Truth in Advertising by John Kenney audiobook

Truth in Advertising: A Novel

By John Kenney
Read by Robert Petkoff

Simon & Schuster Audio
11.63 Hours 1
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Awickedly funny, honest, and poignant debut novel about the absurdity of corporate life, thecomplications of love, and the meaning of family. Finbar Dolan is lostand lonely. Except he doesn’t know it. Despite escaping his blue-collar Bostonupbringing to carve out a mildly successful career at a Madison Avenue adagency, he’s a bit of a mess—and closing in on forty. He’s recently called offa wedding. Now, a few days before Christmas, he’s forced to cancel along-postponed vacation in order to write, produce, and edit a Superbowlcommercial for his diaper account in record time. Fortunately,it gets worse. He learns that his long estranged and once abusive father hasfallen ill—and that neither of his brothers or his sister intend to visit.It’s a wake-up call for Fin to re-evaluate the choices he’s made, admit thathe’s falling for his coworker Phoebe, question the importance of diapers inhis life, and finally tell the truth about his life and his past. First-timenovelist John Kenney, a regular New Yorker contributor,mines his own advertising background to weave spot-on, compelling insiderdetail into a hilarious, insightful, at times sardonic, and ultimately movingdebut.

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Summary

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Selected for the January 2013 Indie Next List

A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title” in January 2013

Awickedly funny, honest, and poignant debut novel about the absurdity of corporate life, thecomplications of love, and the meaning of family.

Finbar Dolan is lostand lonely. Except he doesn’t know it. Despite escaping his blue-collar Bostonupbringing to carve out a mildly successful career at a Madison Avenue adagency, he’s a bit of a mess—and closing in on forty. He’s recently called offa wedding. Now, a few days before Christmas, he’s forced to cancel along-postponed vacation in order to write, produce, and edit a Superbowlcommercial for his diaper account in record time.

Fortunately,it gets worse. He learns that his long estranged and once abusive father hasfallen ill—and that neither of his brothers or his sister intend to visit.It’s a wake-up call for Fin to re-evaluate the choices he’s made, admit thathe’s falling for his coworker Phoebe, question the importance of diapers inhis life, and finally tell the truth about his life and his past.

First-timenovelist John Kenney, a regular New Yorker contributor,mines his own advertising background to weave spot-on, compelling insiderdetail into a hilarious, insightful, at times sardonic, and ultimately movingdebut.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“John Kenney writes with style, intelligence, humor, and heart. Truth in Advertising is a frank and wickedly funny peek into a world you only think you’ve seen, a glossy, high-powered ad agency. But it is also something more: the story of a man thoroughly marinated in the little white lies of advertising who must learn, finally, to be honest with himself. Highly recommended.” William Landay, New York Times bestselling author of Defending Jacob
“With wit and style, John Kenney’s Truth in Advertising nails the advertising world’s absurd complexities and hilarious personalities. But it goes beyond a send-up of corporate America: this is an open, funny, emotionally true book, with numerous charms. I found it irresistible.” Jami Attenberg, New York Times bestselling author
“No one makes me laugh like John Kenney. So I expected Truth in Advertising to be very funny, and it is. But I was unprepared for how deeply felt and richly observed it would be. This is a beautiful novel and a dazzling debut.” Andy Borowitz, New York Times bestselling author
“Made me laugh my ass off. Now I have a new ass.” Eric Idle, Monty Python’s Flying Circus
“A hilarious ad-world satire…The advertising insider lore and commercial shoot set pieces are golden…A comic tour de force; fans of Nick Hornby and Jonathan Tropper will have a new author to watch for.” Publishers Weekly
“With wry wit, excellent pacing, and pitch-perfect, often hilarious, dialogue, Kenney has created something remarkable: a surprisingly funny novel about an adult American male finally becoming a man. Highly recommended.” Library Journal (starred review)
“A masterful blend of wit and seriousness, stunning in its honesty. A novel sure to appeal to fans of Nick Hornby.” Booklist (starred review)
“With wry humor, always on point, Kenney guides us through the maze of work, family, love (elusive), and friendship (a lifesaver). This is an outstanding debut.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“John Kenney has written a funny, biting, brilliant account of modern capitalism and consumerism. If Mad Men has glamorized the ad game then Truth in Advertising goes one better by making it funny as hell. This is the Catch-22 of contemporary corporate America.” Karl Taro Greenfeld, author of Triburbia

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Author Bio: John Kenney

Author Bio: John Kenney

John Kenney is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller Love Poems for Married People. He has worked as a copywriter in New York City for seventeen years. He has also been a contributor to the New Yorker magazine since 1999. Some of his work appears in a collection of the New Yorker’s humor writing, Disquiet Please!

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 11.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English