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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 2015

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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 Member Since 2015
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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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    Jim 07-16-15
    Jim 07-16-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Engaging"

    Baldwin's story and delivery make for a very engaging and moving experience for the listener.

    I will definitely look at getting future works from Baldwin. I just hope they don't involve more life threatening diseases.

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    AJ 07-15-15
    AJ 07-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "An Interesting but not always successful attempt at the comedy of cancer"

    It breaks my heart to say this because I'm a big fan of Bryan on the Adam Carolla Show, but his attempts at clever humor just fall short. The entire appeal of the book is that it looks to mix the grim reality of a young man with inoperable brain cancer with the clever comedy of a radio personality, and in the latter, it's just not there, and it's easy to see why he's much more suited in the sidekick role on the podcast. That being said, it is wildly successful in the former; some moments nearly brought me to tears. Most notable is the way you could hear his love and gratitude for his wife in his voice throughout his reading, which is something that makes this much more valuable as an audiobook than had I just read it. Overall, worth a listen, but just tamper your comedic expectations.

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    Kelly Perison 06-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Truely insperational"

    I am a huge fan of the Podcast and have followed Bryan's progress from the beginning. I think he does an great job at counter punching Adam and adding his quick witt at just the right times. So I already had alot of respect for him knowing he was so talented and had battled back his Cancer.
    After listening to his story I have an ever deeper respect for him and his positively.
    It is especially touching to hear it read by Bryan and Christy themselves. You feel every laugh and tear.
    Just a fantastic book.

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    Justin Gill Orange County 06-06-15
    Justin Gill Orange County 06-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great!"

    The story is powerful, insightful. Its a great memoir of a tough journey. I think i will listen to it again!

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    Susan May Kenova, WV USA 05-29-15
    Susan May Kenova, WV USA 05-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Shrinkage to be better than the print version?

    I don't own the print version, just the audio because I listen to books when I drive. I don't have much time to read so yes, I consider the audio edition the better one.


    What other book might you compare Shrinkage to and why?

    "What Remains" by Carole Radziwill and "It's Always Something" by Gilda Radner


    What about Bryan Bishop’s performance did you like?

    The total honesty & emotion that came through his reading of the book.


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

    Yes but I had to do it in increments - I spend about 2 hours a day driving


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book whether you are sick or not - I didn't get it because I was sick and I don't remember what caught my eye about it but I'm sure glad I purchased it. I would also love to know if the fundraising podcast mentioned in the book is still available.

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    Michelle Quinn 05-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "My favorite audio book to date!"

    This was a beautiful memoir and highly recommend to anyone that is going through or has gone through chemo. Or, like me, you have a close family member that went through treatment. I
    Empathized with bryan and Kristy in so many ways and this left me really remembering that I should not take life, health and the little things for granted. I loved it! Thank you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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