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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (941 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tony Hendra Narrator: Tony Hendra Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2004 ISBN:
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This runaway New York Times best seller is a book to savor and treasure. Author Tony Hendra, a National Lampoon and Spy magazine veteran and one of the world's greatest satirists, delivers a beautifully written, humorous, and profoundly moving memoir reminiscent of Tuesdays with Morrie.

At 14 years old, Tony began an affair with a married woman that ended when the jilted husband, a devout Roman Catholic, sent Tony to a Benedictine abbey. There, Tony met the remarkably kind and compassionate Father Joe. For the next four decades, Father Joe's guidance never faltered, even as Tony failed in marriage, fought substance abuse, and struggled to find meaning.

The New York Times says Father Joe belongs in the first tier of spiritual memoirs ever written. It is a wondrous celebration of a saintly man, and it is impossible to forget.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 JanB | 2/5/2014

    " Loved Father Joe, a gentle soul full of wit and wisdom. Too bad I can't say the same for the author. He was unlikable and it ruined the story of Father Joe. Father Joe deserved better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Elliott | 1/28/2014

    " I think I listened to this one on tape/cd and wasn't that impressed. Didn't leave me feeling the way so many felt. I don't know. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 1/22/2014

    " The middle portions are slow, but that only makes the ending more amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Joseph | 1/12/2014

    " This book reminded me that it's not necessarily the action that may be wrong or right in itself. It is about the intent behind the action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/9/2014

    " I forget how long ago I read this book - probably three years ago - in audible. I liked it. It wasn't great but seemed a truly heartfelt rememberance of a mentor by a guy who did not think he'd lived up to the mentor's expectations and determined to do better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/4/2014

    " I loved the first part about spirituality. The second was all name-dropping and he's kind of a jerk. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike Nelson | 12/24/2013

    " The start of the book reads like a high school English student trying to impress his teacher with his vocabulary. Painful. There are bits and pieces of wisdom and sound teachings, but I never felt an attachment to Tony. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy Allen | 11/29/2013

    " Interesting autobiographical story but lost it's momentum in the middle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 11/20/2013

    " Interesting biography by National Lampoon author Tony Hendra, although Fr. Joe is a far more interesting person than Mr. Hendra. The last half of the book is not as well written as the first. It may be worth skipping to the last chapter at some point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 10/9/2013

    " Incredible memories about a truly pious man! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 9/11/2013

    " Required reading for people who want to be human. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 8/27/2013

    " This is an excellent read; whether one is religious or not; deep insights; and not always those that one would expect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 8/8/2013

    " This is an excellent book that I would recommend to anyone. It is about enlightenment, and not the religious kind only. Hendra's biographical/ autobiographical story is funny, sad and honest. It made me call and email several friends to say I was thinking of them and that I loved them. A must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 6/27/2013

    " Loved this book. This is a "keeper". It's probably time for me to read it again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karla Petersen | 5/2/2013

    " Perhaps one of the worst books ever written - so bad that the only reason I'm reviewing it is to make sure no one wastes their time on this one. The writer is self-important and uses his "faith" as a platform to name drop, fabricate, and exaggerate. I wish I had this time back. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 5/1/2013

    " First Book Group book for me! 4/05 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Risa | 8/14/2012

    " I enjoyed it, though I no longer know whether to believe it. (See How To Cook Your Daughter, ISBN 0060820993.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie Lemmerman | 8/4/2012

    " A great one to read if you feel overwhelmed with life "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 7/8/2012

    " I am not usually one for this kind of memoir, but this book really has stuck with my mind. Tony Hendra was a kid in school with Stephen Hawking, performed with the Pythons, was in this is spinal tap. His story of life paths and transformations was really something! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 6/20/2012

    " A funny and poignant spiritual story, by one of the guys in This Is Spinal Tap. Who knew? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy Wolf | 5/8/2012

    " I read this years ago and have found it encouraging and true despite disappointment with how Hendra chooses his path. The truth is that sometimes we're all Tony Hendra and sometimes we all need to be Father Joe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 1/10/2012

    " The relationship between a young boy through manhood with a priest was touching. I was particularly impressed with Father Joe who was kind, unjudgemental and wise. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karla | 4/19/2011

    " Perhaps one of the worst books ever written - so bad that the only reason I'm reviewing it is to make sure no one wastes their time on this one. The writer is self-important and uses his "faith" as a platform to name drop, fabricate, and exaggerate. I wish I had this time back. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merry | 2/9/2011

    " Father Joe is a wonderful (real) character. Tony Hendra sounds nsn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Briana | 1/1/2011

    " Remember the guy who played the band agent in "Spinal Tap"? This is his conversion story. Very moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 12/10/2010

    " Absolutely loved it! A powerfully moving story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 7/28/2010

    " I loved this book, especially the conversations in which Father Joe, a Benedictine monk and priest, reveals simple wisdom to the author, Tony Hendra, the original editor of National Lampoon. "

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About the Author
Author Tony Hendra

Tony Hendra is an English satirist and writer who has worked mostly in the United States. Educated at St. Albans School (where he was a classmate of Stephen Hawking) and Cambridge University, he was a member of the Cambridge University Footlights revue in 1962, alongside John Cleese, Graham Chapman, and Tim Brooke-Taylor.