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"A pissed off Leary is the best Leary," says one critic of the writer and comic. In Why We Suck, Dr. Denis Leary uses his common sense and his biting and hilarious take on the world to attack the politically correct, the hypocritical, the obese, the thin - basically everyone who takes themselves too seriously. He does so with the extra oomph of a doctorate bestowed upon him by his alma mater Emerson College.

"Sure it's just a celebrity type of thing - they only gave it to me because I'm famous." Leary explains. "But it's legal and it means I get to say I'm a doctor - just like Dr. Phil."

In Why We Suck, Leary's famously smart style and sardonic wit have found their fullest and fiercest expression yet. Zeroing in on the ridiculous wherever he finds it, Leary unravels his Irish Catholic upbringing, the folly of celebrity, the pressures of family life, and the great hypocrisy of politics with the same bright, savage, and profane insight he brought to his critically acclaimed one-man shows No Cure for Cancer and Lock 'n Load, and his platinum-selling song, Asshole..

Proudly Irish American, defiantly working class, with a reserve of compassion for the underdog and the overlooked, Leary delivers blistering diatribes that are penetrating social commentary with no holds barred. Leary's work will find wide appeal among people who want to laugh out loud or find a guide who matches their view of what's wrong in America and the world-at-large; and fans of his one-man shows, his many movies, and Rescue Me, Leary's Golden Globe and Emmy - nominated television show. Why We Suck is the latest salvo from one of America's most original and biting comic satirists.

©2008 Denis Leary (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

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  • Luke
  • Sutherlin, OR, USA
  • 03-07-09


I picked this one up despite the negative comments and boy was I glad. I've listened to this twice while at work and laughed out loud on several occasions. I recommend this to anyone with a funny bone.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • C. Byrnes
  • Kissimmee, FL United States
  • 02-02-09

Laughed Out Loud Bunches

I thought this was great. I could relate to the huge family moments and the generation gaps. He's very clever in his sarcasm.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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5-Hours of Stand-Up Comedy By Leary

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I read this book before I happened to purchase the audio version and loved it. The voiced version didn't let me down. "Why We Suck" sounds JUST as if Leary was riffing on stage for a full 5 hours about things he hates. This might sound boring to some but trust me, it's well worth the listen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Really Deep Insights

I see that some people found the book offensive - our lives are not polite, delicate, flowery or full of sun light kind of lives - life is tough and shit happens all of the time. Denis has a unique perspective but a fairly honest one and a very funny way for expressing it. Some chapters were a little drawn out but all in all an excellent excellent read.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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If you like Denis Leary , you will enjoy this.

A fun listen, i caught myself laughing out loud more than once at work and in the car.Something to take your mind off our current times and have a laugh.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Josie
  • Neptune, NJ
  • 04-15-09

It's Denis Leary

If you like Denis Leary, if you've enjoyed him in any other context, you will love this book. Yes, the profanity filter is off. Yes, he is a tiny bit offensive at times (if you have no sense of humor). I only wish he had recorded the whole book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Classic Leary

If you like Denis Leary's comedy you will love this book and have to laugh because he simply states what many of us think all the time!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Julie
  • Hollis Center, ME, USA
  • 04-20-09


Read by Leary, the book had a nice rhythym, easy to listen too, and very funny.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • jessica
  • atlanta, GA, United States
  • 05-26-09

funny and light hearted

The book was fun and a light read/ listen. Good for taking your mind off things and having a laugh.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Inside Denis Leary's head

Leary's book is a hilarious commentary on everything from politics to his childhood days in Catholic school. His narration adds a nice touch. Definitely a light read, and not for people who don't love a wise-crackin, foul-mouthed Boston boy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful