Your roommate says you should date more, that all those spandex nights on stage paying tribute to hair metal and banging faceless groupies only amplify your Jekyll/Hyde syndrome. That this quicksand town of floozies, fiends, and filmmakers will survive without your commercial jingles. And your narcotics. That you should turn in your daytime security-guard badge and settle down. He's got the perfect girl, a cinnamon-scented innocent who will bring that elusive substance to your life despite the familial forces that conspire against your union.
Always lurking in the periphery, the parasitic roommate remains buried in his Master's thesis throughout your reinvention, the search for your birth parents, and your all-too-brief film scoring career. A supporting cast of lecherous directors, deluded bandmates, federal agents, and nostalgic exes obstruct your path to closure and ironic revenge in this "revisionist character study."
©2007 Gordon Highland (P)2014 Gordon Highland
The prose. Every line overflowing with comedic wit, full of throwaway one-liners.
The sudden twists and turns the plot takes towards the story's end.
Believe this is his first audiobook.
Definitely the protagonist Drew Ballard. Though, Barron Vaughn is a close 2nd.
Not only a great book, but also a great audiobook. The musical interludes are just one example of the benefits to listening to the audiobook version. A lot of writers have mastered the written word, while severely lacking in the spoken word. Their live readings put listeners to sleep and suck the life out of their stories. Fortunately, Highland's narration has the opposite effect. A great listen.
Major Inversons is written and narrated into audiobook format by Gordon Highland. The Author suggests one: "reads the synopsis first... as the book is Hilarious and Prophane."
Profound is more accurate. The book starts out at a fast pace, due to my belief that the author was high on adderal at the time of this books writing. The further you listen to the semi coherent monologue the slower and more sober the story gets.
I am not saying slow as in boring but the pace of the reading slowes down and life is seen through less hazy eyes. The tone is truly that of a new millennium slacker ( A Term of Endearment). The daytime security guard, $15,000, a musician in a band - that plays whatever the client is willing to pay for, local Jingle writer, and drug redistributor, writes his narcissistic story of a life not liven but survived,
When a new roommate/dungeon master comments that Drew doesn't date much and suggests a hook up, with a girl said roommate knows. The addition of a regular XX chromosome into Drews life changes everything as Her father gets Drew a gig scoring a movie and Drew inturn uses his own band for some of the music.
So many connections, twists and turns, and all done at the speed of light. Taking a Valium to slow down the pace of the first 3/4 of this book would be advised if I was a doctor, but I am not.
To make it through to the abrupt end of this audiobook feels like an accomplishment, much like leaving rehab, you feel better but aren't a big fan of sharing the experience or recommending it to others.
If semi-coherent plot and some bad jingle singing is what your probation officer recommends then this is the book for you.
Perry Martin 5/13/14
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