hearing it in his natural Scottish accent and he did other accents (American, Irish, to name just two) quite well.
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