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3.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 5 3.88 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J.R. Moehringer Narrator: J.R. Moehringer Publisher: Hyperion Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN:
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J.R. Moehringer grew up captivated by a voice. It was the voice of his father, a New York City disc jockey who vanished before J.R. spoke his first word. Sitting on the stoop, pressing an ear to the radio, J.R. would strain to hear in that plumy baritone the secrets of masculinity and identity. Though J.R.'s mother was his world, his rock, he craved something more, something faintly and hauntingly audible only in The Voice.

At eight years old, suddenly unable to find The Voice on the radio, J.R. turned in desperation to the bar on the corner, where he found a rousing chorus of new voices. Cops, bookies, soldiers, and stumblebums, all sorts of men gathered in the bar to tell their stories and forget their cares. The alphas along the bar, including J.R.'s uncle Charlie, a Humphrey Bogart look-alike; Colt, a Yogi Bear sound-alike and Joey D, a soft-hearted brawler, took J.R. to the beach, to ballgames, and ultimately into their circle. They taught J.R., tended him, and provided a kind of fatherhood-by-committee.

Torn between the stirring example of his mother and the lurid romance of the bar, J.R. tried to forge a self somewhere in the center. But when it was time for J.R. to leave home, the bar became an increasingly seductive sanctuary, a place to return and regroup during his picaresque journeys. Time and again, the bar offered shelter from failure, rejection, heartbreak, and eventually from reality.

In the grand tradition of landmark memoirs, The Tender Bar is suspenseful, wrenching, and achingly funny. A classic American story of self-invention and escape, of the fierce love between a single mother and an only son, it's also a moving portrait of one boy's struggle to become a man, and an unforgettable depiction of how men remain, at heart, lost boys.

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

    " A Young boy's story of wanting to grow up to be "just like his uncle and friends" and what happens to him when he accomplishes that dream. Well written and very real understanding of community in a bar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marney | 2/16/2014

    " Well written, certainly, with memorable characters (and amusing if you like stories of drunken antics), but I found it self indulgent. Gifted kid...dysfunctional family...overcoming the odds...unlucky in love...and all, of course, soaked in alcohol. How come every talented writer wounded by alcoholism, or even second-hand alcoholim, feels compelled to write a memoir? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jyoung927 | 2/15/2014

    " not bad. came as a recommendation "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith L | 2/2/2014

    " My first impression from the TENDER BAR's book cover lead me to think that the story was being told about a pub in Ireland. I was pleasantly surprised to find out it is set in Manhasset, Long Island, an actual town in New York. J.R. Moehringer's story of his growing-up relationship with the men of the local bar, Publicans is a portrait of an alcholic in development. I kept asking myself as I read the book this question - What mother condones sending her son to a bar? It is only in the last chapters that the author realizes that drinking can not solve his problems. Well-written story! I am eager to read more from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 1/21/2014

    " I'm not much of a memoir reader, but this one shouldn't be passed up. J.R. Moehringer takes us from boyhood to adulthood, with one single constant in his life--a neighborhood bar. He grows up with this bar, with its colorful characters, antidotes, and varying degrees of alcoholism. The bar feeds him the nutrients of "being a man." But, as we all know, a bar isn't the best place to practice character building. Bars do the opposite of promoting self growth. They hold you back. They can break down character. They can cripple. This is the lesson of The Tender Bar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 1/7/2014

    " I'm going to recommend to book club!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 12/21/2013

    " This book is essentially about a guy and his love of a bar. But I found his writing so engaging that I kept thinking about when I could find time to read some more. He made the mundane extraordinary, and for that I give 5 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim Noyes | 12/15/2013

    " Pleasant enough read, well written, which is the best part, not taken by the "message" but enjoyed the character portrayals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha Wallace | 12/15/2013

    " definitely a man-book, but oddly compelling view into his chaotic drinking life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ana | 9/20/2013

    " Meh. I was kind of ticked off that the author wasted so many opportunities but somehow managed to have more presented to him. If it wasn't a true story I think I would have enjoyed it more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Keyser | 9/15/2013

    " One of the best memoirs I've read in some time. Honest, forthright, and compelling. It makes you want to pony up to the nearest dive bar you've always threatened to walk into and ask the patron next to you their life story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mimi | 9/12/2013

    " A really poignant memoir about a boy's mission to learn to become a good man without a father to guide him and the men in the local bar who guide him. Wonderful characters throughout and of course, a vivid portrait of a wonderful single mother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 9/3/2013

    " It was a peek at the inner thoughts of an alcoholic and I love how well the author showed this perspective. It felt a little whiny at times but the humor outweighed this fault. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Regina Sheerin | 8/16/2013

    " I askedmy father (Queens born and bred) if he had read this book. He thought about it for a few seconds and said, "Yeah, isn't it about a bunch of drunks in Manhasset?". I couldn't have put it better myself. I only finished it because I had purchased it on my Kindle. Blech. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea Stoeckel | 6/29/2013

    " A great bok about growing up in Manhassett NY. It's also a great book about saying goodbye in a lot of situations. From death, to death of dreams and ambitions, and watching what replaces them "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrianna | 5/27/2013

    " This is my favorite book of all time!!!! I have visited the bar twice on Plandome Road in Manhasset, NY. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronald Rich | 11/17/2012

    " Great story - well written "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 mmk4 Koenen | 9/29/2012

    " This is one of my favorite (if not #1) books. The characterization is unbelieveable..the setting real...as are the individuals in the book. You feel like pulling up a stool and having a drink! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The Reading Cove Book Club ❧ | 4/23/2012

    " Bonus Book - February 2006 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 3/3/2012

    " Fabulous memoir, on par with The Glass Castle. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelby | 2/25/2012

    " An excellent, funny, sad, endearing read. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dani | 12/29/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. The introductory paragraphs were so well written I read it out loud to my husband and the writing and the great story continued throughout. I loved this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 12/20/2011

    " Loved it!! Very personal and well written story. Moehringer makes all his characters come alive on the page. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz Dean | 7/28/2011

    " I was not into this and it did not pass the 50 page rule. There's nothing wrong with it, I am just not interested in this boy or this town. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 7/5/2011

    " Only so-so, I thought. Not all that interesting or relevatory. Decent enough story... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alexandra | 5/1/2011

    " Stopped reading, maybe the themes that other people like, aren't my interest:masculinity, camaraderie and drinking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myonly | 4/13/2011

    " I'm not exaggerating when I say that I had tears in my eyes when I realized that I had hit the last page. I was truly sad to see this book end. What a talented writer. This one is probably the best book I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 4/10/2011

    " I read this book because the author also wrote Andre Agassi's book, Open. It was a bit of a "guy's" book with a lot of time spent in the bar, but a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 4/8/2011

    " I absolutely loved this book and didn't want it to end. The writing is beautiful and metaphorical and while it's a memoir it reads like fiction. Am amazing life story that shows you can overcome anything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 4/6/2011

    " Solid writing, but twice as long as it should be; too many themes, too many predictable (albeit solid) ends to chapters/paragraphs, etc. A good book, could have been better with a more astute editor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/30/2011

    " Very slow start and difficult for me to remain focused but there were some fascinating accounts within the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kasurls | 3/29/2011

    " Again, I would give this book a 3.5 if I had this option. I listened to this book on audio. It is one of the books that having the author read it is a good thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 3/27/2011

    " Pleasant enough read, well written, which is the best part, not taken by the "message" but enjoyed the character portrayals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MIchael | 3/23/2011

    " A great coming of age (for the alcoholic crowd) story. Set in Manhasset, NY, I was very familiar with the landmarks and locations cited within the book. JR, not Jr. describes growing up in a bar and how it molded his life. Its a tough story to read at times, but triumph prevails. "

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