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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (109 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Hyman Narrator: Peter Hyman Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Read by the author, an essayist and stand-up comedian, this collection of hilarious essays is about a single guy attempting to live on the right side of hip.

If Peter Hyman is a metrosexual, a straight man with gay tastes, then he is one reluctantly, being loath to hitch himself to an au courant cultural trend unless doing so would get him a movie deal or an actual girlfriend.

Peter Hyman’s musings, more pop cultural than philosophical, range from the heartfelt to the absurd, whether he’s describing the scotch-soaked grief of a bad breakup or his unfortunate attempt at a ménage à trois. With sophistication and enviable wit, The Reluctant Metrosexual chronicles the promiscuity and perils of modern manhood.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hyman comes off as an everyman probing the outer edges of modern, mainstream, urban existence, and his essays recount his exploits with startling, often hilarious results.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “He writes about being unemployed, computer dating, Brazilian bikini waxes, leather pants, metrosexuality in general, and how to blow up a relationship with someone you love. His genuine sense of loss over this last part informs much of the book and makes the title worthy of a purchase; for larger public libraries.”

    Library Journal

  • “A stand-up comedian, [Hyman] is the perfect reader for his stories of a smart man who puts himself in stupid situations, here and abroad. His voice is deep, almost harsh, yet precise and ironic.”


  • “Hyman takes on contemporary culture with a scalpel and a smirk.”


  • “Winsome, amusing, and intelligent debut collection of essays by a slacker cursed with taste, mildly astounded that a Queer Eye-influenced world has caught up with him.”

    Kirkus Review 

  • A Audie Award Finalist Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Joy | 11/8/2013

    " Got bored, got distracted, thought it felt forced and that every obvious aside was mentioned, didn't feel like finishing it- maybe some other time... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 10/26/2013

    " This was a HOOT to listen to! So fun! And I have to say, the author is indeed a metrosexual! wow. Hilarious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Benjamin | 10/7/2013

    " Boring. The author tries in vain to make you laugh at his stupid life. Bleh. Couldn't finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Melissa Cavanaugh | 7/21/2013

    " Disappointing - the author was not very likable, and his love for the sound of his own voice should have been curbed by his editor. "

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