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  • The Road Years

  • A Memoir, Continued . . .
  • Written by: Rick Mercer
  • Narrated by: Rick Mercer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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The Road Years

Written by: Rick Mercer
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Publisher's Summary

THE INSTANT #1 BESTSELLER

Rick Mercer is back—again!—with the eagerly awaited sequel to his bestselling memoir

At the end of his memoir Talking to Canadians, Rick Mercer was poised to make the biggest leap yet in his extraordinary career. Having overcome a serious lack of promise as a schoolboy and risen through the showbiz ranks—as an aspiring actor, star of a surprisingly successful one-man show about the Meech Lake Accord, co-founder of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, creator and star of the dark-comedy sitcom Made in Canada—he was about to tackle his biggest opportunity yet.

The Road Years picks up the story at that exciting point, with the greenlighting of what would become Rick Mercer Report. Plans for the show, of course, included political satire and Rick’s patented rants. But Rick and his partner, Gerald Lunz, were also determined to do something that comedy tends to avoid as too challenging: they would emphasize the positive. Rick would travel from coast to coast to coast in search of everything that’s best about Canada, especially its people. He found a lot to celebrate, naturally, and was rewarded with a huge audience and a run of 15 seasons.

The Road Years tells the inside story of that stupendous success. A time when Rick was heading to another town—or military base, sports centre, national park—to try dogsledding, chainsaw carving, and bear tagging; hang from a harness (a lot); ride the “Train of Death;” plus countless other joyous and/or reckless assignments.

Added to the mix were encounters with the country’s great. Every living prime minister. Rock and roll royalty from Rush to Randy Bachman. Olympians and Paralympians. A skinny-dipping Bob Rae. And Jann Arden, of course, who gets a chapter to herself. Along the way he even found the time to visit several countries in Africa and co-found and champion the charity Spread the Net, which has gone on to protect the lives of millions.

Join the celebration, and revive a wealth of happy memories, with what is Rick Mercer’s funniest, most fascinating book yet.

©2023 Penguin Random House (P)2023 Doubleday Canada

What the critics say

"[The Road Years] tells the story of the success of The Rick Mercer Report and all the great encounters and other adventures that making the show allowed Rick Mercer to experience. It's a celebration of happy moments told in Mercer's trademark positivism and humour"—CBC Books

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A great listen that will keep you laughing

I really enjoyed listening to Rick and catching those small wise cracks that are intertwined throughout the book. I’m off to find his other books.

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Witty & entertaining

I’ve listened to all of Rick’s books and this one did not disappoint! It’s hilarious and interesting with Rick’s usual flare for perfectly pitched hyperbole. Listening to this will make you proud of Rick for documenting his road years and even prouder to be a Canadian.

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Fantastic

Rick was great love his stories he is Canada! I will always be a fan.

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Being Canadian

Love Mercer’s conclusion. I didn’ figure out what makes a Canadian but I wouldn’t want to be anything else.

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Love to hear stories that celebrate the country

Admittedly I’ve always been a fan of Rick Mercer even though I was a little young for his early stuff. While this story didn’t have as much of a “story” as the last one, I loved every moment of it. Lots of funny and interesting stories, whether it was calling people and situations out for what they are, or celebrating the good times and good people, it was a great listen.

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Great read and very informative .

I love it when the author read their books as you can feel their passion about their story. Lots of interesting, thought provoking stories which I’m sure Rick has an abundance of. Looking forward to a sequel.

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never disappoints

Rick Mercer reading Rick Mercer. it doesn't get much better than that. Especially the Jann Arden chapter.

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a great read/listen

thanks Rick for the book! I really enjoyed listening to it. I really enjoyed your perspective on Canada. funny enough, being an immigrant to Canada one day I started wondering the same question, what is it that makes us Canadian. any where I've traveled to everyone seems to be fond of Canada and it's people but nobody would ever say anything more than the cliches... the answer is still a little blurry but you probably came closest to answering that question.

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RMR memories

it is very interesting to hear the back story of so many RMR memories. Rick summation of what it means to be Canadian is accurate in so many ways. There amazing people in this country

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Fabulous laugh-out-loud humour!

Loved Rick narrating his own story…..wonderful walk through of his 15 years “on the road”.

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