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Everybody Smokes in Hell | [John Ridley]

Everybody Smokes in Hell

When Filthy White Guy buys about a hundred burritos and blows up the microwave of the convenience store where Paris Scott has been working for 30 long nights, Paris decides his life couldn't be more of a mess. But when he gives Filthy White Guy a ride home to a Bel Air mansion, things really start to explode.
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Publisher's Summary

When Filthy White Guy buys about a hundred burritos and blows up the microwave of the convenience store where Paris Scott has been working for 30 long nights, Paris decides his life couldn't be more of a mess. But when he gives Filthy White Guy a ride home to a Bel Air mansion, things really start to explode.

From the dark desperation of Los Angeles to the false neon hope of Las Vegas, acclaimed author John Ridley steers a viciously careening ride through a world of dope dealers, Hollywood agents, two-bit felons, and three-dollar strippers. Narrator Peter Francis James expertly voices the flamboyant longings of people who will pay any price to flirt with a dream, even if it's someone else's.

© John Ridley; (P)Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"As usual, Ridley ably strings together a series of unlikely events, making them seem wholly plausible. Continual action, believably unsympathetic characters, and minimal description combine to keep the reader riveted. A welcome change of pace from much of today's plodding fiction." (Library Journal)
"Strong-as-firecrackers plot...Day-Glo dialogue...[A] seriously noir-ish, ultra-violent, ultra-high-speed, occasionally hilarious, dark farce of a novel." (The Washington Post Book World)
"[A] relentless pace...Ridley seems to have a knack for capturing the comic-tragic, tragic-comic lessons of life that seem so prevalent in this half of the twentieth century." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

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    Terrence HOWELL, NJ, USA 08-21-04
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    "Fantastic"

    This story reminded me of Pulp Fiction, and moved quickly. The author doesn't waste any time with superfluous character development. He gets to the point and moves the story forward.

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    Anthony Carnarvon, WA, Australia 10-18-09
    Anthony Carnarvon, WA, Australia 10-18-09
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    "good potential but poor narration"

    A potentially good story- it appears to be well written but the narration is painfully bland and irritating and makes the audiobook extremely hard to listen to and tolerate... its a real shame becuase everything else ive listened to by John Ridley is really good

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    E. Anderson Los Anchorage, AK 11-13-04
    E. Anderson Los Anchorage, AK 11-13-04 Member Since 2002

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    "Lyrically written and wonderfully performed"

    This is one of the best audio books i've ever heard. The book is written so lyrically and performed so smoothly that I wanted to back up and hear certain passages and descriptions again. The plot moves quickly and is very clever as well.

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    Jerry Memphis, TN, USA 09-14-04
    Jerry Memphis, TN, USA 09-14-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Funny, violent and ridiculous."

    I found this book to be extremely entertaining. If profanity and violence offend you, stay away, but I found it well worth the time. The absurd situations encountered by hapless characters evoked outright laughter. I found the narrator extremely skilled, especially given characters ranging from a ghetto drug dealer to a psychopathic white girl contract killer. This is certainly dark comedy at its finest.

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    Barbara Marietta, GA, United States 09-13-04
    Barbara Marietta, GA, United States 09-13-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Droning disappointment"

    Perhaps it was mostly the reader's buzzing monotone that made this audiobook so nauseatingly dull, but I doubt it. The combination was too much for me, and I cleared it off my MuVo after listening to roughly half. Humor? None. Excitement? Zip. Engaging characters? Witty dialogue? Look to Richard Price, Robert Tanenbaum or Elmore Leonard for a better listen.

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