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Shrinkage

Written by: Bryan Bishop,Adam Carolla - foreword
Narrated by: Bryan Bishop
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From the popular sidekick on the Guinness World Record-breaking Adam Carolla Show comes this candid, comical, and uplifting memoir of the author's courageous battle and recovery.

At 30 years old Bryan Bishop’s life was right on track: as the sidekick on The Adam Carolla Show, his career was taking off and, newly engaged, his personal life was soaring to new heights. Then he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

Suddenly Bryan’s promising future was looking at a troubling schedule of radiation and chemotherapy. But having found refuge in comedy, "Bald Bryan" recounts his alternately heartbreaking and hysterical experience of cancer treatment and recovery, from writing his will with the bravado of a pulp novelist, to taking chemo in a strip club, to achieving his life-long dream of getting another woman in the shower with him and his wife (even if it was only for physical therapy). These and other charmingly twisted scenes make the serious truly a laughing matter. Now four years since his initial diagnosis, Bryan celebrates how his aggressive treatment shrunk his tumor and gave him a new lease on life.

Through odds and obstacles, blunders and dilemmas, Bryan radiates through his narrative with wonder and humor. This profound, honest, and surprisingly funny recovery audiobook is a Cancer Schmancer for the Jimmy Kimmel Live! crowd.

Length: 8 hours and 01 minutes.

©2014 Bryan Bishop (P)2014 Random House Audio

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Excellent book

I was hooked from the start. Funny insightful and deep. Brought me back to when my little brother lost both his eyes to cancer. This book is deep yet Bryan keeps the right amount of light hearted humour steadily flowing throughout. Love the book. Highly recommended.

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  • Jim Dean
  • 2014-04-29

Damn funny. Especially considering the subject.

I like books that make me laugh out loud in the car. "Shrinkage" got me on the first minute. The story is inspiring, but the writing is masterful comedy.

Bryan Bishop is the author as well as the reader and he is brilliant. His career as Adam Carolla's radio/podcast sidekick has trained him well. His timing is good and his voice is clear. The emotional side of the book is much more powerful knowing the man reading is the one that experienced the story first hand.

I listen to a lot of audio books. This is one of the very best.

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  • S. Mazrui
  • 2014-05-03

Great - even for those who don't know Adam Corolla

A great read. Let me begin by saying I had to Google Adam Carolla. I generally don't read books about people with terrible diseases but happened to listen to an excerpt and liked what I heard. So, even though I had no idea about this author's work in the entertainment industry, I truly loved this book. It doesn't sugar coat a battle with cancer but it is a great story about the power of family, related and not, in difficult times. It is honest, well written, well read and, dare I say, a fun read? So, I can only imagine how fans would enjoy it! And after reading the book, I am now both a Bryan Bishop and Adam Carolla fan. So, maybe now I should listen to the show?

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  • Tim
  • 2014-05-12

Shrinkage...but not of ego

Being a professional radio sidekick is apparently injurious to your health. A year or two back Robin Quivers (the woman of color who has made a career out of being living proof that Howard Stern is neither misogynist nor racist) was struck down (but fortunately made a full recovery from) ovarian cancer. At age 30 “Bald Bryan” Bishop the perpetual sidekick and boob of the Adam Carolla show was laid very low by brain cancer…and this is his story.

On the whole it’s reasonably entertaining. The great Dr. Drew Pinsky raved about this book as “important” and as a complete idiots guide to surviving brain cancer it does a good job. High on the list of prerequisites for that survival process would appear to be; (a) having good friends like Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew, (b) major medical insurance, (c) access to experimental treatment at Cedar-Sinai, (d) a super long suffering girlfriend/wife and (e) the ability to organize a personal benefit concert which kicks in “six figures” towards your finances. The rest of us are on our own. By the way, if you are known for an attribute like baldness or your stutter (witness Stuttering John from Howard Stern) and you achieve a measure of fame by standing next to greatness and carrying luggage for that great talent, please let’s not mistake proximity to talent for for actual talent.

Part of this book is a how to survive cancer (presumably given a through e above) and that part is by far the better part. The rest is a rambling self-apology which I have to tell you I nearly gave up on in chapter two. Bald Bryan is notoriously self-satisfied…it’s a recurring joke on the Carolla show. Given that fact and his admitted self-consciousness about it, one has to wonder why he would turn out such an unbearably smug book…unless he just can't help himself. Some of it is so smug it’s hilarious…I have never heard anyone else use the word “gracious” about themselves un-ironically. Bryan is a smart guy who believes himself to be a great deal smarter than the rest of the world actually thinks he is. The first part of this book is dedicated to him explaining or excusing his failure to study in school or finish his degree…”I had undiagnosed ADHD”…”the essay scores were based on facts”…it’s so self-serving it’s actually funny…but stick with it…the book gets a lot better when the cancer shows up. His questionable attitude continues into his medical experience which veers from whiney or unsympathetic to just plain mean. He mocks various medical professionals for not meeting his elevated needs. I’m sure getting the right kind of care is important but is being gratuitously rude about professionals attempting to do their best for you really necessary? I didn't actually find myself rooting for the tumor, but I can see how someone might.

If you are a fan of the Carolla show and are interested in the details of what you heard happen week to week on the radio/pod cast a few years ago this will entertain but probably not very much. You would be better off spending the credit on Adams new book “President Me.” If you, or someone you care about, is experiencing this horrible disease you may well find this book interesting (and perhaps annoying given a through e above) and remember if Bald Bryan can beat it…anyone can.

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  • laurel
  • 2014-04-30

So VERY excellent!

What made the experience of listening to Shrinkage the most enjoyable?

Listening to the Adam Carolla show for many, many years, I was already familiar with Brian as a extremely intelligent and quick member of the show. I remember hearing and feeling the struggle with his health from the initial onset. This book is such a beautiful exploration of such a tragic and aggressive time. Excellent!

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  • mike pessolano
  • 2016-02-15

Almost feel guilty using a credit

I laughed and cried so many times. Adam only makes me laugh so more bang for your buck. Thanks fir sharing your story Bryan. God bless Christy as well and no offense but you married up...big time.

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  • Matthew Fleming
  • 2016-01-29

Loved it!

Being a fan of the podcasts i came in knowing that Brian had a brain tumor. I also had already read the book which i loved but i wanted to hear it in Brian's familiar voice. As an added bonus hearing Christie read her blog posts was a nice touch. She's the real hero of this story.

Well done sir.

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  • Khalfani
  • 2015-12-06

Inspirational and Insightful

Love the window into the world of BB, and enjoyed it immensely. My great joy is that he's still around, and able to give voice to a struggle I can only fathom the challenge of enduring. Strength, Faith, and convictions forged in the love of those around him. May he have many more year's and books to his name...

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  • Bob
  • 2015-10-16

Compelling story. Do another.

Inspiring story. Could not stop listening. I've listened to all of Adam Corolla's audiobooks and yours by far beat his. Did not think that was possible. Fan of the podcast and now hey good fan of yours. Your wife is a saint and this was a good love story. Everyone should hope their significant other would be as good in this situation as yours. Look forward to anymore books you may write.

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  • r0bnonymous
  • 2015-08-18

Wow! A truly touching, tear-jerking story.

As a fan of the Adam Carolla Show, Im always impressed by Bryan's quick-witted comments and even quicker sound drops, not to mention his movie reviews... But this bald sumbitch had me tearing-up left and right for hours as he told his own personal story of life, love, and possible death.
Thank you for being so open and honest. I'm so happy you got the love and support that you deserved.

A true fan,
Rob

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  • Justin Gill
  • 2015-06-06

Great!

The story is powerful, insightful. Its a great memoir of a tough journey. I think i will listen to it again!

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