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Digging Up Mother Audiobook

Digging Up Mother: A Love Story

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Doug Stanhope is one of the most critically acclaimed and stridently unrepentant comedians of his generation. What will surprise some is that he owes so much of his dark and sometimes uncomfortably honest sense of humor to his mother, Bonnie. It was the cartoons in HER Hustler magazine issues that molded the beginnings of his comedic journey, long before he was old enough to know what to do with the actual pornography. It was Bonnie who recited Monty Python sketches with him, who introduced him to Richard Pryor at nine years old, and who rescued him from a psychologist when he brought that brand of humor to school. And it was Bonnie who took him along to all of her AA meetings, where Doug undoubtedly found inspiration for his own storytelling.

Bonnie's own journey from bartending to truck driving, massage therapy, elder abuse, and stand-up comedy and acting never stopped her from being Doug's genuine number one fan. So when Bonnie's alcoholic, hoarding life finally came to an end so many weird adventures later in rural Arizona, it was inevitable that Doug and Bonnie would be together for one last journey.

Digging Up Mother follows Doug's absurd, chaotic, and often obscene life as it intersects with that of his best friend, his biggest fan, and the love of his life: his mother, Bonnie. And it all starts with her death - one of the most memorable and amazing farewells you will ever hear.

BONUS: As fans of his stand-up and listeners of his podcast will attest, Doug is not a "by-the-book" type of guy. This audiobook is no exception. In what he refers to as the "director's cut commentary," Doug forgoes the confines of a straight-read and creates a truly unique listening experience, going off-script to riff throughout its sections and bringing in a cast of colorful characters – childhood friends, his podcast co-host, and fellow comedians and musicians – to voice letters from teachers and guidance counselors, diary entries from his mother, and even old homework assignments. Additionally, Doug has several of the folks mentioned in the book expound on and give their version of events and stories, often remembered quite differently. The result is a wildly fun audiobook that's as distinct as the comedian's own brand of humor.

A special note from the author:

Good news for all my blind and/or illiterate fans! The audio version of my book Digging Up Mother is now available on Audible!

It's read podcast-style by myself and the golden-throated Chad Shank and features guest performances from those who appeared in the book, dropping in to share their own blurred memories of our sloppy pasts and ugliest stories. Guests include my childhood delinquent partner in crime Chris O'Conner, and Greg Chaille, Bingo, Mat Becker, Sarah Hyland (now Sarah HylanDER) and more.

If you are wondering what "podcast-style" means, it means we were drinking a lot. For days. And f*ing up a lot. They've assured me that they left the best f*ck-ups in the finished product. Most of them no doubt are my own. I read like Bill Burr learning a foreign language.

Thanks in advance for listening and sharing, Facebooking, Tweeting, Instaf*cking, Redditing, Water-Cooler Chattering and all other means of spreading the word. I'm only gonna listen to the Chad Shank chapters. Goddamn does he sound delightful.

©2016 Doug Stanhope; Foreword copyright 2016 by Johnny Depp (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    abe mckinnon 13/10/2016
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    "Touching, crude and hilarious"

    a must listen for anyone with a mother or a habit. glorious and shambolic. ill read it again, sometime in future when i need a laugh or a cry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 01/09/2016
    Richard 01/09/2016
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    "Chad Shanks Forever in Audio"

    More Chad Shanks Chad Shanks Forever in Audio a a a a a a a

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William 20/08/2016
    William 20/08/2016
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    "Shock and aww"

    Disclaimer: I'd already read "Digging Up Mother" and passed it on to my millennial son who, although possesses an aversion to paper, has nearly finished reading it. If this is the first or only actual "book" he reads, I expect my contribution to humanity to at least get one tick on the right side of literature. Yeah, you read me Poindexter.

    As for the Audible version?

    It's more of the same. In the best possible way.

    It's the same raw/raucous story telling typical of Stanhope's stand-up, rolled into a tale that drips off the page like the sloppy wisdom of ancient drunks, capped with a satisfying whiff of middle-age reflection. But now with extra added reflection! As supplied by people-that-were-actually-there first hand accounts, a voiceover cast worthy of whatever accolades there are for such things, all strung out and together by an increasingly and appropriately inebriated Stanhope.
    Chad Shank excels at co-narrating the story, his rich timbre perfectly suited for an audiobook format and no doubt a sirens' song for Killer Termites.

    You may get a little teary-eyed, unless you're dead inside - but either way you will be entertained. Hand the man his freedom.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sam McLeod 16/08/2016
    Sam McLeod 16/08/2016
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    "Stanhope, bloody Stanhope"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A long time coming, of course I'd recommend Digging Up Mother to a friend! Everyone should read this book, it should be in Universities across the world and worshiped as point of study for centuries to come.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That Stanhope guy, he was alright.


    Have you listened to any of Doug Stanhope and Friends’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I think I've listened or seen every recording available (probably many Doug wishes weren't available), this is Doug more refined, more concentrated and obviously performed with a more collaborative approach from his standup material.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It both horrified and sexual aroused me, I'm not sure in which order that happened.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Huge Ackman London 30/09/2016
    Huge Ackman London 30/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Honest and funny, real, sad and brilliant."

    I really can't recommend this enough. It's a journey. Doug tells the story of his life, framed by his mother's life and death, goes off script and gets drunk with friends who fact check his dodgy recollections. What's great about it is that his stories are true, he doesn't hold anything back and being the great storyteller he is, by trade, all the way through this book feels like the full spectrum of an epic life all packaged up and caught somehow. Oh and it's p!ss funny.

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    blake stacpoole 28/09/2016
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    "Sheer brilliance!"

    Sheer brilliance!!! Doug wrote one hell of a book! And Chad Shank gave this a certain kind of excellence not seen before in recorded spoken word or audio books!

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    Dean 26/09/2016
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    "Brilliant! "

    loved every bit it inspires me to be more free of ego. funny asf left me laughing out loud quite a lot

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    John 20/09/2016
    John 20/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant"

    I absolutely loved it. Great work Doug and friends. Chad Shank is my favorite on the podcast. keep up the good work boys

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    Hayden 11/09/2016
    Hayden 11/09/2016
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    "The most entertaining audiobook I've ever listened too."

    A very unorthodox audiobook spoken by Doug Stanhope. Felt like I was listening to one of his sets. If only more authors had the same entertaining charm.

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    Damian 03/09/2016
    Damian 03/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Well done. great memories"

    Narrated by Johnny Depp. Brilliant!!
    10/10
    had me on the edge of my toilet seat.

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    17/08/16
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    "Chad Shank's Golden Pipes"

    Doug Stanhope, with a little help from his friends, brings new insights and emotions into this already astounding story of love. However, the breakout performance, and the real reason to buy this book is the sultry tones of the one and only, Chad Shank. His voice is guaranteed to make you moist(especially you, fella), even in the saddest of moments.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • j.r.addams
    20/08/16
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    "Exactly what I hoped for!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommended to friends that truly understand "humor, tragedy, and love" rolled up into a spitball.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All characters involved were my favorites.


    Have you listened to any of Doug Stanhope and Friends’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like all of his material. He stands out like a hammered thumb.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nothing "par-tic-u-lar-ly" moved me. All of it moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to "Diggin Up Mother" in two days. Doug is a weed in the rose garden. He has survived pesticide sprays, droughts, and floods. One doesn't have to be pretty to survive and thrive. I want to shake his hand and say, "I understand." I will listen to it again to pick up on subtleties I may have missed.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Quinn G Blandford
    15/09/16
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    "hopefully responsible for a paradigm shift in how audiobooks are performed"

    I read this book in analog form and now hope that more people follow Doug Stanhope's example by doing an audiobook that's more a director's cut than merely the author or a stand in reading.
    Hearing and in an odd way meeting the people in his stories was fascinating.
    The golden pipes of Chad Shank should soon be all over audible as well.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Morgan
    3/09/16
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    "really great"

    awesome stories if you like to listen to Stanhope you will love the book. you laugh, you cry, you get angry, at the end you wonder if you should just start over and listen to it again.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Virginia
    Raleigh, NC, United States
    16/09/16
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    "One of the best ever"

    I have listened to a lot of audiobooks but Doug's is one of the best. It takes the genre to a whole new level and makes it unique. Also he is the most brilliant comedian living which makes it great too

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Erno
    15/09/16
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    "Great book!"
    What does Doug Stanhope and Friends bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Additional stories and laughter.


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

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    Such a great book! Stories of mother visiting Vegas reminded me of Dostoyevsky's classic The Gambler, just a great listen! Especially parts spoken by Mr. Chad Shank were absolutely brilliant!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ric Awsom
    15/09/16
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    "This made me like him"

    I wasn't a fan but now can't get enough. Doug reads the book so well and I really appreciate all of the commentary throughout!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Thaddeus
    13/09/16
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    "Got me right in the feels."

    What a great book. I had to turn it off multiple times so I wouldn't erupt into psychotic level laughter in my cubicle. It also genuinely brought tears to my eyes a couple times and caused me to reflect on my own life in a fresh way. A beautiful love story. Great performances from everyone including Doug no matter what he thinks. I hope the Tom Konopka podcast stuff makes it into the next edition.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph
    1/09/16
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    "A memoir that rewards listeners!"

    YouTube his standup first, if you don't like his humor you won't enjoy this much either. If you do, this book is great. He breaks the fourth wall a bunch, gives "directors cut" commentary and riffs with the actual people he's talking about in between chapters making this an immersive and rewarding listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eric
    28/01/17
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    "Fellow Worcester kid"

    I found Doug Stanhopes comedy through pandora music app. Ironically, one of his bits came on through having it on the Joe rogan station. I saw he was from Worcester and so am I. He is around my parents age and even mentioned bubba Shane who recently married my dads best friends sister. I too lived in Paxton and had that creep mr. Prince the gym teacher (I'm 24 y.o.). I also hooked up with a girl who lived in that eery White House on the common across from the now burned down restaurant where jeff shot the sign and car. I recently drove by the 20 rich st house in Worcester and saw the blueberry bushes and the second story. Anyway just a great book about dougs upbringing and career and learned a lot about my hometown.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Neil Taylor
    11/11/16
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    "Not every mother's audiobook"
    Any additional comments?

    Doug Stanhope takes the mundane old audiobook, gives it a violent, chaotic kick up the backside and creates a whole new literary genre.

    Moving, disturbing, hilarious, disgusting, everything you'd expect from Stanhope at his best is in here, but it's also, deep down, a sentimental memoir and a love story. Bonnie Stanhope fits no definition of the perfect mother, but despite all the troubles they inflicted on one another, it's clear he wouldn't have wanted her any other way.

    The delivery is excellent. Bringing in friends to read passages, reminisce or just argue about how things really panned out was an inspired idea. It's like the director's cut of the book, read out live in a bar after hours.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    LONDON, GB
    1/11/16
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    "that's how you tell a story"

    this is just fantastic, highly recommended , very personal very funny, very touching.. very real

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • kmcca5
    Deepest Darkest Yapton, West Sussex
    30/09/16
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    "Hilarious"
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    Absolutely superb, If you have read the book still buy this as it’s like the book with directors/authors commentary. Many of the people that are in the book are given their voice to comment on the actual events. Very funny but pretty dark so not for everyone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • M L Hick
    23/11/16
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    "If your a bit twisted you'll laugh your balls off"

    A hilarious and poignant insight into Doug's world. As its read by him it's almost like your at the bar having a personal rendition of his life over a few beers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    22/11/16
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    "Thank you Douglas Gene"

    Fantastic story and performances and great addition of the cut aways. just like the podcasts. every audio book should do that. well done Mr Shank. Hope it leads to more work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • lisa stairs
    15/11/16
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    "Didn't want it to end!"

    After reading the book I then did the audio, as recommended by Doug. Engaging, funny and I got lots of strange looks on the train for my involuntary snorts. Have since bought another 2 hard copies and 2 audio books as gifts for the likeminded!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Peter Dunbar
    12/11/16
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    "Brilliant."

    One of the most entertaining audio books that I have ever listened to. Recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    6/11/16
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    "All comedy fans must listen!"

    Wow. What an audiobook. This audiobook os PACKED full of extra content which is great.

    But the book itself is incredible and stands to a high standard by itself. It's funny, insightful, touching and very sad yet relatable.

    If you are comedy fan- you need to listen. Of you aren't, it's still a great listen. I'd recommend you listen to Doug Stanhope first though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • P S Thompson
    London, GB
    3/11/16
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    "brilliant. a must listen and an instant classic."

    loved it. impossible to stop once started. funny and sickening in equal measure. buy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    SE23 London, UK
    2/11/16
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    "MAGNIFICENT"

    It's not just a read through, there's so much more. Buy this AND the book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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