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.
Delightful yet drab
The book its self is wonderously written and filled with great humor, although, the narration is rather monotonous and plain.
A hillarious comedy portrayed by a master reader
Thank You for Smoking was my introduction to audiobooks. The narrator has a superb reading voice with just the right inflection to make the punch line. The story is hillarious causing me to laugh out loud many times. Makes a long drive quite enjoyable. Well worth the coins to purchase.
I loved this book! It was hysterical and creatively written. It kept me interested and laughing. Great twists on the tabacco industry.