Whether deflating the pomposity of religious figures, calling out the pathetic symbiosis of pseudo-celebrity and its leaching fandom, or merely pushing the buttons of the way-too-easily offended P.C. left or the caustic, double-standard of the callous (but funnier) right, Cross has something to say about everyone, including his own ridiculous self.
Now, for the first time, Cross is weaving his media mockery, celebrity denunciation, religious commentary and sheer madness into book form, revealing the true story behind his almost existential distaste of Jim Belushi ("The Belush"), disclosing the up-to-now unpublished minutes to a meeting of Fox television network executives, and offering up a brutally grotesque run-in with Bill O'Reilly.
And as if this wasn't enough for your laughing pleasure in these troubled times, some of the pieces splinter off with additional material being created online in exclusive video and animated web content created solely for the book-a historical first (presumably)!
With a mix of personal essays, satirical fiction posing as truth, advice for rich people, information from America's least favorite Rabbi and a top-ten list of top-ten lists, I Drink for a Reason is as unique as the comedian himself, and cannot be missed.
©2009 David Cross; (P)2009 Hachette
"One of the funniest books I've ever skimmed!" (Paul Rudd)
"David has composed a fascinating list of the most obscure names in Atlanta baseball history, and filled the spaces between with some stuff. I don't always agree with him, but he always makes me think and smile and, unlike our conversations, in this book I actually can get a word in edgewise." (Keith Olbermann)
"It is inappropriate for me to write a 'blurb' for Mr. David Cross, as he is rightly a legend--utterly fearless, absolutely brilliant, and a longtime inspiration to me. My endorsement would be like the weed endorsing the sun, which is to say: I live in the dirt and require David Cross (plus water) to live. But I can grow right through sidewalks, so that's something." (John Hodgman, Daily Show Resident Expert)
It's just like listening in on a crazy person rambling on about various thoughts.
I was looking for humor....there was some. Overall, I found myself thinking of what to put on my to do and to buy lists than being captured by the voice coming out of my device.
I was laughing a lot throughout this book. he has very interesting veiws and points for all of us to think about (and laugh about). BUT there were points where I had to fast foward (robot voice reading the review of this stand-up) i could not follow anything going on with the robot voice. there was another part where a group sang a song, and the words were muddled and it was too long.
There were a few other points where he thought of quirkly skits during the book reading, and although some of them were funny, it was too much. It only proved distracting from the content of the book, which is funny without all the extras. I do appreciate his comedy and he is a genius, but i do think less is more when recording the audio version of your book.
Muisc is Life
This audiobook has it's funny parts, but I wouldn't listen to this multiple times. David Cross is a very funny comedian. In this audiobook, he goes out of his way to make your listening experience odd by repeatedly going off script, scolding the listener for buying the audiobook instead of the "real" book and summerizing chapters instead of reading it. To start, the preface is read twice, once by Johnathan Benjamin and then a second time by Cross himself. There is a chapter Cross made a list for movie directors of odd movie plots to ensure a award winning film, but he had a band sing this entire list, rather than reading it (the band sucks, btw). This book would be a better read while visiting your bathroom vs. anything else. The parts that are funny are very funny, but the rest is just annoying.
Sometimes brilliantly spit-out-your-drink funny and fresh, sometimes self-indulgent and boring. Always well narrated, although not all of the audio add-ons worked for me (list of movie character ideas set to music and sung! why? WHY?). Audio chapter divisions made it difficult to skip parts that were making me mental and arrive safely at the start of a fresh new chapter. (Yeah, yeah, I know: I should have bought the print version.)
David unfortunately took a few jabs at listeners that didn't resonate well. He has said since he's gotten a lot of nasty feedback but that he was 100% joking. As of now this audiobook has a 3.5 rating. No way it should be that low.
A minor criticism would be that if you've listened to comedy audiobooks from guys like Patton Oswalt, John Hodgman, etc. you may be a little burned out on the surreal humor chapters, to the point of wishing there were more anecdotes.
I'd rate this over 4, not quite 5, but I don't think it's fair for this book to be rated as mediocre simply because Cross had no idea how badly listeners would react to being teased about listening to a book rather than reading it. Remember that much of his career has been in sketchwriting and as such there are few one liners and some hits and misses.
David Cross is one of my favorite comedians. This book is a lot like listening to stand up or sketch comedy. It is exactly what I expected.
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