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Between the Bridge and the River | [Craig Ferguson]

Between the Bridge and the River

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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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2006 Craig Ferguson (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 03-27-14
    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2006

    Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.

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    "Hillarious and thought-provoking"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    C. Ubik 04-16-14
    C. Ubik 04-16-14
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    "Crass, hilarious, and surprisingly touching"
    Where does Between the Bridge and the River rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Between the Bridge and the River to and why?

    "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.


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

    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.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    ddj 06-12-14
    ddj 06-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Moments of brilliance, but mostly a mess"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anna LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 06-10-14
    Anna LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2003
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    "No cohesive story line!"
    What disappointed you about Between the Bridge and the River?

    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).


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 04-29-14
    Sharon 04-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "could not get into the story, quit listening"
    Would you try another book from Craig Ferguson and/or Craig Ferguson?

    maybe


    What could Craig Ferguson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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


    Did Craig Ferguson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    yes


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

    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


    Any additional comments?

    would like to turn in this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Russell C. Gray Boston, MA United States 04-01-14
    Russell C. Gray Boston, MA United States 04-01-14 Member Since 2011

    Rustle98

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    "Stick with "American on Purpose""
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I simply did not enjoy the story. The characters were not well defined and the plot lines were all over the place. I had a hard time following it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The New New Thing by Michael Lewis


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Craig Ferguson?

    Someone I could understand.


    Did Between the Bridge and the River inspire you to do anything?

    Stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like Craig Ferguson and I thoroughly enjoyed his first book. Needless to say this was a disappointment to me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tara 03-14-14
    Tara 03-14-14
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    "Should I be drinking?"
    What disappointed you about Between the Bridge and the River?

    This was a long convaluted story one drunk tells another and I wasn't drunk.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Craig Ferguson?

    He doen't have enough money to pay someone to ruin their career narrating this.


    Any additional comments?

    I finished this book because I was sure, I was positive it was going to make scense, maybe I was drunk for thinking that. This was one of the absoulute worse books I've ever heard. It was about some crazy people doing a lot of crazy stuff, weird dreams and kinky sex. Makes me think Ferguson watches toooooooo much porn, drinks in excess and has money to burn on publishing. There is no way he was paid for this. I purchased this because I like his show. I will not watch it again. Thats how bad this book was. I dont even like him anymore. YUCK!!!!!!!
    I need a shower.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Eloy, AZ, United States 03-12-14
    Angela Eloy, AZ, United States 03-12-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Dont Give up your day job CF"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Teenage Boys


    What was most disappointing about Craig Ferguson’s story?

    The lack of continuity for the use of all the sexual reference. It reminded me of young boy that is fascinated by the use of swear words and body parts.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Craig Ferguson’s performances?

    NO NO NO


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Between the Bridge and the River?

    Would not have published it. The only reason that it was published was because he is CF


    Any additional comments?

    I was really disappointed in this book. I watch the late show (not anymore) and considered CF to be a pretty witty fellow. But this book is horrible, the ramblings, the constant reference to body parts. The man is obsessed with pr**ks, and t**t. This is the 3rd book in 3 years I have not finished and I read 1 to 2 books a month.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Caspar Australia 05-07-14
    Caspar Australia 05-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Deus ex Bumblebee"

    Constantly using a fallacy to justify deus ex. Physics does not prove a Bumblebee cannot fly. If something the size and shape of a bee attempted to fly as though an airplane it would not get off the ground, but they do not do this. They flap their wings and violate no laws of physics.
    Knowing this ruins immersion as it comes up often.

    I seldom read blurbs and, if I can help it, reviews. (apparently not enough to stop me from writing one though)
    I like to go in as cold as possible so I am oft unfamiliar with premise. This can go, as you imagine, splendidly and terribly. On this occasion it was the latter.
    If you do not believe in god and/or dislike religion... Maybe not the book for you.

    Craig Ferguson's writing style and performance are engrossing, however. His prose are florid and littered with modernity; (I love that shit) and he is a captivating orator, painting the characters all the more.

    I'ma go jerk off now, so let that colour your opinion of my opinion.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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