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3.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 5 3.54 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Buckley Narrator: John Glover Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Nick Naylor, chief spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies is the hero of Christopher Buckley's wickedly funny Thank You for Smoking. Nick likes his job. In the neo-puritanical nineties, it's a challenge to defend the rights of smokers and a privilege to promote their liberty. Sure, it hurts a little when you're compared to Nazi war criminals, but Nick's just doing what it takes to pay the mortgage and put his son through Washington's elite private school St. Euthanasius.

Nick can handle the pressure from the anti-smoking zealots, but he's less certain about his new boss, who questions whether Nick is worth $150,000 a year to fight a losing war. Nick seeks inspiration and solace from 2 sympathetic souls who work for the firearms and alcohol lobbies. They call themselves the Merchants of Death, and together, they bemoan their plight and argue over which of them has the most deadly job.

Under pressure to produce results, Nick goes on a PR offensive, turning appearances on Oprah and Larry King Live into national events. But Nick's heightened notoriety makes him a nice target for someone who wants to prove just how hazardous smoking can be. If Nick isn't careful, he'll be stubbed out. 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 Indra | 2/18/2014

    " Good stuff...as usual, better than the movie and felt almost documentary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl Schaeffer | 2/18/2014

    " This is a reread for me. Good book. Love the satire. Buckley totally skewers the Inside the Beltway sacred cows. Nick is a total shite, but comes thru at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen Considine | 2/12/2014

    " interesting concept...a bit slow to start though "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mia | 1/23/2014

    " *Very* entertaining. With a few moments of dark comic brilliance. Thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 1/13/2014

    " 85% as funny as Buckley thinks it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 1/9/2014

    " I loveed this book!! It was hilarious and so fun to read!! I couldn't stop reading it, I finished it in a couple of days! It shows you the point of view of the tobacco industry from the "evil" tobacco man himself, the man who makes a living from telling people cigarettes are not bad for you. Even though he may be a "bad" person, I feel for his character and actually kinda like him because he just seems like a funny, charming guy but he just happens to have a "bad" job. I love Christopher Buckeley's sense of humor in this. I would definitely recommend this and I want to read it again! Too bad I lent it to someone and they never gave it back to me lol. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicky | 1/7/2014

    " It was Okay, but I liked No Way to Treat a First Lady better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 12/17/2013

    " A deliciously satirical look at the "merchants of death" -- the lobbyists for tobacco, alcohol and firearms. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 10/31/2013

    " A clever and scathing satire about both the tobacco industry/lobby and those who oppose it. While some of the jokes are a bit on the nose, the book makes no claims to being subtle. A quick fun read that makes you feel a little more clever afterward "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rie_dominique | 10/23/2013

    " 2 thumps up!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 10/15/2013

    " Maybe it's just because of my line of work (PR), but I find the book pretty hysterical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 9/27/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. The author is really funny and the book was fast-paced and sharp. I didn't want to stop reading, and the ending was fantastic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Lynn | 8/10/2013

    " The book was very good but the movie is just as good. Different, but completely has the satirical spirit of the book. So if you have to pick one in these busy times, I would pick the movie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 6/19/2013

    " Not very well written, not very funny. Blah. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitch | 4/29/2013

    " Buckley's best - a classic political satire! The hero is a PR guy for the Big Tobacco lobby. You'll cheer as he finds more and more outrageous ways to convince government and big media that the medical research is wrong and tobacco is perfectly safe. "

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

    " Entertaining. I found myself rooting for a smoking lobbyist. That's amazing since I loathe the habit! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Akiko | 1/30/2013

    " I laughed out loud a few times, the main character is SUCH a sleaze! But brilliant. I didn't see the movie, but now I want to. A really fast read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Devon | 8/28/2012

    " I liked it. The plot went a little over the top at points, but the writing is hysterical, especially if you are familiar with lobbying in DC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared | 2/10/2012

    " an easy read, very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Willy James | 12/13/2011

    " I actually liked the movie better. Still it is worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simeonberesford | 9/11/2011

    " Often spot on satire of the Pro and anti smoking ( or guns and alcohol) lobbies.[return]Nick Naylor a spokeman for the american tobacco industry it seems that unless he is careful his job will be the death of him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 6/5/2011

    " Better than the movie, but both are worth consuming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denis | 5/30/2011

    " A book about marketing and market technologies. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessah | 5/18/2011

    " Interesting premise, but a little too chauvinistic for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laird | 3/18/2011

    " Hilarious - one of the greats. Great movie too, for the record. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 3/12/2011

    " Tobacco PR man pushes against anti-smoking lobby "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 3/6/2011

    " The first 90% is hilarious and well written. The ending was terrible and inconsistant with everything that was written prior, in terms of charaterization. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 adrienna | 3/3/2011

    " Had I not seen the movie, I never would have finished this book. It was okay -- the second half was better than the first -- but the book did a poor job of really getting into Nick's head consistently. "

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About the Author
Author Christopher Buckley

Christopher Buckley is a journalist, editor, and novelist. His books include Steaming to Bamboola, The White House Mess, Wet Work, and Thank You for Smoking. His three novels were selected as Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times. They have been translated into eight languages. He is the editor of Forbes FYI magazine, and lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, two children, and dog.

About the Narrator

John Glover, most famous for his roles as villainous characters on television and in films, has performed many times on stage, winning a Tony Award for his role in Love! Valour! Compassion! He also appeared in the film version.