This is my first experience delving into the world of a "Chronic Megalomaniac". It was intriguing for the first 20 or so pages and then swiftly became an intolerable read. O'Brien was actually quite good on TV. It's unfortunate that he decided to reveal his life experiences and thereby simultaneously exposing his complete lack of awareness of his own tedium and pompacity.
Another humble brag, now I've been sober for 5 minutes so I have a lot to say memoir, ala Vargas A lot of look at me I'm great, oops I mean our team is great phony humility. Then the wheels fall off, rehab (4x in Pat's case), a little bit of sobriety and the genius idea to write a book about it. Way too much tedious detail, I mean Pat must literally be the best friend of every sports star and entertainment figure in history and way too little detail on where all the selfishness and entitlement came from and where it ultimately took him. And agin like the Vargas book a waste of time and money.
I purchased the Kindle edition of O'Brien's book after hearing him interviewed about it on a local news program. I had hoped for some personal insight and lessons he had learned from his addiction and mistakes, but was instead disappointed by a cover-to-cover plethora of name-dropping, rationalizations, and egotistical grandiosity. He also used the book as an opportunity to besmirch several people whom he clearly disliked during his career. I expected more from the book; sorry it turned out to be as thin as a 30-minute episode of "Access Hollywood."
I am not a sports fan and don't watch entertainment news, so I didn't know about Pat O'Brien. He was a guest on Morning Joe, and that is where I learned about this book and some of his story. Sports fans and celebrity hounds will find lots of interesting and sometimes revealing stories. There are insights, too, about network media operations. But the heart of the matter is his severe alcoholism and his recitation, which will be familiar to some, of how the alcoholic thinks things are OK (until too late). O'Brien's book is an easy read, not always easy to take.
I have no idea why I even bought this book. I have never liked Pat and this book did nothing to change that. I did my best to get through it but it is extremely boring and often rambles on. The author comes off as expected which is very unlikable which just makes the whole book an exercise in futility. Don't waste your time
Pat had a hard time getting along with people. Except during his interviews. Maybe it was because he was an alcoholic. Or because he couldn't take his eyes off himself from beginning to end. Pat was tiresome. But it was kind of fun reading about that. I don't know how he became so drunk drinking wine exclusively. It's like only 12% alcohol. Maybe that postponed the cirrosis.
Pat admits to grandiosity and that is evident in his storytelling. The name dropping is so constant it becomes both comical and boring. He spends 3/4ths of the book covering his career achievements, which are notable, but in such a self-congratulatory way that it becomes a turn-off. A quarter of the book covers his alcoholism and its affects. Overall, I felt he wasted his platform to talk about addiction and the opportunity to help others by spending so little time on his disease. The result is a book that took effort to finish because Pat's self-absorption sucked all of the fun out of it and rendered me apathetic. If I could, I'd give this 2.5 stars.
Oh, I guess it just seems like it. I've read endless, long and boring stories for what seems like forever and I'm only 25% through. He is his own biggest fan. I would love to hear what all these celebrities and superstars that Mr. O'Brien thinks are his best friends think of him, but I would imagine they are embarrassed for him and have the class not to go there.