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Youth in Revolt (Compilation)

Youth in Revolt, Youth in Bondage, and Youth in Exile
Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
Series: Nick Twisp, Book 1-3
Length: 25 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Summary

Nick Twisp started out an honor student and ended up a fugitive. Youth in Revolt is the three-volume journal of Nick Twisp, California's most precocious diarist, whose ongoing struggles to make sense out of high school, deal with his divorced parents, and lose his virginity result in his transformation from an unassuming 14-year-old to a modern youth in open revolt.

As his family splinters, worlds collide, and the police block all routes out of town, Nick must cope with economic deprivation, homelessness, the gulag of the public schools, a competitive Type-A father, murderous canines (in triplicate), and an inconvenient hair trigger on his erectile response, all while vying ardently for the affections of the beauteous Sheeni Saunders, teenage goddess and ultimate intellectual goad. He's smart, he's horny, he's resourceful, and he's on the loose.

©1995 C. D. Payne (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

"An unstintingly hilarious black comedy....has all the earmarks of a classic." ( Los Angeles Times)
"C.D. Payne has penned a take-no-prisoners book, and Paul Michael Garcia is the perfect reader for it....Garcia has a little smirk in his tone that perfectly underscores the actions of young Mr. Twisp." ( AudioFile)

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Great book

Great book, even better and more crazy than the film. Wish audible had more CD Payne on here.

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terrible book good performance

only reason it gets 3 stars is the performance the book is god awful just dont buy this book not worth it

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  • Jeffrey
  • 29-12-09

Untitled

Ignoring the fact that I did not find the book very funny, this recording is also missing large chunks. At the end of chapters words will cut out mid sentence and then in the next chapter events have transpired that you did not hear.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Christopher Berg
  • 05-03-09

The Essence of Male Adolescence

This ably narrated book captures the highs and lows, the fantasies (of perception and imagination), and the mindset of the male adolescent. No matter its temporal or socioeconomic setting, the novel will strike a chord with any man over 21 and any woman with brothers or sons in that difficult age.

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  • MullaHVC
  • 04-02-10

True Story

I loved this true life story of a boy and his path to enlightenment.

Book two is all screwed up there are parts that are in different order and is annoying.

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  • Matt
  • 23-01-10

Great Read

I typically read crime novels or suspense thrillers. This was a nice change of pace to laugh out loud in the car while listening. And I have to disagree about the narrator. I loved his delivery, especially his French accent.

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  • Jennifer
  • 09-07-10

Entertaining audio book with a couple faults...

As other listeners noted, parts 2 and 3 do have a couple problems where sections of the text are not included, creating a disjointed story.

However, I thought the reader did an excellent job (he does sound nerdy for a teen, but the main character is nerdy). It's a fun listen, and priced well, making the faults bearable.

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  • Rickard
  • 17-06-10

twisted story of youth - audio is butchered

Past the butchered editing from the CD recording to the audible file - its a very funny story and the narrator does a good job. Its dark in places, and can be twisted. The character and story feel like 'fear and loathing in las vegas'. But, replace the drugs with sex and replace hunter with a 14 year old boy.

Very funny book - but this audiobook is missing large chunks. I think there were chapters out of order. At one chapter beginning it announced it was CD 9. At the end of many chapters the recording is cut in mid sentence. And the worst part of this, im pretty sure there are multiple chapters missing in the end. Talking to my wife who read the book, there is a lot missing - no closure as to how Nick's life turns out in this audio version.

My advice - if you like dark and twisted tales of a sexed crazed youth, get this book. but, not this version. you will miss a lot due to poor audio editing. It really was butchered when it was formatted for audible from CDs.


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  • Jesse
  • 31-12-09

Great book, terrible narrator

I was enjoying reading the book, but had to make a long drive before I could finish it. So, I downloaded the audiobook. The novel is funny, but the narrator on the audiobook is awful. He sounds like a prep-school diction teacher; everything is pronounced carefully and clearly, but it makes the book loose its character.

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  • chris olson
  • 06-01-20

Voice actor is very choppy and strange

The book is fantastic as I remember from teenagerhood. The voice actor is quite choppy and strange sounding. I was convinced it was a text to speech program with inflections at first. I hope I get used to it as Im only a few chapters in but just had to come warn people.

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  • escoocoo
  • 01-06-19

HYSTERICAL!!

Criminally hormonally crazed, hopelessly heterosexual (well mostly, sort of) teenagers unleashed!

Great writing with fantastic performance by Paul Michael Garcia. I enjoyed this book, but missed a lot of the funny stuff because it was just one hysterical line and situation after another. Hard to catch them all. Something to be listened to many times. I can definitely imagine this being made into a very entertaining movie. About teenagers but, as another reviewer stated, not necessarily FOR teenagers! Lots of (whoa!) racey stuff going on here.

Again, I was so impressed and so thoroughly enjoyed the narrator’s performance! Amazing talent in doing all the many voices, genders, accents, etc. in this very ambitious saga. At over 25 hours, though, this book was rather long and trying to listen to it basically all at once was somewhat of a challenge!

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  • Ozzy
  • 09-07-18

my favorite book

loved it from start to finish didn't want to stop listening. cant wait to read the sequel