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

Misadventures in Hunting, Fishing, and the Wilds of Suburbia
Narrated by: Ian Patrick Williams
Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
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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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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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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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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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Worth every penny!

great mix of short stories perfect for when you have a few minutes to spare. if you have ever hunted or fished, you will have a sudden appreciation for the book, accommodations with unmistakable urge to return to the outdoors.

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good listen

if you're looking for a good laugh and maybe a tear jurker as well this is a good one to grab.

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Insanely funny and insightful

What a fun job: going hunting and fishing and writing about it! His wry observations about the humorously painful parts of fruitless waiting, fruitless mistakes that drive away the fish or deer speak volumes about his personality, as well as the profound respect he has for the lives of his kill. The moving tribute at the end for his father is as much to honor the father as to honor his father's successful parenting. That comes through with his tales of interacting with his little girl, as well as his efforts to teach her the love of hunting. Well written and well narrated.

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A must have for the hunting/fishing oitdoorsman

great stories and very good delivery of the stories. the writing is very descriptive and the writer can describe how I feel about the outdoors with words I could never come up with myself.

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charming

Great collection of short stories. Charmingly human character prone to errors attempts to learn from them.

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Laugh, cry and think “crap, this ones about me”

This is a great collection of short stories. Some funny some sad and some feel a little personal. These are stories of hunting, fishing, dad, being a dad, son, husband. The silly things we do. I love this book and have given it as a gift on a couple occasions.