• All Stories Are Fiction

  • On Lacking Conviction
  • By: Mike Daisey
  • Narrated by: Mike Daisey
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Release date: 05-20-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 3.8 (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Mike Daisey is a fierce storyteller, one minute hilarious, the next minute sweet, with a fine-tuned ear for digression. He circles in on his uneasy subject matter, closer and closer, until he exposes the raw heart. The New York Times calls him "the master storyteller" and he has been compared to Garrison Keillor, Spalding Gray, and David Sedaris. In these seven monologues, recorded before live audiences at New York's Performance Space 122, Daisey tells true stories from his life that range from the terrible beauty of his rural Maine hometown, to shipping weapons to the Middle East, to the unintentionally hilarious dangers of defending free speech.
In On Lacking Conviction, an invitation to audition for yet another terrible television pilot causes Mike to grapple with conviction: What do we do for money, and how do we decide enough is enough? Woven throughout is the anatomy of a failed business venture, where a little conviction might have saved a lot of heartache in the end.
©2005 Mike Daisey; (P)2005 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Comic delivery so sharp it draws blood." (San Jose Mercury News)
"Irresistible storytelling...elevating and hilarious." (San Francisco Weekly)
"Daisey is a brainy, manic hoot, a blond, owl-shaped cross between cultural critic Noam Chomsky and rambunctious actor-rocker Jack Black." (The Seattle Times)
"Relentlessly interesting...brilliantly spun narrative...Daisey has the kind of timing and dramatic instinct that would make the most mundane story interesting." (The New York Times)
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By Janice on 09-18-05


If you like what you hear from the sample go with your instincts and buy this book. Hilarious and genuine and interesting.
This title is one of the best in the Fiction series.
I'm not the sort of person that would normally buy a comedy audiobook but this really is something different from the usual sitcom-style stuff.

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By Kathleen on 07-19-05

Do not get this book--or see him live

The reviewers that have compared Daisy to Garrison Keillor, Spalding Gray, and David Sedaris need to be taken out back with a sharp switch until they get their senses back.

Daisy is so far removed from reality that he actually believes he can read his diary to a crowd of people and make them laugh or touch them in some way. He does not succeed. He is not smart, not witty and not entertaining.

Get any of the David Sedaris performances to see what real storytelling is like.

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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