Customer Reviews for

Pistonhead

Average Rating 4.5
( 6 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(4)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 4 review with 5 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1
  • Posted July 11, 2009

    An American Original

    Pistonhead is not what I expected. This gritty, touching, funny, poignant novel talks about what it means to be successful. It also delves into the nature of creativity through the deft comparison of the assembly line and Charlie's activities as a songwriter. Definitely recommended for everyone who is looking for a good personal journey story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 3, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Pistonhead Rocks!

    At last a rock novel that tells it like it is! Here is the story of a guy who hasn't made it to the top - no limousines or fancy hotels for Charlie and his Pistonhead bandmates. But he has heart and soul and determination, and even though he faces plenty of obstacles - some funny, some tragic - he keeps plugging away. The characters are real, the onstage scenes will make you feel as though you are in the band, and the factory is something out of Kurt Vonnegut. A great read for anyone from 18 to 80 who wants something more than the usual bland escapist fare.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 2, 2009

    An American Original

    Don't be fooled by the heavy-metal setting. Pistonhead is a funny, scary, gut-wrenching look at the journey made by Charlie Sinclair, a guy who plays guitar in a rock band and works in a factory. There is a theme here - the theme of success and how you define it. Well-written, the story is tight and concise and gritty in its depiction of the life of this semi-loser musician who never seems to quite get a break (until the end, but the break he gets is one that he would have rejected on page one).

    It's got a sturdy sub-plot about assembly-line jobs leaving America and the fate of the mentally- and emotionally-challenged workers who will be left in the dust. The romance is there too, but handled without being sugar-sweet: Lisa is a tough gal who helps steer Charlie in the right direction.

    Highly recommended!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 2, 2009

    The Real Rock Life!

    Pistonhead captures the reality of life for any creative person - musician, actor, artist - who is struggling to "make it." What a riveting cast of characters! The oversexed ex-girlfriend, the smarmy brother-in-law, the hapless lead guitar player of the Viper Crew, the part-time workers on the assembly line, the doomed best-friend-lead-singer, the wacky manager. You will laugh and cry and never look at rock musicians the same way again. It's a slice of life that most of us never see - and teaches us that we need to be careful about what we wish for.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 4 review with 5 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1