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)
While the movie follows the book to a certain extent, there's really a lot of differences between them. Which is to be expected. I enjoyed the book far more than I enjoyed the movie, and the movie is one of my favorites. I am a wine person; Pinot Noir is my favorite, too, so this book really means something to me. However, this is really a character study, not just a book about wine. The book emphasizes that, although a lot of my friends thought the movie was about wine. It really wasn't.
Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators. That made the book even that more enjoyable. The book, the use of the language, and the narration makes me want to buy the physical version and actually read it. A well deserved five stars.
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.
Maybe - depends on subject matter.
I thought he did a good job with what I would consider mediocre prose.
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.
Hilarious movie....not so much 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.
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
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!
Comedians. American History. Nerds. Bring it!
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!
Probably. I am not sure his style was idea for this book.
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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