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.
Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.
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
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.
The New New Thing by Michael Lewis
Someone I could understand.
I really like Craig Ferguson and I thoroughly enjoyed his first book. Needless to say this was a disappointment to me.
This was a long convaluted story one drunk tells another and I wasn't drunk.
He doen't have enough money to pay someone to ruin their career narrating this.
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.
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.
NO NO NO
Would not have published it. The only reason that it was published was because he is CF
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.
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.
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