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Comedy Sex God

Written by: Pete Holmes
Narrated by: Pete Holmes
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
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Part autobiography, part philosophical inquiry, part sacred quest - The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck for the spiritual seeker - a hilarious, profound, and enlightening romp around the fertile mind of standout stand-up comedian, host of the hugely successful podcast You Made It Weird, and star of HBO’s Crashing Pete Holmes. 

Growing up as evangelical Christian outside Boston, Pete Holmes was taught that drugs, alcohol, and premarital sex were serious transgressions. Faithful to the tenets of his faith, Pete did not swear, did not drink, did not smoke, and did not fornicate. He did devote himself to one woman, married her, and moved to the country to start a simple life and build a family. Then the wife he pledged himself to cheated on him very publicly. Thanks for nothing, God.

When his attempt at a picture-perfect life failed, Pete was forced to reexamine his beliefs. But neither atheism, Christianity, nor copious bottles of Yellow Tail led to enlightenment. Longing for a model of faith that served him and his newfound uncertainties about the universe - you know, the little things - the scorned believer embarked on a soul-seeking journey that has become the foundation of his work today. Comedy Sex God is his funny, thoughtful, straight-from-the-heart mediation on life, creativity, love, God, and the things that matter to him - and to us all. 

Pete ponders the most valuable spiritual truths he’s picked up in his post-religion life and shares a few personal stories - of professional success, failure, and the pain in his balls. Comedy Sex God is celebration of losing something to find something else - a void that became a door to spiritual exploration - a glorious journey into the mind-blowing unknown that never would have begun if your wife hadn’t cheated with a guy named Rocco.

©2019 Pete Holmes (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Starts amazing, ends ok

I should start by saying that I am a big fan of Pete Holmes. I didn't see much of his talk show but I cackle with laughter throughout his stand ups and I really deeply enjoyed both seasons of Crashing.

The book is expertly performed by the man, Pete Holmes, himself. Like the stories of many other comedians, it starts off heavy. The story goes through the childhood with a dysfunctional family and belief system and into his religious based first marriage. I found so many parallels between this first quarter or third of the book that I genuinely welled up a couple of times between bouts of laughter. The struggles of watching parents argue and dealing with adultery and divorce are beautifully written. If the whole story was like this first portion than I would surely give this 5 stars across the board.

The rest of the book focuses mostly on an altered belief system that was partially sparked by hallucinogenic experimentation and this is where it starts to lose me. The deep dive into meditation and greater being is just not what I was looking for. When I saw the title of the book, Comedy Sex God, I saw that as someone goofily defining himself as a God of Comedy and sex when really the title is simply saying that this book is about Comedy and Sex and God. A simple mistake on my part but still. The remainder of the story its spliced with spiritualism and cutesy stories about his perfect wife who is perfect in every perfect way, which as you can likely tell, made me roll my eyes more than once... which is dangerous since I was listening while driving.

Overall I would recommend the book and I will absolutely continue to follow Holmes as he continues to perform in his unique and goofy like a puppy dog sort of way.

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Amazing!!!

I thought I was a big fan before this book. This book has increased my love for Pete. This is a must for any Pete Holmes fan. His telling of his journey through comedy, faith and life is an eye opening look on our own journey.
Thank you Pete.

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That’s the work

This book totally changed the way I think feel and live. I could not recommend it more. Pete is incredibly honest and I can’t imagine anyone else explaining this mantra of knowledge any better than he does. Please read or listen to this book.

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Woah

So much more than a comedy memoir. It’s funny and makes you think and mostly makes you feel love all around. Worth every minute, be prepared to bookmark and go back about 100 times.

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  • Brandon
  • 2019-06-20

Mixed bag

I love Pete Holmes and think he is one of the best comedians out there. However, be aware this book is essentially two very different books in one. The first half of this book was fantastic for anyone who loves his stand up or his show, Crashing. The first half is made up of hilarious and moving stories by Pete Holmes about his life, growing up, and getting his start. Then about half way through the book you are going to hit a wall of his journey into downward doggy, guru hugging, nonsensical (imo) spiritualism. I don’t have anything against spiritualism, you should enjoy/believe whatever floats your boat, but as a reader who was thoroughly enjoying this book i found the transition to be disappointing and was not interested in a guide on “how to be enlightened. I kept powering through the spiritualism chapters hoping it would get back to the fun stuff but...alas...it rarely did for the rest of the book.

I’m not saying to avoid this book because I truly enjoyed the first half. However, it would have been nice if halfway through there would have been a disclaimer that the book was about to take a swift turn into a makeshift spiritualism crash course. That way if you are not interested in that, you clearly know to stop the book with a high note and not to waste your time hoping it will go back to what you were enjoying. Just my two cents.

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  • Levi
  • 2019-08-25

Every Ex Christian Should Read

Beautiful discovery of a man rediscovering faith without faith. Every ex Christian can relate. 5 stars.

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  • Randall
  • 2019-08-12

Amazing insight told with authenticity and humour.

I grew up in the evangelical church and went through the exact same evolution and transform that Pete did. This was such an amazing book that put words to my journey and introduced me to new ways of seeing and being. The audiobook is so perfect because you feel like Pete is talking with you. Like you are participating in an experience rather than just reading words on a page. His humour and style is playful yet deep. I absolutely loved this book and plan on reading it again. If you want to grow in your understand of the divine mystery we are all born into, then get this book and listen to it ASAP.

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  • theEMP
  • 2019-06-15

Really enjoyed Pete's narration and story

Easy listen about a real guy making his way through the world and discovering more about his spirituality.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-13

Wonderful read

Pete is one of the most relatable and inspiring people and this book is no short of both of these qualities. Comedy Sex God is a wonderful and honest book diving into the messiness of life and finding the peace in the journey even when that idea is scary.

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  • JMase
  • 2019-06-12

SO GOOD.

Absolutely LOVED it. I can relate with almost every word Pete says in this book. It's funny, sincere, and thought provoking. Definitely one of my favorites this year so far! ❤

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-12

Great book

My first audio book and I absolutely loved it. Love the book and hearing it directly from Pete made it so good. I was sad when it was over because I enjoyed the journey so much.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-09

SO GOOD!

You’ll laugh out loud, pause and rewind to contemplate what you just heard, and fall madly in love with Pete Holmes. Excellent listen.

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  • Cooper Le
  • 2019-05-14

Great book!

As a long time fan of Pete Holmes, I had a biased opinion going into this book. That said, it was really great to hear his full story put together, and while I'm not religious or spiritual, some of the lessons and tips for life in the book are certainly valuable.

Pete himself turns in a great performance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-23

A beautiful and relatable story

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Pete’s story. The fact that he narrates the audiobook makes it more hilarious, sincere, and moving. His story serves as a reminder that we all should be in search of truth...no matter how different our individual paths.

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