- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 5 hours and 40 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Phoenix Books
- Audible.com Release Date: August 20, 2009
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002MB0IAM
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Who's Killing The Great Writers of America: A Satire Audiobook – Unabridged
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If there's humor in this book, it escaped me. Prolonged descriptions of diarrhea don't make me laugh, especially when they are inflicted on the likenesses of well-known authors, who are presented as grotesques and lampooned with pitiless adolescent glee.
If I'm a spoilsport for not thinking public humiliations of living human beings are a laugh riot, so be it. If you happen to be one of the increasingly few people who agree that mean spirited ridicule isn't funny, consider yourself warned to avoid this book.
WELL I WAS WRONG! (hanging my head in shame). I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes. It pokes satirical fun at the mystery genre and its authors as the world in general.
Who knew Kaplow's unabridged text was so funny? I KNOW NOW! Kaplow work hear can be compared to Weird Al of modern day mystery genre. Whereas Al points out the world in his parodies. So does Kaplow and the interesting thing about it, you love the gossip tone of this novel. The text seems like Entertainment Tonight with a laugh track for the lit set.
And you owe the wonderful audio experience to craftsmanship and vocal talents of Arte Johnson. Yes, this is the same Arte Johnson from Laugh-in Fame. As a narrator, He can do narrative magic with his voice that you assume there are a cast of thousands in the booth. If you dont laugh at his narration antics, have your doctor check to see if your funny bone is still working.
There is every style of comedy employed in the project....and if a slip on a banana peel or a slapstick gag could be done on audio, i bet it would be thrown into this production
To try to explain this multi dirrectional plot is a waste of your time, because you need to expierence this outragous farce first hand without any help. It is a five star winner!
All I will say is clear your schedules, once you start this humor fest, you wont want to stop listening until the end of the last CD.
Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
I"m sorry for those who didn't love it and probably didn't even "get" most of it. You almost have to be an English Major or at least have taken some literature and creative writing courses, and you'd have to be familar with all the genres referenced as well as the dozens and dozens of famous novels and writers mentioned to get the jokes. Kaplow's choices of "characters" had to fit the story line exactly for it all to work. Stephen King, the undisputed master of horror, is the perfect protagonist. I won't go further, and be a spoiler, but the irony of the last several chapters is delicious. And there really is a mystery.
I got a little tired of the "f" word and the outrageously kinky sex both real and imagined, but must admit the sex (and yes, Sue Grafton's excessive diarrhea) was all there for a reason. The poignant ending celebrating true, unkinky love was all the more so when juxtaposed against the yucky stuff. I suspect there is a special "satire appreciation" gene, and some of us have it and some of us don't. But it's not a big deal. By the way, I'm 76. The older I get, the funnier we humans seem. I'm going to read this book again and again, and give it to carefully selected friends.
about this book. I've read some Grafton and Clancy, but not King, Steel,
or Sittenfeld. There were some laughs, even in the chapters about authors
I've not read, and a few more in the chapters about authors I have read.
The writing was good enough that I finished the book, but not good enough
for me to read a phrase or a paragraph and think, "Wow, I wish I'd written
Notice the distribution of the ratings. Most readers loved the book, or
hated it. That is the kind of distribution usually reserved for partisan
political works. A substantial portion of the book seems to be about the
authors as celebrities rather than about their work. Those that have read
more of the works of the authors being parodied and have followed them in
gossip publications will probably enjoy the book more than I did.