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Publisher's Summary

Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2003

Teenager Vernon Gregory Little's life has been changed by the Columbine-style slaughter of a group of students at his high school. Soon his hole-in-the-wall town is blanketed under a media siege, and Vernon finds himself blamed for the killing. Eulalio Ledesma is his particular nemesis, manipulating things so that Vernon becomes the fulcrum for the bizarre and vengeful impulses of the townspeople of Martirio. After a truly surrealistic set of events, Vernon finds himself heading for a fateful assignation in Mexico with the delectable Taylor Figueros...

©2003 D.B.C. Pierre (P)2004 WF Howes Ltd

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Great first experience of an audio book

Very easy listening. The first person perspective and the story line make this book a joy to listen to while doing regular chores (gardening and home brewing)

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  • jdk
  • 23-12-2017

How Did This Win The Booker?

VGL is a Y.A.(yawn) story draped with unredeeming characters. Almost a DNF. The witticisms just barely got me to the end. Avoid.

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  • Rochelle
  • 31-03-2013

Insanely funny

I hardly know what to say about it even though I've been assaulting my husband with updates as the story unfolds as I listed to it in two days straight.

It's un-put-downable, it deserved the Booker prize 100% & everyone should read this book.

In spite of the sad setting for the book the story unfolds in a bizarre but strangely (very, very strangely) believable form.

The story of Vernon Little epitomises American culture as viewed from the outside. Vernon is 15, we quickly discover he is a caring & fairly intelligent teenager - though very much a teenager. He's accused as accessory to murder on spurious reasoning & distinct lack of evidence & yet the case continues.

I loved this book (in case you didn't guess already). In spite of many "No - I do not believe this" moments - you do believe it. In a world where reality television is as popular as it is there is nothing in this book that surpasses the ridiculousness of reality.

But it does highlight the ridiculousness of reality & that is what makes the book wildly funny.

The narration is superb, it does not let the story down.

Go along for the ride. You will never be sorry you did.

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  • Sara
  • 15-12-2011

Blackly Funny

A sad day caused by a sad and confused teenager begins this sequence of bad ideas followed by bad decisions. Vernon Little lives in a world full of awful people. His unfortunate circumstances, and the ignorant people that surround him lead him through a litany of mistakes, digging a deeper and deeper hole for himself until he finds himself on death row. I loved the very dark humour of this book, and the narration perfectly paints a picture of these unlikeable characters, in contrast with the unfortunate Vernon, who you root for, seemingly without much hope, as he really doesn't help himself. You have to hope that the representation here of the flaws in the criminal justice system in this southern American town is based on fiction, but you are left wondering...

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  • Martin Livingstone
  • 04-10-2016

Great book and great performance

I caught part of a BBC Word Book Club show on the radio where this book was being reviewed. On the strength of that I bought the audiobook. I was not disappointed and thought the performance by Nick Landrum was particularly good. I'm telling ya :-)

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  • richard
  • 14-03-2017

Sharp and humorous with learnings a-plenty

I can understand the comparisons to Catcher in the Rye.

In brief - the language is visceral, the characters mostly unsympathetic (the protagonist and Ella being notable exceptions), and the plot is infuriating at times and then finally satisfying.

If you are of a sensitive disposition you may not enjoy the book. If you are not the. This book will deliver belly laughs coupled with some great insights into human nature and our societies. And to top it all, there's a heartwarming story there too.

The performance is very good, a couple of the voices were less believable given the descriptions of the characters, but mostly highly amusing at the least and spot on at the best. Vain Gurie in particular has the most wonderful noise.

I would encourage any sophisticated and mature reader to indulge in this book.

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  • Jason
  • 29-12-2016

Just as good 2nd time around

loved this.
read it years ago when it came out and listening on Audible did not disappoint.
now my dilemna is should I listen to Ludmilla or something else read by the narrator of this?

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  • Stephen
  • 02-09-2016

awesome

loved this from start to finish, well written and beautifully read. Didn't want it to end. recommend it to anyone who just loves a good story. brilliant

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-2020

Spoiler ALERT!!!

Sadly one of the reviews here for this brilliant feature gives away a huge spoiler..C'mon Audible screen out the spoilers!

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  • Mr. P. D. Selman
  • 02-07-2015

A learning: This is a great book

If you could sum up Vernon God Little in three words, what would they be?

Dark, twisted, hilarious.

What other book might you compare Vernon God Little to, and why?

The closest I can get is to say it's like 'Catcher In The Rye' if it had been written by Warren Ellis.

Have you listened to any of Nick Landrum’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is my first time listening to one of Nick Landrum's performances but he does an excellent job and I certainly hope to listen to more books he has narrated.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

'If you think you're having a bad day, watch this and think again.'

Any additional comments?

Don't be put off by the tragic nature of this book's inciting incident. It is extremely well written and genuinely funny. Definitely the best book I've read this year.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-01-2022

Cracking listen

Couldn’t recommend it highly enough, if you like the same stories as me. If you like Great Expectations then it’s probably not for you, but if you enjoyed The Beach I reckon you’ll dig it

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  • Mr. T. M. Lazarus
  • 10-05-2021

Read it. Just f#%@ing read it.

Really good. If I could write like DBC Pierre I would leave a more erudite review. But I can't. So I shan't. Just read it. You won't regret it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-03-2021

absolutely bonkers tale. great listen

to say this is the tale of Vernon Gregory little who is wrongly accused of complicity in a high school shooting is the understatement of the century. it is so much more and genuinely rewarding listen

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