Loved this book and enjoyed it so much more with the narration by David Cross. He also added his own little comments here and there that were not in the book which made it extra special.
I love books.
I would recommend this to any David Cross fan. The audio version was very enjoyable as David Cross narrates his own work wonderfully. There are extra bits with the audio version as he makes the experience of recording the book part of the listening fun.
this guy is just an unfunny jerk. I tried to make it all the way through but he's just self important and smug. I wish I could get my money and time back.
6 + hours of bashing on Christians / conservatives / little old ladies / the handicapped
Don't waste your time unless your a sadist
I am a fan of David Cross, but this was not good. It was all over the place with no sense of direction. He would constantly remind us the listener that we should have bought the book instead. After a few times it got annoying.
It has a few good moments such as his comments on Larry the Cable Guy and Jim Belushi, but most of it was forgettable and occasionally grating.
The book just didn't seem to have a point, or a story to tell. It was just these random stories that had no connection to each other.
I have enjoyed David Cross' comedy in the past and I did/do enjoy Arrested Development. This ...book, in my opinion is not worth a moment of anyone's time. I can't decide if the author honestly thinks that this stuff is the same quailty as his past work or if this is just his way of cashing in on the fans he has made.
I guess why we know David Cross drinks, because he is bitter. He hates Christians and really hates Mormons. He really really hates those in the middle states especially if they are Christian or Mormon. He had one bad day with Jim Belushi and so now he feels compelled to run on stage and harass Belushi when he is singing and to create fake magazine articles claiming that Belushi dresses in drag in order to be a prostitute. I was expecting some humor or insight, but most of the audio consisted of Cross saying things like: "Christians are idiots. Mormons are idiots. Jim Belushi is an idiot... blah blah blah.
Considering that David Cross narrates the book, there is no excuse for poor delivery. He constantly insults the listener for purchasing the audio instead of reading his book as though it is some nuanced masterpiece. There is a good reason that David Cross should drink. He is stuck inside the small little bitter body that would seem more suitable for a 95 year old on a respirator.
Chalk up my second unfinished audible title. My mother told me if you cant say anything nice don't say anything at all so my review follows...
"I drink for a reason" is ...
David unfortunately took a few jabs at listeners that didn't resonate well. He has said since he's gotten a lot of nasty feedback but that he was 100% joking. As of now this audiobook has a 3.5 rating. No way it should be that low.
A minor criticism would be that if you've listened to comedy audiobooks from guys like Patton Oswalt, John Hodgman, etc. you may be a little burned out on the surreal humor chapters, to the point of wishing there were more anecdotes.
I'd rate this over 4, not quite 5, but I don't think it's fair for this book to be rated as mediocre simply because Cross had no idea how badly listeners would react to being teased about listening to a book rather than reading it. Remember that much of his career has been in sketchwriting and as such there are few one liners and some hits and misses.
It's just like listening in on a crazy person rambling on about various thoughts.
I was looking for humor....there was some. Overall, I found myself thinking of what to put on my to do and to buy lists than being captured by the voice coming out of my device.