QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GUY: The Fab 5's Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better

Ted Allen, Author, Kyan Douglas, Author, Thom Filicia, Author , read by the authors. Random House Audio $22.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7393-1315-2

Complete with sound effects, techno music and an amusing glossary—which defines the Fab Five as "stylish and savvy saviors of straightness"—this audio package possesses all the vibrancy and humor of an episode, as well as some sound advice. In the longest but most useful section, Allen covers everything from the "10 culinary weapons every man should own" (eight-inch chef's knife, 12-inch tongs, etc.) to simple cocktail recipes and dinner menus that are sure to make a date swoon. Listeners should keep a notepad and pen handy for this section, as well as for Kressley's contribution on the dos and don'ts of couture: "Pleated pants are never the answer," but cowboy boots are a closet essential. Douglas's section feels thin at times, but listeners will perk up when he stops talking about unsightly "nose-bush" and moves on to skin care. Filicia, meanwhile, tells people how to spruce up a space by applying "paint-on architecture," and Rodriguez reveals where all the women are hiding and how to impress them ("make it cultural" by going to a play, museum or lecture). The Fab Five succeed in keeping the tone of their readings conversational, and "hip tips" and "straightguy" questions, which are posed in comically exaggerated straight guy voices, lend the audiobook an interactive feel. With its lively dance pace, light humor and bonus q&a, this audiobook is certain to snare fans of the show. Simultaneous release with the Clarkson Potter hardcover. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 04/05/2004
Release date: 02/01/2004
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Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-7393-1314-5
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