Humor or horror? You decide, as sports atheist Walter Witty renders a play-by-play account of America's own most radical of religions: sports obsessions. From the hundred million plus salaries of sports gods to the games played by politicians and televangelists, Witty whistles and points at both Icons and Emperors prancing in their skivvies. Whatever their faith, he has choice words for them and their stories, while telling his own - including a Lossary of Terms. Sure to enrage or delight, The Umpire Has No Clothes is for anyone wanting to escape their crumb-strewn couch, or for the spouse who hopes they might.
©2013 Jonathan Lowe (P)2014 Jonathan Lowe
I listen to books on my commute at 1.75 speed. I like umpiring books, corny sci-fi, religious, history, and whatever catches my eye.
Decent. It isn't the greatest of satire but it holds it's own. It does point out the ludicrous love obsession of America with sports in general in a humorous but poignant way.
Probably. If it was on a topic I was interested in.
Exposing the Shame of America's Addiction to Watching Men in Tight Pants Run Around Chasing a Ball
Strap in for an enviable volley of pop culture metaphors while Walter Witty—the alter ego of Jonathan Lowe—rips, slams, tackles, and punts our world of professional sports worship through the broadcasting voice of Barry Abrams.
Told with a Douglas Adams flare (and abundant references to that Galactically famous five-book trilogy), Walter even offers a brief look at an interplanetary twelve-step program for sports addiction. From the football gridiron to the baseball diamond, the Olympic stadium to the boxing ring, the competitive eating dinner table to wildebeest plains of Neanderthal March Madness, no sport is spared Walter's helmet-cam view (the next step in game-day coverage?).
Short at 2 hours and 40 minutes, this is a good filler book for the end of your Audible billing month while you wait for your next full credit to arrive.
Douglas Adams - The Hitchhiker'sGuide series, only a much smaller universe.
Yes, at 2 hours and 40 minutes it's a single-sitting (or in my case, a single-bike-ride) listen.
I haven't seen the print version.
Barry's narration was just fine - an appropriate voice for this book.
Well, I'm not really a sports fan and so sometimes I miss the nuances and charm of sport-related humor, but I think this book can appeal to those who feel outside the athletic milieu.
I found this book both entertaining and humorous. Well, written and clever in its witticisms.
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