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Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons (The Audiobook) | [Greg Fitzsimmons]

Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons (The Audiobook)

It's what he was raised to do. Most parents would hide or destroy any evidence so clearly demonstrating their child's failures, but-lucky for us-Greg Fitzsimmons's family has preserved each mistake in its original envelope like a trophy in a case, lest he ever forget where he came from.
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Publisher's Summary

PARENTS: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME

Greg Fitzsimmons has made a lot of what appear to be bad decisions. It's what he was raised to do. Most parents would hide or destroy any evidence so clearly demonstrating their child's failures, but - lucky for us - Greg Fitzsimmons's family has preserved each mistake in its original envelope like a trophy in a case, lest he ever forget where he came from.

Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons is Greg's life, told through this cavalcade of disciplinary letters, incident reports, and newspaper clippings that his parents received from teachers and school officials. Greg picks up where his parents left off with his own collection of letters received during college and throughout his successful career as a writer, producer, and stand-up comic. Revealing the larger story of how Greg's distinctly dysfunctional Irish-American family bred him to blindly challenge anyone, anytime, anywhere, over anything, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons comes full circle to show that the Fitzsimmons torch has been passed on proudly to a new generation.

©2010 Greg Fitzsimmons (P)2011 Fitzdog Audio

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    Linda 09-04-12
    Linda 09-04-12 Member Since 2011

    Linda in Omaha

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    "Funny and very entertaining."

    Funny man gives insight into his life growing up in an Irish family, and his life as an adult. I found myself laughing out loud a lot while enjoying this book. Good, clean, light humor. Would recommend it to just about everyone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 01-16-12
    Michael 01-16-12
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    "Better than Tina Fey's Bossy Pants? Maybe."
    Would you listen to Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons (The Audiobook) again? Why?

    No, but just because I listen religiously to his podcast which I like even better than this audiobook


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was a man that Greg encountered in the woods. I think he may wish things ended differently on that day.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was one that involved an incident of vandalism that Greg perpetrated in a parking garage after a douche-bag parking attendant tried to make him pay the maximum because he lost his ticket, even though he had only been there for 10 minutes.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Letters from the closet


    Any additional comments?

    This book is filled with great stories. Some everyone can relate to, and others that no well adjusted person would ever find themselves in those situations. I only know him from his podcasts and standup, and now this book. I was worried that this would just be a rehash of all the stories he recounts on his podcasts. It was not. There were a few, don't get me wrong. But not very many, and those that were already told...were told a bit more dramatically than I had heard recanted before. Great read, if you've got this and Bossy Pants on your playlist it's gonna be tough to choose which you listen to first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 05-02-13
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    This was just okay for me. I liked it enough to finish it and it was not difficult to get through. My problem was that I had expected it to be a lot funnier than it was. There were parts that made me laugh out loud, but unfortunately, there were few of those moments. I had never heard of him before I listened to this, so maybe that had something to do with my feelings towards the book; I also didn't find anything extraordinary about the story itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erica 02-15-13
    Erica 02-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "hilarious"
    What did you love best about Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons (The Audiobook)?

    I like him. He told some stories that were not necessarily the most flattering to him but explained a lot about him. It was funny and honest. It also had some stories that were a more emotional topic but were not sappy. It was a book that both me and women could laugh at and relate to.


    What other book might you compare Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons (The Audiobook) to and why?

    lets just pretend this never happend by Jennifer lawson
    Autobiography of a Fat bride - Laurie Notaro
    Roseanarchy - Roseanne


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    it sounds more honest when he tells it because he doesn't sound like he is reading it just telling to you the story from memory.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    His poor mother


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Levine 01-21-13
    M. Levine 01-21-13
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    "A Fun Listen"

    I wasn't familiar with the author, but he's funny and thoughtful. I enjoyed this very much.

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    Peter Collegeville, PA, United States 09-02-12
    Peter Collegeville, PA, United States 09-02-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Weak"

    This book offers little - unless you're interested in the oral history of the Fitzsimmons Family. Large chunks of the narrative are spent reciting who married who, where they lived and what an ancestor was like. The jokes are rare and not that funny when they arrive. A letter will be read on occasion, but they're not worth the wait.

    I bought this book to amuse myself while doing yard work. It was truly a waste of my money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Trader Pennsylvania 08-26-12
    Linda Trader Pennsylvania 08-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "yawner"

    I'd never heard of the author before reading the book, but chose it because I liked the premise of building the story around letters to his mom. His childhood wasn't wildly dysfunctional enough to make for a great story ( like 'Running with Scissors' or ' The Glass Castle') and when it comes to writing, let's just say he's no Michael Perry, who can make you laugh out loud on one page and move you to tears on the next. If I was already a fan of Greg Fitzsimmons, I might have liked the book more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    cooki Las Vegas, NV, United States 07-02-12
    cooki Las Vegas, NV, United States 07-02-12
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    "a great listen..highly recommended"
    Where does Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons (The Audiobook) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it is a unique story


    What other book might you compare Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons (The Audiobook) to and why?

    this 1 stands above


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Greg defending his sister Deidre


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Greg giving up the booze..we have hope


    Any additional comments?

    i hope he does another..we are worrid about his dtr/ JoJo

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelley HOOD RIVER, OR, United States 05-16-12
    Kelley HOOD RIVER, OR, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Sort of funny, but often boring."
    Would you try another book from Greg Fitzsimmons and/or the narrators?

    Yeah, maybe.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I listened to Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, which is also a memoir about a self destructive alcoholic family. I guess I'm stuck in a bit of rut in that regard. If you want to listen to something in this genre I recommend Alexie's book.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The author is a professional comedian, so he does a great job reading it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It has some funny parts. Probably the best part is at the end where he talks about his daughter.


    Any additional comments?

    It seems often that comedians are really serious underneath and this book is mostly about serious self analysis. And so it is unfortunately boring. There are very few jokes, but there are a few funny stories. I wish he had more of his stand up in it to break it up. I was mostly bored and probably wouldn't have made it through except that I had a six hour flight and nothing else to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clayton Ottawa, IL, United States 05-03-12
    Clayton Ottawa, IL, United States 05-03-12
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    "Very entertaining and honest."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons (The Audiobook) to be better than the print version?

    Really enjoyed listening to the Fitzdog. His stories are hilarious. He goes deep with secrets that most folks would never reveal. The guest narrators add a nice flavor to the listening experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The truthfulness.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Great performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It definitely made me laugh.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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