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3.06 out of 53.06 out of 53.06 out of 53.06 out of 53.06 out of 5 3.06 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Southern Narrator: Terry Southern Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN:
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He's a grand guy, that Guy Grand - billionaire by birth, entrepreneur by avocation, and thoroughly unpredictable. He keeps his hand in, buying into and revolutionizing industries ranging from championship boxing to African safaris. Is he a crackpot, or an eccentric, or perhaps a visionary with a goal of social redemption?

Grand's greatest project, his tour de force, the cruise ship Magic Christian, sets sail on Easter Sunday, fully renovated into the most luxurious vessel ever to sail the seas. What's on board to regale the 400 carefully selected passengers? The Juilliard String Quartet...the Old Vic Company...a gorilla...gypsies...a gigantic bearded woman. It will cost Grand a pretty penny to get clear this time....

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 2/14/2014

    " One of the most influential American satirists of his generation "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/14/2014

    " Interesting in the beginning, but sort of fizzled out for me in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Goodman | 2/13/2014

    " Laughed my butt off. "

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

    " I didn't find most of Guy's pranks that funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan Norton | 1/28/2014

    " Jolly amusing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeffrey | 1/24/2014

    " I was expecting so much more from the man who wrote the screenplay for Dr. Strangelove, one of my favorite movies. Sadly, this book just hasn't aged as well as Strangelove, and I don't think that my generation would find the practical jokes played by Guy Grand to be all that funny in the world we live in today. It only gets 2 stars because I laughed while reading the chapter on the Magic Christian, but that payoff was to little and came to late for me to recommend this book to anyone else. "

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

    " Southern had me laughing at the absurdity of society. I must reread this soon! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 1/14/2014

    " Wonderfully satirical "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Popvoid | 12/16/2013

    " More dark hilarity from America's best satirist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregory's Lament | 12/5/2013

    " This is one of the few books, in my opinion, that does third person well. It's a simple, short, easy read, but it's smart, funny and socially conscious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Hearn | 11/25/2013

    " Actually funny, like, you'll laugh out loud, which is often written on books but rarely true "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 11/14/2013

    " One amusing and somewhat clever idea, repeated ad nauseam for 150 pages. Funny more often than not. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jillian | 11/13/2013

    " A man with nearly infinite means uses his fortune to play expansive practical jokes on society, only a few of which are amusing or interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robert Starr | 11/13/2013

    " Boring and repetitive. This guy co-wrote Dr. Strangelove? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elma | 10/3/2013

    " The idea is nice but the plot is very poor and repetitive. I guess it's either you love it or you hate it and I had just read such amazing literature for my uni course that it couldn't stay up to it. So short as it is, felt super long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Coltrin | 3/22/2013

    " I just remembered I read this one about 15 years ago. It was made into an odd movie starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fred | 2/26/2013

    " For pure humor, this is outstanding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/14/2013

    " Yes, it's true. This IS one of the sickest, funniest, most original books of all time. You'll laugh your guts out, for all the wrong reasons. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Clark | 10/9/2012

    " I don't think I got this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rowan | 9/12/2012

    " LOLZ, indeed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 6/12/2012

    " The hook part was funny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greg Fanoe | 2/1/2012

    " A comedy classic, I suppose, but it's awfully slight. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matthew Torrance | 1/18/2012

    " what would you do for a Klondike bar? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Knezovich | 11/5/2011

    " Fat white American tycoon throws money around like a teenage Arab in a blonde titty bar. Satire at its finest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy Ball | 7/20/2011

    " wickedly wonderful; diabolical and hilarious "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 M | 6/13/2011

    " A practical joker with money to burn, Guy Grand enjoys the antics and plots that he visits upon unsuspecting members of America. Attemping to be a cautionary tale about the power of greed, the novel reads more as a vicious look at one man's callous attempts at humor - at the expense of others. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gooby | 4/26/2011

    " It had a few moments, but I don't think this book aged well. The "Yes Men" do this way better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 4/14/2011

    " I just remembered I read this one about 15 years ago. It was made into an odd movie starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dan | 8/8/2010

    " Man, what a waste. This book was neither funny nor entertaining. It was like a cruel and unfunny Wodehouse. I'll stick with Bertie and Jeeves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dylan | 6/15/2010

    " Pretty funny...a billionaire plays practical jokes on the world, similar to the upright citizens brigade. He goes hunting for big game in africa with a 75mm howitzer. The Magic Christian is the name of a cruise ship he buys and orchestrates an elaborate prank on, which is the climax of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 3/5/2010

    " Very funny at parts. But I couldn't jive with the writing style (my own hangup) well enough to keep a steady reading pace, which impeded my ability to absorb the humor. I still appreciate its scathing send-up at its core, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 3/5/2010

    " Quite possibly the funniest book ever written. (Yes, even funnier than Confederacy of Dunces.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fred | 4/5/2009

    " For pure humor, this is outstanding. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 3/26/2009

    " I don't think I got this book. "

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