• Here Comes Trouble

  • Stories from My Life
  • By: Michael Moore
  • Narrated by: Michael Moore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (455 ratings)

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By: Michael Moore
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Number one New York Times best-selling author Michael Moore returns with his first major book in eight years - a blend of memoir, history, and politics that only he could write.

"I had an unusually large-sized head, though this was not uncommon for a baby in the Midwest. The craniums in our part of the country were designed to leave a little extra room for the brain to grow in case one day we found ourselves exposed to something we didn't understand, like a foreign language, or a salad".

Michael Moore - Oscar-winning filmmaker, best-selling author, the nation's unofficial provocateur laureate-is back, this time taking on an entirely new role, that of his own meta-Forest Gump.

Breaking the autobiographical mode, he presents 24 far-ranging, irreverent, and stranger-than-fiction vignettes from his own early life. One moment he's an 11-year-old boy lost in the Senate and found by Bobby Kennedy; and in the next, he's inside the Bitburg cemetery with a dazed and confused Ronald Reagan. Fast-forwarding to 2003, he stuns the world by uttering the words "We live in fictitious times...with a fictitious president" in place of the expected "I'd like to thank the Academy".

And none of that even comes close to the night the friendly priest at the seminary decides to show him how to perform his own exorcism.

Capturing the zeitgeist of the past 50 years, yet deeply personal and unflinchingly honest, Here Comes Trouble takes listeners on an unforgettable, take-no-prisoners ride through the life and times of Michael Moore. No one will come away from this book without a sense of surprise about the Michael Moore most of us didn't know. Alternately funny, eye-opening, and moving, it's a book he has been writing-and living-his entire life.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2011 Michael Moore (P)2011 Hachette

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So that's how he got that way

A collection of humorous stories that provide more than a glimpse into how this filmmaker came to be. There are a lot of short "chapters" in this autobiography. Now that I have listened to them all, I wish I had rationed them out. Just like in his films, Moore's love for country and other people, albeit often exhibited in tactless fashion, shine through. Plus it is funny, I laughed out loud three times, despite well-honed skills of stifling such while sitting in the quiet car on a commuter train.

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Thank you Michael, for being you.

What a lovely gift to get to read this book. I guess you now know what I think about Michael Moore, what my politics probably are and who I probably voted for in the last presidential elections as well as local elections no matter where I live. Your guesses would be right. (I am not a Democrat, however.) Is this all about me?? NO. It means that there is never ever any doubt where Michael stands on the issues. It means he never bought in to ..."It isn't proper to discuss politics" It means he has more courage than almost anyone living. Dennis Kucinich has it. Ralph Nader has it. I am lucky to have some personal friends who have it. The special gift is that Michael has it plus being a great story teller and such a wit.

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it was a very interesting read

I have never reviewed a book before, I like to keep my opinions to myself. Yet, I really felt the need to comment on this book. It was informative, interesting and actually very funny. Truthfully, I didn't know a lot about Michael Moore beyond the very negative things I have read about him and his movies (I have yet to see one). This book showed me a whole other side of him that I hadn't read about. Now, I'm not saying every word is factual, it's supposed to be, considering he is reading it as his life story, but who knows. It has however given me pause, to think to myself, (not that this is something my parents didn't teach me)...... be careful not to believe everything you hear, even from the government. Well, this book reminded me about that. Whether it is the government or Michael Moore's account of things, don't take anything at face value. Beyond that, I'd like to say about Michael Moore's book, it was VERY entertaining. His recollections of his life (and the stories of his ancestor's lives before him), is completely engrossing. He has a wonderful way of telling a tale and his stories about himself growing up are particularly funny. He is very quick to make fun of himself. Although he sounded like an amazingly precocious child he also lets you see what a pain in the ass he could be. If you are anything like me, you will listen to this book driving in and out of work and sometimes you will have to drive past your own house because you are not ready to turn it off.

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I loved this book

I was not a big fan of Michael Moore the person (a slob and too abrasive) before this book, but I did like several of his documentaries and I appreciated his political message on health and the war in Iraq. So, I was quite surprised to find this audiobook extremely entertaining, and I was surprised to learn what I did about his years growing up and how that shaped the person we know today. Michael Moore the person is quite different from the image we see on television, and I was very happy to dispel that image of him in my mind. He is a very misunderstood rebel in our society, and I hope this book will cause people to reconsider how they view him. The book manages to be both humorous, touching, and serious. I couldn't wait to keep listening and was sad to hear it end.

This is a great gift for teenagers too because his story will inspire them to believe they can make a difference in this world.

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Moving, Maddening, and Entertaining

Whether you love him or hate him, you have to agree that Michael Moore is a man passionate about his beliefs who knows how to tell a good story. 'Here Comes Trouble' is an entertaining and engaging non-chronological memoir told through a series significant stories from Moore's life that help us to understand how he evolved into the committed, controversial filmmaker that we know today. If you are expecting a long political harangue, you'll be pleasantly surprised. Many of the stories focus on Moore's familial relationships, his friends, awkward adolescent moments, his spirituality, etc. I never knew, for example, that he attended seminary and planned to become a priest--until he was expelled for asking too many questions. Or that he campaigned for Richard Nixon.

Moore opens with a story that relates the backlash that followed his Oscar acceptance speech, from the young man who called him an a--hole as he walked offstage, to Glenn Beck's suggestion that killing him would feel pretty good, through a series of threats and actual attacks that caused him to hire a cadre of bodyguards--most of whom were tough former Navy Seals--to protect him and his family. Whatever you think of Moore's politics, you will (or should) be appalled by what he went through in a country that supposedly values free speech.

Personal memories intermingle with the more political: his mother's death, a favorite teacher, the pros and cons of attending a Catholic school, family vacations, his teenage crushes, an oddball neighbor ostracized for what Moore later recognized as his homosexuality. But one thing the connects all of the stories is Moore's penchant for asking questions--the habit that ultimately led him to become first the editor of a small liberal newspaper in Flint, Michigan, and later a documentary filmmaker. Why wouldn't his mother allow him to skip a grade, considering how bored he was in school? Why couldn't his Catholic grade school have a newspaper? Why was Boys' State accepting sponsorship from an organization that excluded African-Americans? How, in a state that outlawed abortion, could he help a close friend who had gotten pregnant? What options would he have if he was drafted? Why wasn't the president keeping his campaign promises? How was it that people he liked and respected were revealed to hold racist views? Was it right to honor the German war dead if among them were fallen Nazis? Why was the government sponsoring business seminars promoting job outsourcing?

If, like Moore and me, you grew up in the late 1950s and 1960s and remember the turmoil of the 1970s, you will find a lot to relate to here. (I was born in Detroit, grew up in the suburbs, and didn't leave Michigan until 1990, so many of Moore's recollections were personally familiar.) If you're younger, I can't think of a better introduction to those decades. Moore's stories are variously funny, surprising, moving, maddening, uplifting. Whether you're a fan or foe, 'Here Comes Trouble' will convince you that Michael Moore is a man who loves America, who strives to love and understand his fellow humans, and who deserves respect for living by his convictions.

I listened to the book on audio, read by Moore himself--a great choice, as no one else could have told his stories with quite the same effect.

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An entertaining romp on the face of hypocrisy

If you like Michael Moore's movies and john Stewart's Daily show, you'll love this book. First off it is read by the author with irreverent abandon. Yu'll found yourself moving from shocking amazement at what lengths Michael Moore has had to protect himself to the point of having to hire a small army of 9 ex navy seals and green berets to protect himself, his family and his home from right wing vengeance and terrorism. At times you will find yourself moving from 'he got em' satisfaction to bursts of laughter as you say to yourself 'thank god for the Michael Moore's and john Stewart's of the corrupt branches of government that serve as puppets for what is now multinational corporate greed. So buy this book, weep for what is used and abused and laugh your ass off as Michael Moore finds ways to get in their faces and expose their lies and hypocrisy. Very entertaining.


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Excellent Book, Moore is very entertaining.

What made the experience of listening to Here Comes Trouble the most enjoyable?

Very Funny, great stories. Easy to listen to. Michael Moore has a fascinating life story.

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HILARIOUS

First off, Michael Moore is a GREAT narrator. It feels like a memoir should, as if he's talking conversationally with you. I'm from Moore's hometown of Davison, Michigan so my interest in this book was due to a number of reasons. The book is full of great stories and it amazes me how little Davison has changed in the decades since Moore was a child. The only thing that I found somewhat confusing was that the book is not organized in chronological order, so a story of Moore as an adult may be followed by one of his years in Catholic school. But it's easy to figure out what's going on. I laughed and I cried. And I bought the actual book for my dad for Christmas :)

Also, if you don't like Michael Moore or don't agree with his views then don't buy this book. Fair warning.

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Couldn't stop listening

I am a fan of Michael Moore but I have never seen one of his movies or read one of his books. Once I got started listening there was little stopping.

My favorite part was when he had to hire Navy Seals as body guards. When someone hires Seals you know they are in deep trouble and could be killed. Old ex-cop security was not an option.

There was not a dull moment in the book. This was unusual for me but I went back and listened to many chapters again.

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Some wonderful,inspiring stories!

What made the experience of listening to Here Comes Trouble the most enjoyable?

Mr. Moore did a great job expressing the details of his life....his emotion comes through so many times...talking about his mom,dad,teachers...and weaving these experiences into the history that was occuring at the time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved the stories about Mike's mom.

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

No-this is my first audiobook by Mr. moore(I have read the hard copies in the past).Now,I want to get the other books he has written.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I tried...These are long books.Fortunately,you can stop this book without losing your place.

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