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It's not very often than I laugh out loud when enjoying a book, but this one did it for me several times. If you are easily offended by language or sexual themes, then this might not be for you. It's what you would expect from a late-night comedian. Ferguson takes aim at several deserving targets, including Hollywood and televangelists. No race, religion, or nationality is safe. While having a good time with us, the author asks serious questions about life and death, religion, sexuality, marital fidelity, and human gullibility.
Unlike some authors that have read their own work, Ferguson does an outstanding job. This is as you would expect, since his is an entertainer. Some books make better audiobooks than others. This work jumps from protagonist to protagonist and location to location without immediately obvious ties. You have to follow closely and remember the characters from earlier scenes. I wouldn't listen to this one when distracted, or you might get lost.
I didn't see the tremendous depth that some reviewers claim to find, but I had a really good time.
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Where does Between the Bridge and the River rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It ranks near the top. When I finished it I 1) told everyone I knew to get it on audio, and 2) wanted to listen to it again. I was that impressed by the story and narration.
What other book might you compare Between the Bridge and the River to and why?
"Fool," by Christopher Moore. "Fool" is another almost shockingly crass story with heart. In my opinion for lewd humor to work it needs a touch of nuance, something that many humorist of that type lack. Moore and Ferguson, however, have the ability to shock you one moment and make you tear up the next. It's a tough thing to do using language that'll make a sailor blush.
What does Craig Ferguson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
His delightful Scottish brogue and his passion and enthusiasm for the characters he created. Ferguson is a terrific storyteller and his narration is full of life and energy. It would be a very good book to read, but it is a great book to listen to.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
If you like Marquese and Bulgakov you will love Ferguson. The characters are very much a live and they are delivering intelligent and funny existentialist discussion.
Authors narration positioned me in the middle of the plot with authentic tone and dynamic off all the characters.
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