The World's Largest Man

A Memoir
Narrated by: Harrison Scott Key
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (110 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Harrison Scott Key was born in Memphis, but he grew up in Mississippi, among pious, Bible-reading women, and men who either shot things or got women pregnant. At the center of his world was his larger-than-life father - a hunter, a fighter, a football coach, "a man better suited to living in a remote frontier wilderness of the 19th century than contemporary America, with all its progressive ideas, and paved roads, and lack of armed duels. He was a great man, and he taught me many things: how to fight, how to work, how to cheat, how to pray to Jesus about it, how to kill things with guns and knives, and, if necessary, with hammers."

Harrison, with his love of books and excessive interest in hugging, couldn't have been less like Pop, and when it became clear that he was not able to kill anything very well or otherwise make his father happy, he resolved to become everything his father was not: an actor, a Presbyterian, and a doctor of philosophy. But when it was time to settle down and start a family of his own, Harrison started to view his father in a new light, and realized - for better and for worse - how much of his old man he'd absorbed.

Sly, heartfelt, and tirelessly hilarious, The World's Largest Man is an unforgettable memoir.

©2015 Harrison Scott Key (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Consistently seasoned with laughs, this memoir is adroitly warm and deep when it is called for. An uncommonly entertaining story replete with consistent wit and lethal weaponry." ( Kirkus, starred review)

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The disease of saying things

What a wonderful and healing tale of the world and father that many of us know and love. Hilarious and profoundly healing.

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I laughed every day to and from work. Loved it!

The author's intelligent humor kept me smiling and laughing each day to and from work. Chapter 16 was especially hilarious! I loved this book.

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Poignant and funny

I enjoyed this as a man from the south, but I think it would be enjoyable even to those without large Southern fathers. Key shows a lot of grace in coming to terms with his relationship with his dad - in acknowledging that we are all human - flaws and all.

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you wont be sorry!

this was the most enjoyable story i have read/heard in a very, very long time!

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Nothing like it!

A must read if you enjoy laughing. The book really hit home for this small town southern boy. Absolutely hilarious!

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I laughed, I cried

Bought this to laugh, but didn't know it'd tug on the old heart strings too. I also grew up in rural Mississippi so this was an entertaining (if oft embellished) look at life down South. Also, Key's narration of his work is fantastic. Very enjoyable.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

Oh my. I laughed and cried and smiled. Definitely a great one to listen to on Audible as the author's affect is poignent. I LOVED it! Thank you so much Mr. Key!

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Thank you!

I have always thought I’d lived my young life trying to please my mom. Not true. It was always about pleasing my dad. Probably all sons always simply want to please their dads!

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As good or better than Conroy and Bragg

I have never laughed so hard! Fantastic, funny, phenomenal and Southern. And Dr Key’s narration is understated hilarity. I wish I was just beginning it instead of finished. He sets a high bar for memoirs. Definitely worth the credit.

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A beautiful hilarious story

I love Audible books narrated by their authors! This is a beautiful, lovely, hilarious story.