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The Cheese Monkeys: A Novel in Two Semesters

Written by:
Chip Kidd
Narrated by:
Bronson Pinchot

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2009
6 hours 0 minutes
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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Karin L.

It's a weird, quirky books. Plenty of reviews of the content elsewhere on the internet -- I'll just review the audio book itself. Voice acting directors often tell their actors to simply make a choice and commit to it -- that any choice is better than none. I wish that Bronson Pinchot had *not* made a choice about this novel's lead. I don't believe he uttered a single one of her lines with the intended emphasis, and his narrative choices destroyed what little chance her MPDG-on-crack character had at any redeeming humanity. This one would've been better if he had read her making no choice whatsoever. Can't recommend.

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