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Thank You for Smoking

Narrated by: John Glover
Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Comedy, Other
3.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Summary

Nick Naylor, chief spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies is the hero of Christopher Buckley's wickedly funny Thank You for Smoking. Nick likes his job. In the neo-puritanical nineties, it's a challenge to defend the rights of smokers and a privilege to promote their liberty. Sure, it hurts a little when you're compared to Nazi war criminals, but Nick's just doing what it takes to pay the mortgage and put his son through Washington's elite private school St. Euthanasius.

Nick can handle the pressure from the anti-smoking zealots, but he's less certain about his new boss, who questions whether Nick is worth $150,000 a year to fight a losing war. Nick seeks inspiration and solace from 2 sympathetic souls who work for the firearms and alcohol lobbies. They call themselves the Merchants of Death, and together, they bemoan their plight and argue over which of them has the most deadly job.

Under pressure to produce results, Nick goes on a PR offensive, turning appearances on Oprah and Larry King Live into national events. But Nick's heightened notoriety makes him a nice target for someone who wants to prove just how hazardous smoking can be. If Nick isn't careful, he'll be stubbed out.

Don't miss Christopher Buckley, Steve Martin, and other humorists discussing their craft at the New Yorker Festival.
©1995 Christopher Buckley (P)1995 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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Sometimes I would struggle to understand where the book was going. But I enjoyed it more and more as I listened to it.

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  • A. L. DeWitt
  • 13-01-03

Verbal Judo

Nick Naylor is the bad guy that's in all of us. He gets to be bad for fun and profit. In fact, he gets paid for lying, and job that many of us would probably really enjoy. This was a shorter book than I would have liked; I wanted it to go on I was having such a good time. The dialog was crisp and clearly written and the plot was well done, although the major plot twist I saw coming. Even though I saw it coming, it didn't lessen my enjoyment of the book in any way.
I recommend Thank You For Smoking!

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  • Katerina
  • 24-10-04

Brilliant

This book is a much better listen than Buckley's Little Green Men. In addition to being educational (lots of smoking facts are presented) it is deliciously evil. It's always fun to play the bad guy and this book does just that. Highly recommended.

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  • Marsha L. Woerner
  • 04-07-11

A novel, bu??? good feeling

Too bad it was abridged; I liked the character development and I liked that he got us to like the main character, even though he was despicable. The abridgment made it feel like it was missing something.

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  • Kelly Howard
  • 07-11-13

Meh.

I didn't find any extremes in this book...nothing awful, nothing great. The performance came closest to awful, but wasn't quite that bad, just not very good. I don't like Glover's voice, don't think his characterizations are particularly good, am not terribly impressed with his pacing and emphasis.

Since I'm not thrilled with the reader, it's hard to say whether the book would've seemed better with a better reader. I definitely did not pick up much i the way of humor, and definitely didn't find it "wickedly funny." It's not that I lack a sense of humor or don't like dark, sarcastic, or satirical humor --I particularly love all 3. I just didn't think they existed much in this book. The MoD sounded like a number of the people I've worked with...the worst ones, who spend all their time griping & sniping, pithing & moaning, just being generally annoying. I've been forced to spend too much time around people like that in life, I certainly don't find listening to them to be entertainment.

This one's a "SIBI" --Sorry I Bought It.

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  • Todd M.
  • 05-05-19

unexpectedly different

it is common knowledge that most of the time a book is much more gratifying to experience than its movie counterpart. Although in this instance, the book and the movie are more like kindered spirits, intertwined in spirit but the morals, events, and overall feel of the story are largely separate in each instance of the story.

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  • Gabriel Torreblanca
  • 02-12-18

Well done!!!

The narrator performed exceptionally, I'm looking forward to the next play through of this novel. Entertaining barely encompasses this bauble!

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  • sophia
  • 19-05-17

Outstanding!

What did you like best about this story?

You're never sure of how you feel about Nick - Is he a decent guy? If he were, why would he make a living off of lying? Is he smart? If he were, why would he fall for ten traps set in plain sight?

If you could rename Thank You for Smoking, what would you call it?

"You Would Never Have Expected A Lobbyist To Be This Funny".

Any additional comments?

Could have done without the musical introductions to new chapters. They did a nice job of reinstating the tone of the chapter, but they almost drowned out the narrator's voice.

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  • Collin Pyle
  • 07-04-16

Condensed Version

Great voice and reading.

Condensed Version of actual book. It skips over many scenes and in few cases over chapters.