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Laughing at My Nightmare

Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (178 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw's Laughing at My Nightmare describes the challenges he faces as a 21-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend and everything in between, Shane handles his situation with humor and a "you-only-live-once" perspective on life. While he does talk about everyday issues that are relatable to teens, he also offers an eye-opening perspective on what it is like to have a life threatening disease.

©2014 Shane Burcaw (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • YALSA Nonfiction Finalist, 2015

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Insightful and unflinchingly honest

This book will stay in my mind for a long time. I want to thank Shane Burcaw for his unflinching honesty about painful and intimate parts of his life. I've read a number of memoirs/autobiographies, and I don't think I've seen this level of honesty before. He's willing to discuss his insecurities, his deepest fears, his shortcomings--and also his hopes, and the people he loves--all made fascinating through the lens of a debilitating disease that affects not only him, but also his family and friends.

I'm researching SMA for a series of science fiction books I'm writing. This memoir fulfilled my research needs and then some. I feel as if I have a much better understanding of what this disease is about and how it affects those who have it.

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Great story

This book was fantastic but it ended too soon. I could easily have listened for twice as long. It also ended too soon because I wonder if he published a bit too early. All the stories in here are perfect and I wouldn't change a thing -- highly recommended. It just would have been even better as the first half of a bigger book where he's grown up a bit and had some more post-college life experience. So here's hoping for a sequel!

I can't say enough good things about Kirby Heyborne's narration. I've heard him many times now and he never disappoints.

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Inspiring

Makes you realize life’s problems are really no big deal
Compared to Shane’s daily life. Wish the book went farther. What happened with Shannon? Enter today and his life with Hannah! A bit of A let down,

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Amazing book!

Tender, touching, funny and true. This well written book will change you. I recommend it highly.

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Fantastic read!

I feel like I have to meet Shane Burcaw at some point in my life now! I've never read anything that honest in my life.

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Dissappointed

What disappointed you about Laughing at My Nightmare?

In a nutshell, the author just is not very likable and it makes it hard to listen to the problematic things he says for so long. He faces a great deal of challenges and "othering" in society, which is heartbreaking, and you do want to cut him some slack.....but his default coping mechanism often seems to be making fun of people; repetitively insisting on his superiority over people with cognitive disabilities, calling people dumb when they try to make him feel included, and going on in what feels like forever of his cataloging of his disgust for or thinly veiled "pity" for others. And then there are many, many stories about bodily functions. Which are insightful at first but seem unnecessary to go back to over and over again in detail once the message has been communicated. Most of the stories he shares can be organized into one or more of the themes above.

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Makes ya think ???

Appreciate what you have, Shane does. Really enjoyed the story of how he enjoys his life.

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finished in one day. it's that good!

I have a 7 yr old with SMA type 2. this book made me laugh and cry probably an equal amount. I learned a lot too. great book. well written. great narration. highly recommended!!

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The narrator's performance lacks charisma

Love the book but the narrator did a mediocre job and did not reflect the author's personality at all.

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loved it!

I love how real he is about his life! He is great with his words.

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  • s manning
  • 02-26-19

Shane's Story is both inspiring and hilarious !

I found Shane Burcaw's book via watching him and his girlfriend on their you tube
Channel 'Squirmy and Grubs' which is also totally awesome. Shane is a great example of Laughter being the best medicine. Teaching us all to try and find humour even through adversity. Even with a life full of challenges life can still be
Beautiful and Shane is great at reminding us all to make the most of every
moment and to laugh even when we feel like crying and have others laugh
along with us.
As someone suffering from chronic illness I totally agree life is so much
easier to cope with, with a smile on your face ! Sometimes you've just got
to Laugh 😃
Awesome book Shane, it did not disappoint.

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  • Katy McTeigue
  • 02-21-19

Loved every second

Would recommend to anyone - I’m going to get my teenagers to listen to it too. Shane is smart, funny and engaging and Kirby does a great job telling the story. I laughed, I cried, and now I know how Shane poops.