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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

What the Critics Say

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

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    AF 03-23-15
    AF 03-23-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Pleasantly surprised"

    I loved the story and how it was read. I saw the movie first but wish I hadn't.
    This is a great read. You can't help but love the characters.

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    SamanthaG Marietta GA 03-19-15
    SamanthaG Marietta GA 03-19-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Movie was better"
    Would you try another book from Rex Pickett and/or Scott Brick?

    Though not usually true, I found the movie much more engaging and funny than the book upon which it was based. Maybe I already knew all the jokes?? I stopped listening about 2/3 of the way through because, well, it was boring and I knew the end. The women - love interests - weren't fully fleshed out in the book, but they absolutely were in the movie.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rex Pickett again?

    Maybe - depends on subject matter.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I thought he did a good job with what I would consider mediocre prose.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sideways?

    The scene in which Miles steals from his mother. I thought his economic problems could have been brought to light in a softer way. I felt that way about the movie, too, although the scenes were somewhat different.


    Any additional comments?

    Hilarious movie....not so much the book.

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    Amazon Customer 03-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "If you liked the movie you'll like the book"

    There a great number of similarities. Having seen the movie first I was pleasantly surprised with some of the added ventures Jack and Miles go on.

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    Maria 02-24-15
    Maria 02-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable and sweet"

    I really enjoyed the writing, and was surprised by it's depth . I wasn't expecting it, I think I was expecting a tale about two guys drinking and screwing their brains off, and the story really turned out to be much more than that. I thought the narration was excellent. I couldn't have enjoyed it more

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    Dave Tumwater, WA, United States 02-22-15
    Dave Tumwater, WA, United States 02-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wish I could of joined Miles and Jack"

    Wish I could have joined Miles and Jack on the outrageous tour of the California wine country. One hell of a buddy trip!

    Scott Brick's narration is spot on great!

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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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    Frank Norfolk, VA, United States 12-13-12
    Frank Norfolk, VA, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2006
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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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    Eric J. Marquez Austin, TX 08-13-12
    Eric J. Marquez Austin, TX 08-13-12
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    "Great audiobook!"
    What made the experience of listening to Sideways the most enjoyable?

    Great voice, easy to follow between characters. 1,000,000 times better than the movie, which was fantastic!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sideways?

    i don't know


    Which scene was your favorite?

    i don't know


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

    Great story, well written, and very well done in this audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    If you loved the movie, well, this is many times better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Brown Austin, TX United States 07-24-12
    Marc Brown Austin, TX United States 07-24-12

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    "Deeper, Darker, & Funnier than the Film"
    If you could sum up Sideways in three words, what would they be?

    My 3 words would be: hilarious, bleak, and inebriated...with cynical, narcissistic, verbose,and brilliant not far behind.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There is already a brilliant movie...I don't think I could improve on anything they've done.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Leigh Baton Rouge, LA, United States 10-02-11
    Leigh Baton Rouge, LA, United States 10-02-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Better than the Movie"

    Saw the movie first, which was funny, but the book is funnier. Good read to cheer you up.

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