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I Drink for a Reason [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

David Cross , Author
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Book Description

Sept. 8 2009
After a decade spent in isolation in the Ugandan jungles thinking about stuff, David Cross has written his first book. Known for roles on the small screen such as "never-nude" 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, Cross has carved out his place in American comedy. Whether deflating the pomposity of religious figures, calling out the pathetic symbiosis of pseudo-celebrity and its leaching fandom, or merely pushing the buttons of the way-too-easily offended P.C. left or the caustic, double-standard of the callous (but funnier) right, Cross has something to say about everyone, including his own ridiculous self.

Now, for the first time, Cross is weaving his media mockery, celebrity denunciation, religious commentary and sheer madness into book form, revealing the true story behind his almost existential distaste of Jim Belushi ("The Belush"), disclosing the up-to-now unpublished minutes to a meeting of Fox television network executives, and offering up a brutally grotesque run-in with Bill O'Reilly. 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-a historical first (presumably)!

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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"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

About the Author

David Cross was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Susi, a computer retailer. Six months later, they moved to New York and then Connecticut before settling back in Atlanta, where Cross remained for nearly a decade. He attended Northside High School of the Performing Arts (now North Atlanta High School), from which he graduated in 1982. He began performing stand-up comedy at age 17.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for many reasons May 5 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
this review is for Audiobook version:
I'm a fan of David Cross - I think what's unmissable from Cross is his incredibly nimble, hilarious mind. I just bought I Drink For a Reason and I like it in many ways - his humor, solid political commentary as well as crazy random thoughts.

I highly recommend the audiobook version, even if you're not a fan or don't know him.
I also recommend Arrested Development if you haven't seen it - amazing show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good without Mr. Cross's voice. Nov. 3 2010
Format:Paperback
I'm a huge David Cross fan and as such, did enjoy his book, however, the jump from stand up comic to author doesn't translate as well as I had hoped. It's a quick and easy read with some very funny moments, but at times in print some of his humor comes off as more serious than I'm sure he intends. Having watched and listened to him many times, it's easy to tell when he's joking and when he's not, but remove his vocal and body language and you can really see how much his act truly adds to his delivery. A fun read, but if you haven't seen or listened to him, I recommend you do that first.
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101 of 115 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A David Cross Fan Says: Don't Even Bother... Sept. 3 2009
By Eli B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
First of all, I have to admit I'm a rabid David Cross fan, seeing all his movies (yes, even Alvin and the Chipmunks) and collecting all of this stand-up cd's including bootlegs where I couldn't pay for them otherwise. This book came out on my birthday, and it was at the top of my list for gifts my g/f could give me. She preordered it, and gave it to me on my birthday.

I was stoked to read it in the downtime while we were on vacation, only to be highly disappointed. There are numerous, and I mean numerous, spelling and grammatical errors in the book, to the point of distraction. A professional publishing house should be appalled at the level of errors made.

The book itself starts off funny, but then dissolves into list after pointless list, some taking up 3-5 pages of nonsense. Some sections are written as (unfunny) fictional characters. I found myself skimming over large parts of the book. Example: "Eleven Vitamins You Will Have in Limbo: B12, C, K, C+, D-," etc. This is all in a vertical list, double spaced, meaning the list of letters took up a whole page. On stage, in Cross's voice, hilarious. In a book, it's filler status.

I don't need a tell-all bleeding heart story about Cross's life, but a little more insight into what makes him David, life on the road as a comic, and even mundane Hollywood observations would have been fantastic. All I ended up with was what seems to be a collection of things previously written, numerous pointless lists, and a very few gems (the open letter to Larry the Cable guy is hilarious, but also freely available on Cross's website). Hell, I found more humor and insight from David in the Mr. Show book (a fantastic buy). All in all, it seems pretty lazy. If you must have this, at least purchase it used and save yourself a few dollars. David, what gives?
41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment. Aug. 31 2009
By snacktime - Published on Amazon.com
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I've long been a fan of all that is David Cross. If you were to ask me who my favorite comedian is, my immediate and unqualified response would be "David Cross." I own pretty much all of the Mr. Show-related material which has been released, all of David's comedy albums & DVDs, and I've seen David's stand-up act live (which was amazing). So you can imagine that I've been quite excited about the release of this book.

Boy, was I ever disappointed. There are definitely some laugh-out-loud moments in this book (and an unexpected mention of an old friend during the "free list of quirks"), but on the whole it's an uneven work which was very, VERY poorly edited. When I'm paying good money for a professionally-produced book, I expect it to be professionally edited, not filled with the kinds of grammatical mix-ups and misspellings you'd expect from a high-school dropout's job application at McDonald's (page 87: "Mormans," for instance. They apparently didn't even run a spellchecker on this thing before shipping it off to the printer). I'm sure that some people will be quick to point out numerous grammatical errors I've made in my review, but as I'm not producing this in any sort of professional capacity, they can bite my shiny leather grammar Nazi goosesteppers.

I can't say that I hated this book, because I didn't, but overall it proved to be extremely unsatisfying on several levels.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant mind, tough read. Sept. 15 2009
By Michelle R - Published on Amazon.com
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There is a long tradition of comedy being rooted in anger and a long history of comics who do well with sets that play like primal scream therapy. The humor that arises is usually gut-wrenchingly funny, because a good portion of the audience can relate. They're frustrated by the same things as the man or woman on stage.

What happens when the comedian hates every thing and every one and tells you so with anger, contempt, and a sense of superiority? How long can you spend in a atmosphere of rage and condescension? Even if you can see that the person is genuinely intelligent and creative, and happens to generally agree with you on a number of issues, how long before you want to escape?

David Cross is brilliant in many ways, but reading his book was a slog. I like pointed humor, but his dislike of mostly everything he encounters and repetition of his top dislikes made this an almost joyless affair. There were times I chuckled or appreciated a turn of phrase, but mostly I just wondered what he actually liked and if I could make it through to the end.

Instead of taking on a topic or dislike, riffing on it, and moving on, he kept going back to the well with his comments often not even being humorous, but just bitter. The funny thing is that at one or two points he acknowledges that people see him as condescending and superior.

Were there good moments? Yeah. He did a piece on Larry the Cable Guy and showed him for a snake oil salesman. There are lines when he skewers people or institutions that are astute and brilliant, but I found myself having to take breaks from this to read things that where the author likes people, and has the occasional positive.

Cross is a smart guy and funny in shows and skits, but this book doesn't make him seem the least bit likable. Even for someone familiar with Cross and a fan of Mr. Show and Arrested Development, this was not a good read.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it is funny Nov. 22 2009
By 2 cents - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Wow, tough crowd. This book doesn't suck so much folks. No, it is not a timeless masterpiece. That would be Cross's performance as Happy Time Harry and Bert Banana. Nothing will top that. EVER. The negative reviews reflect a very, very high standard these thoughtful and devoted fans have for their comic hero. They make good points. I'd agree the audio version is actually a good way to go cause the material just sounds funnier being read aloud by the comic that wrote them and Cross's voice for some reason is funny to me. Lots of funny parts in this book, but I'd say the open letter to Larry the Cable Guy and the pieces like on Mary J. Blige's public statement that "God Wants Me To Bling" are worth the purchase of the book, especially if you're a fan of David Cross.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Love David Cross, Hated the Book Sept. 21 2009
By Kristin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
David Cross is my favorite comedian. I paid $50 to see him tonight in Los Angeles. And as a big fan, I was excited about the book and purchased it right away. To my surprise, the book is full of dull musings that rarely last longer than 3 pages. He obviously phoned this one in. I am irritated I spent the hardcover price on something so lifeless and simply unfunny. David is too smart to not know that what he turned in was bad, and that's what is the most annoying part. Maybe he was screwed by his publisher. Who knows. David, what gives?
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