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.
Could have been complete.
Anger, sadness, disappointment that it was not complete.
Would be interesting to hear how it all ends.
I loved the wit of the Nick. The author did a great job of helping me look into the mind of a teenage boy or what I imagined it to be like. I laughed out loud so many times while listening.
Yes, although that would be hard to do.
The book is supposed to be about the awkward transition of a straight adolescent and yet the book is read as though it is a stage play of La Cage aux Folles. It completely changes the subtext of the novel. The narrator gushes virtually every last word of every last sentence. I am sure that for certain books with very flamboyant lead characters, this narrator would be perfect. Unfortunately, this narrator ruins the book.
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