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Publisher's Summary

Perfect for the Bill Murray fan in all of us, this epic collection of “Bill Murray stories” - many reported for the first time here - distills a set of guiding principles out of his extraordinary ability to infuse the everyday with surprise, absurdity, and wonder. 

No one will ever believe you. 

New York Times best-selling author Gavin Edwards, like the rest of us, has always been fascinated with Bill Murray - in particular the beloved actor's adventures offscreen, which rival his filmography for sheer entertainment value. Edwards traveled to the places where Murray has lived, worked, and partied, in search of the most outrageous and hilarious Bill Murray stories from the past four decades, many of which have never before been reported. Bill once paid a child five dollars to ride his bike into a swimming pool. The star convinced Harvard's JV women's basketball team to play with him in a private game of hoops. Many of these surreal encounters ended with Bill whispering, "No one will ever believe you" into a stranger's ear. 

But The Tao of Bill Murray is more than just a collection of wacky anecdotes. A sideways mix of comedy and philosophy, full of photo bombs, late-night party crashes, and movie-set antics, this is the perfect audiobook for anyone who calls themselves a Bill Murray fan - which is to say, everyone.

Praise for The Tao of Bill Murray:

“When confronted by life’s challenges and opportunities, we should all be asking ourselves, ‘What would Bill Murray do?’ This book actually has the answers.” (Jay Duplass, writer, director, actor, fan of Bill Murray)

“Rib-tickling.” (Newsday)

“If you are among the multitudes who have a Bill Murray story (viz: ‘I was in the airport bar, and who sat down next to me but Bill Murray?’), The Tao of Bill Murray will speak to you.” (Elle)

“Murray is an endless delight, and his knack for bons mots and non sequiturs will keep readers laughing before revealing an unexpectedly poignant vision for happiness.... A fun and revealing look behind the charm and mythos of Bill Murray that will only strengthen his legend.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“This book is bursting with anecdotes that underline Murray’s unconventional and fun-loving life.... Murray’s fans are sure to savor [it] and walk away with a deeper appreciation of the actor and his work.” (Publishers Weekly [starred review])

“I just can’t fathom how anyone could not like the man. He lives as much as possible by his own rules; this is a guy who doesn’t buy round-trip airline tickets because he prefers to make decisions on the fly. That old question of the three people you’d most like to have dinner with? I’d pick Bill Murray and leave the other two chairs empty just to see who he pulls over to join us.... You will love The Tao of Bill Murray. Period.” (GeekDad)

“A hilarious read - occasionally heartwarming, sometimes head-scratching.... Sure to please Murray fans.” (Library Journal

©2016 Gavin Edwards (P)2016 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Reading The Tao of Bill Murray is like spending time with Bill, but probably safer." (Danny Rubin, screenwriter of Groundhog Day)

“[Gavin Edwards] captures Murray’s enigmatic, comic genius.” (The Washington Post)

“I enjoyed the book so much. Edwards shows us how Murray uses his star power to bring surprise and delight into random people’s daily lives. Whether it’s showing up uninvited to a NYC kickball game or stopping in to a bachelor party to give unsolicited advice on love and marriage, it does seem Murray is trying to tell us something about joy and spontaneity. So, I think it’s high time we all listened.” (NPR)

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  • 05-24-18

The narrator something out of a horror movie

The stuffed up sound of the speakers voice makes this great story sound like a ransom demand.

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Had such potential, but never gets there

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I was expecting hilarity. What I got was snippets of stories that typically start with some random persons experience. "Sally was surprised when Bill Murray walked into her party, stayed and helped with the dishes afterward". It's like 500 of those little gems. No background from Bill, No underlying or follow up either. A 10 sec anecdote and bam, onto the next one. Once in a while you get a longer story, maybe 3-5 minutes of narration. Also, the first hour is an extremely dry and uneventful 'buildup' for very little if any payoff.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Nothing by this author.

How could the performance have been better?

More interesting stories. Not sure how one makes Bill Murray dull, but this author has perfected it.

What character would you cut from The Tao of Bill Murray?

The author?

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Very disappointed in the format and reading of the story. I literally only laughed out loud 1 time in the ~6 hour reading. It's Bill freakin' Murray. Should be laughing almost the whole time.

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Bill Murray is the coolest guy ever!

Reading about his shenanigans was very funny and moving and sooo well worth it. This book has it all, and it makes you like and respect Bill Murray even more. There is a bit of pay it forward about his philosophy and it makes me want to be a better person too.

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Quirky Yarns About an American Icon

When asked why he chose Bill Murray as the subject of his latest book, Gavin Edwards, author and narrator of “The Tao of Bill Murray,” said in a recent interview with the Charlotte Observer, “I wanted to sink my teeth into a big American figure. I wanted to do someone who has left a legacy in American culture.” Considering that Gavin, who also serves as a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, already has examined the lives of such icons as Elton John and River Phoenix, his decision to focus on Murray says something, perhaps, about just how culturally relevant Bill Murray has become these days. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2003, the prolific actor has appeared in more than sixty films over the last thirty years and remains busier than ever, continuing to accumulate nominations. Now in his sixties, it’s as if the actor is finally getting his due. Perhaps he'll win the Oscar someday soon, perhaps he'll finally devote himself to directing and screenwriting, or perhaps he will do something none of us have expected. With Bill Murray, it seems anything is possible. As this book's title suggests, Bill Murray does seem to have a sort of “way” of living, which may or may not boil down to the principles listed here.

“The Tao of Bill Murray” really isn't a guide to being Bill; it's simply a nice, enjoyable, entertaining series of anecdotes about him, and that's enough for the price of admission. Each collection of anecdotes is categorized according to the principle they purport to illustrate, but the principles themselves are not really taken all that seriously. This is not a legitimate self-help book, after all, and no hard-sell of the principles is undertaken, here. They’re really more like section headers arranged in a clever Tao theme. If you are a Bill Murray fan (and, really, who isn’t?), you’ll enjoy these stories, and many of them are quite memorable, but you shouldn’t go into this with the expectation of a straight biography if that’s what you’re looking for. Although the book does touch quite a bit on the star’s career, including a complete run-through of all of his movies, it excludes Murray’s personal life out of respect for his privacy. So, there’s nothing here on his martial infidelity, for instance, or his domestic violence allegations, or even his addictions, for that matter; it’s not that sort of book. Instead, you will learn more than a few neat tidbits about the former Ghostbuster that you probably didn’t know, such as his keen appreciation for poetry and his delight at getting wrong-number phone calls. Along the way you will indeed learn something of his approach to life, which may leave you envious or inspired depending on your mood. It is unlikely that you will come away from this book with any deep revelations about Murray, but you will get to know him better, and most likely you will have something clever to say about him the next time (inevitably) his name is brought up in conversation.

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Brilliant. Skip 'Films of Bill Murray' section

It's exactly what I wanted it to be for 2/3rds of the book. Then it goes astray. Still worth your time. Just skip the long languorous recaps of all his movies.

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no real life lesson just a story about a real life

it was over before I knew it and appreciate the honest and vivid history or Bill.

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The book was alright

The book did not have a though line.
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The author is one of the worst readers I've ever had the misfortune to hear.

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The narration is super low and hard to listen too.

Book is good everything is good except for narrator why oh why did he read it ahahah! Leave it to the professionals!!

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Ode to Murray, But Loses Steam

As other reviews have pointed out, this is a tale of two halves. The first is a mini-biography on Bill Murray, with funny vignettes. There is alot to take away from this part and it is thoroughly enjoyable. The second half is a filmography, which doesn't add much other than to remind you he has been in a number of movies you didn't see.

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A Must Read For All Humans

I listened to this at 1.5x, so I cannot really speak to the performance, but I did not find anything out of place with that. I do find the composition and storyline to be quite compelling. Bringing the antics and personality of our personal Loki into book form is inspiring. I think we should all take a lesson from Bill Murray and attempt to brighten at least one person’s day occasionally.