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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (147 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. J. O’Rourke Narrator: Dan John Miller Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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P. J. O'Rourke is one of his generation's most celebrated political humorists, hailed as the funniest writer in America by both Time and The Wall Street Journal. Twenty-three years ago he published the classic travelogue Holidays in Hell, in which he trotted the globe as a trouble tourist, a chaos rubberneck, sight-seeing at wars, rebellions, riots, political crises, and other monuments of human folly. After the Iraq War - too old to keep being scared stiff and too stiff to keep sleeping on the ground - he retired from what foreign correspondents call being a s**thole specialist. But he couldn't give up traveling to ridiculous places, often with his wife and three young children in tow. Usually he was left wishing he were under artillery fire again.

O'Rourke's journeys take him to locales both near (and nearly bizarre) and far (and far from normal). Having made a joke that Ski magazine takes seriously, he winds up on a family ski vacation - to Ohio. The highest point of elevation is the six-foot ski instructor his wife thinks is cute. Convinced by an old friend and one too many drinks that a horse trek is just backpacking on someone else's back, he finds himself (barely) in the saddle, crossing the mountains to a part of Kyrgyzstan so remote that the Kyrgyzs have never seen it. He visits Kabul for the food and conversation (excellent lamb chops and a droll after dinner story about the mullah and the cow). He even takes his kids to his erstwhile home away from home, the bar at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong.

'Would the little ones like something to eat?' asked the waiter. They serve food at the FCC? Who knew?

Holidays in Heck shows P. J. O'Rourke in top form - a little older, a little wiser, going to the bathroom a little more often, but just as darkly funny as he was in Holidays in Hell. Here is a hilarious and often moving portrait of life in t... Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laurie | 2/8/2014

    " PJ O'Rourke is the only designated Republican that I'll read. I've always enjoyed his books. Loved Eat the Rich and a couple of others. This book, while entertaining, did not have the same sense of style as some of his older titles. He is, though, still fun to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Emily | 1/29/2014

    " I couldn't get past the first few short chapters this was so badly written and full of tea-party extreme-right crap. The only good thing about it is that I got my money back "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jim | 1/13/2014

    " a few funny pieces, but we are a long way from 'holidays in hell.' "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Marc | 12/10/2013

    " Holidays in Hell was a great read. Holidays in Heck: Not so much. Boring and pedestrian. "

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