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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,561 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maxx Barry Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2006 ISBN: 9781455186778
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When Scat comes up with the idea for the hottest new soda ever, he’s sure he’ll retire as the next savvy marketing success story. But in the treacherous waters of corporate America, there are no sure things. Suddenly Scat finds himself scrambling to save not only his idea, but his yet-to-be-realized career. With the help of a scarily beautiful and brainy girl called 6, he sets out on a mission to reclaim the fame and fortune that, time and again, elude him.

This brilliant debut is a scathingly hilarious send-up of celebrity, sexual politics, corporate America, and the fleeting status that comes with getting to the table first—before the other guy has you for lunch.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A deft, satirical indictment of an industry that makes its living pushing satire, Syrup is understandably deep in hip meta references. What distinguishes the novel from, say, a Thomas Frank-style critique is that it never gets mushy, even after Scat lands the girl.”

    Spin

  • “Barry’s delightful first novel delivers a charming and hilarious send-up of the wicked world of marketing…This terrific comic novel is certain to provoke as many belly laughs in print as it might one day on screen.”

    Booklist

  • “Scott Brick handily delivers Barry’s zany story of marketing and corporate politics…Scot Brick, the best narrator in the business, crawls inside this flawed but likeable hero and his nutty cohort, giving them the credibility that makes the plot work…Brick has a ball bringing these unlikely combatants to a wacky climax.”

    AudioFile

  • AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Hawk | 2/20/2014

    " This book is pretty awesome. I read through it in like 4 hours cause I was so into it, and it is not that long. If you love marketing and girls with weird names, perfect book for you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jess | 2/10/2014

    " I don't know if it's the fact that this book is too naive for me or I just missed out on how it's supposed to be "sharp" and "sarcastically funny", but either way I thought this book was pretty dumb. As a previous reviewer commented, "I like reading stories about somewhat realistic people doing somewhat realistic things". I stopped falling for the lame hype of downtown LA and the corporate world a long time ago, and Syrup doesn't even do the glittering, star-studded streets justice in this novel. The characters are extremely under-developed and unmotivated. In fact, they aren't even likeable or unlikeable - they just exist. The plot is completely unstructured, the only benefit being that you never know what's going to happen next. The downside being that what happens is usually stupid, unrealistic and uninteresting. The writing is incredibly juvenile, and conversations are dull. At least the formatting of the chapters and scenes is cool, and the marketing case studies cropping up all over the place are a nice touch. But overall, this book really lacked in substance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 2/8/2014

    " I do want to sayt hat this book pulled me in. The suspense was good. Unfortunately, I think the slick marketing world may have been created a little too well. It had realism, but was often unpleasant to read. It's good in that it provoked emotion, but it just didn't seem to find that balance in making me enjoy feeling unpleasant. That's just me and my tastes, but that's ultimately what I have to use to judge anything. Just my two cents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 1/29/2014

    " This is the second time i've read this book. it's still great! very funny and unpredictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 1/24/2014

    " Douglas Coupland meets T.C. Boyle. Pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellie Jean | 1/22/2014

    " I'd give this 4.5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 1/21/2014

    " Awesome satire of the marketing and advertising industry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cory Van Horn | 1/20/2014

    " This is by far my most favorite Max Barry book ever. I loved the story and the characters that supported it. Consider this a book that is completely worth owning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby Fick | 1/18/2014

    " A little too much bouncing back and forth between 6 and Cindy, but still very good. Great author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 1/17/2014

    " great if you want a quick read that looks into the not so realistic world of advertising. All in all I am a sucker for cliche characters and I was working answering phones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 1/14/2014

    " I listened to this book while driving to California. Although I never laughed out loud it was amusing. Beware there is alot of swearing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 1/14/2014

    " Hilarious! This book keeps the laughs flowing! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 1/2/2014

    " The plot could use some sweetener. Next I'll try reading "Jennifer Government" since I did enjoy "Company." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dante | 12/20/2013

    " Max Barry's first novel. A marketing adventure comedy romance about Coke executives in what will, sadly, probably be the future of marketing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eden | 12/17/2013

    " Syrup is one of THE most enjoyable books I have ever read...and my favorite by Max (he went by Maxx for this book only) Barry. Jennifer Government and Company are both good, but Syrup was Barry at his most raw. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lilli | 12/12/2013

    " Couldn't stop reading this book. The main character was truly endearing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshtothemaxx | 12/4/2013

    " Fucking great read. Engaging, fast paced, smart... this book is great. I am definitely going to have to read more books by this guy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Polino | 11/18/2013

    " A very funny, well written marketing tale. While completely unbelievable in whole, too many of the individual elements are frighteningly close to the truth. Think of this as "The Office" for marketing. Well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassi | 11/11/2013

    " I read this book about 10 years ago and just finished it as a book on tape. I appreciated it a lot more this time, after spending time working in marketing- and if you have, this is pretty funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Westcott | 9/23/2013

    " Forget the movie, it sucked and wasn't much like the book...the book was very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darnell | 7/2/2013

    " This is an incredibly hilarious satire that to this day reminds me that sometimes a good marketing strategy is all you need. I still laugh at people with nicknames like @ and California. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chase | 12/2/2012

    " Good read. Reminded too much of reality. Lol. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew McBurney | 11/9/2012

    " Syrup is pulp, but highly entertaining, fast-paced, and laugh-out-loud funny pulp. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert | 7/29/2012

    " Cute idea drawn out over an inordinate number of pages with no real redeeming characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca | 5/9/2012

    " Recently re-read for perhaps the 23rd or 24th time, aloud with my father out camping. It's one of the best read-aloud books in print today. WHEN WILL THEY MAKE IT INTO A MOVIE?!?!? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyma Khan | 2/28/2012

    " I love Maxx Barry. I think he's hilarious, his style of sarcasm is just perfect for me. The whole idea about selling a new line of coke and names like Scat and 6 - I thought it was really brilliant. Great read for sure! Definitely can go through this one again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 9/1/2011

    " Super fun and bubbly. Very funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russ | 5/16/2011

    " Fascinating, hilarious. And now they're making it into a movie. Big thumbs up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 5/8/2011

    " A very funny, well written marketing tale. While completely unbelievable in whole, too many of the individual elements are frighteningly close to the truth. Think of this as "The Office" for marketing. Well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 René | 5/5/2011

    " Engaging, short and fun. Max Barry's take on Marketing in his first novel is not very original, but he manages to make a pretty straightforward plot come alive with lovable characters, even if they are a bit carboard. Light reading that you don't regret at all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 4/25/2011

    " The plot could use some sweetener. Next I'll try reading "Jennifer Government" since I did enjoy "Company." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Prashant | 4/21/2011

    " The book is ok. Interesting Corporate Fiction "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 2/20/2011

    " A really good read. Clever and engaging and I swear I quote the thing about vending machines and ball point pens killing people all the time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chase | 1/15/2011

    " Good read. Reminded too much of reality. Lol. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lou | 12/26/2010

    " Love Max Barry - always clever writing and this one is no exception "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 10/15/2010

    " fascinating take on corporate world and the good and evil of marketing strategies to sell an idea/product. i could not figure out if i was supposed to hate the main character or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 9/12/2010

    " It gets a little silly in the end (well, throughout the whole thing), but it definitely got a point across. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 9/6/2010

    " A quick read. Very entertaining book. A lucky bout of sleeplessness allowed me to read this book in just under 3 hours.

    This book moves very quickly and was a lot of fun to read.

    I am looking forward to ready other Max Barry books.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karmen | 8/5/2010

    " Hilariously funny send up of corporate America and marketing. It ends like an urban fantasy tale (thank god!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 7/21/2010

    " I listened to this book while driving to California. Although I never laughed out loud it was amusing. Beware there is alot of swearing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 7/18/2010

    " funny, light and a quick read. "

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About the Author

Maxx Barry is a survivor from the trenches of corporate marketing and has taught the subject at two major Australian universities. This is his first novel.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.