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How I Got This Way | [Patrick McManus]

How I Got This Way

Grab your fishing net and hold onto your funny-bone; you're in for a hilarious romp through the woods with best-selling funnyman Patrick McManus. How I Got This Way is a rib-tickling collection of stories about the outdoors guaranteed to leave you chuckling. Join McManus and his pals on a venture into the Idaho wilderness that includes taking a hike with - ahem - the president of the United States.
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Publisher's Summary

Grab your fishing net and hold onto your funny-bone; you're in for a hilarious romp through the woods with best-selling funnyman Patrick McManus. How I Got This Way is a rib-tickling collection of stories about the outdoors guaranteed to leave you chuckling. Join McManus and his pals on a venture into the Idaho wilderness that includes taking a hike with - ahem - the president of the United States.

©1994 Patrick F. McManus; (P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Stories abound about hunting, fishing and arduous treks, including a piece about hiking with George Bush during the 1992 presidential campaign. There's entertainment aplenty here that even indoorsy folk should enjoy." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 07-22-12
    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 07-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Mark Twain meets Bertie Wooster"

    Unless you are one of those serious, intellectual grumps, you gotta love Patrick McManus. Even I ??? who have less-than-zero appreciation for hunting and fishing ??? love Patrick McManus ??? maybe because he never actually kills anything in his humorous pieces about hunting and fishing. In fact, many of the stories in "How I Got This Way" brag ??? self-deprecatingly ??? about how he not only never bags any game or fish, but keeps everyone around him from catching anything, too. "How I Got This Way" tells about his childhood in Idaho during the Great Depression. Of course, he may be exaggerating a teensy bit; but I think that he is basing his stories on real people and real experiences while growing up mostly in the outdoors. Think Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. You will love meeting his friends ??? like Rancid Crabtree and Crazy Eddie ??? and enemies ??? like the entire Scragg family ??? and you will enjoy seeing these same characters pop up later in his Bo Tully novels. I recommend "How I Got This Way" unconditionally to anyone with a sense of humor ??? even if you don't like hunting and fishing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond Palisade, NE, USA 07-18-10
    Raymond Palisade, NE, USA 07-18-10
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    "how I got this way"

    very funny as always pat is the best

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MidwestGeek Ann Arbor, MI, United States 04-05-12
    MidwestGeek Ann Arbor, MI, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Funny at times, but it becomes stale."

    This was my first McManus book. I found his reflections somewhat amusing at time, but rather soon, one could predict the way a story would turn out. After a while, I got tired of his droll retelling of some of his life's experiences. I may try actually reading rather than listening to another of his books, but I have the feeling that there won't be much new to be found. It sounds as if he is popular speaking at Elk's Lodges and VFW meetings or addressing the local Rotary Club, but don't look for anything profound in his ruminations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Clearwater, FL, United States 01-06-14
    Steve Clearwater, FL, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Made it through but don't know how"
    What did you like best about How I Got This Way? What did you like least?

    I usually like books of this nature but this was different. Of the 18 books I read last year, I could site passages or quotes from each. This book had the power to thwart any retention whatsoever. It's like driving to work and then not having any recollection of passing through busy intersections.While I won't say that I didn't like the book, it was very disappointing to spend the time listening and not come away with sense of entertainment or satisfaction.I've been an audible listener for one year and this is the first book I regret buying.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have my eye on an Alaskan adventure. It should go good with the unusual wintery weather we're experiencing.


    Did Norman Dietz do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    It was short order before the narration was just an endless rambling. I'd like to blame it on the content but I will be cautious in buying any of his works in the future.


    Could you see How I Got This Way being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It could be a series on TLC given how low they set the bar for quality entertainment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Stevens New Mexico USA 10-20-13
    Robert Stevens New Mexico USA 10-20-13 Member Since 2010

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    "The only book I didn't find worth finishing, ever"
    Would you try another book from Patrick McManus and/or Norman Dietz?

    Attempts at humor were worse than if humor had not been attempted at all.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Norman Dietz?

    Yes, definitely


    Any additional comments?

    An amateur attempt at writing if there ever was one. How did this get published?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Antelope Valley, CA, United States 10-05-13
    Diana Antelope Valley, CA, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Laughed so hard I found unknown belly muscles"
    Would you consider the audio edition of How I Got This Way to be better than the print version?

    The performance was perfect!


    What other book might you compare How I Got This Way to and why?

    None


    Which character – as performed by Norman Dietz – was your favorite?

    This is not a useful review question and I wish Audible wouldn't use it for non-fiction and certain other types of books.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not into hunting or fishing, but am a fan of comedy where humanity is examined and quirks and humor are found, examined, and presented. Mr McManus is such a gifted observer and story teller. So much of today's humor is raunchy with a focus on sex and using foul language in the delivery. Without using these easy attention getting tools Mr McManus tells folksy, yet deep, stories that bring out a lot of laughter. That he can do a better job at making people laugh and still keep it clean is to be commended.

    This audiobook started off quietly and slowly and at first I thought I had made a mistake and was thinking about turning it off and listening to something else. But the story about the chickens and priest made me laugh so hard that I felt muscles in my belly that I didn't know I had. And further stories down the line had me laughing so that I felt unworked muscles in my throat. Not every story made me laugh so hard, but at the very least I was smiling or enjoying another glimpse of humanity, friendship, and our foibles.

    I would not recommend this book to someone who has recently had surgery in the abdominal region.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SCOTT Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States 01-16-12
    SCOTT Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good ole McManus, will leave you in stitches"
    Would you consider the audio edition of How I Got This Way to be better than the print version?

    The present day Mark Twain for the modern sportsman, McManus's self-deprecating approach to humor is something that almost any outdoors person can relate to. With the help of great narration to bring the stories to life, you will no doubt reflect upon your own hunting experiences and tribulations both in the field and out.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rancid will always hold a special place in my heart.


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

    I've heard a couple of different narrators of McManus stories, and short of having the author read them himself, Dietz's readings are by far the best in my opinion.


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

    McManus always makes me laugh.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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