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Publisher's Summary

What Catholic guy made money as an organ-grinder's assistant, spent one-on-one time with John Paul II, met a very nice Thai prostitute, and confessed his sins on a beanbag chair? Lino Rulli, of course!

SiriusXM radio's "The Catholic Guy", Lino Rulli, has a style and personality not typically found in the world of religious media. In this fast and funny collection of stories from his own life, The Catholic Guy speaks honestly about his failures, successes, and embarrassing moments. His "regular guy" approach to Catholicism is both humble and hilarious.

Exclusive to the downloadable audiobook edition, Lino and his SiriusXM co-hort Fr. Rob add commentary to each chapter, making this a must for every true Lino fan!

©2011 Lino Rulli (P)2011 St. Anthony Messenger Press

Critic Reviews

"It's a bold admission to say you're a sinner. Even bolder to write about it. Sinner is a winner." (Most Rev. Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York)
"Lino's book is insightful, funny, and entertaining. He may even get a sinner like me to believe!" (Gary Dell'Abate, executive producer, The Howard Stern Show)

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  • ROSE
  • marion, nc, United States
  • 10-08-11

Excellent Book

Great listen with great commentary from Lino and Fr. Rob, I want to continue listening and do every day from 4-7 on the Catholic channel Sirus/Xm
PA Dave

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Whaddaya know - a funny Catholic

I subcribe to a lot of Catholic radio podcasts. I often get tired of questions by the uptight members of the flock about whether we should hold hands at Mass or take the Host in the palm of the hand. Since I don't get satellite radio, this was the first time I had come across this "Catholic Guy." His brutal, self-effacing comedy is music to my Gen-X ears. I recognize it's not for everyone, but if you have a devotion to the Holy Sacrament, AND also enjoy what my wife calls "boy humor", try Sinner. Also, the bonus "commentary" at the end of each chapter with Fr. Rob is hilarious.

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  • Raymond
  • Wexford, PA, United States
  • 05-25-12

Self-Depricating humor at its best

Great way for Lino Rulli to take his daily radio show and bring his humor to the "reading" public. Not all of us get Catholic Radio on satellite radio where Lino has made his mark. Lino does a great job of mixing his personal stories up with humor and developing a Catholic Christian message.

I did not like the actual priest that inserts himself in the audio book at the end of each chapter. Could have left that out.

Lino performs this book himself and does a great job.

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Kept Me Entertained

Very funny and well-performed. Perfect listening during my commute. It was not as much a book on religious insights, as it was an autobiography and Lino's sharing of his experiences, dilemmas and reflections on them.

The book rang true and I could relate to a lot of the anecdotes. I am sure a lot of other people can as well.

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  • Rick
  • tehachapi, CA, United States
  • 02-06-12

Absolutely Mint!

What did you love best about Sinner?

Down to earth

What does Lino Rulli bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Down to earth

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

Yes, very funny and easy to relate to.

Any additional comments?

We love you Lino!

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Fun Read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes I have recommended it...Lino and Fr Rob are a blast
being Catholic is real

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sinner?

meeting Howard Stern

Which character – as performed by Lino Rulli – was your favorite?

his mother is always good

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

yes and repeatedly

Any additional comments?

Yeah Lino I would go out with you but I'm married .

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Just like the Radio Show

If you could sum up Sinner in three words, what would they be?

Sin, Repent, Repeat

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

meh. okay. on we go.

What three words best describe Lino Rulli’s performance?

Just like listening to him on the radio...good guy...but why does someone with a speach impediment make a living on the radio?

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

no, it was not that captivating

Any additional comments?

I like this guy on the radio, but got a little tired of him everyday during my commute.

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Refreshing and honest.

I have thoroughly enjoyed Lino Rulli’s refreshing and honest take on a heartfelt attempt to live the Catholic life. I imagine that most of us struggle in many of the same ways that Lino does to live according to the will of God. Lino’s humorous way of grappling with the joys and struggles, successes and failures of being a faithful disciple is encouraging to anyone who seeks to live the Catholic life authentically. Thanks, Lino, for writing this book and narrating it yourself!

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Perfect for Catholic guy fans!

Would you consider the audio edition of Sinner to be better than the print version?

Yes, it's great hearing all of these personal stories in Lino's voice. It gives it so much more feeling and depth.

What other book might you compare Sinner to and why?

I'm not sure what to compare it to. I don't read many non-fiction, but Lino is so funny and relatable.

Which scene was your favorite?

The chapter on confession. It made me laugh so much and made me really consider my own relationship with the sacrament.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Hellooooooooo Catholics!

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Wonderfully written and read by a Funny, down to earth true Catholic.

I can't believe it took me this long to listen to or read this book. Lino is hilarious on the radio and I have been wanting to read the book but have never made time to read it so we listened to the audio book on vacation. We laughed and were shocked at other parts. Great book.