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Plays With Cars

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  359 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Automotive writer Doug DeMuro is sharing his stories. In “Plays With Cars,” the former Porsche manager covers some of his most ridiculous decisions, like buying an old Land Rover sight unseen, taking a Mercedes AMG station wagon to a rural Georgia dragstrip, and roadtripping across the United States in a Lotus Elise without air conditioning. He’s also reviewed his former ...more
Kindle Edition, 237 pages
Published July 12th 2013
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Feb 24, 2014 Jason rated it really liked it
I saw the author's columns on Jalopnik and thought they were funny. This book was just $2.99 on kindle so I gave it a try.

I feel very lucky to have found this, It was perfect for me. I like all the same types of cars the author tells stories about and seem to have the same humor and sarcastic way of thinking. There were quite a few times where I laughed out loud. Then, my wife looked at me funny. I tried to explain it to her and even read her a passage, but she didn't get it. It really is about
Steve E.
Aug 05, 2016 Steve E. rated it liked it
DeMuro is laugh-out-loud funny in places - and his style really grows on you, until it doesn't. Poor editing brings it down a star.
Oct 12, 2016 Felix rated it it was amazing
If you watched Doug's videos and read his articles and enjoyed them, you are going to love this book!

Filled with unbelivable stories, funny thoughts this book is extremely "quirky".

This is "Car Fever" by James May but at a 200Mph pace while doing skids...
Feb 17, 2016 Richard rated it really liked it
As with many others, after seeing the book mentioned at the end of articles on Jalopnik for a while I decided to take a look.

A relatively cheap book with a few short stories echoing Doug's online writing style. The stories made me laugh as much as his ongoing columns do and I enjoyed the short book.

Not a book about cars in the 'working on them' sense, more a book about enjoying experiences in cars. This speaks to my experience and interest in cars greatly. The most I've ever done to my car is c
Aug 01, 2013 Anthony rated it it was amazing
Doug DeMuro writes at The Truth About Cars and Jalopnik. If you've read his posts there, then you've probably some of the writing here, or stuff that touches on the same themes. It's a good read, though - funny, easy to read, and interesting. There are parts where I wish he went a little more into depth - sometimes it feels like the setup is great but the ending kind of rushes, but maybe that's just because I want more of his hilarious writing. Well worth $3 - this is the book that got me to ...more
Tomasz Stachewicz
Sep 06, 2015 Tomasz Stachewicz rated it it was amazing
Like probably all who read this book, I know Doug DeMuro as frequent writer on the Jalopnik and being a fan of his style I decided to buy this book. And was not disappointed! DeMuro has this excellent style which allows him to describe even mundane events (like car, or at least its air conditioning, breaking down in the middle of across-usa road trip) in extremely entertaining way. And his adventures were far beyond "mundane", that's for sure. Wholeheartedly recommending!
Will Szal
Jan 06, 2015 Will Szal rated it did not like it
It's a funny book, but it has very little to do with cars.

Much of Doug's humor is sexist, racist, or otherwise unkind.

As far as I can tell, our author despises cars and hates driving them most of the time. Almost all of his reviews are negative.

This book could be a perfectly good read. My issue was that I just expected it to be a book about cars written by a car guy. If you know of a good one, let me know!
Alastair Mcrae
Aug 03, 2015 Alastair Mcrae rated it liked it
It was good; not great. I can't decide if I qualify as a car enthusiast or not though. I spend a very large percentage of my time thinking about, reading about, dreaming about, talking about cars, but I've never owned a single car for pleasure. It's all about utility and necessity and reliability when I make a car purchase. Doug, on the other hand, must be 5 or 6 years younger than me and has owned most of those cars I dream about. It was fun to read about that.
Rob Warner
Mar 27, 2014 Rob Warner rated it it was amazing
This dude is hilarious! It's a series of short essays on various car-related topics, and every essay is a total crackup. As soon as I finished this book, I bought his other one, and I'll be glued to that as soon as I start!
Alan Thompson
Nov 30, 2015 Alan Thompson rated it liked it
Ok. I am one of the afflicted too.

A lot to recognize here. Good quick read, but frankly I would have liked more than a collection of brief stories about each car Doug has owned. Shit, could write that book. But Doug is like a writer or journalist or something.
Jeffrey A Spear
Mar 21, 2015 Jeffrey A Spear rated it it was amazing

Youthful perspective on some cool cars. What is next on the list? I'm totally scared of all British cars now.
May 25, 2014 Fiid rated it really liked it
Entertaining read. It's a funny style, but a hair too much like trying to be Jeremy Clarkson. A teeny bit repetitive too. Was still a great read though.
Simão Voloch
Feb 11, 2015 Simão Voloch rated it it was amazing
Found this book after reading Doug's articles on Jalopnik. The book keeps the same style as his internet pieces and is therefore a pleasure to read.
Derek Titus
Apr 21, 2014 Derek Titus rated it liked it
Car lovers.

A good read for fellow car lovers. Whether you are into sports cars, exotics, daily drivers, foreign or domestic, this a good read from the actual driver.
Aug 10, 2016 Ryan rated it really liked it
Collection of car stories / reviews. Liked it but you can get the same thing (from the same writer) on
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