As his family splinters, worlds collide, and the police block all routes out of town, Nick must cope with economic deprivation, homelessness, the gulag of the public schools, a competitive Type-A father, murderous canines (in triplicate), and an inconvenient hair trigger on his erectile response, all while vying ardently for the affections of the beauteous Sheeni Saunders, teenage goddess and ultimate intellectual goad. He's smart, he's horny, he's resourceful, and he's on the loose.
Movie tie-in alert: A film adaptation starring Michael Cera (Juno, Superbad) with Justin Long, Steve Buscemi, and Ray Liotta has been announced for January 8, 2010 by the Weinstein Company.
©1995 C. D. Payne; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"An unstintingly hilarious black comedy....has all the earmarks of a classic." (Los Angeles Times)
"C.D. Payne has penned a take-no-prisoners book, and Paul Michael Garcia is the perfect reader for it....Garcia has a little smirk in his tone that perfectly underscores the actions of young Mr. Twisp." (AudioFile)
I loved this true life story of a boy and his path to enlightenment.
Book two is all screwed up there are parts that are in different order and is annoying.
I typically read crime novels or suspense thrillers. This was a nice change of pace to laugh out loud in the car while listening. And I have to disagree about the narrator. I loved his delivery, especially his French accent.
Ignoring the fact that I did not find the book very funny, this recording is also missing large chunks. At the end of chapters words will cut out mid sentence and then in the next chapter events have transpired that you did not hear.
This ably narrated book captures the highs and lows, the fantasies (of perception and imagination), and the mindset of the male adolescent. No matter its temporal or socioeconomic setting, the novel will strike a chord with any man over 21 and any woman with brothers or sons in that difficult age.
As other listeners noted, parts 2 and 3 do have a couple problems where sections of the text are not included, creating a disjointed story.
However, I thought the reader did an excellent job (he does sound nerdy for a teen, but the main character is nerdy). It's a fun listen, and priced well, making the faults bearable.
Past the butchered editing from the CD recording to the audible file - its a very funny story and the narrator does a good job. Its dark in places, and can be twisted. The character and story feel like 'fear and loathing in las vegas'. But, replace the drugs with sex and replace hunter with a 14 year old boy.
Very funny book - but this audiobook is missing large chunks. I think there were chapters out of order. At one chapter beginning it announced it was CD 9. At the end of many chapters the recording is cut in mid sentence. And the worst part of this, im pretty sure there are multiple chapters missing in the end. Talking to my wife who read the book, there is a lot missing - no closure as to how Nick's life turns out in this audio version.
My advice - if you like dark and twisted tales of a sexed crazed youth, get this book. but, not this version. you will miss a lot due to poor audio editing. It really was butchered when it was formatted for audible from CDs.
I was enjoying reading the book, but had to make a long drive before I could finish it. So, I downloaded the audiobook. The novel is funny, but the narrator on the audiobook is awful. He sounds like a prep-school diction teacher; everything is pronounced carefully and clearly, but it makes the book loose its character.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
I love compilations. Three books for the price of one. Each of the first three books in the Youth in Revolt series is about eight hours long, an average novel length, and here you get all three. Only Book One is even available on Audible, so this is more than just a bargain, it's the only game in town for Youth in Bondage and Youth in Exile.
The last time I listened to a compilation, I really liked the material, but I felt it was too much for one straight listen, I felt the magic gradually wearing off, I felt I would have been better off listening to one book at a time. So that was my plan for Youth in Revolt. But I was enjoying it so much, I kept going -- Book Two wasn't quite as good as the first, but still chuckleworthy, and then the third entry turned out to be the best of them all.
There was a fairly popular movie version starring Michael Cera, so you may already be familiar with the first book, if you've seen it, as I have. Nick Twisp, the teenage diarist played by Cera, falls in love with the smart and gorgeous Sheeni Saunders during a summer trip, and hatches all sorts of crazy schemes to get closer to her, all of which go horribly and often hilariously awry. The highlight is Book Three, Youth in Exile, thanks to the introduction of a brilliantly conceived new character, Carlotta Ulansky.
Looking at other reviews, two things stand out -- you either love or hate this broad raunchy teen comedy, one that is as likely to offend you as it made me laugh on a regular basis. Depends I guess on how this kind of humor appeals to you -- think Porky's and American Pie as comparison points. This is not, by the way, suitable for actual teenagers -- it's too explicit, beyond R-rated.
The other thing is the recording. Yeah, problems, including a short missing section in Exile. As there is no real plot, it was of no consequence, just momentarily confusing. You think Audible would have corrected this issue by now. The narration, on the other hand, is quite alright -- if you like the material. If you don't find this funny, you're likely to hate the narration as well. Not the narrator's fault -- strictly a function of whether you love it or hate it.
Could have been complete.
Anger, sadness, disappointment that it was not complete.
Would be interesting to hear how it all ends.
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