This brilliant debut is a scathingly hilarious send-up of celebrity, sexual politics, corporate America, and the fleeting status that comes with getting to the table first before the other guy has you for lunch.
©1999 Maxx Barry; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"Seductively hip....Wickedly funny." (USA Today)
"Barry's delightful first novel delivers a charming and hilarious send-up of the wicked world of marketing....This terrific comic novel is certain to provoke as many belly laughs in print as it might one day on screen." (Booklist)
"A deft, satirical indictment of an industry that makes its living pushing satire, Syrup is understandably deep in hip meta references. What distinguishes the novel from, say, a Thomas Frank-style critique is that it never gets mushy, even after Scat lands the girl." (SPIN)
I love to read. With two kids and a full time job in management, audio books have emerged as my only chance to leverage this love.
Maxx Barry is a master of satire. Company is one of my favorite books of light reading so I was ecstatic to find another Barry book on Audible.
I'm a Credit snob and I always feel like I'm getting ripped off if the book is under 18 hours. This book is a classic case of quality over quantity. I found myself alone in the car laughing out loud on multiple occasions.
With simple efficient writing and uncomplicate characters that don't need a lot of development, Barry gets to spend the entire book making fun of big business and (in this case) marketing. With that said, I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and could relate to them as being the extreme's of people I have met before.
If you are looking for some deep thought provoking literature, this isn't it. If you just got done reading Ayn Rand and need a brain break, this is 5 star perfect.
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This was a very fun and light read. Not many twists and turns but still very funny satire. The book presents an interesting and accurate perspective of corporate america and especially the male dominated marketing world. Scott Brick adds to the quality of the writing with his outstanding narrator skills.
Syrup is a hip and all-around entertaining novel. While this book was fast paced it was un predictable and well written. This story will provide you a small taste of the corporate world and the line "and I'm homeless again" will have you laughing throughout the book.
for people who like satire and Maxx Barry's work: the book is Amazing. I got the book when I couldn't find the book anywhere else, which leads me to believe audible is the last source for this book.
for those that don't get/comprehend satire....:find another book...?
From the author of Jennifer Government and Company, Comes another satirical masterpiece. This Time his target is Marketing. When Scat comes up a Million dollar Idea for a new type of Coke, he thinks he's on the way to easy street. When his idea is stolen, he teams up with a 6 , a highly intelligent and mysterious woman to come up with the next Million idea. With shots at everything from celebrities to Coke itself. it's a great ride to follow Scat, 6 and their friends, enemies through their ups and downs. The narrator does a good job and the story is classic Max or Maxx Barry it moves at a steady pace and doesn't get tangled up. a good listen or read if you get the chance. also catch his other books if you liked them you like this one. and vice versa.
I know opinions differ, but the other reviews surprised me. I totally enjoyed this and was dissappointed when I found that Audible didn't have any other of Maxx Barry's titles. Very funny, and Scott Brick is a very good narrator. I laughed out loud in many places, and that's not something I normally do.
I'm not sure if I should blame Scott Brick or Max Barry but I didn't finish this book. The main female character is an unrelenting bitch and the main male character is such a doormat doofus I started to hate him for putting up with her.
I think Scott Brick misread the female character. In my opinion she was meant to be coldly calculating but he reads every word she says like she's about to fly into a rage.
Just my opinion. I normally enjoy this author and narrator both.
The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history
I knew I was in trouble from the very beginning of this book, when the main character takes the nickname "Scat" because everyone who wants to succeed in marketing needs a cool name, I thought "Huh?" That's one of the dumbest things I've ever heard, not to mention a dumb moniker. Maybe that's how marketing folks roll in LA but not here in the midwest. All the marketing people I've ever worked with, and I've worked with some great ones, have normal names. If this was satire about the marketing industry, I wasn't getting it. After about 40 minutes of listening, without laughing once, I just decided to move on to the next book in my queue.
Reading Syrup gives a deeper understanding of Max Barry's other remarkable works including my favorite, Jennifer Government. It's too bad Audible misspelled his first name because it breaks the link from Syrup to Machine Man, Lexicon, JG, and Company... all interesting and thought provoking while also just good reads.
Perhaps because advertising is my profession, I may have had more issues with this book than the average reader. Marketing and Advertising are not the same thing. Getting around that for me made the book less appealing.
Maxx Barry typically has a fantastic sense of humor and a biting satirical view of consumerist and technology culture. Syrup had some of that but lacked some of the darker insights from his previous books. This was not Jennifer Government. I wasn't a fan of either of the lead characters and though I think the flimsy love story was a metaphor for "marketing" I still found it pointless to the story. With most of Maxx Barry's work you have to suspend disbelief but in doing so, you kind of want it to go even further out there to make that worthwhile.
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