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.
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Interesting, but not as engaging as I hoped
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.
Not for while.
No, unless there is an injection of pace into the story.
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.
- Steve T
Honestly best audiobook ever (for audio geeks!)