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Worst. Person. Ever. | [Douglas Coupland]

Worst. Person. Ever.

A razor-sharp portrait of a morally bankrupt and gleefully wicked modern man, Worst. Person. Ever. is Douglas Coupland's gloriously filthy, side-splittingly funny and unforgettable novel. Meet Raymond Gunt. A decent chap who tries to do the right thing. Or, to put it another way, the worst person ever: a foul-mouthed, misanthropic cameraman, trailing creditors, ex-wives and unhappy homeless people in his wake. Men dislike him, women flee from him.
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A razor-sharp portrait of a morally bankrupt and gleefully wicked modern man, Worst. Person. Ever. is Douglas Coupland's gloriously filthy, side-splittingly funny and unforgettable novel.

Meet Raymond Gunt. A decent chap who tries to do the right thing. Or, to put it another way, the worst person ever: a foul-mouthed, misanthropic cameraman, trailing creditors, ex-wives and unhappy homeless people in his wake. Men dislike him, women flee from him. Worst. Person. Ever. is a deeply unworthy book about a dreadful human being with absolutely no redeeming social value. Gunt, in the words of the author, "is a living, walking, talking, hot steaming pile of pure id."

He's a B-unit cameraman who enters an amusing downward failure spiral that takes him from London to Los Angeles and then on to an obscure island in the Pacific where a major American TV network is shooting a Survivor-style reality show. Along the way, Gunt suffers multiple comas and unjust imprisonment, is forced to re-enact the ‘Angry Dance’ from the movie Billy Elliot and finds himself at the centre of a nuclear war. We also meet Raymond's upwardly failing sidekick, Neal, as well as Raymond's ex-wife, Fiona, herself ‘an atomic bomb of pain’. Even though he really puts the ‘anti’ in anti-hero, you may find Raymond Gunt an oddly likeable character.

©2013 Douglas Coupland (P)2013 Random House AudioGo

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    B Hughes 10-05-14
    B Hughes 10-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not great"

    I have read and enjoyed several of Coupland's books before, but couldn't get on with this at all. Can't say if it was the narration, the plot or the characters but probably a combination of all three. As an English listener there are a number of popular culture references that don't ring true. I got through it, but I wouldn't recommend it.

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    Needles St Peters, Australia 10-23-13
    Needles St Peters, Australia 10-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas for the 21st century"
    Would you listen to Worst. Person. Ever. again? Why?

    I very rarely re-read books so no, I wouldn't listen again however that's not to diminish from this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Absurd. Relentless. Dark. Scatological. Hilarious. Surreal in the best possible way


    What does Julian Rhind-Tutt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I do feel that this novel and the narration (or acting really as he lends superb characterisation to all the voices) are a marriage made in heaven.


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

    Absolutely laugh-out-loud funny. Occasionally I had to pause so I could recover from a fit of giggles.


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  • Ben
    Chesham, Bucks, United Kingdom
    12/20/13
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    "Surreal light comedy from a landmark authour"
    What made the experience of listening to Worst. Person. Ever. the most enjoyable?

    I recently listened to the Cuckoo Calling which is a car crash of an audiobook. The worst thing about it was Robert Glenister's accents. At one point I played a segment to my partner to see if they could guess the accent (it was West Indian, she guessed Irish, I was a good guess). That book was awarded the Audible book of the year! Julian Rhind-Tutt put Glenister's feeble effort to shame. His scope of characterization and accents gives much more emotional weight to what is effectively a fairly slight book. And I can't imagine the humor coming off the page so well as it does through his masterful narration. The man is a pro and I look forward to listening to more of his work. I also recommend his reading of Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton.


    If you’ve listened to books by Douglas Coupland before, how does this one compare?

    I've adored Coupland's work for years but even I have to admit that since Girl Friend in a Coma he has mostly suffered from Star Trek movie syndrome (i.e. every other novel is a dud). Previous novel Player One was really good, so I came to this one with low expectations. I was very surprised to find him writing an out and out comedy, but by the time a atomic bomb is dropped we are in very Coupland territory, albeit from a more comic perspective than usual.
    Whilst this is definitely not among his best work I found it had it's own charm and really enjoyed the characters. The premise of writing a book from the point of view of the most selfish character imaginable works surprisingly well here. But most of his pop culture targets this time around are just too easy ti be interesting (mostly Reality TV).


    Which character – as performed by Julian Rhind-Tutt – was your favourite?

    Fiona, the bizarre, manipulative genius ex wife of the narrator. She has most of the best lines and develops from a seeming two dimensional stereo type into an unpredictable force of sheer will power who drives the story forwards.


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

    I laughed out loud 3 or 4 times. It's more silly than funny but hearing the delusional self congratulatory thoughts of a truly dreadful individual turned out to be a lot of fun.


    Any additional comments?

    Brits will struggle not to cringe at some of the bad cultural research. We say "round the block" not "a few blocks from here", "carton" and never "juice box" etc. The publisher should be embarrassed at the number of deeply un British mistakes. It's just not cricket!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lily
    Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
    10/20/13
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    "This book should definitely be made into a film"
    What made the experience of listening to Worst. Person. Ever. the most enjoyable?

    I think this book would make an incredibly funny film. The characters and situations are so far fetched yet well written - I hated having to stop listening to it and couldn't wait to get back to listening to it


    What did you like best about this story?

    The rise of Neil - from the beginning with "Don't you want me baby" was hilarious


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The rise of the anti-hero


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Susana Silvestre
    Portugal
    1/16/14
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    "Best.Book.Ever."
    What made the experience of listening to Worst. Person. Ever. the most enjoyable?

    the story itself, and the wonderful reader!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ray offcourse, and also Neil


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I can't choose


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    it's a wonderful life


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Cork, Ireland
    12/4/13
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    "A Guilty Pleasure"

    This book came as a bit of a surprise to me. I had previously read and enjoyed books by Douglas Coupland (Microserfs and jPod) which essentially deal with the insanities of life working in IT companies. They were slightly surreal, funny and very much trying to capture the zeitgeist. This book feels like he decided to have fun. The main character is as bad as the title suggests and provides a vehicle for Coupland to be as foul-mouthed and steadfastly politically incorrect as he wants. As such, it is not for anyone easily offended. You could imagine the Farrelly brothers making a movie of it. There are some brilliant laugh out loud conversational riffs between the main character and his brother which are worth the price of purchase alone. This is one of those books which is enhanced in the audio format by great narration by Julian Rhind-Tutt. I would definitely seek out other books narrated by him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dr V
    West of England
    7/9/14
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    "Audio equivalent of a "page turner""
    Would you listen to Worst. Person. Ever. again? Why?

    Life's too busy to listen again but this book was so compelling that I bought the hardback even before I had finished.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Where to start? Julian Rhind-Tutt did a fabulous job with a car-crash of a story ... you don't want to listen but you cannot help yourself. Douglas Coupland struck gold again but how did he get the English tone so right? As ever the diversions into fact and fiction make for a really enjoyable read.


    Have you listened to any of Julian Rhind-Tutt’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I'm not sure. On the other hand his performance was striking enough for me to take note.


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

    Laugh, jaw ajar.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Evans
    London, England
    6/10/14
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    "Whatever Happened To Douglas Coupland?"
    What would have made Worst. Person. Ever. better?

    My fella and I listened to this on our commute. Maybe it's because we've grown out of him, but both of us found this utterly awful. I've read a lot of Coupland's books - Girlfriend In A Coma and Eleanor Rigby, I loved, and I get the whole 'Voice of a generation' thing, but what happens when that generation grows up? We found this juvenile more than anything. Far fetched, ridiculous and lazy. Only Neil was a character you wanted to know a little more about but he wasn't really given any wings. Just a terrible book.


    What will your next listen be?

    Next listen was Malcolm Gladwell - David & Goliath


    What three words best describe Julian Rhind-Tutt’s performance?

    OK. Terrible story.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    I miss you Douglas Coupland.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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