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Debauched, divorced, and courting death, Billy Ray Schafer is a comedian who has forgotten how to laugh. Over the course of seven spun-out days across the American Southwest, he travels from from hell gig to hell gig in search of a reason to keep living in this bleak and violent glimpse into the psyche of a thoroughly ruined man. Ex-inmate, ex-husband, ex-father - comedian is the only title Schafer has left. Trapped in the wreckage of his wasted career, Billy Ray knows the answer to the question: What happens when the opportunity doesn't come - or worse - it comes and goes?

©2018, 2019, 2020 Sam Tallent (P)2021 Tantor

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really enjoyed it

interesting insight into the life of a touring comedian, well written. good work by the voice actors, even if they are amateurs lol

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  • A. Galbraith
  • 18-03-2021

Stanhope and crew were amazing.

Tim Dillon sounded like he was speed reading, usually love everything Dillon does, his chapter was almost unlistenable.

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  • Patrick king
  • 19-03-2021

Buy this book!!

This book is like Ron White meets Bad Santa but funnier and more depressing. Every true fan of comedy should listen to this. If not for the story itself then just listen because you’ll love listening to some of your favorite comedians narrate it. This is the book you need to spend your monthly credit in for sure

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  • Morgan
  • 27-03-2021

awesome book

ive spent 20 years on the road as a trucker and fan of comedy and all the back country bars and live entertainment venues, sam nailed all the descriptions of these places and situations had to read it twice it was so good.

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  • marcus barse
  • 25-03-2021

Fucking Brilliant

Absolutely loved Sam's style and his own way of painting with words to help orchestrate the most enthralling story of a man and his struggles I've ever read. Cheers

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  • Jacob
  • 27-03-2021

Daaammmnnnn!

I love this book. Mr Tallent, thank you for writing it. Also, thank you to the crew that performed. Spectacular.

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  • tyler black
  • 24-03-2021

Pour yrself a drink and welcome to hell

This book made me feel hungover, it made me feel drunk and high. The writing is beautiful and precise. The readings are good (a few rough spots) but the good ones make up for the “less-good” (gethard cutting words short is one man show cringe)

I wish there was a companion list of who is reading what and at what time, but I would probably just use it to fuel my hate.

All the people with southern accents killed it.

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  • Becky
  • 22-03-2021

loved it!

an amazing book, great for hard-core stand up fans or someone who doesn't even that Stand up exists! but if you are even a mild stand up fan you will definitely hear a lot of familiar funny voices! such a good book I'm going to Sam Tallents website to buy a physical copy

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  • Mike W
  • 21-03-2021

Excellent book

The quality of the writing is amazing. Enjoyed the different comedians reading each section, even though, as it turns out, most comics aren’t that great “out-loud” readers. I know Stanhope really championed the book and his sections were great. The David Gborie, Dan Soder, and Chris Gethard sections read were excellent, while Tim Dillon seemed to become less interested as the his chapter went on, and I’m not entirely sure if Bert Kreischer knows how to read at all

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  • al
  • 21-03-2021

Excellent and entertaining in every way.

“Running the light” was exceptionally written. It really gave you realistic visuals of the story at hand. The cast that did the audio was great! I really enjoyed all the different narrators. It gave this audible a nice twist.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-03-2021

Great listen. Ari Sucks

Great insight into the struggles and reality of a stand up comic. Heartfelt and true descriptions of settings were great listens. Funny jokes. Ari Sucks. Worst read of all the individuals chosen. Dan Soder and the rest, just excellent. Ari Sucks. He could have taken his time. Just seemed a bit rushed. Love all the comedians and Ari. But it just had to be said. Great book! Can’t wait for another read by the author.

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  • KieranCork
  • 26-04-2021

Fantastic book, marred a little by the narrators.

First of all, this is a fantastic book - you won't regret purchasing it. I can't wait for whatever Sam comes up with next.
That said, the narration is quite poor. Initially, you may be excited by hearing the recognisable voices of Bert Kreisher, Doug Stanhope etc., but many of the comedians are not well-read and don't know how to pronounce some of the words. Sometimes they'll take another go at it and re-read a line, but the editor doesn't pick it up and remove the first mistake.
Having the book read by famous comedians is a huge thumbs up from the community, but really having it read by a professional narrator would have served the book far better.

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  • 08-04-2021

Loved every second.

Loved this audio book, I'll be honest though, I wish Doug Stanhope read the whole thing, it feels like a man telling his own life story even though it isn't. I think he's the only comedian who didn't miss a beat either the "so-called" drunken shambles read it like a champ. Sam has a great knack for painting a picture and I look forward to his next offering!

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  • 匿名
  • 21-03-2021

10/10

Some of the readers seemed in a rush I would buy again Stanhope and crew read the whole thing.

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  • Evan Strachan
  • 21-03-2021

Worth waiting for...

If you're a certain type of person, this was a highly anticipated release. Audiobooks tend to have little to recommend them, other than the ability to read while driving. In this case, having a different comedian read each chapter is the draw.
You may not know them all, or even all the additional voices, but I think I do. (A big fist bump for the Trailles getting top billing in this galaxy of a cast.)
Anyway, listen to it with a smile on your face as you hear some of the comedians repeat sentences and flail over town names, and buy the printed version to see if you can get them right...

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