Excuse Me While I Slip into Someone More Comfortable

Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the great tradition of David Sedaris, David Rakoff, and Augusten Burroughs, memoirist Eric Poole recounts his quirky childhood years in utterly hilarious and painful detail.  

In 1977, Eric Poole is a talented high school trumpet player with one working ear, the height-to-weight ratio of a hat rack, a series of annoyingly handsome bullies, and a mother irrationally devoted to Lemon Pledge. But who he wants to be is a star…ANY star. With equal parts imagination, flair, and delusion, Eric proceeds to emulate a series of his favorite celebrities, like Barry Manilow, Halston, Tommy Tune, and Shirley MacLaine, in an effort to become the man he’s meant to be - that is, anyone but himself.  

As he moves through his late teens and early 20s in suburban St. Louis, he casts about for an appropriate outlet for his talents. Will he be a trumpet soloist? A triple-threat actor/singer/dancer? A fashion designer in gritty New York City?  

Striving to become the son who can finally make his parents proud, Eric begins to suspect that discovering his personal and creative identities can only be accomplished by admitting who he really is. Picking up at the end of his first acclaimed memoir, Where’s My Wand?, Poole’s journey from self-delusion to acceptance is simultaneously hysterical, heartfelt, and inspiring.  

Cover design by Christian Fuenfhausen.

"Oh, my.... Eric Poole's journey of self-delusion and self-discovery had me laughing one minute, crying the next, and rooting for him every second. This charming book is a TV series waiting to happen!" (George Takei, author, actor, and activist)

"Punctuated with highly effective humor, this book could easily serve as a resource for any closeted individuals looking to read another success story. A magnetic collection of real stories that sheds a new light on life in the Midwest." (Kirkus, starred review)

"A touching and RIOTOUSLY funny story about one boy’s search for his personal and creative identities in the 1980’s Midwest. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll keep your jazz hands to yourself, Mister." (Judith Newman, author of To Siri, with Love)

"A courageous and boldly honest memoir. Eric Poole says things people feel but would never admit to, which makes him vulnerable and endearing." (Wendy E. Simmons, author of My Holiday in North Korea)

©2018 Eric Poole (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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One hilarious turn of phrase after another.

This is hands down THE funniest, laugh out loud audio book I have listened to this year. If you are a fan of witty metaphors, this book will not disappoint. Self deprecating and bravely honest, I recommend this book to anyone with a healthy sense of humor.

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Pure enjoyment

Eric Poole knows how to write. And he knows how to be funny while he's writing. I enjoyed each and every minute. Adding to the mix was the narration by Kirby Heyborne...genius move....he is great.

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Well done Eeric

This is my first Eric Poole book and I am now a huge fan! Sedaris is my go to laugh out loud and repeat listen, authour, so now, I am happy to add Eric Poole to that list. Do yourself a favour and get this book.

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The narrator is perfect

A lot of times a bad narrator can ruin a good book, but this guy does a phenomenal job with this story!

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A giggle or two

I Liked this story but it was a chuckle More than hilarious. I rooted for Eric so that usually means it's a good read for me.