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Jack

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  • Magical Thinking: True Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
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    A contest of wills with a deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Telemarketing revenge. A different kind of "roof work". Dating an undertaker who drives a mini-van. This is the fabric of Augusten Burroughs's life: a collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate, stories that shine a flashlight into both dark and hilarious places.

    Jessica says: "His best yet!"
    "He Tells It As It Is!"
    Overall

    I ordered the book from Amazon and then found I could get it today (10-5-04) thru Audible. I had to erase David Sedaris from my MP3 player and settled in for a most wondeful night.

    If you have not read Mr. B before, this is a funny, with dark tones, great book.

    But, if you are like me, I not only read but listened to his all his books and more than once, and this is like a film-buff finding a long, director's cut of his favorite films.

    It fills in little corners of his life with such richness of character that you can relate to his stories...who hasn't enrolled in a model school (I flunked an IBM School 'cause I didn't like being on the bus in the morning with commuters) and the Undertaker Story brings to mind a character from "Dry" to whom, for one, I always wanted to hear more about.


    Mr. B actually will answer your E-Mail (don't expect a PenPal!) and I asked him why he never mentions his famous relative, William. I never forget his answer "I am not related to him!" (thank God you can't see a person turn red on the internet)

    I have pushed his audio's on various people at work and was surprised when the young married ladies (27 - 40) thought he was hilarious.

    Read the book and Buy and listen to him reading them. I love "Running With Scissors" I suppose best, but there are a couple of times in "Dry" (usually when I am in heavy traffic!) when I have cried, a lot.

    "Magical Thinking" is so much fun and I just love being with him, again.

    And now I am wondering when will his next book come out?

    By the way, I started listening to this just as I was coming from having my 91 year mother commited to the Pysch Ward. It made me fill much better and more hopeful.

    34 of 39 people found this review helpful

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