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
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.
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?
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!
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.
It truly is in a class of its own. Anything that is sincere and smart would be the best comparison.
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.
More than a man.
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.
My headline is one of the writer's drops.
It was a good book and read well. It's sad at times, but happy and funny the rest of the time. I recommend.
This was a fine reading of a difficult story. Bryan's honesty about the lows as well as the highs gives it great appeal. Most of all, of course, I liked the happy ending! As I enter, at age 65, the great C Zone of life, I'll keep all his excellent tips in mind. And yes, the iPhone rocks.
I liked Bryan's story. He has been through a lot and has such a great attitude that he is inspirational.
It was great to hear the other voices of the readers. Christie's and Adam's voices were a nice addition.
Bryan's delivery was as expected, cool and easy to listen to.
The Adam chapter was very moving
Thank-you Bald Bryan
A complex individual, with many varying interests including; technology, music, family, sports, travel, truth and knowledge.
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.
I really appreciated the "full disclosure" element. Bryan didn't hold back anything, and I do mean anything.
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.
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.
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.
Husband, Father, Teacher.
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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