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Author: Chip Kidd Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781481551878
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Chip Kidd’s witty and effervescent coming-of-age novel can only be described as a portrait of the designer as a young man. It’s 1957, long before computers have replaced the skillful eye and hand, and our narrator at State U is determined to major in Art. After several risible false starts, he ends up by accident in a new class called “Introduction to Graphic Design,” taught by the enigmatic professor/guru Winter Sorbeck—equal parts genius, seducer, and sadist. Sorbeck is a bitter yet fascinating man whose assignments hurl his charges through a gauntlet of humiliation and heartache, shame and triumph, ego-bashing and enlightenment. By the end of The Cheese Monkeys, the members of Art 127 will never see the world the same way again. And, thanks to Chip Kidd’s insights into the secrets of graphic design, neither will you.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This story about growing up and finding your calling is funny and, almost despite itself, moving.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • The Cheese Monkeys is a wonderfully witty book that trafficks in both well-observed commentary and outrageous shenanigans and antics.”

    Newsday

  • “Kidd has succeeded in crafting an affecting and entertaining work both slap-happily funny and heartbreakingly sad. A stellar debut.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Bronson Pinchot delivers a relentless performance as Professor Sorbeck, the enigmatic genius responsible for teaching the future to a group of uninspired and often-hilarious students at State University. Pinchot’s delivery is fast and furious yet always fully understandable and, perhaps, all the more realistic. Nothing is watered down in this story, including Pinchot’s take on the colorful cast of characters that populate the university grounds.”

    AudioFile

  • “A sharp, fast-paced, and well-packaged academic satire, along the lines of James Hyne’s The Lecturer’s Tale.”

    Library Journal

  • “Sorbeck shines in three dimensions on the page, a living representation of the larger-than-life professor that luckier college students have a chance to know. This is a fascinating, funny, and wonderfully written novel of graphic design that manages to deepen the reader’s appreciation for the artistry and wonder of design without a single drawing.”

    Booklist

  • “Suck brains with a genius who really is a genius: that is, when you read this book.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 2/19/2014

    " The writing was brilliant; the gimmicky layout less so. Fortunately the gimmicks were limited to the beginning pages, before the text. This to me was literally a LOL experience. Kidd has a talent for describing characters -- except for the first person narrator, who remained almost invisible. This, though, I felt was a reflection of that character, at that stage of his life. There are a couple of ugly jokes here, which use the n word; however, the main characters are suitable appalled. "

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

    " I still can't believe he wrote this book directly in Quark! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frederick | 2/1/2014

    " Chip Kidd is a comic genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 2/1/2014

    " Loved this quirky story about lovelorn students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 2/1/2014

    " Good is dead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/30/2014

    " Plot lost its way, if there ever was one underneath the string of incidents that brought characters from one quip to the next. Trying too hard to be clever and wacky. Not bad for all of this, and a quick read, so if you like wacky snark and fake artschool memoirs, by all means, spend a few hours with this book. Be prepared for an abrupt ending, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 1/26/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this author's writing and most of the story. I would have liked more closure with the characters but I think that was probably part of the author's point. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 1/18/2014

    " Really bizarre, kooky characters in an art school in the 50s. It reminded me of a few of my experiences but not quite to the extreme. The book lost me a bit toward the last few chapters with the "Polaroid" scene and ended in a bit of a dark place. I believe there is a sequel "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabe | 1/8/2014

    " Not a bad book, but not great, either. It was pretty hard to get into; Chip certainly has more talent as an artist than as a writer, although he's not far off the mark. Funny at times, drab as hell at others, even awkward now and then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tortla | 1/6/2014

    " Kind of perplexing. But also thoroughly enjoyable, engrossing, and quotable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leann | 12/16/2013

    " i really wanted to like this book. kate and i met him when he spoke at my mom's work and he sounded really cool. there was also buzz about him being compared to david sedaris but in reading the book it seemed like he was trying too hard. i don't think i even finished it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leon | 12/6/2013

    " Simplistic story, pastiche characters. But some arresting events and the book design is great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 10/29/2013

    " The Cheese Monkeys: A Novel in Two Semesters by author and graphic artist Chip Kidd is too clever by half. But I liked it immensely despite its cleverness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha | 6/23/2013

    " One of my favorites. I can relate to this book and it reminded me of being a freshman in college and finding what my future would be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 6/23/2013

    " Hilarious; can't wait to read the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genia | 5/25/2013

    " The graphic arts instructor in this book reminded me of some of my crazy journalism teachers....and it was funny. I really enjoyed it, and read it quickly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara | 10/3/2012

    " got this one solely for the title. it was weird. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 shiv | 6/2/2012

    " i wanted to like this so much more than i actually did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoAnna | 4/12/2012

    " This is by far one of my most favorite books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 11/25/2011

    " My graphic design professor recommended this, and it's a very entertaining/comic read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 11/5/2011

    " Brilliantly irreverent take on design school and the personalities you find there both among faculty and students. Had me laughing out loud and left me wanting more. Must read for anyone who has attended art school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 10/11/2011

    " If I could give this a 2.5, I would. Definitely meh...I didn't dislike it, but I wouldn't recommend it to anybody. It was one of those books where I couldn't even say why it was written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 8/22/2011

    " Fascinating insight into the existence of a designer. A manifesto of sorts on the relationship between art and design. Clever and funny, though not to the degree blurbed. Typographic tricks. Tone varies pretty wildly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 6/9/2011

    " This was a little more flippant than I usually like, and although that did fit with the book's character, it made it slightly uncomfortable for me. But art school is supposed to challenge your expectations, right? Overall it was fun and at least somewhat thought provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 5/18/2011

    " Not a bad book. I thought it could be a little longer, as the characters were incredibly complex. It almost seemed like they were being constrained by the short narrative. The dialogue was well-written and engaging. Worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/25/2011

    " Such a great book. Whenever I meet someone in graphic design or ad copy I mention this book and then they give me a stupidly blank look and I just feel grateful I stumbled onto this little gem. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 4/8/2011

    " This was for our March book club. I'll finish it 'cuz it started out well.

    Most entertaining and worth the time. Recommended for anyone with an interest in art and design and the dialogue about it but only if you have a sense of humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genia | 2/14/2011

    " The graphic arts instructor in this book reminded me of some of my crazy journalism teachers....and it was funny. I really enjoyed it, and read it quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 1/23/2011

    " I'm being generous here. I didn't like it very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/11/2011

    " As a graphic designer myself, I truly enjoyed this book. "

About the Author

Chip Kidd is a writer and graphic designer in New York City whose book-jacket designs have helped spawn a revolution in the art of American book packaging. He has written about popular culture for McSweeney’s, Vogue, New York Times, New York Observer, Entertainment Weekly, Details, 2WICE, and others.

About the Narrator

Bronson Pinchot, Audible’s Narrator of the Year for 2010, has won Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards, AudioFile Earphones Awards, Audible’s Book of the Year Award, and Audie Awards for severak audiobooks, including Matterhorn, Wise Blood, Occupied City, and The Learners. A magna cum laude graduate of Yale, he is an Emmy- and People’s Choice-nominated veteran of movies, television, and Broadway and West End shows. His performance of Malvolio in Twelfth Night was named the highlight of the entire two-year Kennedy Center Shakespeare Festival by the Washington Post. He attended the acting programs at Shakespeare & Company and Circle-in-the-Square, logged in well over 200 episodes of television, starred or costarred in a bouquet of films, plays, musicals, and Shakespeare on Broadway and in London, and developed a passion for Greek revival architecture.