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Drink, Play, F@#k: One Man's Search for Anything Across Ireland, Vegas, and Thailand

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When eight years of marriage end in a nasty divorce, some people might turn to psychotherapy. Others might turn to spirituality. But Bob Sullivan decided to

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“Give me two fingers of Jameson,” I told the barman. “Start at my pinkie and keep pouring ‘til you reach someone else’s thumb.” The next thing I remember was waking up in the middle of Ha’penny Bridge wearing nothi...more
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Lena
On the cover of Elizabeth Gilbert's mega-bestselling spiritual travel memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, the word eat is spelled out in pasta, the word play in prayer beads, and the word love in flower petals. On the cover of Andrew Gottlieb's parody send-up of that book, the word drink is spelled out in beer bottle caps, play in poker chips, and f@#k in condoms.

When this suspiciously familiar cover caught my eye at B&N the other day, it immediately put a smile on my face. I liked Gilbert's book a lot...more
Mallory
I hated Eat Pray Love so much that it made me want to stab myself repeatedly in the face with an olive fork. I couldn't resist any parody of that self-indulged garbage, and this book was a cute, clever mockery of Elizabeth Gilbert's middle-aged, poor-me quest to find herself.

Gottlieb does his best to reference Gilbert throughout the course of his quirky and entertaining vignettes. References to the speaker being Gilbert's estranged husband (the one she cried over in the bathroom before deciding...more
Petra Xtra Crunchy
It was ok. Each of the three sections dragged for the last two chapters and the final section was a bit wanky. Other than that, it was a fast plane-read and quite amusing. I hadn't read the original Eat, Pray, Love as I find worthy, self-improvement books incredibly boring and a waste of time - I need a full body retooling rather than touch-ups on the rusty spots, so I can't tell if this was a good parody or not. Still, like the curate's egg, it was good, in parts.
Mike
So I see this book my wife is reading, skim the back cover and think "right up my alley - drinking, golf, gambling..." with stops in Ireland and Vegas. Start reading it with the prologue about a broken marriage that sets the guy on his year long journey and begin with the Ireland pub-hopping that is the first third. Seems like a genius book told pretty hilariously with stories that are plausible but very funny. Then goes to Vegas where he gets a bit more introspective while splitting his time be...more
Andrea
Awesome!!

This satire of Eat, Pray, Love is one of the smartest, funniest, totally GENIUS books I've read recently. Nothing hipster-intelligent or pseudo-intelligent or gross-out-but-not-actually-funny (ahem, Tucker Max, ahem) about it - just brilliant writing. It flows smoothly and hilariously and makes me want to hang out with this guy. If you have read EPL, the structural and conceptual parallels will be unmistakable ~ but if you haven't read EPL, it will still be a good read.

Part one, Ireland...more
Mythili
This book is nothing if not a conversation starter -- especially if (like me) you're happy for an excuse to rant about the horrors of the Eat Pray Love Elizabeth Gilbert cult. Oh. But. I never read Eat Pray Love! -- or at least, I hadn't until this delightful spoof of that narcissistic romp fell into my hands. A few pages into Drink Play Fuck, I decided (or rather, was advised by a wise reader peering over my shoulder) that I would be better able to giggle at Drink Play Fuck if I first spent som...more
Anthony
I read (okay – listened to the unabridged version) of Eat, Pray, Love last year and saw this tagged at Amazon as one of those “you might be interested in” books. I like travel literature. I have traveled quite a bit in Asia (Thailand in particular) so I thought I would buy it and read it. I wasn’t disappointed. It was a quick page turner that I burned through in a week or so of stolen moments of reading. I was struck by the way the book danced on the edge of credibility. The central character wa...more
Danine
Because I loathe whiny and sappy books like "Eat. Pray. Love." I was very curious to read this fictitious alternative. The first part had to do with drinking in Ireland. I laughed so hard during these chapters I thought I would have a brain aneurysm. I thought for sure this would be a four star book.

As I moved to the second part about gambling and golf my four star rating turned into a three star rating. I don't gamble and I don't golf and maybe I shouldn't judge a book because of my own ignora...more
Michelle
a hilarious alternative to the popular East, Love, Pray only from the perspective of a man whose wife walked out on him after several years of marriage. Not too deep but not as shallow as you might expect. Lots of guy's thoughts/impressions. Serious and as emotional as an average saddened man will allow himself to be. Light, bubblegum but definitely worth the read! :)
Steve lovell
An obvious parody on the sudsy 'Eat, Pray, Love', Gottlieb presents a version from the other gender, and not a NASM version for our hero, to put it mildly, is full of himself. He rails and vents his spleen as an alpha-male-done-wrong. His missus has racked off to cuckold him, so its payback time big time - not to his philandering wife, but to himself for all the injustices he has suffered at her hands. Strangely I felt for his wife throughout this tome - how did she put up with him for so long!!...more
Juli
I enjoyed this book so much I'm giving it 4 stars!. Yes, that's four stars with an exclamation mark. Or maybe four gold stars and a silver. Or 4.9 stars, which don't round up to 5. I'd have given it 5 stars if I hadn't just given Holocaust 5 stars, although not because reading that one made me happy, obviously. And there's no reason to lament, again, the Goodreads 5-star system, so I'll just explain now what I love so much about this book.

The main character, Robert Sullivan, is ridiculously lika...more
Jennifer
I picked up this book because I thought it might be fun to read a sattire based on "Eat, Pray, Love", which I have just finished reading. This book is basically the male version. It started out pretty funny and I was able to forgive the poking fun at a book I loved, but as the book progressed, I just got bored. He was following the formula, but it just wasn't exciting or insightful. It didn't make you think or do anything. I was just reading the words and hoping to get to something interesting u...more
Hannah
I have this problem where I often think that parodies are legitimate stories. Example: This is Spinal Tap (you won't understand how absurd it is that I could have thought it was a real documentary unless you've seen the movie). Needless to say, I thought that Gottlieb's book was a legitimate story. Which, as it turns out, made it that much funnier. But regardless of the truth, Gottlieb's book is at once heartbreaking and side-splitting. It is fantastic, and a great quick read for when you are tr...more
Jo
Parody of the bestselling book 'Eat, Pray, Love' which, according to the hype, everybody has read although I can't name a single person I know who has. Bob Sullivan is a man on a mission and that's to have as much fun as possible. His wife of eight years has left him so he decides to re-evaluate his life and take a year out to get up to as much irresponsible activity as he can. He goes on a drinking bender in Ireland, gambles several thousand dollars away in Las Vegas then heads to Thailand for...more
Darell Schmick
I really liked the concept: a roast to the tale of discovery that is so frequently criticized as too self-indulgent by Elizabeth Gilbert. What better than reading this humorist take the same journey in the domain of not-as-positive XY "self-discovery"?

It's funny, don't get me wrong. The first few pages are rich with belly laughs. But after a while, it wears on you. I wasn't far into the story when I made this realization: it's like the book equivalent of being trapped in the corner at a party by...more
Frieda Vizel
I was confused. Was this supposed to be a satire matching up to Eat Pray Love or was this supposed to be stand-alone funny? The thing is, I read Eat Pray Love years ago and remember absolutely NOTHING. I usually remember. That was what I hated so much about the Gilbert book, it was so bad, the worst kind of bad, that it didn’t even register in my memory. I only remembered that it was hailed the most wholesome feel-good do-no-harm masterpiece of privilege and shallowness (okay, that’s not what it...more
Craig Hodges
Gottlieb is smart. Reading this book I could sense he enjoyed playing with Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller Eat Pray Love and simultaneously crafting his attempt to invert the high-minded messages of the Deepak Chopras of this world.

How so? Well because Gottlieb has written what could be described as an anti-guru’s self-help book about letting go a little and rediscovering the joy in life; a book about the joys of a little self-indulgence after a marital breakdown.

The protagonist Bob Sullivan is...more
Andrea
Was ok, like literally just ''ok''

Nowhere near as deep or as long for that matter as the wives version but that could be a male / female thing OR that that could be because she was a writer and he was not ?

Anyhow .. made for a quick light read, some interesting thoughts expressed along with glimpses of insight into the male mind.
Merilee
I think Cynthia would get a kick out of this one;-) My dd's reading Eat Pray Love so when I saw this in a bookstore today in Golden BC, I couldn't resist.

No, fugedaboudit. Reall, really, REALLY dumb!!!
James
Of similar pseudo-lit as Augusten Burroughs or Tucker Max. Casual, metaphor-laden writing saved only by occasionally humorous anecdotes and imagery. It's not a complete waste of time as it's short. Take it to the beach or take it on a plane and finish it there.
Tyler Mackenzie
I thought this book had a good start. The pacing of the story was good, and while some of it was a bit excessive, it was still believable. Towards the end, it began to venture too far into the realm of fantasy with a heavy dose of 80's Rom-Com serendipitous ending. For a book that so eagerly looks for the acceptance of the frat-house type, it seems to try too hard to pander to the "Lifetime" movie watcher demographic towards the end of it.
It's almost as if the author got a sudden attack of cons...more
Erica
An easy read if you are looking for something mindless. The main character, Bobby, can get a bit annoying at times. There are better things out there to spend your time doing.
Dede
Started strong with the humour then got a bit too hollywood chick flick for my tastes. Not a bad read but not nearly what it could have been.
Maria Holland
Oh man. I found this book in the laundry room (where people leave books for others) and picked it up because I found Eat Pray Love insufferable and this one could not probably be worse. It was so much better! It was funnier, better written, less self-indulgent, and SOMEHOW, more deep? The guy who goes to Ireland to drink, Vegas to gamble, and Thailand to "experience physical pleasure" was more mature before the year of adventuring, and somehow actually learned more about life than his "wife". (I...more
caty
Drink, Play, F@#k is an obvious parody to Eat, Pray, Love. ‘One man’s journey to find himself in Ireland, Las Vegas and Thailand’.

I saw this at an airport back in September and just had to buy it. The cover mimicked Eat, Pray, Love, which was still fresh in my mind from the summer reading challenge. Now, first off, I'd like to remind you that I was surprised to find I liked EPL. I'm not about to fly around the world and worship Gilbert, but it wasn't bad. So a parody interested me. I mean, the c

...more
Kimberly
The author is a so called humorist but I couldn’t see anything funny about this sad tale about Bob a rejected jerk who continues his career into jerkhood by drinking his way around Dublin, compulsive gambling in Las Vegas and leering in Thailand.

I had to check several times that this was a piece of fiction and that Andrew Gottlieb was not previously married to Elisabeth Gilbert, so closely does this follow her story in Eat, Pray, Love.

After getting jilted he leads an attack on the world by qui...more
Kaliki
Fair book…light, quick read. I could take or leave the main character. I wasn’t attached to him, but I didn’t dislike him.

One particular part at the end seemed completely unbelievable, and I felt like it was thrown in there to try to make this a book that men would enjoy as well as women. But then, some would probably say that a lot of the book was unbelievable and obviously made up. It is fiction after all.

I would only draw one comparison to Eat, Pray, Love because the two books (I believe) w...more
Samantha
A fantasticly funny read! Bob Sullivan is dumped by his spoiled NYC wife for her tennis instructor and his world goes topsy-turvey. As with Elizabeth Gilbert's super-duper mega million spiritual travel memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, Drink, Play, F@#k finds our subject on a spiritual journey--though Bob Sullivan's journey is of a vastly different nature! He finds himself fall down drunk in the pubs of Ireland, in the highest of high roller suites at the Bellagio living large with his personal guru, Ric...more
Melissa
I was a bit skeptical about this book at first. I'll admit, I thought to read it because the title looked funny. But when I read the synopsis, I was thinking "Gosh I really hope this isn't dry and boring."

I'm happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised. This was well put together, funny, articulate, and smooth. I think it's a feat when I guy can be both a responsible gentleman and a carefree hedonist all in one. Granted, it took the guy's wife leaving him to motivate him to take this tryst arou...more
Allison
I have been looking forward to reading this book for a long time. I finally accepted the fact that my home-town library would probably not get caught dead carrying it. I should have figured it out seeing that there was practically a religious movement when EG's Eat, Pray, Love came to town. TWICE--as in for the book and then for the movie. (blechhhh?!) For any of you that were thoroughly disgusted with EPL, you will love this everyman's underdog antithesis. It basically follows the same plot: yu...more
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