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Publisher's Summary

Grab your fishing net and hold onto your funny-bone; you're in for a hilarious romp through the woods with best-selling funnyman Patrick McManus. How I Got This Way is a rib-tickling collection of stories about the outdoors guaranteed to leave you chuckling. Join McManus and his pals on a venture into the Idaho wilderness that includes taking a hike with - ahem - the president of the United States.
©1994 Patrick F. McManus; (P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Stories abound about hunting, fishing and arduous treks, including a piece about hiking with George Bush during the 1992 presidential campaign. There's entertainment aplenty here that even indoorsy folk should enjoy." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Snoodely
  • Santa Barbara, CA United States
  • 07-22-12

Mark Twain meets Bertie Wooster

Unless you are one of those serious, intellectual grumps, you gotta love Patrick McManus. Even I ??? who have less-than-zero appreciation for hunting and fishing ??? love Patrick McManus ??? maybe because he never actually kills anything in his humorous pieces about hunting and fishing. In fact, many of the stories in "How I Got This Way" brag ??? self-deprecatingly ??? about how he not only never bags any game or fish, but keeps everyone around him from catching anything, too. "How I Got This Way" tells about his childhood in Idaho during the Great Depression. Of course, he may be exaggerating a teensy bit; but I think that he is basing his stories on real people and real experiences while growing up mostly in the outdoors. Think Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. You will love meeting his friends ??? like Rancid Crabtree and Crazy Eddie ??? and enemies ??? like the entire Scragg family ??? and you will enjoy seeing these same characters pop up later in his Bo Tully novels. I recommend "How I Got This Way" unconditionally to anyone with a sense of humor ??? even if you don't like hunting and fishing.

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Funny at times, but it becomes stale.

This was my first McManus book. I found his reflections somewhat amusing at time, but rather soon, one could predict the way a story would turn out. After a while, I got tired of his droll retelling of some of his life's experiences. I may try actually reading rather than listening to another of his books, but I have the feeling that there won't be much new to be found. It sounds as if he is popular speaking at Elk's Lodges and VFW meetings or addressing the local Rotary Club, but don't look for anything profound in his ruminations.

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  • Raymond
  • Palisade, NE, USA
  • 07-18-10

how I got this way

very funny as always pat is the best

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  • Diana
  • Antelope Valley, CA, United States
  • 10-05-13

Laughed so hard I found unknown belly muscles

Would you consider the audio edition of How I Got This Way to be better than the print version?

The performance was perfect!

What other book might you compare How I Got This Way to and why?

None

Which character – as performed by Norman Dietz – was your favorite?

This is not a useful review question and I wish Audible wouldn't use it for non-fiction and certain other types of books.

Any additional comments?

I am not into hunting or fishing, but am a fan of comedy where humanity is examined and quirks and humor are found, examined, and presented. Mr McManus is such a gifted observer and story teller. So much of today's humor is raunchy with a focus on sex and using foul language in the delivery. Without using these easy attention getting tools Mr McManus tells folksy, yet deep, stories that bring out a lot of laughter. That he can do a better job at making people laugh and still keep it clean is to be commended. <br/><br/>This audiobook started off quietly and slowly and at first I thought I had made a mistake and was thinking about turning it off and listening to something else. But the story about the chickens and priest made me laugh so hard that I felt muscles in my belly that I didn't know I had. And further stories down the line had me laughing so that I felt unworked muscles in my throat. Not every story made me laugh so hard, but at the very least I was smiling or enjoying another glimpse of humanity, friendship, and our foibles. <br/><br/>I would not recommend this book to someone who has recently had surgery in the abdominal region.<br/>

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great stories, I miss George S Irving as the reade

great stories, I miss George S Irving as the reader. He really brought the characters to life. I first listened to these on tapes from the library, but can't find them anywhere anymore. if it wasn't for my continuous unconscious comparison of Norman to George, I might have rated the performance higher.
So........if you can find the stories read by George S Irving, please try them. You'll thank me.

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Almost perfect

Wonderful reading of the book. I just wish the individual chapters were easier to navigate.

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Always good

Since I was a young guy I loved reading McManus. Now still brings a laugh to my face and when listening to a book my wife often looks ar me like I am nuts. Thank you Mr McManus

Jk

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I was unfamiliar with Patrick McManus...

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...and neither was my driving partner, but this audiobook kept cracking us up on our road trip to Florida. The hours flew by. We're getting another for the ride back.

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Good for an afternoon listening

What did you like best about How I Got This Way? What did you like least?

The book was OK and good for passing a weekend listening. Made me laugh in parts, but overall was pretty much OK.

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Made it through but don't know how

What did you like best about How I Got This Way? What did you like least?

I usually like books of this nature but this was different. Of the 18 books I read last year, I could site passages or quotes from each. This book had the power to thwart any retention whatsoever. It's like driving to work and then not having any recollection of passing through busy intersections.While I won't say that I didn't like the book, it was very disappointing to spend the time listening and not come away with sense of entertainment or satisfaction.I've been an audible listener for one year and this is the first book I regret buying.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I have my eye on an Alaskan adventure. It should go good with the unusual wintery weather we're experiencing.

Did Norman Dietz do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

It was short order before the narration was just an endless rambling. I'd like to blame it on the content but I will be cautious in buying any of his works in the future.

Could you see How I Got This Way being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It could be a series on TLC given how low they set the bar for quality entertainment.