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Publisher's Summary

PARENTS: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME

Greg Fitzsimmons has made a lot of what appear to be bad decisions. It's what he was raised to do. Most parents would hide or destroy any evidence so clearly demonstrating their child's failures, but - lucky for us - Greg Fitzsimmons's family has preserved each mistake in its original envelope like a trophy in a case, lest he ever forget where he came from.

Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons is Greg's life, told through this cavalcade of disciplinary letters, incident reports, and newspaper clippings that his parents received from teachers and school officials. Greg picks up where his parents left off with his own collection of letters received during college and throughout his successful career as a writer, producer, and stand-up comic. Revealing the larger story of how Greg's distinctly dysfunctional Irish-American family bred him to blindly challenge anyone, anytime, anywhere, over anything, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons comes full circle to show that the Fitzsimmons torch has been passed on proudly to a new generation.

©2010 Greg Fitzsimmons (P)2011 Fitzdog Audio

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hilarious

What did you love best about Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons (The Audiobook)?

I like him. He told some stories that were not necessarily the most flattering to him but explained a lot about him. It was funny and honest. It also had some stories that were a more emotional topic but were not sappy. It was a book that both me and women could laugh at and relate to.

What other book might you compare Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons (The Audiobook) to and why?

lets just pretend this never happend by Jennifer lawson
Autobiography of a Fat bride - Laurie Notaro
Roseanarchy - Roseanne

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

it sounds more honest when he tells it because he doesn't sound like he is reading it just telling to you the story from memory.

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

His poor mother

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  • cooki
  • Las Vegas, NV, United States
  • 07-02-12

a great listen..highly recommended

Where does Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons (The Audiobook) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

it is a unique story

What other book might you compare Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons (The Audiobook) to and why?

this 1 stands above

Which scene was your favorite?

Greg defending his sister Deidre

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Greg giving up the booze..we have hope

Any additional comments?

i hope he does another..we are worrid about his dtr/ JoJo

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  • Kelley
  • HOOD RIVER, OR, United States
  • 05-16-12

Sort of funny, but often boring.

Would you try another book from Greg Fitzsimmons and/or the narrators?

Yeah, maybe.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I listened to Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, which is also a memoir about a self destructive alcoholic family. I guess I'm stuck in a bit of rut in that regard. If you want to listen to something in this genre I recommend Alexie's book.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The author is a professional comedian, so he does a great job reading it.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It has some funny parts. Probably the best part is at the end where he talks about his daughter.

Any additional comments?

It seems often that comedians are really serious underneath and this book is mostly about serious self analysis. And so it is unfortunately boring. There are very few jokes, but there are a few funny stories. I wish he had more of his stand up in it to break it up. I was mostly bored and probably wouldn't have made it through except that I had a six hour flight and nothing else to listen to.

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  • Clayton
  • Ottawa, IL, United States
  • 05-03-12

Very entertaining and honest.

Would you consider the audio edition of Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons (The Audiobook) to be better than the print version?

Really enjoyed listening to the Fitzdog. His stories are hilarious. He goes deep with secrets that most folks would never reveal. The guest narrators add a nice flavor to the listening experience.

What did you like best about this story?

The truthfulness.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Great performance.

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

It definitely made me laugh.

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Great Book!

What did you love best about Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons (The Audiobook)?

I love how personal this story was nothing held back and you really learn about the man.

What other book might you compare Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons (The Audiobook) to and why?

Adam Carolla's First book...the back story really paints the picture.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The author had other people read the letters, but sometimes the outside readers sound quality was not great.

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

I laughed a lot his story is so honest and you can nit help , but to enjoy it.

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  • Doug
  • Redwood City, CA, United States
  • 04-16-12

Great narrative

I really like the way Greg put his memoir together. I listen to his podcast, and so I'm familiar with -- and appreciate -- his self-deprecating sense of humor and world view. But this audiobook gave me such a wonderful look at his life. He's such an open book here: he exposes himself, his family (lucky them) and his insecurities... in a funny way. He's a genius and this audiobook is, too.

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More than about being a comedian

What did you like best about this story?

I expected a story about becoming a comedian, which would have been enjoyable enough. However, I was pleasantly surprised that Greg crafted a story that was vivid, poignant, and relevant, as well as really funny. Thanks!

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yawner

I'd never heard of the author before reading the book, but chose it because I liked the premise of building the story around letters to his mom. His childhood wasn't wildly dysfunctional enough to make for a great story ( like 'Running with Scissors' or ' The Glass Castle') and when it comes to writing, let's just say he's no Michael Perry, who can make you laugh out loud on one page and move you to tears on the next. If I was already a fan of Greg Fitzsimmons, I might have liked the book more.

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  • Peter
  • Collegeville, PA, United States
  • 09-02-12

Weak

This book offers little - unless you're interested in the oral history of the Fitzsimmons Family. Large chunks of the narrative are spent reciting who married who, where they lived and what an ancestor was like. The jokes are rare and not that funny when they arrive. A letter will be read on occasion, but they're not worth the wait.

I bought this book to amuse myself while doing yard work. It was truly a waste of my money.

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Never hear of this guy, but funny

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Different production technique or maybe a different narrator.

How could the performance have been better?

Since the author is a seasoned performer I'll have to assume the the way he was recorded is why hie voice got so irritating after a while.

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

No

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