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Summary

Debauched, divorced, and courting death, Billy Ray Schafer is a comedian who has forgotten how to laugh. Over the course of seven spun-out days across the American Southwest, he travels from from hell gig to hell gig in search of a reason to keep living in this bleak and violent glimpse into the psyche of a thoroughly ruined man. Ex-inmate, ex-husband, ex-father - comedian is the only title Schafer has left. Trapped in the wreckage of his wasted career, Billy Ray knows the answer to the question: What happens when the opportunity doesn't come - or worse - it comes and goes?

©2018, 2019, 2020 Sam Tallent (P)2021 Tantor

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Fantastic book, marred a little by the narrators.

First of all, this is a fantastic book - you won't regret purchasing it. I can't wait for whatever Sam comes up with next.
That said, the narration is quite poor. Initially, you may be excited by hearing the recognisable voices of Bert Kreisher, Doug Stanhope etc., but many of the comedians are not well-read and don't know how to pronounce some of the words. Sometimes they'll take another go at it and re-read a line, but the editor doesn't pick it up and remove the first mistake.
Having the book read by famous comedians is a huge thumbs up from the community, but really having it read by a professional narrator would have served the book far better.

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Excellent ode to the stand up comic

Excellent tale of the stand up comedian, with all the anxiety, trappings and surviving in a world of misfits. A scumbag who almost was.

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Book about me

I'm no comedian.
I'm a troubled family man, with flaws and vices. This book came at the exact time to make me think. About where I'm going, where I've been and where I am at the time. Damn, a fictional 50-something comedian spoke wisdom to a 30-something troubled man. A great book. Makes me love comedy and comedians even more. The depiction of Norm is priceless. Amazingly written and read with passion. Damn, I think about this book a lot. 5/5 no doubt.

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Great story. Gritty, bleak and engraving.

Great story. Gritty, bleak and engraving. About to go on my 2nd journey through it

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Loved every second.

Loved this audio book, I'll be honest though, I wish Doug Stanhope read the whole thing, it feels like a man telling his own life story even though it isn't. I think he's the only comedian who didn't miss a beat either the "so-called" drunken shambles read it like a champ. Sam has a great knack for painting a picture and I look forward to his next offering!

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10/10

Some of the readers seemed in a rush I would buy again Stanhope and crew read the whole thing.

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Worth waiting for...

If you're a certain type of person, this was a highly anticipated release. Audiobooks tend to have little to recommend them, other than the ability to read while driving. In this case, having a different comedian read each chapter is the draw.
You may not know them all, or even all the additional voices, but I think I do. (A big fist bump for the Trailles getting top billing in this galaxy of a cast.)
Anyway, listen to it with a smile on your face as you hear some of the comedians repeat sentences and flail over town names, and buy the printed version to see if you can get them right...

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  • Scott Reesor
  • 09-07-21

don't let comedians do a voice actors job

the book itself is fantastic but what a terrible decision to get a bunch of comedians to narrate this book. Bert Kreischer and Tim Dillon powered through it as fast as they could without even comprehending the sentences they were uttering.

plus after each change of narrator, the tone of the book seemed to change.

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  • Matthew E Daley III
  • 10-04-21

some great some really bad

love these comics... but some you could barely hear... others were hard to follow. would love to hear a version with just the author reading.

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  • A. Galbraith
  • 18-03-21

Stanhope and crew were amazing.

Tim Dillon sounded like he was speed reading, usually love everything Dillon does, his chapter was almost unlistenable.

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  • Patrick king
  • 19-03-21

Buy this book!!

This book is like Ron White meets Bad Santa but funnier and more depressing. Every true fan of comedy should listen to this. If not for the story itself then just listen because you’ll love listening to some of your favorite comedians narrate it. This is the book you need to spend your monthly credit in for sure

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  • Mike W
  • 21-03-21

Excellent book

The quality of the writing is amazing. Enjoyed the different comedians reading each section, even though, as it turns out, most comics aren’t that great “out-loud” readers. I know Stanhope really championed the book and his sections were great. The David Gborie, Dan Soder, and Chris Gethard sections read were excellent, while Tim Dillon seemed to become less interested as the his chapter went on, and I’m not entirely sure if Bert Kreischer knows how to read at all

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  • Morgan
  • 27-03-21

awesome book

ive spent 20 years on the road as a trucker and fan of comedy and all the back country bars and live entertainment venues, sam nailed all the descriptions of these places and situations had to read it twice it was so good.

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  • MaidenofMischief
  • 17-12-21

Great Story

This book was beautifully written, and overall a great story. I found the different comics narrating an interesting concept. However some comics are just good comics and maybe shouldn't read me stories, Ari.....

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  • VacuousAdvice
  • 02-07-21

Has Tim Dillon ever read a book?

Tim sounds like he's reading in class because the teacher forced him to and he just wants to get through it. Felt like Bert just phoned it in. Other than that it was a good time. Stanhope and the Traillies should have just done the whole thing though, and is it just me or does Ggreg Challie sound alot like Brendon Walsh?

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  • Josh
  • 02-07-21

Good book, variable readers.

The different readers vary wildly in quality. The ones who are good are great, the ones who are not are pretty bad. The book itself is quite good. I have Thoughts on the ending but I still enjoyed reading it.

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  • Jacob
  • 27-03-21

Daaammmnnnn!

I love this book. Mr Tallent, thank you for writing it. Also, thank you to the crew that performed. Spectacular.

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