The Cheese Monkeys

  • by Chip Kidd
  • Narrated by Bronson Pinchot
  • 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Chip Kidd's witty and effervescent coming-of-age novel can only be described as a portrait of the designer as a young man. It's 1957, long before computers have replaced the skillful eye and hand, and our narrator at State U is determined to major in Art. After several risible false starts, he ends up by accident in a new class called "Introduction to Graphic Design," taught by the enigmatic professor-guru Winter Sorbeck - equal parts genius, seducer, and sadist. Sorbeck is a bitter yet fascinating man whose assignments hurl his charges through a gauntlet of humiliation and heartache, shame and triumph, ego-bashing and enlightenment. By the end of The Cheese Monkeys, the members of Art 127 will never see the world the same way again. And, thanks to Chip Kidd's insights into the secrets of graphic design, neither will you.


What the Critics Say

"The Cheese Monkeys is a wonderfully witty book that trafficks in both well observed commentary and outrageous shenanigans and antics." (Newsday)
"Sorbeck shines in three dimensions on the page....a fascinating, funny, and wonderfully written novel...." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

voice acting on this is too distracting

the book seemed interesting, but the narrator made this absolutely unpalatable with his obnoxious, over-exaggerated voice acting with dialogues. even though the book was started to get interesting after an hour, i just had to stop listening before i stuck an icepick in my ear. i think i'll just finish this on hard copy.
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- jonathan

sentimental depravity

Here's how I describe this to my friends: 'A Christmas Story' meets 'Animal House' meets 'Art School Confidential.'

This is a highly entertaining story about an artist's freshman year in the late 50's. The humor takes on its own personality through the performance of Bronson Pinchot. For some reason, one of the main female characters, the narrator's quasi-love-interest, is characterized with an odd Mr. Howell voice (that's Mr Howell of Gilligan's Island).

I recommend this story to anyone who enjoys depraved, oddball comedy, and who enjoys a story about an artist learning to challenge everything he's ever been taught.
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- Breanna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-26-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.