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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Another great performance for David Bosco
I felt Tim's writing as dry slapstick comedy for the most part. It is very modern and contemporary, unabashedly gunning for the middle-class American man. Listening to it made you feel like "another one of the boys," with regard to that sub-category. At times he would dive into weightier themes that got you thinking about unfortunate characters/events from their unique perspective.
David is a class act who delivers a polished, upbeat performance. He's very good at making the characters "come to life," thereby aiding the audience in empathizing with the book's characters and ensuing unfortunate events.
Main takeaway: this book is great fun, I believe intended for light reading and fun, harmless entertainment. Anyone who listens to it and doesn't live in the US will get a very clear picture of what life is like there for the average, middle class guy. Good stuff.
- Amazon Customer