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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (797 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Crutcher Narrator: Chris Crutcher Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2005 ISBN: 9781400094783
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Do You Know:

  • A good reason to be phobic about oysters and olives?
  • That you can step inside a roaring coal furnace and feel cool?
  • That Jesus had an older brother?
  • How shutting your mouth can help you avoid brain surgery?
  • How to avoid cow-pies during your baptism?
  • How to survive in the winter wilderness with only a fishing pole and a sausage?

Chris Crutcher knows the answers to these things and more.

And once you have read about Chris Crutcher’s life as a dateless, broken-toothed, scabbed-over, God-fearing dweeb, and once you have contemplated his ascension to the buckskin-upholstered throne of the King of the Mild Frontier, you will close this book, close your eyes, and hold it to your chest, and say, “I, too, can be an author.”

Hell, anyone can.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elena | 2/19/2014

    " Less than compelling. I'll stick to his fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 2/17/2014

    " Saw him speak this summer - loved the voice in this (especially as I have two little boys and the sections on brothers crack me up...) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luckylyn86 | 2/12/2014

    " Great author! A fun, laugh out loud autiobiography! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 2/8/2014

    " Chris Crutcher's childhood in Cascade, Idaho is artfully told with wit, humor, anger, and a TON of great great stories. I would definitely recommend this book to teenagers, whether or not they had read any of Crutcher's other books -- Crutcher's young life was hilarious and sad, and above all, Crutcher is a great storyteller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia | 2/4/2014

    " Chris Crutcher is an honest guy. He puts is all out there for us to enjoy in this humorous autobiography. Many of the characters and inspirations to his books show up here. A must read for any Crutcher fan (and if you're not a fan of the self-proclaimed "king of the banned-book list" I think you will be by the time you finish.) "

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

    " His Biography - the basis for all his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmine P | 1/30/2014

    " this is a great book about his life and it's just so funny becuase there were a lot of things that he went through and that he saw! my teacher read this to our class and it was the funniest thing i definatly recommmend to everybody that loves a good funny book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dani | 1/16/2014

    " It wasn't the best book I ever read, but it was ok. I don't really like autobiographies but reading about Chris Crutchers childhood was kind of interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 12/21/2013

    " My students would care less about this book. This was purely a a fun read for me and it was fun. I laughed until I cried in some places. Crutcher is a contempary, someone who grew up when I did during the fifties and sixties. I had an instant connection with the text. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/18/2013

    " This book is hilarious, in the tradition of Patrick McManus! It is also an interesting study in how an author's life influences their writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 12/10/2013

    " Extremely entertaining. Chris Crutcher captures the truth of growing up with humor and compassion. One small critique is it jumps around from age to age so it sometimes gets a little hard to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 12/5/2013

    " Poor, ridiculed 11 year old kid stuck in the mud on his bike says: "Shut your mouth you big fat shit-burger!" My favorite line of the book! I laughed out loud which doesn't usually happen when I read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 12/3/2013

    " Absolutely delightful read that took me back to my own youth. There was lots of sizzling humor and clever figurative language interspersed insightful wisdom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/7/2013

    " Can you relate to an older, horrible sibling? No? Never had a problem with a few little words? "-your name here-, want to try something?" Run, do not walk, run. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 8/5/2013

    " Parts of it were hilarious and interesting, and others were just.. no. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 3/23/2013

    " Good book, but not his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niki | 3/14/2013

    " Chris Crutcher, I am an official fan. Unlike the books, which are seriously serious, the memoir is hilarious. A little "difficult" to read, but I suppose so are the novels. A definite recommendation for anyone who's liked any Chris C. novels -- even though there are very few explicit references. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex Arbit | 2/2/2013

    " It wasn't great. It was mildly interesting. It certainly wasn't as good as the other books I've read from him such as "Running Loose" and "Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes". It gave me some great new perspectives and philosophies though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele Zurlo | 1/2/2013

    " I love Chris Crutcher's books, and this biography gives some very enlightening insights into his characterization and influences. He's a gifted storyteller, whether he's telling his story or somebody else's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 12/6/2012

    " Hilarious and heart felt memoir of this wonderful author's boyhood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisha Karr | 12/4/2012

    " laughed for hours reading this one "

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