Two childhood friends from Scotland and two illegitimate half-brothers from the deep South suffer and enjoy all manner of bizarre adventures that, it turns out, are somehow interconnected and, even more surprisingly, meaningful.
The eclectic cast of characters features Socrates, Carl Jung, and Tony Randall, along with an ex-television evangelist with a penchant for booze, prostitutes, and uncomfortable knitwear who gets mugged in Miami by an almost pure-blooded Watusi warrior - and sets off on a road trip in a stolen motor home.
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"Hillarious and thought-provoking"
It's not very often than I laugh out loud when enjoying a book, but this one did it for me several times. If you are easily offended by language or sexual themes, then this might not be for you. It's what you would expect from a late-night comedian. Ferguson takes aim at several deserving targets, including Hollywood and televangelists. No race, religion, or nationality is safe. While having a good time with us, the author asks serious questions about life and death, religion, sexuality, marital fidelity, and human gullibility.
Unlike some authors that have read their own work, Ferguson does an outstanding job. This is as you would expect, since his is an entertainer. Some books make better audiobooks than others. This work jumps from protagonist to protagonist and location to location without immediately obvious ties. You have to follow closely and remember the characters from earlier scenes. I wouldn't listen to this one when distracted, or you might get lost.
I didn't see the tremendous depth that some reviewers claim to find, but I had a really good time.
"Crass, hilarious, and surprisingly touching"
It ranks near the top. When I finished it I 1) told everyone I knew to get it on audio, and 2) wanted to listen to it again. I was that impressed by the story and narration.
"Fool," by Christopher Moore. "Fool" is another almost shockingly crass story with heart. In my opinion for lewd humor to work it needs a touch of nuance, something that many humorist of that type lack. Moore and Ferguson, however, have the ability to shock you one moment and make you tear up the next. It's a tough thing to do using language that'll make a sailor blush.
His delightful Scottish brogue and his passion and enthusiasm for the characters he created. Ferguson is a terrific storyteller and his narration is full of life and energy. It would be a very good book to read, but it is a great book to listen to.
"Moments of brilliance, but mostly a mess"
I love Craig Ferguson and will still watch his show, but this book should never have been published. It needs a very good editor and at least another year of hard work. The beginning is the best -- there are many moments of insight and laugh-out-loud comments. Unfortunately, the storyline lacks direction, is hard to follow, and therefore becomes boring. Also, the crass language and focus may be acceptable to many, but they are not funny either, and do not add much to the story. It is hard to write a comic novel; Ferguson's characters need more depth so that the story is not just a list of humorous events. Ferguson is definitely a story-teller, but possibly taking on a novel was too much.
"No cohesive story line!"
There was no cohesive story line between the characters-after their teens they never meet and rarely think of each other-no impact on each other's lives. I love Craig Ferguson as a narrator and there are definitely funny bits, but the funny bits rarely have any (ANY) impact on the overarching story line (probably because it doesn't exist).
"Awesome, funny poignant story told magnificently"
Wow- this had me laughing out loud so many times, yet the story is so poignant and compelling. Truly amazing and awesome and SMART work both in the story and the storytelling. The author does a fantastic job in narrating his wonderful story. He is very entertaining in making his point, yet he keeps his point simple and makes his point incredibly well while making you laugh. Brilliant work.
"could not get into the story, quit listening"
not sure, maybe i didn't give it adequate time but it seemed dark and I wasn't in that kind of mood. I wanted something light and funny
sadness and I was disappointed because i really enjoy Craig F's show and especially when he led the Boston Pops on a PBS special...I lke his sense of humor but that was missing
would like to turn in this book
"Not what I expected but very entertaining"
This story had many interweaving characters and a lot going on. It was not what I expected but it was fabulously entertaining and a great story (when you read it you'll get the reference). I drive 40 min each way for work and always looked forward to listening to the next chapters. The story is most definitely enhanced by author narration. He gave the characters life and depth by giving them their own voices. I loved it!
"Love the voice work"
A very British kind of story. Funny poignant. Not real sure about the ending. Liked the time spent though.
"Classic Ferguson - at his best"
Definitely, whenever I need a good laugh. I don't think the print version would be half as funny.
Can't - it's incomparable.
The female ex-staffers who make sexual allegations against the televangelist. Great female hysteric voices.
CAUTION! Do not drink any beverage while listening to this book.
I've read other reviews, a couple negative. If you expect a linear narrative, coming-of-age (pun intended) novel you will be disappointed. This is a greatly extended standup routine that is genuinely laugh-out-loud funny, crass an irreverent. For instance, the short, pithy explanation of the Catholic/Protestant scism is right on.
"Better in Craig's voice "
Hearing this book read by the author enhanced the experience. I was transported into the world of the story and into the mind of Mr Ferguson. After waiting several years for the audiobook version, I was very satisfied with the result.
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