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The Tao of Bill Murray Audiobook

The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing

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Publisher's Summary

This collection of the most epic, hilarious, and strange Bill Murray stories, many of which have never before been reported, spotlights the star's extraordinary ability to infuse the everyday with surprise, absurdity, and wonder.

No one will ever believe you.

New York Times best-selling author Gavin Edwards, like the rest of us, has always been fascinated with Bill Murray - in particular the beloved actor's adventures offscreen, which rival his filmography for sheer entertainment value. Edwards traveled to the places where Murray has lived, worked, and partied, in search of the most outrageous and hilarious Bill Murray stories from the past four decades, many of which have never before been reported. Bill once paid a child five dollars to ride his bike into a swimming pool. The star convinced Harvard's JV women's basketball team to play with him in a private game of hoops. Many of these surreal encounters ended with Bill whispering, "No one will ever believe you" into a stranger's ear.

But The Tao of Bill Murray is more than just a collection of wacky anecdotes. This volume puts the actor's public clowning into a larger context, as Edwards distills Murray's unique way of being into a set of guiding principles. A sideways mix of comedy and philosophy, full of photobombs, late-night party crashes, and movie-set antics, this is the perfect book for all who call themselves Bill Murray fans - which is to say, everyone.

©2016 Gavin Edwards (P)2016 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Reading The Tao of Bill Murray is like spending time with Bill, but probably safer."(Danny Rubin, screenwriter of Groundhog Day)

"As much as I love Gavin Edwards's wonderful The Tao of Bill Murray, I can't help but feel sad that Bill Murray has never covered my eyes on a street corner." (Moby)

"[A] funny, affectionate portrait.... Edwards skillfully weaves together many well-known and entirely new anecdotes from throughout Murray's career that capture him at the height of his power. Murray is an endless delight, and his knack for bons mots and non sequiturs will keep readers laughing before revealing an unexpectedly poignant vision for happiness.... A fun and revealing look behind the charm and mythos of Bill Murray that will only strengthen his legend." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    CMfromCA 10-21-16
    CMfromCA 10-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Had such potential, but never gets there"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was expecting hilarity. What I got was snippets of stories that typically start with some random persons experience. "Sally was surprised when Bill Murray walked into her party, stayed and helped with the dishes afterward". It's like 500 of those little gems. No background from Bill, No underlying or follow up either. A 10 sec anecdote and bam, onto the next one. Once in a while you get a longer story, maybe 3-5 minutes of narration. Also, the first hour is an extremely dry and uneventful 'buildup' for very little if any payoff.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by this author.


    How could the performance have been better?

    More interesting stories. Not sure how one makes Bill Murray dull, but this author has perfected it.


    What character would you cut from The Tao of Bill Murray?

    The author?


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointed in the format and reading of the story. I literally only laughed out loud 1 time in the ~6 hour reading. It's Bill freakin' Murray. Should be laughing almost the whole time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Austin Pierce United Kingdom 09-26-16
    Austin Pierce United Kingdom 09-26-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant. Skip 'Films of Bill Murray' section"

    It's exactly what I wanted it to be for 2/3rds of the book. Then it goes astray. Still worth your time. Just skip the long languorous recaps of all his movies.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M.R. Thomsen Beerpiece, Denmark 10-14-16
    M.R. Thomsen Beerpiece, Denmark 10-14-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Bill Murray is the coolest guy ever!"

    Reading about his shenanigans was very funny and moving and sooo well worth it. This book has it all, and it makes you like and respect Bill Murray even more. There is a bit of pay it forward about his philosophy and it makes me want to be a better person too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Kopitz 10-03-16
    A. Kopitz 10-03-16
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    "no real life lesson just a story about a real life"

    it was over before I knew it and appreciate the honest and vivid history or Bill.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Biloxi 09-29-16
    Charles Biloxi 09-29-16 Member Since 2015

    Fantastic narration, memorable characters, and mind-bending plots get me every time.

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    "Quirky Yarns About an American Icon"

    When asked why he chose Bill Murray as the subject of his latest book, Gavin Edwards, author and narrator of “The Tao of Bill Murray,” said in a recent interview with the Charlotte Observer, “I wanted to sink my teeth into a big American figure. I wanted to do someone who has left a legacy in American culture.” Considering that Gavin, who also serves as a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, already has examined the lives of such icons as Elton John and River Phoenix, his decision to focus on Murray says something, perhaps, about just how culturally relevant Bill Murray has become these days. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2003, the prolific actor has appeared in more than sixty films over the last thirty years and remains busier than ever, continuing to accumulate nominations. Now in his sixties, it’s as if the actor is finally getting his due. Perhaps he'll win the Oscar someday soon, perhaps he'll finally devote himself to directing and screenwriting, or perhaps he will do something none of us have expected. With Bill Murray, it seems anything is possible. As this book's title suggests, Bill Murray does seem to have a sort of “way” of living, which may or may not boil down to the principles listed here.

    “The Tao of Bill Murray” really isn't a guide to being Bill; it's simply a nice, enjoyable, entertaining series of anecdotes about him, and that's enough for the price of admission. Each collection of anecdotes is categorized according to the principle they purport to illustrate, but the principles themselves are not really taken all that seriously. This is not a legitimate self-help book, after all, and no hard-sell of the principles is undertaken, here. They’re really more like section headers arranged in a clever Tao theme. If you are a Bill Murray fan (and, really, who isn’t?), you’ll enjoy these stories, and many of them are quite memorable, but you shouldn’t go into this with the expectation of a straight biography if that’s what you’re looking for. Although the book does touch quite a bit on the star’s career, including a complete run-through of all of his movies, it excludes Murray’s personal life out of respect for his privacy. So, there’s nothing here on his martial infidelity, for instance, or his domestic violence allegations, or even his addictions, for that matter; it’s not that sort of book. Instead, you will learn more than a few neat tidbits about the former Ghostbuster that you probably didn’t know, such as his keen appreciation for poetry and his delight at getting wrong-number phone calls. Along the way you will indeed learn something of his approach to life, which may leave you envious or inspired depending on your mood. It is unlikely that you will come away from this book with any deep revelations about Murray, but you will get to know him better, and most likely you will have something clever to say about him the next time (inevitably) his name is brought up in conversation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rod Morgan 06-12-17
    Rod Morgan 06-12-17 Member Since 2010

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    "Can you have too much of a good thing?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A better organization structure might have helped. In the last half of the book, the conceit is that all of the previous stories add up into a life guide, but few of us have the money to follow it.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A different reader, perhaps even taking some sequences as interviews or at least stories told by some of the witnesses. The stories are funny, but six hours worth becomes a very long time.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance is spotty, as the author has a deep voice that often is unclear. I give him a lot of credit at being able to read the entire thing with a serious tone (there should be notes of how many times they had to break and repeat when he did), but he is not especially energetic or animated.


    Was The Tao of Bill Murray worth the listening time?

    Murray is a very good actor and rich enough to be as eccentric as he wants. We know that and have known that for years. So this recitation of borderline-random events quickly becomes dry even though each event is "certified true" and usually very different. Can't wait to see his next film; don't want to listen to this again.


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    Brian Ford Long Island, NY USA 06-11-17
    Brian Ford Long Island, NY USA 06-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Hours of great listening..."

    I'm a huge Bill Murray fan. This book was in part written for Bill Murray fan's everywhere but it also tells the story of Bill Murray; and that's the part that is a great value to anyone. How Bill found his way. How he dealt with the good and the bad along the way. There were many good life lessons here without being 'preachy'. Just like what one would expect from Bill.

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    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 04-12-17
    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 04-12-17 Member Since 2012

    Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.

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    "Unusual Biography"

    I guess you might call this book a biography. It details the life of Bill Murray, growing up, and on through the present day (up until 2016 I believe). First the book talks about his upbringing and how he came to be the actor he is today. Then it tells dozens and dozens of little anecdotes involving him. Then the book gives a pretty complete filmography, briefly talking about each movie he has been in, a little bit about the role that he played, a few quick anecdotes from the making of the film etc.

    It's a fun little read, and as unusual and charming as Bill Murray himself.

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    D. C. 03-25-17
    D. C. 03-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    if you think you know Bill Murray, listen to what you don't know. This had me smiling for hours.

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    Ann 02-08-17
    Ann 02-08-17

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    "FYI- This book isn't comedic, it's phylisophical"

    You think a book about Bill Murray is going to be funny, but it truly was written as a book about philosophy and Bill Murray's influence on the world. So yah, not that fun to listen to unless you are a hard core fan and love hearing anything about him. Also the narrator's voice is so low it's kind of weird for this genre, like imagine Morgan Freeman casually joking around.

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