Holidays in Hell

  • by P.J. O'Rourke
  • Narrated by Dan John Miller
  • 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Holidays in Hell follows P. J. O’Rourke on a global fun-finding mission to the most desperate places on the planet, from the bombed-out streets of Beirut to the stultifying blandness of Heritage USA. P.J.’s unforgettable adventures abroad include storming student protesters’ barricades in South Korea, interviewing Communist insurrectionists in the Philippines, and going undercover in Arab garb at Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock Mosque. Packed with P.J.’s classic riffs on everything from Polish nightlife under communism to Third World driving tips, Holidays in Hell is one of the best-loved books by one of today’s most celebrated humorists - a full-tilt, no-holds-barred romp through politics, culture, and ideology.

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What the Critics Say

"This is funny, outrageous, perceptive stuff, written with brio.” (The Washington Post Book World)
“O’Rourke... seems to have teethed on brass knuckles and suckled on bile. He is also one of the funniest writers in America, or wherever else he may go to satisfy his desperate need to extract humor from folly and chaos.” (Time)
“P. J. is sui generis.... He’s wickedly amusing. I count a per-chapter average of at least two dozen laughs-out-loud and a half-dozen zingingly apt observations.” (The Baltimore Sun)

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Customer Reviews

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Moving Stories

What made the experience of listening to Holidays in Hell the most enjoyable?

Real Human stories. Not political or partisan crap.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Holidays in Hell?

Descriptions of children in horrible situations.


Any additional comments?

Incredibly moving and thought provoking even in the humor. Amazing insight from PJ.

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- Philip

A fun book

O'Rourke's book is informative, touching and humourous, if a little dated. The book was writtwn in the late Cold War era of the mid-1980's, just before the fall of Communism and it definitely provides a snapshot of that more fraught world.
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- Yousuf Sajjad

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-25-2011
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio