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Sideways Audiobook

Sideways

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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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    Alyssa Keyne 08-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great performance, Superficial Story."

    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.

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    Michelle Tucker Stockbridge, Ga USA 07-25-16
    Michelle Tucker Stockbridge, Ga USA 07-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Tough but Worth It"

    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.

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    Matthew Finch 11-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A good framework for a movie..."

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila 05-01-13
    Sheila 05-01-13 Member Since 2016

    Always listening!

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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 4 people found this review helpful
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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 Member Since 2016

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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!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh Baton Rouge, LA, United States 10-02-11
    Leigh Baton Rouge, LA, United States 10-02-11
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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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    Keith Portland, OR, USA 06-11-05
    Keith Portland, OR, USA 06-11-05
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    "Worth a Read Even After the Movie!"

    I saw the movie, but should I read the book? After seeing that 54 reviewers at Amazon.com gave the book 4 out of 5 stars, I didn't see any reason why not. I can't be more happy that I did, what a terrific read! A joy from beginning to end.

    This book is about real people working through real issues of life, I'm sorry to see other reviewers say such dark things about the characters; we learn when we hold up a mirror to ourselves -- and laugh a little!

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    Tom 05-09-05
    Tom 05-09-05
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    "not funny"

    While there are a few funny moments in Sideways, the story about two pathological liars is a sad one, depicting a reckless culture of drinking and driving. Except for a few knocks here and there, neither pays a price for his deceptions and stealing. If there were a hint that some of this was wrong, it could be a rewarding tale.

    8 of 22 people found this review helpful

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