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Download Driving Like Crazy: Thirty Years of Vehicular Hell-bending Celebrating America the Way It’s Supposed to Be--With an Oil Well in Every Backyard, a Cadillac Escalade in Every Carport, and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Mowing Our Lawn Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Driving Like Crazy: Thirty Years of Vehicular Hell-bending Celebrating America the Way It’s Supposed to Be--With an Oil Well in Every Backyard, a Cadillac Escalade in Every Carport, and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Mowing Our Lawn Audiobook, by P. J. O’Rourke
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (241 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. J. O’Rourke, P. J. O’Rourke Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781423396758
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Driving Like Crazy celebrates cars and author P. J. O’Rourke’s love for them, while chronicling the golden age of the automobile in America. O’Rourke takes us on a whirlwind tour of the world’s most scenic and bumpiest roads in trouble-laden cross-country treks, from a 1978 Florida-to-California escapade in a 1956 special four-door Buick sedan to a 1983 thousand-mile effort across Mexico in the Baja 1000 to a trek through Kyrgyzstan in 2006 on the back of a Soviet army surplus six-wheel-drive truck. For longtime fans of the celebrated humorist, the collection features a host of O’Rourke’s classic pieces on driving, including “How to Drive Fast on Drugs While Getting Your Wing-Wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink,” about the potential misdeeds one might perform in the front (and back) seat of an automobile; “The Rolling Organ Donors Motorcycle Club,” which chronicles a seven-hundred-mile weekend trip through Michigan and Indiana that O’Rourke took on a Harley Davidson alongside Car & Driver publisher David E. Davis, Jr.; his brilliant and funny piece from Rolling Stone on NASCAR and its peculiar culture, recorded during an alcohol-fueled weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1977; and an hilarious account of a trek from Islamabad to Calcutta in Land Rover’s new Discovery Trek.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Walt Murray | 2/16/2014

    " The first 2/3 is great, but it gets a bit old and repetitive. There is some great car stuff here is you are a car guy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 2/11/2014

    " Some parts of this book are excellent and absolutely hilarious, but I thought the new stuff was lacking. For whatever reason, the older O'Rourke gets, the more shrill he sounds to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacey | 1/31/2014

    " So far, my continuing with this book at all is a testimony to what a good writer PJ O'Rourke is. The book is about cars, a subject in which I have no interest. The major secondary focus so far seems to be drinking and taking drugs, two activities that have little appeal for me and don't seem like interesting subjects to nonparticipants. There's also a misogynist streak in the earliest of the essays included here. I will say that the misogyny seems to get milder over time, and that O'Rourke's more recent commentary on that early essay, in which he pokes fun at his younger self, manages to take a bit of the sting out of that early work. At any rate, the man is extraordinarily funny, in many cases laugh-out-loud funny, and I am enjoying the book against all reasonable expectations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 1/31/2014

    " P.J. O'Rourke is one of the funnier writers currently writing. His books are also surprisingly educational. If you are a car person and have a sense of humor, you shopuld read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne Emery | 1/26/2014

    " Still reading this one - but so far, it's one of those annoying (for my partner) books that make me laugh out loud in bed! Droll and dark, irreverent and very un-PC, this feels like a naughty indulgence, especially if you love cars. Recommended :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Noah | 1/7/2014

    " O'Rourke is one of my favorite writers and humorists, so I expected a lot more from this book. In most of the new material, it feels like he's playing a caricature of himself, and in the old material, he hasn't finished sharpening his voice yet. Maybe he just loses something when he's not talking politics. I'm not sure what the root cause is, but this book is very skippable, even for a big P.J. O'Rourke fan. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ike | 12/28/2013

    " one word = driving "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Smh624 | 12/15/2013

    " This book was frustrating to read in the end. I laughed out loud a number of times in the early parts and near the end. In between it was tedious. If you are a car mechanic the middle might be more entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis Berwyn | 9/14/2013

    " Laugh a second... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brooks | 7/20/2013

    " A lot of re-tread material from O'Rourke's magazine articles. Some stuff from the early 1970s. Only 5-10 pages of new material on the current crises. However, still had me giggling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Acorn Public Library | 3/31/2013

    " O'Rourke serves up his irreverent wit in this collection of articles exploring the changing place of the automobile in the American imagination. Its high-flying silliness manages to tackle serious issues that might otherwise be dull or dismal. This would be a pleasure in audio form as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barry | 3/30/2013

    " This book is stupid - often really, really stupid - but fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 9/4/2012

    " Not his best work, and some of it drags a bit, but even when he isn't on top form O'Rourke is well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 PlatKat | 5/31/2012

    " I've been listening to this audio book in the Barbie Dream Hearse as I trudge through another Seattle winter, braving snow, sleet, and the occasional agog photog. The only things I'm missing are road-head and a cigar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 3/20/2012

    " Just plain fun. I don't agree with PJ on everything, but I love the way he expresses his opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marylu Sanok | 3/9/2012

    " I originally picked up this book for my husband, but I read it when he was done. For a guy or a woman who is into cars, this is a humorous book. As I am not, it wasn't my favorite, but I rated per my husband's opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seth | 1/28/2012

    " Pretty good Peej. He gets kinda predictable nowadays, but he's the only libertarian humorist we've got. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Curt | 5/19/2011

    " Thought this was going to include more conversation around current automotive financial crises. Instead, this is more of a travel-log and car review from a big car-nut. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Surfing Moose | 6/10/2010

    " I didn't know that this was retread of older material with a smidgen of new. Since it is the first PJ O'Rourke book I've read, I'll give it a 3 as it was fun to read and try and pick up something that he has written and is only original material. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Roberts | 10/23/2009

    " This book is hilarious. Great commentary on American society, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 8/17/2009

    " Just silliness, but amusing enough for me. "

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About the Author

P. J. O’Rourke is the author of Modern Manners, The Bachelor Home Companion, Republican Party Reptile, Holidays in Hell, Parliament of Whores, Give War a Chance, and All the Trouble in the World. He writes for Rolling Stone, Automobile, and American Spectator and lives in New Hampshire and Washington, DC.

About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.