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I Drink for a Reason Audiobook

I Drink for a Reason

After a decade spent in isolation in the Ugandan jungles thinking about stuff, David Cross has written his first book. Known for roles on the small screen such as "never-nude" Tobias Funke on Arrested Development and the role of "David" in Mr. Show with Bob And David, as well as a hugely successful stand-up routine full of sharp-tongued rants and rages, Cross has carved out his place in American comedy.
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After a decade spent in isolation in the Ugandan jungles thinking about stuff, David Cross has written his first book. Known for roles on the small screen such as "never-nude" Tobias Funke on Arrested Development and the role of "David" in Mr. Show with Bob And David, as well as a hugely successful stand-up routine full of sharp-tongued rants and rages, Cross has carved out his place in American comedy.

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revealing the true story behind his almost existential distaste of Jim Belushi ("The Belush"), disclosing the up-to-now unpublished minutes to a meeting of Fox television network executives, and offering up a brutally grotesque run-in with Bill O'Reilly.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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Mark Aptos, CA, United States 10-17-09
    Mark Aptos, CA, United States 10-17-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Not comedy... just really bitter hatred"

    I guess why we know David Cross drinks, because he is bitter. He hates Christians and really hates Mormons. He really really hates those in the middle states especially if they are Christian or Mormon. He had one bad day with Jim Belushi and so now he feels compelled to run on stage and harass Belushi when he is singing and to create fake magazine articles claiming that Belushi dresses in drag in order to be a prostitute. I was expecting some humor or insight, but most of the audio consisted of Cross saying things like: "Christians are idiots. Mormons are idiots. Jim Belushi is an idiot... blah blah blah.
    Considering that David Cross narrates the book, there is no excuse for poor delivery. He constantly insults the listener for purchasing the audio instead of reading his book as though it is some nuanced masterpiece. There is a good reason that David Cross should drink. He is stuck inside the small little bitter body that would seem more suitable for a 95 year old on a respirator.

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    Melissa Potomac, IL, United States 09-20-13
    Melissa Potomac, IL, United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2011

    My tastes vary. I like PNR and some HR. I have been known to like YA and NA just as well as some naughty bodice rippers and other romance books.

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    "David Cross is amazing and funny and smart!!"
    Would you listen to I Drink for a Reason again? Why?

    Yeppers. I have re-listened to some parts already because they were too darn funny.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Drink for a Reason?

    When David Cross explains the mobster/hitman/assasin game. It was funny as heck.


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

    I laughed. I laughed Until I cried. David Cross is so funny and refreshing and honest.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to laugh your butt off.....by this audio book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie METAIRIE, LA, United States 05-30-13
    Bonnie METAIRIE, LA, United States 05-30-13
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    "A funny and intellectual read (or listen)"

    I love it when an audiobook is read by the writer. Especially when I'm familiar with them! David Cross' excellent testament to mankind is outstanding and wonderful to listen to. It may sound lazy, but I didn't bother reading the book because hearing it in his voice is what makes it for me. He's extremely intellectual, he's extremely controversial, and he's extremely funny. It's a great, great read (or listen!) and I recommend it to anyone interested in learning a little something.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacki Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-18-12
    Jacki Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Best. Audiobook. Ever."
    What made the experience of listening to I Drink for a Reason the most enjoyable?

    Content in the audiobook that is not in the novel. Les Savy Fav performs an excerpt from the book in a song, Kristen Schaal reads a portion of the novel, John Benjamin takes over the introduction.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Drink for a Reason?

    The list of things to do when you're bored. I cried laughing. In a car. Alone. On the way to work.


    What about David Cross’s performance did you like?

    Whenever he digresses from reading. Things like -- Constantly berating the listener for purchasing the audiobook version. Talking about the budget of recording with the 'engineer.' Loved it. All of it.


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

    Why the f*** would you turn this into a movie?


    Any additional comments?

    Things I did while writing this: Ate a chicken wing. Thought about going to the gym. Converted to Christianity.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Minneapolis, MN, United States 05-07-12
    Carrie Minneapolis, MN, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Like a David Cross performance in your living room"
    Where does I Drink for a Reason rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Smart, inciteful, hilarious - just what you'd expect from David Cross.


    What other book might you compare I Drink for a Reason to and why?

    Patton Oswalt - "Zombie, Spaceship, Wasteland."


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynaa United States 02-02-12
    Lynaa United States 02-02-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A bit rough, but enjoyable & entertaining."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. It was entertaining. Many topics were touched on & it did mesh well.


    Would you recommend I Drink for a Reason to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not to many of my friends. Most will not be open to the


    Any additional comments?

    I find it very welcoming to have the author as the reader, especially if the author is a comedian or performer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Sacramento, CA, United States 12-20-11
    Laura Sacramento, CA, United States 12-20-11
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    "clever ramblings"
    What disappointed you about I Drink for a Reason?

    It's just like listening in on a crazy person rambling on about various thoughts.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Cross again?

    porbably not


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Needle Ninja 05-31-11

    Jo

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    "Very entertaining... but"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 01-26-11

    Muisc is Life

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    "Entertaining To a Point"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Alpharetta, GA, United States 11-04-10
    Adam Alpharetta, GA, United States 11-04-10
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    "Funny But Good Be Better."

    I love David Cross and enjoyed this book but Cross is much funnier to watch than to read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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