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The Late Bloomer Audiobook

The Late Bloomer: A Memoir of My Body

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Soon to be a feature film, The Late Bloomer is the revealing, harrowing, and often funny memoir of a celebrity journalist and former hotshot hockey player who discovers that he has been biochemically infused with a female hormone.

On the surface, Ken Baker seemed a model man. He was a nationally ranked hockey goalie; a Hollywood correspondent for People; a guest-lister at celebrity parties; and girls came on to him. Inside, though, he didn't feel like the man he was supposed to be.

Although attracted to women, Ken had little sex drive and thus even less of a sex life. To his anguish, he repeatedly found himself unable to perform sexually. And, regardless of strenuous workouts, his body struggled to build muscle, earning him the nickname "Pear" from his macho teammates. Physically, matters turned bizarre when he discovered that he was lactating.

The testosterone-driven culture in which Ken grew up made it agonizingly difficult for him to seek help. But in time he discovered something that lifted years of pain, frustration, and confusion: a brain tumor was causing his body to be flooded with massive amounts of a female hormone, which was disabling his masculinity.

Five hours of surgery accomplished what years of therapy, rumination, and denial could not - and allowed Ken Baker to finally feel - and function - like a man.

Now Ken's story comes to the screen in the feature film, The Late Bloomer, starring Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons and Jane Lynch.

©2016 Ken Baker (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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    I first learned of Ken's story from a clip on The Adam Carolla Podcast then listening to Dr. Drew's Podcast featuring Ken. I was eager to listen to this audiobook. Wow, it did not disappoint! I feared I would just rehear about his story, the same story from the Podcast. I was very delighted to learn that this book is mostly about growing up, maturing from teenage, college to adult hood with zero sex drive and his loss of "manliness". What is cool is that he overcame all of this and ended up on top. This is also a funny book as he goes into detail about some "college" stories. Highly recommend it! Oh yea, very glad that Ken self narrated his book as his voice and tone properly expresses emotions he felt as he reread his story. Thanks!

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