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
"Pickett takes his readers on a jolly ride." (Publishers Weekly)
The narrator does a fabulous job capturing the self-indulgent, self-important narcissistic nature of the main characters. If I hadn't paid for this book I would not have finished it. the main characters are neither likeable nor engaging.
Liked the movie, liked the book. Don't usually like Scott Brick, but he did fine in this one, none of those long pauses, no need to speed up the narration.
Scott Brick did a great performance, but the story was overall depressing and cynical. While there were important lessons, it was a drag to follow Miles and Jack. At least they got why was coming to them.
Jack & Miles are terrible people but at least Miles evolves. I was going to rate it 3 stars but Miles post-festival antics were so powerfully written that I felt his pain and sorrow as my own. Well written.
And that is about it. Characters are uniformly despicable, the dialogue is cartoonish and the story can't decide if it wants to be an emotionally uneven drama/romance or an unfunny comedy. Save your time and enjoy the movie.
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.
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?
He breathes real life into Jack and Miles making their desperation palpable.
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.
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
Great voice, easy to follow between characters. 1,000,000 times better than the movie, which was fantastic!
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Great story, well written, and very well done in this audiobook.
If you loved the movie, well, this is many times better.
My 3 words would be: hilarious, bleak, and inebriated...with cynical, narcissistic, verbose,and brilliant not far behind.
I like cynical people that use humor as a vehicle to negotiate through the daily grind. Miles is an overachiever in this department and I can't stop listening.
Outstanding reader...nails both Miles and Jack to a tee. Couldn't be a better reader for these two characters with the exceptions of the actors themselves.
There is already a brilliant movie...I don't think I could improve on anything they've done.
I'm about to listen to this book for the 3rd time in a month. It's the only book that I've made my wife and friends listen to over drinks socially on more than one occasion. Absolutely brilliant, hilarious, and sad all at once...for me it's perfection. I keep checking back to see if there will be a reading of "Vertical" the authors follow-up and continued story of the characters. Please have Scott Brick read it!!
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