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Publisher's Summary

When Ryan O'Connell went to stay for a week at the glamorous Chateau Marmont hotel last summer, he didn't quite know what to expect. Would he become instant BFF's with Lindsay Lohan and do lines of coke off of John Belushi's ghost? Would he have vacuous sex in the hotel elevator with Benicio Del Toro, just like Scarlett Johansson once did during an Oscars after-party? Or would he just be really, really bored like Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning were in the movie, Somewhere?

The answer, it turned out, was none of the above. After spending seven days running around the hotel looking for drugs, sex, and expensive salads, Ryan realized just how bizarre the Chateau Marmont actually was. And after capturing what he saw there, he can pretty much guarantee that he'll never be allowed back in again. Chic.

©2013 Ryan O'Connell (P)2013 Audible Inc.

What listeners say about Sex, Drugs, and $25 Salads

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Not what you expect

It was a quick listen and I enjoyed the narrator but the story was overall boring. Not what you would expect from the title or the description.

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it's eh.

limitedly interesting. I was slightly entertained for 90 min...better than watching the news of Covid.

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Not worth the paper it's printed on.

What would have made Sex, Drugs, and $25 Salads better?

A story would have been a good start.

Has Sex, Drugs, and $25 Salads turned you off from other books in this genre?

Genre? Is there a genre of whiny personal journal highlighting the writer's expectations and personal shortcomings?

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Pat Young?

I feel sorry for the narrator. The author was probably too embarrassed to read his own work for the audio.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom. You can her more entertaining stories listening to other's conversations at a Starbucks.

Any additional comments?

Save your money. If you must know what the Chateau is like, go and see for yourself. Or do something else you love. Live the life, don't listen to the book.

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Interesting

Author is to the point with sharing his experience. The narrator has the right tone.

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Whining story about nothing but whining.

Summary- Man who doesn't pay for a room at the Chateau complains that he isn't treated like royalty. He complains that, even though he did not make reservations, the hotel wouldn't seat him for dinner.....and he's just a poor working boy who once slept in a closet, so he whines and belittles the hostess (who is probably only making slightly above minimum wage). Side note - Maybe if he tipped and was gracious he would have been treated better, but remember, this room was paid for by his presumed sugar daddy and the authors credit card had already been denied at the front desk- not a suitable customer for any business. He then complains his masseuse, who made it clear he was straight wouldn't give the author a handjob.... more whining. Blah blah blah.... No one will sell him drugs, more whining. THE END
Hey I got this Audible off the free list so I listened to it while cleaning the house still could barely get through the entire thing.

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Bitter narration

Hard to get past the angry narrator right from the start. But once he got rejected by Raphael the masseuse, I knew this was not the book for me.

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great read

very intresting and lots of details. i felt every word. very short though. highly recommend.

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Annoying

Since it is only 54 minutes- try your luck and see for yourself-Chateau Marmont is legendary

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I’m dumber for listening to this...

This was in my queue, still not sure why I finished this or what the point was. Story of a guy who complains a lot chasing something interesting in a hotel. He never finds it. Yawn. This story sucks.

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Made an hour long a walk feel like two...

I am just getting into Audible and wanted some shorter works to walk to. The story is rather boring and mostly just the author being whiney. The narration missed on this one. It was easy to get thrown off by the yelp reviews, which were far more interesting than the author's tale, because of the narrator's tone and cadence. On the bright side I now know about a place I've never heard of and can confirm that I have no desire to visit