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Sideways | [Rex Pickett]

Sideways

Sideways is the story of two friends, Miles and Jack, going away together for the last time to steep themselves in everything that makes it good to be young and single: pinot, putting, and prowling bars. In the week before Jack plans to marry, the pair heads out from Los Angeles to the Santa Ynez wine country.
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Publisher's Summary

Sideways is the story of two friends, Miles and Jack, going away together for the last time to steep themselves in everything that makes it good to be young and single: pinot, putting, and prowling bars. In the week before Jack plans to marry, the pair heads out from Los Angeles to the Santa Ynez wine country. For Jack, the tasting tour is Seven Days to D-Day, his final stretch of freedom. For Miles, who has divorced his wife, is facing an uncertain career, and has lost his passion for living, the trip is a week-long opportunity to evaluate his past, his future, and himself.

A raucous and surprising novel filled with wonderful details about wine, Sideways is also a thought-provoking and funny book about men, women, and human relationships.

©2004 Rex Pickett; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"Pickett takes his readers on a jolly ride." (Publishers Weekly)

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    C. D Strother Potomac, MD United States 06-16-05
    C. D Strother Potomac, MD United States 06-16-05 Member Since 2000
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    "if you liked the movie, you will like the book"

    If you liked the movie, I think you will like the book, even though the book is very different in some respects. I loved the movie and I am tempted to give the book five stars. but the book does have flaws/lapses. There's a lot more drunkeness. Some incidents are not credible and are distracting. There is lots more on specific wines, which is great. I completely disagree that the book is poorly written. There are parts that are extremely well-written. Very memorable. You may want to keep a dictionary handy. The first person voice is very much that of writer. A well read one, with a large and expressive vocabulary. Among other things, it is interesting to see where the moviemakers altered and streamlined the novel. The novel "explains" parts of the movie, for instance, some of the motivations of characters that were unclear. But the characters also clearly evolved into different people in the transition from book to movie. The relationship between Jack's wife to be and Miles' former wife is much more developed in the book. Probably unnecessarily. The character of Jack's wife to be is much more three dimensional and explains Jack's character quite a bit, in a way that makes sense. Those that complain about the crudeness, I bet did not like the move either. Sorry, but I am afraid that many men talk and act this way. It rang more or less true to me, although the characters are exaggerated for effect. The conflicts in Miles character are better explained in the book. For instance, his stealing from his Mother. To me the character makes sense. He has great inner conflict and is a good person and a bad person at the same time, as is Jack. This is the way people really are and the book and the movie explore this well. To me there are several big lapses as to Maya in the book--inconsistencies with character. She is still compelling. Virginia Madsen truly deserves kudos. In general, I appreciated the movie even more after reading the book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Geoff USA 06-15-05
    Geoff USA 06-15-05
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    "A brilliant comic novel about midlife crises"

    This is a brilliant comic novel about two sadsacks who take off to the Santa Barbara County wine country. One is a failed novelist who has replaced his remorse over his divorce to his soulmate with a romance with wine. His best friend is a semi-successful TV director in Hollywood. The book is hilarious, but there's a depth of sadness that this is going to be the last time they get together in this way. The equally brilliant movie changed some things, and not always for the best -- Sandra Oh's character changes tipped it a little more toward ugliness -- but the book cuts deeper than its comedy; it's a soul-searching tragedy of lives lost in the balance. Reviewers who complain about profanity shouldn't be allowed to review this; it just isn't objective reviewing. This book, aside from being the definitive novel -- I didn't say nonfiction -- written about wine is going to go down as a classic comic story, one that will last for years to come. I saw the film several times and it cut deeper every time. But I think the book stands up to the movie and may even be better in some way because it interiorizes the main character of Miles in a way that the movie can't. There's something deeply archetypal about Jack and Miles; we both know guys like this. The women may border on fantasy at times, but they're just as flawed and just as lonely and aliented in their own lives and it's not hard to buy why they would all want to have a good time. For people who think "real" characters like this don't exist, they're living in some faith-based bubble where they want their art to represent some ludicrous fantasy of goodness. Well, it ain't like that out there, folks. This is a tremendous book from a truly gifted author.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Stev reno, NV, USA 06-29-05
    Stev reno, NV, USA 06-29-05
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    "Outstanding"

    A great funny story about two real guys and some great wines. I saw the movie AFTER reading the book and highly recommend that if you haven't yet seen it, avoid the movie. The book has depth and hope and salvation plus a great boar hunt. Not offensive to women as some suggest but realistic and unapologetic aobut both men a women. Oh, and the wine, the sweet, sweet wine.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila 05-01-13
    Sheila 05-01-13 Member Since 2005

    Shameless book addict whose life was made immeasurably happier when I discovered audiobooks made housework tolerable and long drives a joy.

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    "Complex, inebriating and surprising as wine itself"
    Where does Sideways rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Sideways ranks far better than average. For a book that focuses on such wanton abandon, it is remarkably thought provoking. I found myself regularly pausing to meditate on the characters and their moral quagmires.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I was most interested in the unshakeable bond of friendship between Jack and Miles. Whenever I would begin to think that one was just using the other, some jaw-dropping act of kinship would pass between them. I was also intrigued by Miles' need to self-destruct whenever he felt he was becoming too amoral. I could have passed on all the wine-tasting jargon, but it was a great vehicle for the story. What better metaphor for the book than raising the enjoyment of intoxication to an art form?


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

    He breathes real life into Jack and Miles making their desperation palpable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I really can't explain why I bought the book, since I did not like the movie. However, I'm glad I did listen to it. I found the character development and ending supremely satisfying. I ended up really loving these louts. Not to mention how crazy funny they are.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Brighton, MI, USA 09-16-05
    Joan Brighton, MI, USA 09-16-05
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    "Surprisingly good book"

    My expectations for this book were fairly low since wine isn't something I care for, but I wanted something different so I took a chance. The chance really paid off and I loved this book! There are many books out there that delve into friendships between women, but this is the first one that went into the emotions of male friendships and overall male emotions. As an added bonus, I learned some things about wine! Please note that the movie version of this book was awful and didn't capture the emotions of the book. It also left out and changed many significant parts of the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ann PORTLAND, OR, United States 06-26-13
    Ann PORTLAND, OR, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not worth my time."

    I read the whole gosh-aweful thing. Kept hoping that just one more chapter might redeem at least one of the protagonists. Not. Shallow remained shallow.

    Not even Scott Brick could entice me to waste time on another work by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terence Garden Grove, CA, USA 05-16-05
    Terence Garden Grove, CA, USA 05-16-05
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    "L.O.L. Very funny and enjoyable listening"

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys laughing and reminiscing. Excellent story telling .... makes me want to go wine tasting in Norther California .

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Autumn 04-19-14
    Autumn 04-19-14 Member Since 2010

    Comedians. American History. Nerds. Bring it!

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    "This book made me surprisingly angry."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the movie, but something about the way the characters were written and read made them terribly unlikeable. I finished the book, it was well written. I just didn't like any of the people in it!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    Probably. I am not sure his style was idea for this book.


    Did Sideways inspire you to do anything?

    no...


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    Ashley RIVER RIDGE, LA, United States 05-21-13
    Ashley RIVER RIDGE, LA, United States 05-21-13
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    "very funny, at times frustrating, but always good"

    I think that was the point. These characters aren't always "likable" but I really enjoyed the book. You are transported to the wine country and watch these guys continually make the wrong the decisions but you're rooting for them. I would definitely recommend.

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    Frank Norfolk, VA, United States 12-13-12
    Frank Norfolk, VA, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2004
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    "One of the best I have listened to"
    Where does Sideways rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was one of the most enjoyable books I have ever listened to. I enjoyed the wine setting in the book but the humor and interaction was great. If looking for an escape from the world of pain and horror then this book won't disapoint. Scott Bick is the best


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