Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs, She Thinks I'm a Piano Player in a Whorehouse

Don t Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs She Thinks I m a Piano Player in a Whorehouse A take no prisoners approach to life has seen Paul Carter heading to some of the world s most remote wild and dangerous places as a contractor in the oil business Amazingly he s survived to tell th

  • Title: Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs, She Thinks I'm a Piano Player in a Whorehouse
  • Author: Paul Carter
  • ISBN: 9781741146981
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Paperback
  • A take no prisoners approach to life has seen Paul Carter heading to some of the world s most remote, wild and dangerous places as a contractor in the oil business Amazingly, he s survived, to tell these stories from the edge of civilization, and reason.

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    1. David Sederis would kill for this material, thought he'd probably be killed getting it which would mean no book. That would be unfortunate if Sederis was writing it. Carter, meanwhile, demonstrates that great material does not great writing make. Which is too bad, because there is some truly great material in here.

    2. First, know what you're getting here. Not an indictment of the oil industry or anything like that. A series of amusing tales related to working on oil rigs in some pretty wild locations.It's compulsively readable. Sort of like I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell except you don't get that feeling that the author is trying to explain how awesome he is at any point. There are shit stories, more than one story about a monkey (although if we're going to get picky, one story is about an orangutan, which is [...]

    3. My mother laughed uproariously throughout this book, then thrust it into my hands and said, ‘You must read this’. When she saw that I was planning to read it on the train, she was worried. ‘You might laugh too much’.There are some hilarious points to this book, one of them involving a clever monkey and a key, others involving boyish hijinks on an oil rig. There are serious points too (such as what accidents can happen on a rig) but Carter makes this a light-hearted, fun read. Following t [...]

    4. The author and narrator was irritating and just seemed to be about fighting and macho activities. If you like this you'll love the book. Despite that,towards the end I began to warm to him. Also he is a good storyteller. Hence 3 stars. Otherwise for irritation I would have given him 5 out of 5

    5. I need a new face because after reading this book I laughed mine off I loved every single story Pauli shared in this book and i really liked the authenticity he used to describe the oddest scenarios. Simple but extremely effective, my favorite way of reading.

    6. This book was totally hilarious!! Wonderful holiday reading, I used it as a reward whilst shifting house!! Ok, clean another room - you get to read a chapter, pack a few boxes you get two chaptersPaul Carter works in the oil industry, and the book is like a succession of boy's own adventures, or the plot of a Cohen movie where the real becomes the bizarre, and I kept thinking 'did that really happen!"Just one little taster - this apparently occurred in the jungle in Borneo."Nothing in the jungle [...]

    7. A series of anecdotes, compulsively readable, very funny at times. The reader is just happy to learn about these faraway places and bizarre happenings from the safety of a book. All in all, many LOLs, and never a dull moment. Recommended.Other reviewers have remarked that 'the author has a lot of material but could've done more with it'. Well, yes and no. The point of the book is not to be a travelogue but rather a glimpse at the author's experiences in various places that most of us won't ever [...]

    8. This book has been in my to read list for a while but i cant remember why i added it. I think I heard a radio interview with the author but maybe the title just caught my attention.This book is an easy read and mildly amusing. I'd recommend it more to men who don't read very often. Lots of fart and poop jokes and stories of getting drunk and into bar fights. Probably not my usual thing. My favorite part was the monkey who smoked a pack a day. This memoir shares a lot about oil rigs and the cultu [...]

    9. No, no, this is really, really bad. I got through Chapter 1, the writing was terrible, but I thought "Oh well, it's not a literary masterpiece but I can put up with it for the sake of the story". I was slightly worried when I got to the story of the friend, the rosebush, the Chinese food and the dope - mmmm slightly juvenile and very unfunny. I started Chapter 2, aha, he is a rigger, at last we can get going. No, I got to the frying apricots instead of eggs, contemplated whether it was supposed [...]

    10. A hilarious collection of stories you'd want to hear told in the pub. In fact reading it felt more like that than getting immersed in a book. Genuinely laugh out loud funny, I finished it in an afternoon. It's not subtle, cleverly written or a literary masterpiece. What it is though, is funny as fuck. You truly couldn't make up the stories he has to tell. Outrageous.

    11. A view from the other side: we're all trying to kick the oil habit, what about those who actually work in the industry? Slice of life tales, practically transcribed in a pub. (Not that that's a bad thing.)

    12. It's been a while since I laughed so hard that I rolled on the floor -literally- and cried from reading a book.The best part of being around the world, in my opinion, is that you meet like a lot of freaking awesome people to a total a**holes out there. In case you haven't realise it, ignorant fools existed in every society.What I noticed about Pauli, like when he shared the 'mischiefs' of some Saturation divers did when they're bored during a job in Brunei -getting drunk, sneaking into the Mosqu [...]

    13. I picked up this book simply because it obviously has an awesome title.Anyway. Since I was little I read more books than any kid probably should (I would go through approximately 5 per week hey, I do live in a country where it rains a lot you know) and I always found that reading was an excellent way to go places without, you know, actually going places. This book took me places I most definately would never want to actually go to, even if it's just because, you know, I would actually like to ke [...]

    14. Don’t Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs, She Thinks I’m a Piano Player in a Whorehouse (2006) by Paul Carter is a book that is like listening to someone who has some great stories at a bar. Carter’s experiences as an oil driller all over the world are really something.The world of drilling is highly paid dangerous work that is carried out all over the world. The drillers live an intense life. Alcohol abuse is rampant. Relationships are destroyed by constantly being away from home. The book is so [...]

    15. I don't think I've read a book that's ever made me laugh, consistently, like this one did. I picked it up right before a trip and it was a quick and light read that set a nice mood after a couple months of constant serious/horror novels. I recommend this book where I work to everyone. It doesn't matter if you're someone who always likes reading mostly erotica, the bible, or bible erotica, this book is fair paced and will even pick up and brighten a dank atmosphere you may be occupying. Cant wait [...]

    16. Rated three stars because there are some truly great stories in here. Despite those vivid and/or horrifying moments, was actually not that interesting. If Paul carter had written a book about the oil industry and the people who work there instead of an autobiography, I think this would have been killer. His life stories actually seemed to get in the way - except for that awful one about his friend Craig which I will never in my whole life forget. Was dry retching along the m4 listening to it.

    17. "Guns are as common a sight in Nigeria as mobile phones are in Los Angeles. In this respect the Nigerians put even the Americans to shame— but, no wait, guns don't kill people, people kill people right? Oscar de driva always had his mobile phone and his gun on him. I thought Nokia should develop a camera/gun, or a phone/gun, or even a gun/phone/camera. There would be massive sales in west Africa."

    18. Absolutely hilarious!So many moments throughout that were truly scary, gruesome, funny, and sad.I couldn't get enough of this book!!!

    19. An entertaining read - I laughed out loud in parts. Paul Carter tells a great story and he's had some crazy adventures so if that is your kind of read, go for it. I can only read material like this when I need a mental break or cheering up. Ninety per cent of the time I'm looking for a more challenging read. No offence to Paul. A note on the Bolinda Audio Book version: Paul Carter is an excellent narrator of his own material and his accents are impressive. When he's finished working on oil rigs [...]

    20. PROMISINGLY (in my juvenile estimation) this book begins with the tale of an involuntary bowel movement localised in the author's undies. Put delicately the author "follows through" at the beginning of an eight-hour flight to Singapore.This high-altitude nightmare is acutely humiliating for Carter and as a result it's also acutely funny. It's schadenfreude at its basest but infinitely funnier because it's not German.Carter, or "Pauli", as he refers to himself, is an oil rig contractor and he's s [...]

    21. I really enjoyed this book, unlike other biographies I have read, this was really easy and interesting to read. I found it read more like a novel filled with interesting, funny and unusual moments through Paul's life. WARNING READERS WITH WEAK STOMACHS: some parts in this novel are explained in perhaps a bit too much detail, I am normally fine with a bit of gore, but I found myself feeling quite ill reading some parts, whether that is due to an overactive imagination I'm not sure but keep it in [...]

    22. Having spent years around former oil industry field engineers, listening and laughing at their outrageous stories, I assumed that a complete published book of such tales must certainly be amusing. I was not disappointed, and a few of Carter's anecdotes are well beyond even the most outlandish and ridiculous stories I've heard.The format of the book is quick-paced, and I picked it up expecting little more than a collection of episodic events, more akin to short stories than to a typical memoir. F [...]

    23. There's not much to say about this one. I found it an interesting read, though and the information about the rigs was fun, and insightful. Carter has a style about him, really no holds barred, but he's also incredibly self-aware of his own luck and connections. I was intrigued by the experiences of an industry I've had little contact with, and it seems that although Carter enjoyed his years on the rigs, he recognises the downsides of the lifestyle, and how it might have affected his own personal [...]

    24. After trudging through an allusive and whimsical fictional rite-of-passage marathon from Haruki Murakami, Paul Carter's real-life lad's progress is a welcome breath of foul air. The surprise, and the reason I didn't give it more stars, is that there's not a lot about life on the rigs as such, no real background on the topic or technical info, but simply a chronological succession of anecdotes from his life, much of which was indeed spent on rigs around the world. As a mild-mannered and timid lib [...]

    25. This book felt like a Saturday afternoon spent with friends. That is to say, a heck of a lot of fun. And if I wasn’t already reading it in an airport during a layover I think I might have gotten a severe case of itchy feet, packed a backpack, and been on my way to the airport in no time. All this while dreaming about casually lighting a cigarette in my hiding place under the table after a gun fight in a bar in Manila.Even though I wasn’t impressed by the writing and found it too simple and u [...]

    26. A very enjoyable read of what in essence is the escapades of a rigger. Working in the oil industry myself, but never having been unlucky enough to be on a rig, but having heard enough stories about them to ensure I don´t really want to, this is a good book to read. Funny and fast paced, yes the language is crude, but this is a very male dominated, somewhat macho environment, so thats to be expected, it´s a good holiday read. My only complaint would be that he moves from place to place at aston [...]

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