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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • marcus barse
  • 2021-03-25

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
  • 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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  • tyler black
  • 2021-03-24

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
  • 2021-03-22

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
  • 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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  • al
  • 2021-03-21

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
  • 2021-03-20

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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