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Why We Suck | [Dr. Denis Leary]

Why We Suck

In Why We Suck, Dr. Denis Leary uses his common sense, and his biting and hilarious take on the world, to attack the politically correct, the hypocritical, the obese, the thin - basically everyone who takes themselves too seriously. He does so with the extra oomph of a doctorate bestowed upon him by his alma mater Emerson College. "Sure it's just a celebrity type of thing - they only gave it to me because I'm famous." Leary explains.
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Publisher's Summary

"A pissed off Leary is the best Leary," says one critic of the writer and comic. In Why We Suck, Dr. Denis Leary uses his common sense and his biting and hilarious take on the world to attack the politically correct, the hypocritical, the obese, the thin - basically everyone who takes themselves too seriously. He does so with the extra oomph of a doctorate bestowed upon him by his alma mater Emerson College.

"Sure it's just a celebrity type of thing - they only gave it to me because I'm famous." Leary explains. "But it's legal and it means I get to say I'm a doctor - just like Dr. Phil."

In Why We Suck, Leary's famously smart style and sardonic wit have found their fullest and fiercest expression yet. Zeroing in on the ridiculous wherever he finds it, Leary unravels his Irish Catholic upbringing, the folly of celebrity, the pressures of family life, and the great hypocrisy of politics with the same bright, savage, and profane insight he brought to his critically acclaimed one-man shows No Cure for Cancer and Lock 'n Load, and his platinum-selling song, Asshole..

Proudly Irish American, defiantly working class, with a reserve of compassion for the underdog and the overlooked, Leary delivers blistering diatribes that are penetrating social commentary with no holds barred. Leary's work will find wide appeal among people who want to laugh out loud or find a guide who matches their view of what's wrong in America and the world-at-large; and fans of his one-man shows, his many movies, and Rescue Me, Leary's Golden Globe and Emmy - nominated television show. Why We Suck is the latest salvo from one of America's most original and biting comic satirists.

©2008 Denis Leary; (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Kenya LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 05-21-13
    Kenya LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Only Denis Leary"

    IT was a good listen but if your looking for Denis Leary to go into his comedy act just because he's reading the book then you will be disappointed. It's a more series, none shallot telling of his life and an insight into his mind. A good listen when on a car drive

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    Penny California 02-19-13
    Penny California 02-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "He's absolutely right"
    Would you listen to Why We Suck again? Why?

    I'd listen to Dennis Leary every day. He tells the truth like it should be told. If more people would wake up and listen to what he has to say, maybe we wouldn't suck.


    What did you like best about this story?

    He's honest and doesn't apologize for it.


    What about Dr. Denis Leary’s performance did you like?

    It was like he was talking not just reading the book


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

    I would have if I had the time. But I have a life


    Any additional comments?

    It was not long enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Niels J. Rasmussen Edmonton, Alberta Canada 11-24-12
    Niels J. Rasmussen Edmonton, Alberta Canada 11-24-12 Member Since 2012

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    "5-Hours of Stand-Up Comedy By Leary"
    Any additional comments?

    I read this book before I happened to purchase the audio version and loved it. The voiced version didn't let me down. "Why We Suck" sounds JUST as if Leary was riffing on stage for a full 5 hours about things he hates. This might sound boring to some but trust me, it's well worth the listen.

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    A. Augustine USA 11-22-12
    A. Augustine USA 11-22-12
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    "Great Book With Great Narration"
    What did you love best about Why We Suck?

    I was surprised by how much I liked Denis Leary as a human being in this book. I had been unsure about how I felt about Leary outside of "Rescue Me", (which I loved), but he comes off as a very genuine and real person. Passionate about family, life, performance, and even the state of the country.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His attitude.


    Have you listened to any of Dr. Denis Leary’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard any performances such as this before by him.


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

    Yes it was, though I was admittedly on a 10 hour drive.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly Recommended.

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    kristen OAKLAND PARK, FL, United States 10-22-12
    kristen OAKLAND PARK, FL, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "LMAO THIS IS SOOOOOO FUNNY!!!!!"
    What did you love best about Why We Suck?

    WE LISTENED TO THIS 4 TIMES!! VERY VERY FUNNY!!!


    Any additional comments?

    IF YOU LIKE TO LAUGH AND ENJOY LAUGHING AT YOURSELF AND THE REST OF AMERICA, THIS IS A GREAT LISTEN FOR YOU - SERIOUSLY I LMAO

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    Amazon Customer North Dakota USA 10-18-12
    Amazon Customer North Dakota USA 10-18-12

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    "Best Audio Book"
    What did you love best about Why We Suck?

    Denis is the only author that I've listened to who makes it feel like he was sitting beside you on your living room couch telling you his childhood story. I listen do this book when I'm on my 27 hr road trip and it's a great way to kill 5 hours. You don't even realize that the time has gone. Very entertaining. My only hope is that he writes another.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I laughed so hard during his mom's "cooking" recipes! I was laughing so hard that I called my sister and turned up my speakers for her to listen. She informed me that during the "Thanksgiving portion" of the book she was laughing so hard she had tears in her eyes! This book takes me back to my childhood and how my mom, grandparents and brothers all were.
    I've read the book twice and listened to the audiobook 4 times. It never gets old!


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

    Made me laugh so hard I was crying!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Worth the price and also to read as well

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    Paul Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-08-12
    Paul Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-08-12 Member Since 2011

    I am constantly on the road and a voracious reader, so audiobooks are a must!

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    "This book doesn't suck"

    Dr. Leary at his angry and sarcastic best examining exactly why we, as Americans, suck. The only complaint I had was this book is abridged. Still, it is wickedly funny and very well read by the author.

    If you're a fan of Denis Leary, you will enjoy this book. If you're bent on hating the man, don't waste your money. He is uncensored and pissed.

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    beverly Wheat Ridge, CO, United States 08-03-12
    beverly Wheat Ridge, CO, United States 08-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "hillarious"
    Would you listen to Why We Suck again? Why?

    yes


    What about Dr. Denis Leary’s performance did you like?

    His entire book delivered in his comedic timing like his stand-up performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I laughed out loud to this, while lying in the back seat, as my husband was driving us on vacation. It was great and all so true!

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    Jeff Chilliwack, BC, Canada 05-22-12
    Jeff Chilliwack, BC, Canada 05-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Hilariously True!"
    What made the experience of listening to Why We Suck the most enjoyable?

    The author Dr. Denis Leary put so much of his personality into the 'reading' of this book that it was hard not to get caught up in it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Why We Suck?

    His talk about Oprah was most memorable. You'll understand when you get there.


    What does Dr. Denis Leary bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hearing the inflection in his voice when he talks about his mother or the attitude that is injected when he talks about the reasons we all suck.


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

    This is one of the most engaging laugh out loud books I have ever read or heard.


    Any additional comments?

    He is truthful in his opening statement, this book will offend you. It may be hard to stomach for many people, but if you can muscle though the tough parts for you and just keep listening, you will find out why you suck and maybe even how you can change.

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    Mahal La Quinta, CA USA 05-07-12
    Mahal La Quinta, CA USA 05-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Leary's old age made him soft"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not what i thought it was going to be. the description was not necesarly 100 percent acurate.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    something full of more comedy.


    What about Dr. Denis Leary’s performance did you like?

    his attempt to describe american's.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no way.


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