You've probably heard about the man Dick Cheney shot, but what if he wasn't the only one?
Ian Davis is a loner, obsessive-compulsive, and a recovering alcoholic. But when a homeless man - who resembles actor Gary Busey - starts harassing him, he resorts to dangerous old habits.
Kenny, a former sitcom star, is a veteran comedian whose career nosedives after a damaging video goes viral.
In these 18 stories we also meet: a distraught husband who experiences heartbreak and salvation after a texting teenager changes his life; a man who returns to his hometown to find his first love stacking jars in Costco; a western sheriff who confronts a pedophile - and his own past; and a successful attorney who abandons his career to play the iPad guitar.
Unexpected, humorous, sometimes dark, and surprisingly heartfelt, these award-winning tales explore the secret life of men as they pass into adulthood, middle age, and old age, confronting lust, pain, guilt, bewilderment, and mortality. The collection fearlessly distills for the listener tinctures of joy, pain, madness, heartbreak, greed, and other components of the human capacity for good and evil, for beauty and ugliness. O'Leary showcases humanity in a fluent, fun way, which will let you peek into the most intimate and the well familiar entrails of existence. Few books around these days possess the capability to bring both a tear to your eye and smile to your lips, within the span of a few chapters, such as this work does.
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A fun, laugh out loud collection of short stories!
I don't know that I would listen to Dick Cheney Shot Me in the Face again, as I don't typically listen to/read books more than once, but I would definitely recommend this book to my friends if they were looking for a good laugh. I laughed out loud multiple times during various stores while listening to this book.
I can't really decide which character was my favorite, as there were quite a few that I really enjoyed, though, as the stories were short and there isn't a Table of Contents to review (I checked to see if I could view on on the books Amazon listing, but couldn't), I'm having a hard time recalling the titles and character names of all of my favorites. Instead, I'll mention some of my favorite stories from this collection.
The title story, which also happens to be the first story, was quite enjoyable. Tim O'Leary's depiction of Dick Cheney is what I would imagine to be spot on and, well, it was just funny stuff. I got a kick out of the story of the guy with the imaginary girlfriend. I definitely would have liked to have seen that one as a longer story, as I think that there was a lot there that could have still been told. The story about the restaurant and the "Yelpers" really hit a note with me. There are people out there that use the threat of bad reviews to get their way and this story was actually kind of sad, but a fairly accurate representation of how some people are. It was still really enjoyable to listen to though!
David Bosco brought life to the characters by bringing a variety of different personalities to each story. He did a great job making each character unique, which made the stories quite easy to listen to and follow along.
As I mentioned before, the book definitely made me laugh out loud. I didn't have any other extreme reactions to the book other than laughter and enjoyment. So if you're looking for a book that's light, fun listening, I would definitely recommend Dick Cheney Shot Me in the Face.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
Refreshing collection of well-told short stories
- Ms. Christian C.