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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.

©2014 John Waters (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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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

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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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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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Hilarious

If you could sum up Carsick in three words, what would they be?

Funny, gross and depraved.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Carsick?

John Water's unlikely friendship with a young man who drives him across country.

What about John Waters’s performance did you like?

Everything. The man is a master storyteller and just the cadence of his voice is hysterical.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It'll make you puke with excitement.

Any additional comments?

The funniest book I have listened to all year!

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Wish it was all non-fiction

What could John Waters have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Stick to writing about the actual trip (only last third is non-fiction).

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As others have said, book would have been great if he had stuck to writing about actual trip. Way too many stories about imagined good and bad rides. I ended up skipping most of the middle 1/3 of book to get to the real rides. Could have easily skipped first 2/3 of book. Very disappointing because I was anticipating a great read after hearing him talk about it on NPR Fresh Air.

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John Waters Rocks!

I was not as interested in his imaginary "best" and "worst" trips- bit his actual trip was a fantastic read!

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Another great ride with John Waters

Would you listen to Carsick again? Why?

Of course! I love the way his mind works!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The fictional animal rescuer. To say this woman is dedicated, is an understatement.

Which scene was your favorite?

When John goes to Walmart.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I am always captivated by the masterful storytelling of Mr. John Waters and this book was no different. It made me want to start traveling the country like a gypsy.

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I appreciate the narration by the author.

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A sweet, yet raunchy, delight

I could listen to John Waters tell stories all day. Makes me wish I’d been one of his drivers.

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Good story all the way

It seems a lot of other readers (listeners) were not interested in Waters' imaginary rides in the first 2/3 of the book; I personally found them delightful! I enjoyed this book entirely and John Waters is an amazing narrator.

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A delicious girthy hog of a tail!

The fictional part was a real pillow biter! The real part was also great! That strange little fag has brought us so much art! I appreciate all of the repugnant things he has done and that I have shared with my friends and my son. Bless you Mr. John!!!

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Real Life Is More Interesting

This is just too far fetched and out there. It's just nonstop rambling of BS. Real life is far more interesting. Not at all a book about an actual believeable road trip.