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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: October 2011 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 Marc | 12/10/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 12/10/2013

    " Not PJ's best but it's still PJ, so worth reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 9/14/2013

    " Maybe it would be better in print, but the book on CD was just arrogant and obnoxious. I quit after I CD. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary Marshall | 1/16/2013

    " As much as I love PJ, he's been going through the motions for a while now and this feels like a collection of b-sides. One for die-hard fans only. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kaye | 11/13/2012

    " One person's funny is another person's waste of time. Just don't find O'Rourke funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hardeep | 8/25/2012

    " PJ O'Rourke is entertaining as ever. This is a collection of his essays- some funnier than others. At times I have a bit of difficulty looking past his very overt right / republican views, but he's humorous! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 8/12/2012

    " I never even finished this book. That is very unusual for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret Heller | 4/28/2012

    " There were a few good chapters, but a lot of this is travel for rich people, which can be interesting. Not so much with a tone of Republican snideness. And the religious pieties were way overblown for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luann Yetter | 3/28/2012

    " I appreciate O'Rourke's ability to assess a political situation with humor and intelligence but without political bias. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Keenan | 1/16/2012

    " Not quite the PJ of the peak, with sentences so packed with humour and insight that every one was a meal. But he's still got it and Holidays in Heck is funny as all heck. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 12/11/2011

    " Holidays in Hell was a riot. Holidays in Heck has some funny lines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 11/22/2011

    " Not his best but still good kids is kids "

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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

Dan John Miller is an American actor and musician. In the Oscar-winning Walk the Line, he starred as Johnny Cash’s guitarist and best friend, Luther Perkins, and has also appeared in George Clooney’s Leatherheads and My One and Only, with Renée Zellweger. An award-winning audiobook narrator, he has garnered multiple Audie Award nominations, has twice been named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine, and has received eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and a Listen-Up Award from Publishers Weekly.