In this memoir, Bill Engvall takes you on the rollicking ride of his life, including his childhood in Texas and adolescence in Arizona (where he became a fixture in local emergency rooms, the result of massive amounts of non-thinking behavior while trying to impress girls or torture his sisters); following his dream as a stand-up comic and, gulp, singer; and his brief stint in children's theater while sharing the stage and the back of a van with the director's dog. You'll also hear about his bumbling and riotous courtship of, and then marriage to, Gail, the love of his life. And finally, Bill talks about fatherhood and remaining, to this day, a well-meaning but flawed parent.
Through it all, Bill gamely stumbles along, struggling to maintain a facade of confidence and control. Far from a superhero, Bill Engvall is an everyday Everyman, the poster boy for normal. The result is disarming, perceptive, wildly funny, and unexpectedly moving. Just a Guy will make you laugh out loud and tug at your heart.
©2007 Bill Engvall; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC
Prospective reader: "Is this an autobiography?"
What Bill Engvall might tell that reader: "Nope, just thought I'd write about myself! Here's your sign!"
That dialogue would aptly describe this autobiography of Bill Engvall's life and career to date.
Those looking for some of his great "Here's your sign!" jokes here will be disappointed, however, they will come away with a greater appreciation of the man behind them. Give great credit to Alan Eisenstock in focusing this work on Engvall the man instead of Engvall the comedian. Engvall is an excellent reader, too.
I had a difficult time forcing myself to finish this book. Far cry from when you hear him on Blue Collar TV! It was an entire book about his life from grade school on. If you were 10 years old (or younger) you might think this book is funny. This definitely is not the book to listen to if you like more mature humor (over ten years of age).
This is an okay book read by a comedian who is more experienced in front of a live audience than a sound booth. If you are a fan of Bill's work, you'll enjoy the book, if not, you won't. It's that simple.
Bill Engvall gives a humorous and lighthearted insight on his life, but also exposes his real self - admitting in parts how much of a guy, or real man, he really is, opening up about his family life, including one of the most scariest times of his life.
I laughed, I related, and I even found myself shedding a tear or two with this Guy.
My favorite scene was when he offered a doctor & staff some tickets.
... you'll have to hear the story to get the rest.
Engvall already says it - "Just a Guy"
Engvall's audiobook has plenty of breaks. Where many go on and on, he reads it in a simple way, with some "quick shots". This is a great listen for the long hauls or the "piece together for some short trips"
Yes. I would recommend this to a friend. It is just like being in a room and listening to Bill talk to you directly.
his baseball stories were my favourite.
I went back to listen quite a few times. I really enjoyed Bill's voice along with the stories.
You will not be disappointed.
I enjoyed listening to his stories and how much he loves his family.
I like all of it!
It made me laugh, cry, sometimes feel sad. He is great narrator and have fascinating family life. Kudos to his wife!
Bill Engvall's delivery and his story's were touching and funny - made you feel like you knew him.
All the college stories were hysterical!
No - I wanted it last!
Would highly recommend this book for dealing with Atlanta traffic!
This was a good listen when you need something that is fun, heart felt and reasonably short. I enjoy listening to him tell his own story and felt better hearing him explain why he is "just a guy". For all us dads out here, it is good to know that we aren't the only ones dealing with ups and downs while we make more mistake after the other.
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