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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,667 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Lewis Narrator: Dan John Miller Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN:
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When he became a father, Michael Lewis found himself expected to feel things that he didn't feel, and to do things that he couldn't see the point of doing. At first, this made him feel guilty, until he realized that all around him fathers were pretending to do one thing, to feel one way, when in fact they felt and did all sorts of things, then engaged in what amounted to an extended cover-up.

Michael decided to keep a written record of what actually happened immediately after the birth of each of his three children. The book is that record. But it is also something else: maybe the funniest, most unsparing account of ordinary daily household life ever recorded from the point of view of the man inside. The remarkable thing about this story isn't that Lewis is so unusual. It's that he is so typical. It's a wonder that his wife has allowed him to publish it. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judah | 2/9/2014

    " Well written, funny and appropriate for new dad (and moms too). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caro Raciti | 2/7/2014

    " Every parent can relate to this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 1/31/2014

    " Funny, honest, glib, self-centered (although this is acknowledged) account of fatherhood. I found myself laughing out loud at some of his stories. Lewis broke the book into three sections - one for each of his three children - but I found that most of his stories focus on his first-born. I cannot tell whether this is due to how he and his wife split the "division of labor" or because much of the lives of your successive children are intermingled with that of your first born. His wife and the mother of his children is not always depicted in the best of lights, but I guess that how he interpreted her behavior and I can see how she may have viewed things differently at the time. This actually sparked a conversation with my husband about how we interact as parents and how we cope with various situations as a mother and a father when we are both completely overwhelmed and feel that the other is not holding up their end of the bargain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 1/26/2014

    " This was a real treat! Lewis wrote Moneyball among other things and has quite a gift for witty, humorous, moving, insightful writing. I found myself laughing out loud at times and reading passages to Will - it's a great gift for a dad. I wish I had marked a quote to reference here to sell you on his writing, but trust me, it was a delight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 becky | 1/24/2014

    " fun and light read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Abbott | 1/17/2014

    " Brilliant, the funniest book about parenthood i've ever read. A must read for anyone expecting. My wife also loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John McPhee | 1/15/2014

    " OK ... it's no Moneyball or Liars Poker! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina Furtado | 1/7/2014

    " Nice, easy read. At point loses its luster but all in all, a great look at fatherhood that even a single girl like me can appreciate. Finished reading this on a flight from NY to SF and immediately proceeded to buy a copy for a cousin of mine having his second son soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norannb | 1/3/2014

    " Really enjoyed most of this book - the male perspective on fatherhood in the early stages. Recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patsy Penn | 12/27/2013

    " Loved it - bought if for my husband for Father's Day. Many laugh out loud parts and common sense to share about raising children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrianne | 12/14/2013

    " i read a lot of this book on Slate already, but it's really sweet and funny! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 12/1/2013

    " Although easily and neatly falling into the cliched American bumbling Dad, still laugh out loud ( numerous times, to the irritation of my husband late at night :) funny! Also cool factor: he is married to Tabitha Soren, the old MTV DJ anyone of my generation remembers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Campos | 11/6/2013

    " Engaging, funny, and well written, but lacking in the actual fatherhood department. But at least he's honest about it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan Mcginn | 10/25/2013

    " Lewis' non-fiction is consistently brilliant - can't put the stuff down - this is a departure, more self-involved, somewhat entertaining. Assume he'll stick to digging in to markets where true strength lies - and assume his kids will no longer allow him to put them under scope - "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey Sorg | 10/23/2013

    " laugh out loud funny! fizzled out a bit towards the end but recommended reading for any dad "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ross | 10/13/2013

    " OK, so I don't have kids and don't want them. But, I will read anything Michael Lewis writes. This one, not surprisingly, is brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 10/2/2013

    " would have given it five stars. But his rich lifestyle sat a little off with me "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben Singer | 5/12/2013

    " wicked funny. Good stories about the early days of having multiple kids. this guy might be my new hero. Now I am reading Liar's Poker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donald A | 4/16/2013

    " Parents of young children, or those that still remember those early years, will find this very entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/11/2013

    " This book has probably the most hysterical story about parenthood I've ever read as its introduction. The rest of the book is good too, but it's worth it to ILL this one just for the intro! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maya Lang | 2/28/2013

    " Loved this book. Even though it's purportedly for dads, so much of it applies to just the weird and slightly insane situation of being a parent. I loved how unflinchingly honest it is. Hilarious, and a quick read; my immediate impulse was to send it to all the new moms and dads I know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ivory | 1/30/2013

    " Within the first 6 pages, I was laughing aloud, hysterically. But after that, it wasn't AS funny. Overall: a good quick read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peter | 3/26/2012

    " I have really enjoyed all of the other Lewis books I've read. I have young children, so I was looking forward to this book. There are a few somewhat funny stories strung together, but not enough for a book and nothing particularly substantive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny | 1/23/2012

    " Such a great book so far. Any Dad should read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicolas | 10/9/2011

    " I really liked this book. It is not a guide to parenting by any means, but it is one man's thoughts on what fatherhood has been like for him. The honesty and humor kept me reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 9/25/2011

    " Loved this book. A great, easy, humorous read about fatherhood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 8/26/2011

    " Very quick, funny read. I liked this a lot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 5/2/2011

    " I learned three things from this book. 1) Boy, it's hard to be a rich white guy living in Berkeley. There are SO MANY things to whine about. 2) It's funny when kids start cussing up a storm. And 3) I have no intention of ever having children. It sounds horrifying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerri | 4/19/2011

    " If you have made it through the toddler stage with kids then the Introduction alone makes this book worth the reading. Just make sure you don't care if people see you laughing out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 4/5/2011

    " Michael Lewis is brutally honest about his feelings of being a father. He often feels out of place and clueless about taking care of his children. Lewis is a great story teller and I found myself laughing throughout the majority of this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 3/15/2011

    " Engaging, funny, and well written, but lacking in the actual fatherhood department. But at least he's honest about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 2/28/2011

    " If you like Michael Lewis and have kids -- this book is for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 2/12/2011

    " Loved this book. A great, easy, humorous read about fatherhood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/12/2011

    " Good book & darned funny! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bria | 1/3/2011

    " Perfect audiobook to listen to in the car with my husband. Light and funny and the stories stand alone so you can go for weeks without listening to the next chapter but not feel lost. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tish | 12/30/2010

    " This was awesome, I am more in love with ML than I was before. His analogies are the best and his unflinching honesty reassures that no parent has any idea what the hell we are doing :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/19/2010

    " I laughed out loud maybe twenty times while reading this over a couple glasses of wine. Lewis is hilarious - his observations are dead-on and a must-read for newish parents. Great writing about a funny topic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zacaro | 12/13/2010

    " Funniest book ever. Just read the first few pages and if you're not hooked then this book isn't for you. Laugh out Loud funny. This was the first book on fatherhood that I read, and it was the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ted | 11/24/2010

    " A fun quick read - especially for the dad's out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/19/2010

    " This is a quick and fun book. I recommend it for anyone who's about to become a first-time father. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis is the bestselling author of Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, The Blind Side, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, and others. He has been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair since 2009. His writing has also appeared in the New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, and Gourmet; he worked as an editor for the British weekly the Spectator and as a senior editor and campaign correspondent for the New Republic. In addition to his writing, Lewis has filmed and narrated short pieces for ABC’s Nightline. He holds a BA in art history from Princeton and an MS in economics from the London School of Economics. Lewis and his wife live in Berkeley, California.

About the Narrator

Dan John Miller is an American actor and musician. In the Oscar-winning Walk the Line, he starred as Johnny Cash’s guitarist and best friend, Luther Perkins, and has also appeared in George Clooney’s Leatherheads and My One and Only, with Renée Zellweger. An award-winning audiobook narrator, he has garnered multiple Audie Award nominations, has twice been named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine, and has received eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and a Listen-Up Award from Publishers Weekly.