The Tao of Bill Murray

  • by Gavin Edwards
  • Narrated by Gavin Edwards
  • 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This collection of the most epic, hilarious, and strange Bill Murray stories, many of which have never before been reported, spotlights the star's extraordinary ability to infuse the everyday with surprise, absurdity, and wonder.
No one will ever believe you.
New York Times best-selling author Gavin Edwards, like the rest of us, has always been fascinated with Bill Murray - in particular the beloved actor's adventures offscreen, which rival his filmography for sheer entertainment value. Edwards traveled to the places where Murray has lived, worked, and partied, in search of the most outrageous and hilarious Bill Murray stories from the past four decades, many of which have never before been reported. Bill once paid a child five dollars to ride his bike into a swimming pool. The star convinced Harvard's JV women's basketball team to play with him in a private game of hoops. Many of these surreal encounters ended with Bill whispering, "No one will ever believe you" into a stranger's ear.
But The Tao of Bill Murray is more than just a collection of wacky anecdotes. This volume puts the actor's public clowning into a larger context, as Edwards distills Murray's unique way of being into a set of guiding principles. A sideways mix of comedy and philosophy, full of photobombs, late-night party crashes, and movie-set antics, this is the perfect book for all who call themselves Bill Murray fans - which is to say, everyone.

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What the Critics Say

"Reading The Tao of Bill Murray is like spending time with Bill, but probably safer."(Danny Rubin, screenwriter of Groundhog Day)
"As much as I love Gavin Edwards's wonderful The Tao of Bill Murray, I can't help but feel sad that Bill Murray has never covered my eyes on a street corner." (Moby)
"[A] funny, affectionate portrait.... Edwards skillfully weaves together many well-known and entirely new anecdotes from throughout Murray's career that capture him at the height of his power. Murray is an endless delight, and his knack for bons mots and non sequiturs will keep readers laughing before revealing an unexpectedly poignant vision for happiness.... A fun and revealing look behind the charm and mythos of Bill Murray that will only strengthen his legend." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Had such potential, but never gets there

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I was expecting hilarity. What I got was snippets of stories that typically start with some random persons experience. "Sally was surprised when Bill Murray walked into her party, stayed and helped with the dishes afterward". It's like 500 of those little gems. No background from Bill, No underlying or follow up either. A 10 sec anecdote and bam, onto the next one. Once in a while you get a longer story, maybe 3-5 minutes of narration. Also, the first hour is an extremely dry and uneventful 'buildup' for very little if any payoff.


What do you think your next listen will be?

Nothing by this author.


How could the performance have been better?

More interesting stories. Not sure how one makes Bill Murray dull, but this author has perfected it.


What character would you cut from The Tao of Bill Murray?

The author?


Any additional comments?

Very disappointed in the format and reading of the story. I literally only laughed out loud 1 time in the ~6 hour reading. It's Bill freakin' Murray. Should be laughing almost the whole time.

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- CMfromCA

Brilliant. Skip 'Films of Bill Murray' section

It's exactly what I wanted it to be for 2/3rds of the book. Then it goes astray. Still worth your time. Just skip the long languorous recaps of all his movies.
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- Austin Pierce

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-20-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio