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He worked hard, played hard, and was referred to as the Peter Pan Man, set to be a star in the industry he adored. After his third promotion in four years, he was granted a rare bright future tag that only two executives, with very different agendas, were aware of. The company relocated him to run a new selling division and his seemingly scripted life appeared to be a dreaHe worked hard, played hard, and was referred to as the Peter Pan Man, set to be a star in the industry he adored. After his third promotion in four years, he was granted a rare bright future tag that only two executives, with very different agendas, were aware of. The company relocated him to run a new selling division and his seemingly scripted life appeared to be a dream, until the warnings he ignored caused it to have traits of a nightmare. With pixie dust bathing the scene in magic, the Peter Pan Man met his Wendy, and the curtain rose on The Show....

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ISBN : 29769902
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 408 Pages
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the show Reviews

  • Chloe
    2019-03-03 12:15

    THE SHOW is fifty-two chapters of CRAZY GOOD SHIT!!For starters, the author is fucking hilarious. I laughed out loud as he masterfully blurred the lines of serious subject matter with a humorous poke at himself, or another fantastic character in this amazing mix. It's probably important to note that the author is the Peter Pan Man. A guy who I wanted to loathe, but ended up loving. Okay, so I even pretended I was Wendy. Don't judge! You will too. But with all that imaginary goodness aside, The Show is a thought provoking read with so many relatable layers of life that I could not stop turning the pages. A truly brilliant book by an author who has a "magical" way of tugging at your heart strings, and telling a story in such a way that will have you impatiently waiting for his next book - hopefully the sequel to The Show. I CAN'T WAIT!!

  • Jaimie Engle
    2019-03-07 12:47

    I edited this book and instantly fell in love with it. Larry has a genius way of creating these true to life characters and putting them in unbelievable predicaments. There's love, jealousy, betrayal, laughter, and heartbreak, rolled up into what would be an amazing series, should someone decide to film it. A great summer read!

  • Camilla
    2019-03-08 15:13

    Most of this was quite engaging, some of it was just brilliant - often funny, and at times hilarious. A few too many characters, and some typical typos, but an overall entertaining read that exceeded my expectations.The real appeal for me came from the author himself, though. Not just his unique writing style, but the fact he is the loveable lead who exudes a dangerous boyish charm that ends up altering his (and her) life, with tragic consequences. If you are looking for happy endings this isn’t a book for you. This feels real, and races on with sensitive subject matter that this guy dances through - until he goes right off the cliff….

  • Jerry
    2019-03-04 15:08

    A genius salesman sells us a fairytale! I worked with the author, and must say this is an incredible account of his ways. This story is not only relatable, but entertaining. It's been years since I worked in the wine industry, but can't deny these 400 pages brought me right back to the maddening practices of certain executives within this powerful organization. The detailed dialogue is about as real as it gets and Larry (the author) should be commended for this masterful recreation. It is brilliant. It is the real deal - masked by nickname/name changes. As I am quite familiar with the executives exposed in this, I am also familiar with Larry's ways with women. I'm sure he did care about Wendy, but make no mistake about it, he sold us a fairytale - she wasn't the first, and certainly won't be the last. He is an amazing salesman and clearly a talented writer who seized an opportunity. This guy knows how to push buttons, and has only refined his skills since the days I knew him. THE SHOW IS WORTH THE HIGH PRICE TAG! FIVE STARS.

  • Elena
    2019-03-14 12:02

    The Show was a recommended read to me that did not disappoint. The story had me thinking from the dedication page (a first for me) and going back through certain chapters laughing out loud. I loved the characters, and the dialogue was scary real. I felt this was a brilliant work of fiction that had many layers of relatable life. It made this very entertaining book even more enjoyable. I only hope there is a sequel!

  • The Truth
    2019-02-28 11:13

    FUCKING UNBELIEVABLE...The premise of this story has a (talented) self-destructive guy driving his career, and life off a cliff. The protagonist is the Peter Pan Man - a forty-two year old executive who refused to grow up while being exalted to the position of Sales Director (of a new sales division that he was hand-picked to run) - as he partied like a frat boy. The antics detailed are borderline slapstick, and left me unsettled, yet unable to stop laughing. Just to give you a tiny taste of this debauchery, he (the Peter Pan Man) sent poems and MS's (mirror shots - dripping wet in his towel) to his much younger female manager, (who he naturally named Wendy) very aware she fell in love with him, while blaming it all on his pixie dust because he can't admit he's really Lucifer. I'll now confess I'm also a (slightly jealous) writer, and pissed off that my wife has even checked out his MS's. So, I'll conclude by raising my glass and middle finger - Cheers and FUCK YOU PETER PAN MAN!

  • Sheila Jenkins
    2019-03-24 09:01

    This is the first book I've read from this author and from the title, The Show, I honestly wasn't sure what to expect. This book is written in first person, and story begins with strong emotion and you're all of a sudden thrown right into the heat of the battle-and really, the actual conclusion of the book (but hopefully not the actual conclusion of this story). My anxiety levels peaked for the protagonist as I felt the written words were very personal, and after the first heated chapter, I was brought back in time to the beginning of the story. The pace of the book read easily and quickly, although some points became overburdened with too many different characters to keep up with, they all played a role in the story eventually. As the pages turned, Larry's personality started to become clearer and clearer and you realize that he's a genuine soul, albeit, with many character flaws, which just make him more real and more relatable. Even if you don't know anything about the particular industry he works for, if you've ever worked for any type of company (large or small), you can clearly understand the politics, jealousy & gossiping that goes on inside of any workplace. Although there was some satisfaction in the ending with the firing of a particular person and the back-tracking of another, those two highlights didn't give me the sense of closure I was hoping for our main man, and hope again, that the last page was merely that- and not the last page of this character's story.

  • Kristen S.
    2019-03-14 10:03

    I had met the author of The Show at his new gym and felt like I was talking to (the Peter Pan Man -him) the lead character he claims to have "fictionalized." (He seemed pretty freaking close to what I read) Anyway, after some small talk, another reader of the book stated they would review it for him and although I wasn't on GRs I wanted to do the same. First off I found it fascinating that he had to cut out 100 pages because it was originally too long. Although I would love to read the uncut version, the story that he received the publishing contract for (the first printing) is still 400 pages and quite detailed.I don't like labeling "The Show" a "rise and fall" because of the AMAZING star-crossed love story, but it ultimately is. It's this relationship that the company uses to cause his fall - the demise of the Peter Pan Man's bright career. Without spoiling it I'll only add that I found the flow to be fast, engaging and emotionally draining. I could not stop turning the pages as the story races on with incredible dialogue and teary twists. Lots of laughs, sighs, and screams too, and the songs (you'll see) are a brilliant touch to an amazing book - one that will have you shouting - I BELIEVE!!!!

  • Laura Clark
    2019-03-20 12:55

    The Show I knew this book was going to tug at my heartstrings when I read the the dedication page:TO THOSE OF YOU WHO BELIEVE: THE SECOND STAR TO THE RIGHT, SHINES IN THE NIGHT FOR YOU, TO TELL YOU THAT THE DREAMS YOU HAVE, REALLY CAN COME TRUE.This was one of the best star-crossed love stories EVER !! I laughed, sighed, screamed, and even shed a few tears.Recommended for the read: tissues, a pillow, (to scream in, and rest your head) and WINE...LOTS OF WINE! My personal favorite chapter was 26 "She'll Always Find A Way To Just Enjoy The Show" and I can't blame her.Thanks CH and MS for recommending !!

  • Marlin
    2019-02-23 16:17

    Don't start this without a bottle of wine. The wine described will have you craving a glass, and the anxiety that builds will have you consuming it rapidly. Wine consumption aside this is an entertaining first novel by a super nice guy who wields his vast talents with reckless abandon. I only signed up for goodreads because I really enjoyed this and wanted to help him out. Five Stars.

  • Kim
    2019-02-21 17:15

    um, this was a pleasant surprise. Prepare for a fast-paced, thought-provoking read. One which had me laughing at disturbing subject matter that I should've been appalled by. I can't explain why. All I can say is that this guy has a certain naive boyish charm that even came through in his writing. Maybe he really is Peter Pan? By chapter 29, I tried to convince myself it was his MS's (Mirror Shots, check the authors Facebook PP and you'll understand) ...but after that, I thought he has to be Lucifer... (it's all in the book) ...and I realize I'm rambling on, and will never be able to explain the reason why, so I'll just move on. All mysteries aside, this is a thoroughly entertaining and relatable story. A real snapshot of life. Ego, envy, love, and betrayal are mixed up with all his pixie dust and served hot and fast. His writing style is unique, to say the least, but it worked. The characters (especially him) are so appealing, and the dialogue is alive, and so real - I found myself screaming at the pages. I felt so much compassion for Wendy, and his wife, and really any female that came in contact with him. But honestly, I would've acted the same way. And I would've blocked it all out (just like Wendy) to share one more magical moment in his sacred Never Land...with one more delightful glass of Franciscan Magnificateeeeeeeee!! I loved that slang and one of my favs too ...OMFG...I'm done. I need more wine...and my pillow. FIVE STARS!

  • Steve
    2019-03-21 14:52

    T​he Show by Larry Sola is a thought provoking, entertaining and insightful novel about one man’s journey after being fired from a well-paying sales position. Along the way, we get educated and entertained about corporate politics, jealousy, and relationships, among other things. When a book possesses these merits, you know it is a book well worth reading. All of us have been through the highs and lows of career and family. The Show deftly illustrates and examines in great detail the travails and pitfalls that befall the eponymous central character. Though The Show is a novel it reads like a chapter from anybody’s life and that is what makes the book engrossing and exhilarating. It does not matter what type of work you do; The Show is a caveat for all of us who toil in the work- a-day world. Buy The Show today and be prepared to finish it tomorrow.

  • Lori C.
    2019-02-25 12:08

    I'm shocked no one has mentioned this guy's similarities to Hank Moody of Californication ??!! He is cut from the same cloth, and is a writer. LOL, anyway ...really engaging story. I related to it so much that I had to stop reading it for a couple of days. This should be a movie, it was very entertaining.

  • Capt Ken
    2019-02-26 14:54

    I read many reviews of this book after I overheard a conversation about it during a book club discussion. It was shortly after that when I began reading it, and could not put it down. The story is written in first person, and the author does an impressive job crisscrossing serious subject matter and teenage type tomfoolery...with references to Peter Pan's (his) Never Land. Most of this debauchery is detailed during Wine Time. A (story-line) tradition that had me feeling intoxicated, but important to note because it plays into the love story part of the book.The love interest is a girl (naturally) named Wendy. And of course, the young leading lady falls head over heals for the charming (egotistical) Peter Pan Man. Apparently, his pixie dust, and MS's (mirror shots), and poems - and other notable nonsense will win anyone's heart, but absolutely hooked hers. No pun intended - this was beyond any normal love story. This was a second star to the right love story...just believe. But wait, there's more - at forty-three years old he also plays an egg-crack and eyelash game with her...and other mermaids (young ladies)...who are half his age. While you mull that over I'll get back to the fascinating line-up of characters.In chapter 7 we are introduced to a Mama Bear, Sith Lord, Wizard, a mermaid named Molly, and Schultz, his sales manager. I personally loved Schultz. He's inspired by the character of the same name in the old TV sitcom, Hogan's Hero's. In chapter 21 "Wendy's Birthday Party" Schultz had already witnessed too much of the Peter Pan Man's 'magical ways' and began reciting the same classic line "I see nothing, I hear nothing, and I know nothing" over and over, before rapidly exiting any scene he wandered into. The visual of a guy, (in a helmet and suit) hauling ass had me laughing out loud. In time, (as the anxiety builds) the Peter Pan Man is taken down by his own ego, and a few more touched individuals. One is his protégé, a dim character named Bud Fox, (yes, taken from the movie Wall Street) and two buffoons named Faggallo and Trappellitti. Without spoiling it, I'll say the conclusion is clever and sets up a sequel that I am suddenly looking forward to reading.

  • DPLY
    2019-03-16 11:59

    This story might seem outlandish, but it is an accurate account of what actually happens in this company. I still work in the (wine) industry written about, and everyone who reads this novel should understand how powerful this company is, and how many lives they have affected with the corrupt politics practiced there. I no longer work for them, but witnessed it for years. As there are many good people, there are too many who aren't. I felt this author did a masterful job describing them, especially “The Wizard” —a character whom many have dealt with the likes of in the corporate world—a yes man, who manipulates situations behind the scenes, while pretending to have everyone's best interests. In the early 2000’s I worked with the author, (Larry) and felt he nailed the business side of the story, but I can't say the same for the love-story. He was always a talented/self-destructive guy who females gravitated to.That said, I believe he exaggerated his “love” for Wendy. He was someone who was always caught up in an unbelievable “female” drama. Believe me, Wendy was not the first, and won't be the last, which leads me to believe this salesman just sold us a fairytale-one which I can only hope changes how this company conducts their business in the future. Cheers.

  • Cynthia
    2019-03-15 10:56

    Holy crap I loved this! By chapter 3 I realized I wasn't going to put it down. By chapter 8 I wanted to work for the Peter Pan Man (the author). By chapter 14 I pretended that I was Wendy. By chapter 26 I shed my second tear realizing I was on an emotional roller coaster. By chapter 29 I only broke away from it to check this guy out without a shirt...HOLY CRAP! I can on and on, but let me sum it up as a perfect blend of serious subject matter and fantastic fantasy. An imaginary backdrop that this guy created that became his reality. You have to read this to understand, but I BELIEVE! I found this guy to be quite appealing and his story to be harrowing, heartbreaking and absolutely alluring. Second star to the right and straight on till morning...FIVE STARS!!!!! AMAZING AUTHOR AND BOOK! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE SHOW

  • Caroline R
    2019-02-21 10:05

    I’m not a book geek – and wasn’t on goodreads, but was asked very nicely by the author to share my glowing review of his book – The Show. This wildly entertaining, and emotionally draining, (in a good way) story begins at the end – the demise of our protagonists career. I found it interesting he did it that way – giving away the ending, but soon realized I still couldn’t stop turning the pages. This is not only an enchanting love story, and fantastic fall from grace – it’s a celebration of pop culture. The songs – movies – tv shows – and rock stars saluted in this shit show left me cheering out loud. Just brilliant - I was amused, appalled, and amazed by this one. …Can’t wait for the sequel!

  • Erin
    2019-03-20 11:12

    I started this book thinking the idea was preposterous: an executive referred to as the Peter Pan Man meets his Wendy, they fall madly in love, (but refuse to admit it) and his career and life turn to ash. But then I read it, quickly. And I believe! With a relevant, relatable story-line, I have to say this was more entertaining and imaginable with each finished chapter. I enjoyed this to the point of rating it four stars.

  • Jodi
    2019-03-12 13:48

    It was obvious from the first pages that it was inspired by his own life, and written with his heart and soul. The relatable layers of life might've been the reason I was frantically turning the pages, but it was the fact he was so comfortable in his skin that made this a five star book. This author has a unique writing style that is rather alluring. Here are 5 tips that should better prepare you for it:1. Grab a bottle of your favorite wine.2. Find a comfy place to hide. You can't begin this book with any distractions. He preps us for a flight to his sacred NL (Never Land)on his dedication page.3. The story races along from there, and is emotionally exhausting, so grab a pillow to rest your head - after you finish that last bottle, and before you open the next one. 4. Expect to reread certain pages. He goes back in time in three different chapters, and doesn't slow down. Once I did, I realized certain things I'd missed. I believe it was deliberately written that way. 5. Finally - don't get caught up in the appeal of his Mirror Shot's(I made that mistake reading chap 29, after being told they can be found in his Facebook profile pics) They are special, but it's this guy's mind that made The Show a memorable reading experience. Second star to the right, and straight on til morning...FIVE STARS, CHEERS!

  • Joyce
    2019-03-16 09:08

    I found the nearly 400 pages of this fictionalized version of life to be not only entertaining, but relatable. The Show is a thought provoking read that had me laughing out loud, screaming, and even shedding a couple of tears. The story follows a talented (yet self-destructive) man after he was relocated to run a selling division for a wine distributor. Shortly after this, the "Peter Pan Man" meets his "Wendy" and the story races off to Never Land. I found his imaginary backdrop to be quite appealing and could not stop turning the pages. I don't typically review books, but highly recommend The Show.

  • Chrissy
    2019-03-05 14:54

    I was fascinated by the dedication page, (which I read twice) before reading on and realizing my own house had pixie dust bathing the scene in magic. He worked hard, played hard (really hard), and was referred to as the Peter Pan Man, set to be a star in the industry he adored. This is no ordinary career rise and fall, though. It's a star-crossed love story that will leave you emotional drained, yet thoroughly entertained. The dialogue seemed so real and consistent that I felt like I was sitting there with them...wanting to scream I believe! I thought this was an amazing book. I am hoping the sequel comes soon.

  • Gail S
    2019-03-07 16:49

    I read this thoroughly entertaining novel in days only wanting to reread it...Hilarious, heartbreaking, and emotionally draining. A masterpiece, with amazing characters that I loved and loathed. Expect to laugh out loud and shed a few tears.

  • D. Ryan Gish
    2019-03-20 15:09

    I love this book and think it would make a fabulous TV series. I laughed, I cried, I was shocked, and appalled. The writing was conversational and so alive. It really does have just about everything you could look for in a great summer read.

  • Jane
    2019-03-12 15:03

    A heart-wrenching and relatable story. I was appalled, amused, and couldn’t stop turning the pages. Real life always inspires the best drama. This author did a wonderful job capturing it. I personally hope there is no sequel. The Show is lighting in a bottle.

  • Cheermom
    2019-03-10 10:06

    The Show by Lawrence H Sola is a well written, thought provoking, extremely entertaining novel that I could not put down. I laughed, cried, and screamed out loud. I highly recommend this book!

  • Jennifer Cobb
    2019-02-21 13:06

    The Show is a well written story with first hand insight to a corrupt industry. Although the book is fiction, it is clear its inspired by the authors real life experience. He is a man who led a rather charmed life which played into his painful demise. The story races along with fascinating characters and relatable subject matter that is exposed in a rather disturbing light. I'll only add this guy has a highly creative mind which certainly made this a unique read worth grabbing!!

  • Megan Miller
    2019-03-10 08:59

    I realize this is a serious "rise and fall," but I giggled, chuckled, and laughed out loud for much of it. I actually went back through certain chapters to read them twice (like Chap 41 - Mama's Maddening Call - when "The Peter Pan Man's" wife asks him if he sent Wendy his MS's (Mirror Shots, must read to understand, but hilarious!) Excerpt from that moment in chap 41: "How sick do you think I am?" She breathed slowly and deeply through her nose like a bull about to charge. I found the guy (the author, who is the Peter Pan Man) to just be so damn appealing, and by that point of the story I could visualize him, and could not stop laughing. But, I'm done with that part of the review. As for the serious subject matter, it was quite relatable, which made the story even more engaging. The characters are amazing, the flow was fast, and the conversations are so believable that I felt like I was there. The book was just so enjoyable and relatable on so many levels that I hope there is a sequel. Really well done. I thoroughly enjoyed The Show!

  • Allie Kostyack
    2019-03-09 15:48

    I LOVED this book so much! I love how it was absolutely hilarious yet the author also kept it so real. I was cracking up a lot of the time as I was reading it. theres also no holding back in this book, the author hides NOTHING. its nice how relatable it is. I love the peter pan reference and how well it all tied together, honestly so creative. it keeps your attention, and doesn't drag on. as a frequent book worm, I know how that can get agitating. this book does NOT do that at all. I really enjoyed reading this book and would most definitely recommend it! get yourself a copy yall. -Allie

  • Cori
    2019-03-10 12:05

    I read a paperback version of The Show that had been passed on by five friends who all stated the same thing: YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK! I did, and couldn't put it down. The author has a voice that sucks you in and he never lets you go. The pace is fast, yet very detailed, and focuses on a man who was a rising star in the wine industry, but it ends up being an amazing love story. Fate, destiny, love, envy, money, and so many relatable layers of life play into the ending. I honestly cannot remember reading a book that was so engaging and entertaining. I don't typically review books, but was told goodreads is a great place to start. I loved this book and can't wait for the sequel.

  • Patti Daniels
    2019-03-05 10:55

    I enjoyed this and signed up for GR's to help this nice guy out. The Show is Larry's first novel and left me wanting more. The story focuses on the death of his stellar career because of ego, envy, betrayal, and ultimately an office relationship that was written in about heart-wrenching detail. This was no ordinary office affair, it was a star-crossed love fest that could not be stopped. I laughed, screamed out, and even shed a couple tears. FIVE-STARS.