Ship for Brains

Ship for Brains Returning with his award winning wit and delightfully candid narrative voice Brian brings us the first and only expose of art auctioneering on the mighty liners where the tenet of what happens at se

  • Title: Ship for Brains
  • Author: Brian David Bruns
  • ISBN: 9780985663537
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Paperback
  • Returning with his award winning wit and delightfully candid narrative voice, Brian brings us the first and only expose of art auctioneering on the mighty liners, where the tenet of what happens at sea, stays at sea has always been observed until now Ship for Brains takes on cruise ship art auctioneers, a society brimming with odd personalities drawn to the stress and iReturning with his award winning wit and delightfully candid narrative voice, Brian brings us the first and only expose of art auctioneering on the mighty liners, where the tenet of what happens at sea, stays at sea has always been observed until now Ship for Brains takes on cruise ship art auctioneers, a society brimming with odd personalities drawn to the stress and isolation that invariably lead to alcohol and a Hell may care attitude According to Bruns, They willingly give up home and family in favor of high paced, crushing sales goals demanded while port hopping from nation to nation art auctioneers are undermined by the lash of tyrannical ship officers, unforgiving gallery managers, hyena like trainers, and a skeptical public The burn out rate is phenomenal but when it works, you are king of the world Brian s true life struggle turns both harrowing and hilarious when goaded by the lecherous but mighty auctioneer Bill Shatner, and he must navigate sexy dancers and their all to intimate cliques, the slapstick schemes of his mentors, and the seduction of success, all while staying true to his girl and himself We are transported from the Caribbean to the Pacific and Costa Rica to Transylvania as our likable guide vividly describes his many misadventures, triumphs, flirtations, and, above all, his amusing and astute insights into human nature Ship for Brains this ain t no galley tour.

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    About "Brian David Bruns"

    1. Brian David Bruns

      Brian David Bruns has adventured in over 50 nations to gather material for his bestselling books He has won over 20 literary awards, including the USA REBA Grand Prize He has been featured on two separate occasions by ABC s 20 20.After several years residing in Dracula s hometown, he and his Romanian wife now live in Las Vegas with their two cats, Julius and Caesar Since 2013 he has volunteered weekly at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and is devoted to veterans organizations, such as Operation Homefront and Wounded Warriors Project, to which he s donated over a thousand of his books.He sometimes writes as B.D Bruns.

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    1. I took on Ship for Brains by Brian David Bruns for review early this year, around the time of the Costa Concordia disaster in Italy. I had cruised on that same ship in 2008 and felt a connection to those poor passengers affected by such incompetence. I’d also been on another Carnival ship (Carnival owns Costa) in the Caribbean when an engine failed, delaying our return a full day. That situation was poorly handled and communicated by whoever was in charge (the captain and cruise director prett [...]


    2. Brian is back with more tales of personal catastrophe on the high seas as he re-joins the life of a crewman on a cruise ship, this time as an art auctioneer. As with the previous book, Cruise Ship Confidential, the stories are by turns, funny, disturbing, and more than a little lusty. Bruns' writing is sharp and crisp and the descriptions of places and the life of the ship itself are vibrant and detailed. The layout of the ships and the thrill of having a passenger cabin are conveyed with a sens [...]


    3. In the second installment of Brian David Bruns’ cruise ship trilogy, he begins his career as an art auctioneer. We follow his journey through his training, promotion to art associate and culminating with the achievement of his objective: to get his own ship assignment. This journey, at times appearing to be brutally painful and inhumane, is all in pursuit of his Bianca. There was very little interaction with Bianca in this book so I am still at a loss to understand why he is so drawn to this w [...]


    4. Just like in Cruise Confidential, most of the book was very interesting and absolutely a page-turner(particularly since I am in the cruise industry). The last part of the book, which contains an excursion in Costa Rica, was too long and boring.One of the author's colleagues, in the book, asked something like, "why do you always have problems with the ships officers?". It seems like the author does always have problems with his superiors (in both books). In his first book, I felt it was because o [...]


    5. The first book "Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline: Where the Crew Lives, Eats, Wars, and Parties. One Crazy Year Working on Cruise Ships" was a very interesting read about living on a cruise ship for months at a time and as being the only American crew member. This sequel rehashed some of the first stories to set the tone for the new job. He still constantly was wanting to be with his girlfriend and it gets a little tiring to read over and over about how he never cheated on her. The [...]


    6. Full of typos Ugh. Didn't love it. Didn't hate it. Absolutely hated the formatting that was wrong and all of the typos. That got old quickly. About the book It was ok. I read his first book, which I enjoyed. This was a bit more boring. I also wish he got into more details of the financial stuff. I recently went on my first cruise, Carnival, and was curious about life on the ship. The first book did a good job explaining that in an entertaining way. I also wish he hooked up with all of the chicks [...]


    7. Fun stuff. This book chronicles the inner workings and craziness of life as a cruise ship employee. The author's first book "Cruise Confidential" followed his journey as a crew member in food service. This adventure follows his new higher status as a cruise ship auctioneer. The book is longer than you would expect, however holds your interest with fun escapades and delightful characters. (There are a few typos in the Kindle edition that need attention.)


    8. Not as good as first one. Many of the 'characters' become, cartoonish and broadly drawn. Not that the stories are made up, but many are just plain pointless. The laugh-out-loud funniness is still here, but you have to sift a lot deeper for it than you did in Cruise Confidential, this book also has a lot of backpatting and humble brags that distract from the story.


    9. While I enjoyed the second installment of Brian David Bruns's adventures while working on cruise ships, I felt like the author had more fun writing the first in the series. Even so, this book is fun reading for people looking forward to a cruise vacation. A word of warning, though. You will want to increase the amount you pay out in tips.


    10. I enjoyed the first book and I wanted to like this one too. I got a bit tired of one story after another that just seemed a little too over the top. In summary, Bruns positions himself as a good guy who works harder than everyone else and gets picked on a lot.


    11. I found it to be an interesting peak into the behind the scenes of my favorite vacation method. It did drag out a bit, but I liked it enough to finish the whole series in about a week of binge reading. Not Shakespeare, but fun reading, especially if you are interested in travel, history, and art.


    12. The author is really very proud of himself, and that level of self-love is grating. However, he does give a fascinating look behind the scenes at on-board art auctions and how they pay structure works. I wouldn't buy from them, that's for sure.


    13. This is just fun - life of an auctioneer on a big cruise ship; two stars doesn't mean anything negative - it's just a memoir of all the players in the crazy art auctions on ships - we'd just returned from a cruise and, as always, witnessed these auctions.


    14. I got near the end of the book, all the while hoping against hope that it would get more interesting. Then the author talked about "motor" cross, not once but twice. That's when I gave up. Even I know the term is motocross. I wish the book was interesting but I just didn't find it to be.



    15. GoodThis is yet another detailed book,concerning life aboard a cruise ship. This one concentrates on majesty of the seas climbing,his way to being an art auctioneer


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