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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,907 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Cross Narrator: David Cross Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781600246494
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Known for roles on the small screen such as Tobias Funke on Arrested Development and the role of David in Mr. Show With Bob And David, as well as a hugely successful stand-up routine full of sharp-tongued rants and rages, David Cross has carved out his place in American comedy.

Now, for the first time, Cross is weaving his media mockery, celebrity denunciation, religious commentary, and sheer madness into book form. And as if this wasn’t enough for your laughing pleasure in these troubled times, some of the pieces splinter off with additional material being created online in exclusive video and animated web content created solely for the book.

With a mix of personal essays, satirical fiction posing as truth, advice for rich people, information from America’s least favorite rabbi and a top-ten list of top-ten lists, I Drink for a Reason is as unique as the comedian himself, and cannot be missed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • David's writing in this audiobook for the eyes is every bit as funny, honest, and observant as the man himself-and, oddly, twice as smart. It's surprising and funny dot dot dot a triumph! Mitchell Arrested Development Hurwitz, co-creator, The Ellen Show
  • With his comedic background, Cross does well with delivery and emphasis, never hesitating or faltering with the risks he takes. His most entertaining antics deviate from the unabridged text when Cross (rather delightfully) mocks or challenges the conventions of an audiobook, quixotically changing his mind about reading a list and enlisting a band to perform using the list as lyrics. Publishers Weekly
  • David's writing in this audiobook for the eyes is every bit as funny, honest, and observant as the man himself-and, oddly, twice as smart. It's surprising and funny dot dot dot a triumph! Mitchell Arrested Development Hurwitz, co-creator, The Ellen Show
  • With his comedic background, Cross does well with delivery and emphasis, never hesitating or faltering with the risks he takes. His most entertaining antics deviate from the unabridged text when Cross (rather delightfully) mocks or challenges the conventions of an audiobook, quixotically changing his mind about reading a list and enlisting a band to perform using the list as lyrics. Publishers Weekly
  • “Absurdist naysaying deepened by occasional blurts of actual emotion.”

    Sarah Vowell, New York Times bestselling author of Assassination Vacation

  • “This ‘arresting’ comedian has ‘developed’ into an amazing and insightful writer.”

    Mitchell Hurwitz, producer, The Golden Girls

  • “Honest and brutal, but above all, hilarious.”

    Simon Pegg

  • I Drink for a Reason is much, much more of Cross at his best; a seasoned comic dishing out gobs and gobs of caustic wit against Left, Right, and Middle America. Part memoir and totally outrageous, this book displays the unbridled anarchistic enthusiasm that makes its author such a stand-up favorite.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Cross…is one of the few comedians working today with an easily identifiable comic voice, and his authorial debut ensures that his voice is heard on every page…Cross consistently hits his mark without sounding like a hack…Though he admits inviting the charge of elitism with some of his material, Cross avoids condescending to his demographic while knocking out a steady stream of laugh-out-loud quips.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This audiobook has some hilarious pieces that will leave listeners in stitches…With his comedic background, Cross does well with delivery and emphasis, never hesitating or faltering with the risks he takes. His most entertaining antics deviate from the unabridged text when Cross (rather delightfully) mocks or challenges the conventions of an audiobook.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Landon Prisbrey | 2/7/2014

    " I expected more from David Cross. Maybe it wasn't as funny as I expected because I listened to the audiobook rather than reading it? I thought it came across as a stand up routine that was too slow. Again, maybe reading it would have moved it quicker & fixed this problem... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 2/7/2014

    " Cross understands that he can be an insufferable asshole. If he didn't, then I would not be a fan of his. That said, there are even some things that he says that simply are not funny and are said merely for shock value. Many of these statements can be found in I Drink For A Reason in between some real gold nuggets of hilarity. Worth a read, but be prepared to be pissed off in between being entertained. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 1/20/2014

    " A very funny read by a very funny guy! Chock full of cynical life observations. I can't wait until the next season of Arrested Development! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Davina | 1/19/2014

    " While moments listening to this on audiobook reminded me of Cross's magnificent stand-up albums, on the whole this was a resounding, un-funny disappointment. I wish I had stopped after the hilarious first track with Jon Benjamin's cameo. Cross's redundant, often petty and pointless rants seemed to go on forever between a glimmer of humor and the patch-worky nature of this book betrayed the fact that Cross must have struggled mightily to generate content. Terrible disappointment, do not recommend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katy White | 1/16/2014

    " Not that funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Sweeney | 1/11/2014

    " I wish I could give this book three and a half stars. At times he was hilariously irreverent and at others annoyingly cynical and offensive. I get that this is satire but sometimes I think he intentionally alienates his audience. Nonetheless, I am a huge David Cross fan and some of these essays had me laughing out loud. Others had me tempted to skip sections. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DJMikeG | 1/6/2014

    " David Cross' debut book is a mixed bag. A good mixed bag, but a mixed bag nonetheless. His scathing, deeply funny and intelligent stand up voice only comes through on certain pieces, whereas others go for an almost Gonzo, absurdist feel and fail to be either intelligent or funny. He's at his best when he is dissecting something, picking things and people apart. His piece on Larry the Cable Guy is incredible, as are his pieces on Jim Belushi, religion, American Politics, and more. Other pieces that are more nonsensical and satirical aren't that funny and somewhat take away from the better pieces in the book. Cross is a good writer, when he wants to be, and has an incredibly sharp wit. I would definitely be interested in reading a memoir by him, which he mentions in this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 SeaOfSound | 1/6/2014

    " Unmemorable essays for 200 pages. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Newt | 1/3/2014

    " Not really funny at all. Also, someone probably should've proofread it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat Lynch | 12/20/2013

    " Despite a tendency to drag stories on too long with too few punchlines, the book was good overall. I appreciated the cameos & repeated criticisms for being too lazy to read a book, that came in the audio version. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Sours | 11/30/2013

    " so funny you'll read it twice. seriously, the best comedy writing (well, after mike nelson of course). i love his anger combined with his humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jedidiah | 11/29/2013

    " It's hit and miss, like a lot of his comedy, but when it's funny it's hilarious. His open letter to Larry the Cable Guy gets funnier every time I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy Cooper | 11/23/2013

    " It's stand up comedy in book form. This will never win an award, the writing tends to lead nowhere, but I laughed more than any book I've read in a while. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenna Hashway | 11/16/2013

    " I like Cross as an actor, but as a writer? If only he were as funny as he thinks he is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Houdini Douglas | 10/29/2013

    " Funny McChuckleston "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun Nelson | 10/28/2013

    " funny, also it would probably be better if you just got the audio version of this since David Cross reads it and it makes it that much funnier "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 10/5/2013

    " I can't wait for that memoir David says he's going to write, because the anecdotal parts of this book are really the best ones. There's some other funny stuff in there, but my favorite parts are the ones that are true. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle | 8/25/2013

    " I know the reason David Cross drinks: he wants to be a comedian, but he's not funny. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susy | 7/6/2013

    " Not my favorite. Not really sure what I expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 7/2/2013

    " you will pee your pants laughing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bond Drager | 6/16/2013

    " Meh. I love David Cross; I expected better. He is a better performer than writer. He comes off as mean and self-indulgent. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laurel Beth | 11/2/2012

    " i bought this book at a goodwill in south carolina without a dust jacket for 75 cents. i didn't like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd Mitchell | 5/25/2012

    " Kind of a strange read/listen. His eventual memoir will be infinitely more interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russ Marshalek | 7/21/2011

    " david cross is a fucking asshole and i love him for it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 6/25/2011

    " There is some really funny stuff in here, and I'm a big Cross fan, but sometimes the sarcastic rambling got a little tired, and I love that stuff in general, but too much of it didn't work. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Annie | 6/8/2011

    " bad. funny and entertaining moments are far and few between. disappointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darcy | 6/7/2011

    " The book itself was alright. Some of the best material, including the infamous Larry the Cable Guy Letter is actually bonus stuff which had already been published elsewhere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 6/5/2011

    " I love David Cross so much, but I wanted this to be funnier than it was. I'm going to at least partly blame that on the fact that I bought the book as a gift for someone else and read it in a hurry whilst trying not to crack the spine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 6/2/2011

    " There were some funny parts to this book, and some parts that had a tendency to go on a bit...I think it would have been more interesting to have listened to this book read aloud by David Cross. The writing was not bad, but sometimes it's all in the delivery... "

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About the Author
Author David CrossBob Odenkirk and David Cross created, wrote and starred in the highly influential, Emmy-nominated sketch program, Mr. Show, which aired for four seasons on HBO from 1995 to 1998.