By turns tender and terrifying, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff captures America on the verge of political upheaval in 2016 and introduces us to a man who just might be able to save us from the oncoming horror. Yes, Bob Honey - carnival carny, sewage specialist, and government operative, among other occupations - has spent years in preparation, crisscrossing the world in the employ of a mysterious government program that pays in small bills. He stopped in New Orleans to help Katrina victims; traveled to Baghdad, Beirut, South Sudan, and elsewhere on sewage emergencies; and submerged himself in the Pacific Ocean in search of sea life - all while living out of a quiet house on a residential street in Woodview, California, where he sometimes disturbs the neighbors with the sound of his lawn mower.
Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff marks the debut of a dazzling literary talent. With comic bravado and an urgent agenda, Pappy Pariah has created a haunting, hilarious vision of an American middle-aged man with a mission - a loner struggling to find truth amid the chaos of a political campaign that threatens to destroy the values of the country he loves.
Bringing Pariah's revelatory prose to life is actor, director, and filmmaker Sean Penn (Mystic River, Milk, Dead Man Walking), whose knack for choosing nuanced roles and delivering emotionally rich character studies finds an apt bedfellow in Bob Honey. Penn's distinct voice - here, an expertly crafted tightrope walk between oddball jocularity and grave prophecy - perfectly captures the caustic truth telling of Pariah's message. With brazen and unabashed affection for Pariah's hero, Penn takes the story of Bob Honey to dizzying new heights.
About the author: Pappy Pariah was disputably born in Summerton Feathers, Iowa, in the year of our Lord 1960. He has written voluminous travelogues and articles under a pseudonym for many mainstream American press outlets. At the age of 13, his appendix exploded while he was playing flag football, and it was during treatment for extreme peritonitis that he was first driven to put pen to paper. This is his first work of fiction.
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"Not since Vonnegut have I had this feeling, but after reading this brief, almost literally up-to-the-minute fever dream of a novel I found myself haunted, almost hounded, into reading it again. Or maybe I'm just seeing Donald Trump everywhere these days. Also, I love gorgeous sentences, and this has many of those." (Bill Maher)
"...I assume it's an allegory...not sure of WHAT!" (Jon Stewart)
"Bob Honey is the absurd embodiment of the high-octane American entrepreneur turned global menace. Everything he does in the name of personal success is wrong minded. He is brethren to Terry Southern's Guy Grand and William S. Burroughs' Dr. Benway. Honey is a full-bore gladiator for profit whose eyes tell lies and he doesn't care." (Douglas Brinkley, author, professor of history, Rice University)
"I met Pappy Pariah on a dirt airfield outside Aleppo in 2012. He claimed he operated a fixed-wing shuttle outfit in Istanbul and that he'd taken a wrong turn. From what I've seen, he should not only be restricted from piloting his own aircraft, but added to several nations' NO-FLY lists. He's been everything he shouldn't have been. Some say he's the Zelig-like barstool philosopher for this f---ed up age. If so, the prognosis is dire." (Michael Weiss, author, ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror)
"Stunning poetic runs, crazy and chaotic. It's a Clockwork Orange world on Adderall. When I finished it, I immediately hugged my dog." (Art Linson, film producer, author, What Just Happened)
I tried to enjoy this. The language is clever and in places that's almost enough to keep you interested, but after an hour and a half I just couldn't carry on.
The story is somewhere between boring and unpleasant and the protagonist is deeply unlikable. If you've read Lolita, it's like the uncomfortable aspects of that, without its more-than redeeming charisma and lyrical text.
Sean Penn reads it well, but the other voices are odd and irritating. When the repeated fourth wall breaks started I had to abandon it.
A social butterfly in the LGBT community of London. Always seeking culture and fitness. Listening to books is just so much easier!
The phone calls to the police. Especially one of them made me think; "Oh! That just happened!"
When you get listening to this audiobook, you can tell that time are care had been put in place to find good voice actors. I thoroughly enjoyed the variety; even if they were stereotypical, but that's what makes it clear of different characters and their backgrounds/upbringings.
I could. It is also a book that I would listen to again because some of the vocabulary is not what I'm used to. Some of it American slang, and some of it army slang. I loved the idea of an "on board" narrator who defined some words that you might not know. It does help me not having to google it, or even missing out the meaning altogether.
The story is a wild tale. It's not necessarily believable but you end up feeling sad but frightened of the protagonist. I liked his journey, I liked how he thought and I liked the representation of his mind. The audiobook can be quite poetic at points and at other times strict and army-like. This may throw some people off with it's non-linear storyline but I loved it.
Hello I started with audio books to make long journeys more enjoyable.
Strangely intriguing, intermittently interminable.
The 'reclusive' author suggests a publicity stunr to me, especially as the main character names himself Pappy Pariah.
Just don't ask me what it means.
Pretentious Incoherence: The difficult to understand, babbling, affected writing style of an author attempting but failing to seem profound.
"I don't get it...I just don't get it..."
Rarely do I rate a book lower than three stars. Normally, there is some redeeming quality about the book that makes an author's work tolerable. However, this book is just terrible, well written mess. There are those who will celebrate this as the pinnacle of 21st century literature, I'm sure. When they do, I hope they include Cliff Notes so I can finally understand this garbled literary mess.
"confusing pointless inappropriate drivel"
I would say you get what you pay for but since I wasted time listening I'd say it cost me more than nothing.
"WTF did I just listen to?" This was my first thought after hearing "the end" come over the speakers. Three days later, I still don't know.
"Sean penns fever dream"
This book is very disjointed and if you are looking for a clear plot it's not here. Some of the writing had moments of brilliance but never really comes together. Of course maybe I just don't get it which is possible. the upside is it's well produced and Sean penn does a good job of narration; bob honeys voice is a little weird but I believe that is intended. Also it's free and relatively short so my recommendation would be give it a listen; if you hate it in the first 15 mins don't feel bad about abandoning it because it's not going to get better for you; however if your on the fence just plow through it some people seemed to throughly enjoy the ride.
"Good thing it was free."
the only problem with it being free is that I am unable to delete it from my library. This seems like the author went through a dictionary and made a long list of obscure vocabulary terms, military and slang acronyms and decided to come up with a narration, mostly put in rhyme, that will allow him to use all of the new terms and acronyms. Some kudos to the author for trying to do something unique and unusual in literature , but really a failure and not worth listening to. The Saving Grace was Sean Penn's narration, absolutely fabulous.
The narration, performance and production quality were excellent.
I'm not sure what the point was.
"Do What Kind of Stuff?"
Sean Penn was so enthusiastic about this new novella on Real Time, I would've payed for it. He promised it would be relevant to our current political climate, so I made sure to listen to it right away, with the campaign still going strong. I figured Penn's political bent would align with my own, and it did.
None of that was a problem. Neither was the mildly humorous stream of consciousness narrative. Bottom line, it just didn't make any sense -- it didn't have to make sense, but it didn't even make sense as a satire that didn't have to make sense, if you follow my meaning. It was supposed to be relevant, not inscrutable.
The relevance factor that was such a draw was reduced to random pronouncements about the campaign, particularly the controversial side of the campaign, plus other current issues. But even those made little sense -- words kill more people than guns? Really? That's not going to move me in any direction except for dismissing you as a purveyor of clap-trap.
I don't know who Pappy Pariah really is, but he should thank his lucky stars Sean Penn found him. Actually, a lot of reviewers really like this, so put it in the love it or hate it category, and put me someplace in between, leaning toward dislike -- disappointed, dismayed, and confused. OK, bring on the unhelpful votes, which have piled up rapidly for every negative review (show some subtlety, it's too easy to see through this tactic).
"well it was free"
Even with famous narrators, the story is just weird. I deleted it after listening to about a third of the story.
"what was going on?"
The audio reading quality was great. No complaints on the audible position.
The story itself was a mess. It was confusing and hard to follow. There were some political jabs near the end I could make out, but overall I could not understand a darn thing that was happening.
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