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Sellevision: A Novel Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Light and funny, with a bitter aftertaste, the action of Sellevision takes place behind the scenes (and on the set) of a successful television shopping network, where a feminine role model, Peggy Jean Smythe, the married, Christian mother of three, begins receiving suspicious e-mail from a viewer who insists that Peggy's hairy earlobe is obscuring her presentation of jewelry during the broadcast. When Peggy fails to respond to the e-mail, but silently waxes her lobe, the cruel notes escalate, until Peggy believes herself to be suffering from a hormonal crisis that has given her a mustache, a gruff voice, and the manner of a lumberjack. Meanwhile, one of her cohosts, Max Andrews, has been fired for accidentally exposing himself during a children's special, and learns just how undesirable a commodity a penis-baring ex-Sellevision host can be on the job market. The book is an unusually smooth read for a first novel, with six or seven truly inspired lines. --Regina Marler --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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This gleeful satire of America's 24-hour, shop-till-you-drop culture lacks the depth and razor-sharp wit of Burrough's more established works (Running with Scissors, Magical Thinking, etc.), but the audio's colorful characters, brought skillfully to life by Miles, ensure that it's an entertaining ride. Initially, the choice of a female narrator surprises—since the story opens with Sellevision host Max Andrews getting booted from his position after accidentally exposing his penis during a "Toys for Tots" shopping segment. But as the audio meanders through the lives of hosts Peggy Jean Smythe, Trish Mission, Leigh Bushmore and Bebe Friedman, it becomes clear that Miles is well suited to the task. She adopts an appropriately prissy tone for the devout Peggy Jean while at the same time playing up the sleaziness of Peggy's husband, who's on a mission to seduce the nubile teen next door. Miles also does a fine job capturing Bebe's New York twang, mile-a-minute chatter and spontaneous laughter. Although Burroughs's characters often seem as disposable as the RemoteControLotion and Moisture-Whik Panties sold on Sellevision, this audio, like a good soap opera, still manages to hook listeners. A Picador paperback (Reviews, July 31, 2000). (Dec.)
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It was quite shocking and a bit more down and dirty that the recipe book you bought last month from channel 33 featuring some old bat's rice krispies cookie recipe, but it was all in fun. Can you be kind hearted and nasty at the same time? All's well that ends well, as Shakespeare said. The author is a teeny bit (aggressive), and we just have to love him for it.
I know that he, like me, must be a late night shopaholic. I got hooked feeding one of my kids when he was an infant...what is THIS GUY'S EXCUSE?
Anyway, if you love to laugh, and you can handle a bit of bwahhhhaaaaahahaha nastiness...buy this book. It'll be the last thing you buy for the day, I bet. Unless you turn on the tv.
What makes this book memorable are the wonderful, fascinating characters. From the "totally in control" Christian TV host, Peggy Jean, who ends up being stalked and becoming a drug addict and alcoholic, and whose husband leaves her for a 17-year-old girl, to the gay TV host who loses his job and finds his salvation in porn, to the woman who seeks and finds love online...this is a juicy book that is great fun to read.
You'll laugh, you'll cringe, you'll wanna,turn on the home shopping station.
That aside, I thought the book was deliciously good fun. Impossible to put down, the pages flew by. Like reading a script for a modern soap opera, Sellevision is full of humor, tragedy and sex. Incredibly easy to read, I would reccomend this to Burroughs fans, both new and old!