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Shrinkage: Manhood, Marriage, and the Tumor That Tried to Kill Me | [Bryan Bishop, Adam Carolla (foreword)]

Shrinkage: Manhood, Marriage, and the Tumor That Tried to Kill Me

At 30 years old Bryan Bishop’s life was right on track: as the sidekick on The Adam Carolla Show, his career was taking off and, newly engaged, his personal life was soaring to new heights. Then he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Suddenly Bryan’s promising future was looking at a troubling schedule of radiation and chemotherapy. But having found refuge in comedy, "Bald Bryan" recounts his alternately heartbreaking and hysterical experience of cancer treatment and recovery.
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Publisher's Summary

From the popular sidekick on the Guinness World Record-breaking Adam Carolla Show comes this candid, comical, and uplifting memoir of the author's courageous battle and recovery.

At 30 years old Bryan Bishop’s life was right on track: as the sidekick on The Adam Carolla Show, his career was taking off and, newly engaged, his personal life was soaring to new heights. Then he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

Suddenly Bryan’s promising future was looking at a troubling schedule of radiation and chemotherapy. But having found refuge in comedy, "Bald Bryan" recounts his alternately heartbreaking and hysterical experience of cancer treatment and recovery, from writing his will with the bravado of a pulp novelist, to taking chemo in a strip club, to achieving his life-long dream of getting another woman in the shower with him and his wife (even if it was only for physical therapy). These and other charmingly twisted scenes make the serious truly a laughing matter. Now four years since his initial diagnosis, Bryan celebrates how his aggressive treatment shrunk his tumor and gave him a new lease on life.

Through odds and obstacles, blunders and dilemmas, Bryan radiates through his narrative with wonder and humor. This profound, honest, and surprisingly funny recovery audiobook is a Cancer Schmancer for the Jimmy Kimmel Live! crowd.

Length: 8 hours and 01 minutes.

©2014 Bryan Bishop (P)2014 Random House Audio

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    Jim Dean Venice, CA 04-29-14
    Jim Dean Venice, CA 04-29-14 Member Since 2005

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    "Damn funny. Especially considering the subject."

    I like books that make me laugh out loud in the car. "Shrinkage" got me on the first minute. The story is inspiring, but the writing is masterful comedy.

    Bryan Bishop is the author as well as the reader and he is brilliant. His career as Adam Carolla's radio/podcast sidekick has trained him well. His timing is good and his voice is clear. The emotional side of the book is much more powerful knowing the man reading is the one that experienced the story first hand.

    I listen to a lot of audio books. This is one of the very best.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    S. Mazrui Silver Spring, MD United States 05-03-14
    S. Mazrui Silver Spring, MD United States 05-03-14 Listener Since 2004
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    "Great - even for those who don't know Adam Corolla"

    A great read. Let me begin by saying I had to Google Adam Carolla. I generally don't read books about people with terrible diseases but happened to listen to an excerpt and liked what I heard. So, even though I had no idea about this author's work in the entertainment industry, I truly loved this book. It doesn't sugar coat a battle with cancer but it is a great story about the power of family, related and not, in difficult times. It is honest, well written, well read and, dare I say, a fun read? So, I can only imagine how fans would enjoy it! And after reading the book, I am now both a Bryan Bishop and Adam Carolla fan. So, maybe now I should listen to the show?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    laurel 04-30-14
    laurel 04-30-14
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    "So VERY excellent!"
    What made the experience of listening to Shrinkage the most enjoyable?

    Listening to the Adam Carolla show for many, many years, I was already familiar with Brian as a extremely intelligent and quick member of the show. I remember hearing and feeling the struggle with his health from the initial onset. This book is such a beautiful exploration of such a tragic and aggressive time. Excellent!


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Branigan 05-05-14
    Branigan 05-05-14
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    "Fantastic read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shrinkage to be better than the print version?

    It's not that one is inherently better than the other, but it is hard to imagine anything better than hearing the actual voices of both Bryan and Christie as they talk about their experiences together. The listener/reader can tell of their sincerity as the book progresses.


    What other book might you compare Shrinkage to and why?

    It truly is in a class of its own. Anything that is sincere and smart would be the best comparison.


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

    His inflection and the tone of his voice contribute greatly to the message that is being conveyed. I think his humor shines even more through the audio version.


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

    More than a man.


    Any additional comments?

    Truly a great listen/read. It is hard to believe that this is Bryan's first book due to his his confidence and great word choice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin 12-09-14
    Kevin 12-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Shrinkage was very good."
    What did you love best about Shrinkage?

    I liked Bryan's story. He has been through a lot and has such a great attitude that he is inspirational.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shrinkage?

    It was great to hear the other voices of the readers. Christie's and Adam's voices were a nice addition.


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

    Bryan's delivery was as expected, cool and easy to listen to.


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

    The Adam chapter was very moving


    Any additional comments?

    Thank-you Bald Bryan

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Russ Reihart Loretto, PA United States 12-08-14
    Russ Reihart Loretto, PA United States 12-08-14 Member Since 2014

    A complex individual, with many varying interests including; technology, music, family, sports, travel, truth and knowledge.

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    "A detailed, passionate and interesting Memoir."
    What made the experience of listening to Shrinkage the most enjoyable?

    Such a personal story should always be read by the author, because the passion to tell the story comes through so much stronger, as is the case with Shrinkage. Also, the use of other audio and readers for emphasis was really nice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really appreciated the "full disclosure" element. Bryan didn't hold back anything, and I do mean anything.


    Which character – as performed by Bryan Bishop – was your favorite?

    This really isn't applicable, as when Bryan was speaking he wasn't really performing any characters. His wife Christie, on the other hand, is an absolute dream to listen to and I loved the portions of the book when she voiced her own stories.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I definitely listened to it in long sessions, probably longer than most books I have listened to. It is very interesting and pulls you in.


    Any additional comments?

    Wether you're a fan of Bryan's work on The Adam Carolla show or you've never even heard of him, this story will make you laugh, cry and appreciate a very difficult journey that a young man has faced.

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    Robbie D 08-19-14
    Robbie D 08-19-14 Member Since 2014

    Husband, Father, Teacher.

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    "Bryan's Song or Story actually"

    Bryan Bishop, or Bald Bryan as we know him from the Adam Carolla podcast tells us a story of growing up and ultimately coming to terms with living with an inoperable Brain tumor. The story of Bishop and his wife struggling through their wedding during this tragic time gives a glimpse of the adversity that a couple can overcome. This definitely is a good read for anyone who knows the struggle of surviving a tumor, or any fan of the Adam Carolla show. This is a very emotional and touching reading by Bishop as well.

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    J. Smith 08-01-14
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    "Honest and emotional"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shrinkage to be better than the print version?

    I loved hearing Bryan's own voice to his story. The audio version had his inflections and seemed like he was actually telling the story...so yes!


    What other book might you compare Shrinkage to and why?

    I haven't read anything else like this! Unique given his perspective on life.


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

    Only on the Adam Carollla podcast...this was way better! He had more time to be himself and share his story.


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

    His wife advocating for him with his parents.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James A. 07-16-14
    James A. 07-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This was a great story for BB"
    What made the experience of listening to Shrinkage the most enjoyable?

    BB was painfully honest but his voice, and demeanor were so gentle and child-like in sound I had to remember he had brain cancer


    What did you like best about this story?

    Believing a couple so young in their marriage had the desire to make it work and to trust so much in each other is inspirational.


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

    Feeling happier about the condition and the outcome


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

    Just to know that life can definitely give out the lemons for lemonade, but it's alright things can get better, just like BB says


    Any additional comments?

    Great job BB, hope you continue to get well

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jon prante 06-11-14
    jon prante 06-11-14
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    "Great To Hear How It All Went Down!"
    Where does Shrinkage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites. Great story over all. He did a great job.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bryan Bishop. His ability to fight and defeat cancer is truly admirable.


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

    Love how his wife Kristy read her blogs out loud. Also loved how Adam's voice was also featured. Bryan is a very good reader, he certainly brought the book to life. :)


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

    All of it did


    Any additional comments?

    Much Love <3

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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