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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 Bric Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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.”


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Listener Opinions

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

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

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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.