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The Tao of Bill Murray Audiobook

The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing

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Publisher's Summary

This collection of the most epic, hilarious, and strange Bill Murray stories, many of which have never before been reported, spotlights the star's extraordinary ability to infuse the everyday with surprise, absurdity, and wonder.

No one will ever believe you.

New York Times best-selling author Gavin Edwards, like the rest of us, has always been fascinated with Bill Murray - in particular the beloved actor's adventures offscreen, which rival his filmography for sheer entertainment value. Edwards traveled to the places where Murray has lived, worked, and partied, in search of the most outrageous and hilarious Bill Murray stories from the past four decades, many of which have never before been reported. Bill once paid a child five dollars to ride his bike into a swimming pool. The star convinced Harvard's JV women's basketball team to play with him in a private game of hoops. Many of these surreal encounters ended with Bill whispering, "No one will ever believe you" into a stranger's ear.

But The Tao of Bill Murray is more than just a collection of wacky anecdotes. This volume puts the actor's public clowning into a larger context, as Edwards distills Murray's unique way of being into a set of guiding principles. A sideways mix of comedy and philosophy, full of photobombs, late-night party crashes, and movie-set antics, this is the perfect book for all who call themselves Bill Murray fans - which is to say, everyone.

©2016 Gavin Edwards (P)2016 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Reading The Tao of Bill Murray is like spending time with Bill, but probably safer."(Danny Rubin, screenwriter of Groundhog Day)

"As much as I love Gavin Edwards's wonderful The Tao of Bill Murray, I can't help but feel sad that Bill Murray has never covered my eyes on a street corner." (Moby)

"[A] funny, affectionate portrait.... Edwards skillfully weaves together many well-known and entirely new anecdotes from throughout Murray's career that capture him at the height of his power. Murray is an endless delight, and his knack for bons mots and non sequiturs will keep readers laughing before revealing an unexpectedly poignant vision for happiness.... A fun and revealing look behind the charm and mythos of Bill Murray that will only strengthen his legend." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Austin Pierce United States 09-26-16
    Austin Pierce United States 09-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant. Skip 'Films of Bill Murray' section"

    It's exactly what I wanted it to be for 2/3rds of the book. Then it goes astray. Still worth your time. Just skip the long languorous recaps of all his movies.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CMfromCA 10-21-16
    CMfromCA 10-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Had such potential, but never gets there"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was expecting hilarity. What I got was snippets of stories that typically start with some random persons experience. "Sally was surprised when Bill Murray walked into her party, stayed and helped with the dishes afterward". It's like 500 of those little gems. No background from Bill, No underlying or follow up either. A 10 sec anecdote and bam, onto the next one. Once in a while you get a longer story, maybe 3-5 minutes of narration. Also, the first hour is an extremely dry and uneventful 'buildup' for very little if any payoff.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by this author.


    How could the performance have been better?

    More interesting stories. Not sure how one makes Bill Murray dull, but this author has perfected it.


    What character would you cut from The Tao of Bill Murray?

    The author?


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointed in the format and reading of the story. I literally only laughed out loud 1 time in the ~6 hour reading. It's Bill freakin' Murray. Should be laughing almost the whole time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M.R. Thomsen Beerpiece, Denmark 10-14-16
    M.R. Thomsen Beerpiece, Denmark 10-14-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Bill Murray is the coolest guy ever!"

    Reading about his shenanigans was very funny and moving and sooo well worth it. This book has it all, and it makes you like and respect Bill Murray even more. There is a bit of pay it forward about his philosophy and it makes me want to be a better person too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Kopitz 10-03-16
    A. Kopitz 10-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "no real life lesson just a story about a real life"

    it was over before I knew it and appreciate the honest and vivid history or Bill.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Biloxi 09-29-16
    Charles Biloxi 09-29-16 Member Since 2015

    Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two makes four; if that is granted, all else follows.

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    "Quirky Yarns About an American Icon"

    When asked why he chose Bill Murray as the subject of his latest book, Gavin Edwards, author and narrator of “The Tao of Bill Murray,” said in a recent interview with the Charlotte Observer, “I wanted to sink my teeth into a big American figure. I wanted to do someone who has left a legacy in American culture.” Considering that Gavin, who also serves as a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, already has examined the lives of such icons as Elton John and River Phoenix, his decision to focus on Murray says something, perhaps, about just how culturally relevant Bill Murray has become these days. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2003, the prolific actor has appeared in more than sixty films over the last thirty years and remains busier than ever, continuing to accumulate nominations. Now in his sixties, it’s as if the actor is finally getting his due. Perhaps he'll win the Oscar someday soon, perhaps he'll finally devote himself to directing and screenwriting, or perhaps he will do something none of us have expected. With Bill Murray, it seems anything is possible. As this book's title suggests, Bill Murray does seem to have a sort of “way” of living, which may or may not boil down to the principles listed here.

    “The Tao of Bill Murray” really isn't a guide to being Bill; it's simply a nice, enjoyable, entertaining series of anecdotes about him, and that's enough for the price of admission. Each collection of anecdotes is categorized according to the principle they purport to illustrate, but the principles themselves are not really taken all that seriously. This is not a legitimate self-help book, after all, and no hard-sell of the principles is undertaken, here. They’re really more like section headers arranged in a clever Tao theme. If you are a Bill Murray fan (and, really, who isn’t?), you’ll enjoy these stories, and many of them are quite memorable, but you shouldn’t go into this with the expectation of a straight biography if that’s what you’re looking for. Although the book does touch quite a bit on the star’s career, including a complete run-through of all of his movies, it excludes Murray’s personal life out of respect for his privacy. So, there’s nothing here on his martial infidelity, for instance, or his domestic violence allegations, or even his addictions, for that matter; it’s not that sort of book. Instead, you will learn more than a few neat tidbits about the former Ghostbuster that you probably didn’t know, such as his keen appreciation for poetry and his delight at getting wrong-number phone calls. Along the way you will indeed learn something of his approach to life, which may leave you envious or inspired depending on your mood. It is unlikely that you will come away from this book with any deep revelations about Murray, but you will get to know him better, and most likely you will have something clever to say about him the next time (inevitably) his name is brought up in conversation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Juan Katy, TX, United States 11-25-16
    Juan Katy, TX, United States 11-25-16 Member Since 2010
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    "The legend..."

    Bill Murray. There isn't enough about him to match his enormous personality as far as biographies or memoirs. This touches upon the near mythical air he exudes. To be in NYC, Chicago or the Carolinas and have him say " No one will ever believe you," when he involves himself into that piece of your life. The book promotes him like that cool uncle that raises the pedigree of one's family. There are biographical aspects that many will appreciate and then the inside of perpetual jester that allows us to see that he is as imperfect as the lot of us, but then adds to the fire that he moves beyond that and lives his life without strings and wants us to join him. The way the author captures his spirit can turn him close to a hologram of zaniness. The timing could not be any better as his beloved Cubs have reached their nirvana and so I hope that feeds him with more for us denizens. I wish him as much joy and happiness as he brings us, as this book does too.

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    Lauren 11-06-16
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    "Made me laugh, but..."

    Started slow, and the narrator is a bit monotone for me. The book, however, was very enjoyable and it's nice to get a little insight into this interesting character!

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    Edward Sturm 10-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointed that there was no Bill Murray cameo."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    My main gripe is that Bill Murray doesn't make a cameo in a book about Bill Murray making cameos.

    If you're a fan of acting, theater, Hollywood, improv, Bill Murray, any of his movies, or celebrities, you'll still probably enjoy this book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Gotten Bill Murray to make a cameo.


    Could you see The Tao of Bill Murray being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Bill Murray, Bill Murray, Bill Murray, Bill Murray, Bill Murray, Bill Murray, and probably Bill Murray.


    Any additional comments?

    Yo Gavin, where was the cameo? This is a book about Bill Murray cameos. I get that you had a deadline to make it relevant with the new Ghostbusters, and that Bill's hard to reach with his 1-800 number and all, but you had talked to him a few times you say? Don't you know people who could reach him? I just wanted him to say the last sentence or something. Anyway, I'm sleep deprived. Book's alright and there are a lot of people who will love it. It's positive and many stories are cool. It's a life book about a life. Dude, I'm so tired. I like Bill. I like the way he crashes parties. I like that he's a normal extroverted guy. I need to go to sleep. I like that he talks his way into things and that he's generally lighthearted. It's 1:30 AM and I've been up since 4 AM. I'm looking forward to watching more of his movies. Really, I must go to sleep. Okay, goodnight.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    GermCrazy Manlius, NY 10-13-16
    GermCrazy Manlius, NY 10-13-16 Member Since 2016

    I like books about business, self-improvement & memoirs with the occasional fiction book thrown in, especially horror & mystery.

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    "Worst narrator, I think, EVER!"
    Any additional comments?

    Is this the narrator's REAL voice or did he read through a harmonizer? It was so distracting and ridiculous. I can't stand writers who think they can do a better job than an actual voice actor.

    Second, while I love Bill Murray and like to hear the silly, random stories about him, I can't believe the losers who have so little going on in their lives that they think they have FINALLY made it because Bill Murray (or any other celebrity) was generous enough to say hello or steal their cigarette on the street. Even worse are the people who sit around hoping and waiting for it to happen. We need to get a grip, people!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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