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Publisher's Summary

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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This is an instant true American classic piece of literature


Billy Ray Shafer is one of the all time great American antiheroes.

Dan Soder is one of the greatest voicetumentalists of our time.


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Really enjoyed the writing and story

Book is brilliant. It’s story is specific to stand up but so beautifully written that I think anyone would really enjoy this.
Some of the narrators are great and some really took me out of the story.
I’m honestly impressed Bert Kreischer can read.
Amazing book though excited to see if Sam writes another

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A must for comedy lovers

Only bad thing about the audiobook was Tim dillan. Dude sped read every sentence with little to no emotion. Sounded like a robot.

Other than that. Flawless.

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Burnt Chrysler ruined it..

Great book. Horrible reading by Burnt Chrysler. He was clearly reading it for the first time making the second chapter unintelligible. Great comic; incoherent narrator. Ironic such a great story teller can barely read a story.

I will request a refund and buy the book. My fourth grade level of reading should deliver a similar experience to Berts 10k money grab.

That was fun.

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perhaps you need to be a comedian to like it

the writing is an effort to parse and the readings are terrible. whoever did chapters 3 & 4 can't read.

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loved it

i loved it. now i am sad that its over! i hope sam will write more books

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Great Book

This was a great, albeit cautionary story of a fictional comedian's struggle with life and post-fame languish. I heard about this book on the many comedy podcasts and had to give it a listen.
Considering the different narrator's proficiency in the spoken word, a few of them went a bit fast with the pacing. no worry, the speed adjuster is your friend there.
Overall definitely worth the listen.

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not for me, but still good

This was so far outside what I normally read that I feel unqualified to even review it.
Did I enjoy it? Not really. Was it good? Probably. It was also unrelentingly grim, not particularly funny, and definitely not a mystery (which was the category I found it in on Audible). It's ten hours washed up comedian with a coke addiction and serious self-destructive tendencies go from gig to gig, getting into unpleasant situations... that's this.
It's a sharply written character piece, and if that's your thing, you'll love this.
Finally, it ends exactly how you think it will.
The narration was mostly pretty good, but the sound quality was very poor in parts.

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Amazing

this book is incredible, as huge stand up fan this story hits every level, and I think even non stand up fans will love it, simply amazing.

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  • Scott Reesor
  • 2021-07-09

don't let comedians do a voice actors job

the book itself is fantastic but what a terrible decision to get a bunch of comedians to narrate this book. Bert Kreischer and Tim Dillon powered through it as fast as they could without even comprehending the sentences they were uttering.

plus after each change of narrator, the tone of the book seemed to change.

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  • Matthew E Daley III
  • 2021-04-10

some great some really bad

love these comics... but some you could barely hear... others were hard to follow. would love to hear a version with just the author reading.

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  • A. Galbraith
  • 2021-03-18

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
  • 2021-03-19

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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  • Mike W
  • 2021-03-21

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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  • Morgan
  • 2021-03-27

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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  • MaidenofMischief
  • 2021-12-17

Great Story

This book was beautifully written, and overall a great story. I found the different comics narrating an interesting concept. However some comics are just good comics and maybe shouldn't read me stories, Ari.....

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  • VacuousAdvice
  • 2021-07-02

Has Tim Dillon ever read a book?

Tim sounds like he's reading in class because the teacher forced him to and he just wants to get through it. Felt like Bert just phoned it in. Other than that it was a good time. Stanhope and the Traillies should have just done the whole thing though, and is it just me or does Ggreg Challie sound alot like Brendon Walsh?

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  • Josh
  • 2021-07-02

Good book, variable readers.

The different readers vary wildly in quality. The ones who are good are great, the ones who are not are pretty bad. The book itself is quite good. I have Thoughts on the ending but I still enjoyed reading it.

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  • Jacob
  • 2021-03-27

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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