• If You Didn't Bring Jerky, What Did I Just Eat?

  • Misadventures in Hunting, Fishing, and the Wilds of Suburbia
  • By: Bill Heavey
  • Narrated by: Ian Patrick Williams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (411 ratings)

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If You Didn't Bring Jerky, What Did I Just Eat?

By: Bill Heavey
Narrated by: Ian Patrick Williams
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Publisher's summary

Whether he is accidentally cooking his brain with hand warmers or yanking his lure away from a trophy fish just before it takes the bait, Bill Heavey can do no right. For almost a decade, he has chronicled his incompetence on the back page of Field & Stream, where his hilarious dispatches about life as a hapless outdoorsman who lives in suburbia have earned him legions of fans.

But Heavey is more than a humorist. The stories in this book range from amusing tales of a modern dad struggling to navigate the finer points of parenting and married life to longer and more serious narratives that involve travel, adventure, and tragedy. No matter what he's writing about, Heavey is a master of blending humor and pathos - and wide-ranging outdoor enthusiasms - into a poignant and potent stew.

©2007 Bill Heavey. Foreword copyright 2007 by David E. Petzal. Originally published by arrangement with Field & Stream magazine,in which the book’s pieces originally appeared. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Great book

I listened to this with my wife, who doesn’t hunt. She really enjoyed it and said that this has made her understand my hunting and outdoors obsession more than anything else.

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Parts were funny, others not so much

There were parts of this book that were hilarious, others not so much. I think I was expecting more of a Patrick E McManus flair where you can really visualize the story. So again it was funny but not laugh out loud, tears running down your face funny.

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Beware the twist

the only reason I didnt finish the book in one sitting is that the author has this tendency to go from belly laughs, and pensive passages, to topics that hit home a little bit harder. I am facing my father's slow death, and I found that this book drew out emotions that I have been avoiding.

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Funny because you can relate!

If you have ever hunted or fished in your life, you can relate to his stories. He is funny because he always pokes fun at himself.

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interesting, humorous

I'm not a hunter and havent fished since i was a teen, but surprisingly there's something about these stories that has captivated me, with an occasional chuckle or belly laugh. Give this author a try!

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The legendary Bill Heavey

I had heard Bill Heavey mentioned on meat eater podcast so when I came across the audiobook I jumped at it. It was a million times better than I thought it would be. Funny, heartfelt and reminds you why we hunt. Can’t wait to listen to more. Makes my work days fly by.

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Great listen for outdoors men.

This was humorous and I am not even an avid sportsmen. Really loved this narrator, clear and easy to listen to. If you, or someone you love, likes to hunt, you'll enjoy this one

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W. Larson

This is the funniest book I have read in a long time. Made a fool of my self driving and laughing with no one else in the car. Not the cornball humor you read on the back page of most outdoor magazines. Great wit and sarcasm. I think most sportsman can relate to some of the stories. I can. Candid stories about loss and family will stay with me for awhile. Great read and perfectly narrated. Top 5 book for me.

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You don't have to be an outdoorsman to enjoy this

I can count the number of times I've hunted on two hands (minus 3 fingers) and I like fishing when/if I catch something but I'm by no means a Cabelas kind of guy. I had to even look up the correct spelling. I just love funny stories and this book is packed with them. There are a number of heartfelt stories that choked me up too. I love his writing style and look forward to listening to more. I want to be in the boat if he ever goes fishing with Hiaasen and/or Barry.

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Every Man’s Tales

Bill Heavey is a masterful story teller! Although I’ll probably never go to most of the places he’s been able to go. We share “the woods” and it’s special grandeur! From belly laughs to Kleenex, it’s a great read!

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