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More filters. Sort order. A very disappointing follow-up to a hilarious first book. Mar 16, Kate rated it it was ok. Some poignant writing in Afghanistan although the reason the author was there remains unclear got this up to 2 stars from me. Else would have been one. Not nearly as many spit-your-coffee laugh-out-loud moments as Piano Player in a Whorehouse, this was more akin to a mid-life realisation not quite a crisis where the author decides on a last hurrah.
Laudable for the cynicism with which he treats the motives of his chosen industry, nonethe Some poignant writing in Afghanistan although the reason the author was there remains unclear got this up to 2 stars from me. Laudable for the cynicism with which he treats the motives of his chosen industry, nonetheless the 'and then' style takes over and becomes repetative when its not interspersed with great comedic moments.
My own take was that there were far too many passages - and whole chapters - that are stretching the word count with no real point than to make the book up to book length. This is likely as much the result of an indulgent editor as author. I kept reading after Afganhistan because there were some truly moving moments in those pages, and I wish the author had made more of the opportunity to explore some of the other countries he spent time in in such a way as well - Bangladesh and The Philippines being two. Expanding on a promising start in Nigeria would have been another.
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May 18, Mike rated it really liked it. Paul carter's second book of tales from his career as a rig hand in the oil and gas industry. This book along with, don't tell mum I work on the rigs, are pretty much industry standard reading material for anyone in the business of exploration drilling. The stories in this book are hilarious and are relics of a time and place where health and safety hadn't taken all of the fun out of working in a remote posting. This book is a must for anyone in the industry of exploration of any kind, it is also Paul carter's second book of tales from his career as a rig hand in the oil and gas industry.
This book is a must for anyone in the industry of exploration of any kind, it is also a must for any male aged 13 and up, as some of the stories are brilliantly immature Author Paul Cater has a great gift of story telling that my fear is that he will run out of crazy 'not politically correct' escapades that he and his fellow 'riggers' get up to. But I shouldn't worry as he has a great imagination so that when he runs out of real ones, I am sure h This book is an absolute hoot, although in some ways it reads so much like the first one of his that I read,"Don't Tell Mom I Work on the Rigs : She Thinks I'm a Piano Player in a Whorehouse" which was equally as funny.
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But I shouldn't worry as he has a great imagination so that when he runs out of real ones, I am sure he will make up some stories that are equally side-splitting funny. A word of advice, don't read on an aircraft in the middle of the night when everyone else is at sleep, as you'll wake them up with your laughter.
Jul 03, Karen Beath rated it liked it. Paul Carter writes this book with the same flare, humour and creativity as his first memoir. I really enjoyed reading it. In saying that I think Carter used most of his best material in the first book understandable because at that stage he didn't know there would be a second. Sometimes I felt like he was jumping from place to place trying to tell good stories. I still enjoyed it though and will definitely read his next book.
Jul 09, Jim rated it liked it Shelves: biography-memoir , nonfiction. An interesting look at the hard-working, hard-drinking, craziness of oil-platform drillers. Especially liked the information about work in Russia, Afghanistan, and Nigeria. Some of the off-rig personal stuff didn't interest me as much.
Probably the closest we have to old-fashioned "cowboy" mentality around. One definitely needs to be a different breed to work with these folks. Jul 08, Jack Adams rated it really liked it. Just as funny as the first book. Looking forward to reading the final one on my trip home today. Feb 19, Antoinette rated it it was ok Shelves: audiobooks , libraries-act , More macho bullshit but my husband enjoyed it as car trip listening- he gives it a 4.
Sep 22, Nicholas Brodie rated it did not like it. Tall stories indeed. Some ridiculous comparisons are made that simply don't makes sense whatsoever. Apr 15, Mark rated it it was ok. Like Carter's first book, this had potential, but spent too long on 'hilarious' side stories and background information. Paul gives us a funny look at life on the oil rigs in remote locations around the world. Dec 30, Kevin Robertson rated it liked it Shelves: book-challenge. Loved the first book and was one of the fastest reads, really enjoyable. Although I did enjoy this, I think I preferred the structure of Paul's previous book and getting to know him and his life leading up to the oil industry.
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I did appreciate the more poignant moments in this book and his reflections on the dire conditions of people he meets around the world and horrific things he witnesses. Click here for more details Telegraph bookshop. Description The outrageous sequel to Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs She Thinks I m a Piano Player in a Whorehouse brings more great stories from the far side of civilization - hilarious, full of humour, colourful characters and dramatic action!
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