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  • Scary Monsters and Super Freaks

  • By: Mike Sager
  • Narrated by: George Orlando
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Mike Sager is to drugs, porn, and crimes of desperate delusion what Dominic Dunne is to the society murder. In addition to his long-classic Rolling Stone story "The Devil and John Holmes" (which helped inspire the Val Kilmer film Wonderland) and his groundbreaking GQ piece about murdered Irish investigative reporter Veronica Guerin (also the subject of a major film starring Cate Blanchett), Scary Monsters and Super Freaks is a wonderful rogue's gallery of up-close pieces about the most public failures of the American dream.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • George Orlando needs to invest in a dictionary!!

  • By Stantana Jones on 07-16-13


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Reviewed: 02-05-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Get a narrator that has:
a.) at least a passing familiarity of the subject matter;
b.) the slightest command of vocabulary and pronunciation;
c.) the names of the protagonists/characters in the pieces.

What other book might you compare Scary Monsters and Super Freaks to and why?

Any similarly pulpy, pop-culture journalistic anthologies; literary junk food.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Orlando?

Anyone who can properly read the language.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not at a theater, but definitely on cable - maybe even PPV.

Any additional comments?

It is amazing to me - unbelievable, actually - that this recording was even made public. I know everyone makes mistakes sometimes, but this was ridiculous. It was odd at first, then funny, then it just became infuriating. I can't listen to this for more than a chapter or my head will explode. I believe audiobooks usually have Director that helps guide the performance - no evidence of that here. At the very least, I would expect that the publisher has someone perform some type of Editor function and at least listen to the thing before it hits the shelves - nope. I don't know George Orlando and I don't want to pick on him - he actually has a very good voice - but come on, dude! This was nuts.