Carsick

  • by John Waters
  • Narrated by John Waters
  • 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A cross-country hitchhiking journey with America’s most beloved weirdo.
John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I’m Not Psycho", he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash?
Before he leaves for this bizarre adventure, Waters fantasizes about the best and worst possible scenarios: A friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked, a demolition-derby driver makes a filthy sexual request in the middle of a race, a gun-toting drunk terrorizes and holds him hostage, and a Kansas vice squad entraps and throws him in jail. So what really happens when this cult legend sticks out his thumb and faces the open road? His real-life rides include a gentle 81-year-old farmer who is convinced Waters is a hobo, an indie band on tour, and the perverse filmmaker’s unexpected hero: A young, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette.
Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion - and a celebration of America’s weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.

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Customer Reviews

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another great piece of filth from john waters!

Would you consider the audio edition of Carsick to be better than the print version?

have not read the print version, but john waters DOES narrate!


What other book might you compare Carsick to and why?

role models. it is also read by john waters.


Which character – as performed by John Waters – was your favorite?

john waters as himself


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

the book, of course, made me laugh out loud several times, and like john waters other books, really lifts my spirit


Any additional comments?

loved it! this is a must for any dreamland fan!! i felt like i was on the road with right next to john the whole time! i hope mr. waters is working on his next idea for his next book! can't wait!

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- randy

New and vintage - a romp with John Waters

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. More especially if the friend is as familiar with John Waters as I am . I do not think you have to be a John Waters fan to enjoy this book, but it does add to the narrative if you are familiar with the references.


What did you like best about this story?

The juxtaposition of real, good and bad trips. It goes without saying that the dark humor was stellar.


What does John Waters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Having heard Mr. Waters before, it was almost cozy-felling to have him read his own tale. He is a good reader.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

At one point, I was lying in bed while listening to this book and began to laugh out loud. Loudly. It cracked me up as well as making me sad for the sorry state of this country.


Any additional comments?

I don't like the notion of a book being a summer or beach read, but if pressed -- then this one would fit that bill. Hilarious.

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- Toby

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-03-2014
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio