Summary

Mixerman is a recording engineer working with a famous producer on the debut album of an unknown band with a giant recording budget. Mixerman is supposed to be writing about recording techniques, but somehow, through that prism, he has hit upon a gripping story. Like all great narratives, Mixerman's diary has many anti-heroes for whom we, the listeners, can have nothing but contempt.
The band consists of the four most dislikable human beings you can imagine. The singer is vain and pretentious. The guitarist is a serious depressive. The drummer is as "dumb as cotton", and the bassist is merely mean and petty, making him the only one that Mixerman can stand. All four of them hate each other's guts, and they haven't even been on tour yet.
Mixerman takes you through the recording process of a bidding war band in over their heads with a famous record producer (also in over his head). Many find Mixerman's diary entries side-splittingly funny. Some find them maddening. And a select few feel they are the most despicable accountings of record-making ever documented.
In this audiobook version of the best-selling book, Mixerman reaches new heights in the production of the actual audiobook itself. This work is filled with a cast of characters, original music, sound effects, and an overall amazing sound quality. Even if you've read the print edition, hearing the book will bring you into a whole new behind-the-scenes experience of the insane world of making music - as only Mixerman can!
Please note: Both the print and audio editions of The Daily Adventures of Mixerman follow an unconventional, somewhat nonlinear structure. This is intentional.
©2002, 2004, 2009 Mixerman Multimedia, Inc. (P)2012 Mixerman Multimedia, Inc.
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Customer Reviews

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3 out of 5 stars
By Steve T on 24-08-16

Interesting, but not as engaging as I hoped

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The reviews for this production sang its praises highly - 4.5 stars - so my expectation was high. As an 'audio and recording geek' I found the technical elements interesting and this gave the story an added dimension, while the dramatisation of the production helped push along what ultimately turned out to be a stodgy and lack-lustre story. Spinal Tap for studio geeks it certainly is not. For me, it was not 'laugh out loud funny' as one reviewer and it lacked the ability to create any anticipation about what happens next. The idea is a good one and the execution was clever, it's just that the story didn't live up to the summary or the other reviews in my opinion. Time well spent? About 75% well spent, the rest was me resisting the temptation to press fast forward.

Would you be willing to try another book from Mixerman? Why or why not?

Not for while.

Do you think The Daily Adventures of Mixerman needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, unless there is an injection of pace into the story.

Any additional comments?

It's not all negative feedback - I'm glad I listened to it and I liked the production approach, it just did not live up to the others reviews. Since reviews are subjective anyway, this is hardly a reason not to have a listen yourself. Lots of others liked it, it just didn't do it for me.

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5 out of 5 stars
By TimTam on 07-05-15

Honestly best audiobook ever (for audio geeks!)

Funny. Funny.
Fun. Fun.
Creative. Letting off steam.
You already read what it's all about, what you should know though is that the audio experience is so much better than "just" reading the book.
Not to be missed!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mixerman on 20-12-12

A message from Mixerman

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Please Note:

The highest quality file available on Audible is listed as "CD Quality." In reality, that classification is for a 192kbps MP3, and the audiobook was mastered specifically for this format. The lesser quality files are considerably degraded. Therefore, I recommend you download the highest quality you can.

Enjoy,

Mixerman

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12 of 12 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Armonioso on 06-01-13

Thrilling and funny

If you could sum up The Daily Adventures of Mixerman in three words, what would they be?

Funny, thoughtful, witty

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me laugh

Any additional comments?

The Adventures of Mixerman details the daily trials and tribulations of a slightly cynical recording engineer during a few weeks of a rock recording project.
Every band member is suffering from either ineptitude, oversized ego or anxiety. The producer is constantly under the influence of stronger stuff and the assistants are of varying degrees of incompetence. In the midst of this we find the protagonist constantly shaking his head and constantly asking the question "is it just me?". It's both clever and amusing and that could be the end of it. But there are two circumstances that makes this work stand out.

Firstly, it's recorded in the form of what almost resembles an old style radio play. It has music, dedicated actors for all the characters and sound illustrations making it a very joyful and riveting listen.

Secondly, and more importantly, it was originally written as an online diary under pseudonym at what I assume was the time of the actual events. This means that neither the storyteller nor we know what will actually happen but we share a vague suspicion that the record will never see completion. But it also means that the fact that the diary is being written and published online creeps into the story in various ways. This lends the story a strange and very enticing meta layer that manages to both lift the story from the page as well as ask some pertinent questions regarding the effects of new, instant online media and the form of democratic journalism that it allows.

But in conclusion it's a stellar work. Not only just a tad crusty and cynical but also darkly humorous and witty.

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