Let me start by noting that I listened to the abridged audio version read by author, Denis Leary. I never listen to abridged books on tape and I didn’t know that’s what I had until I was halfway through. That being said, I am not interested in reading this book in full. Denis Leary has such a unique voice that it would not be the same if I read it. His biting wit is better heard than read. So, for the first time ever I am recommending an abridged cd over the actual book (gasp). Another benefit of the cds? The Irish music played between chapters.
My favorite aspect of this book were the endless stories of his Irish American childhood. Stories of “when I was a kid…” were not annoying with Leary’s acid tongue. My favorite story was one that involved Denis being shot in the head with an arrow by his brother and then running home with the arrow still sticking out of his noggin. There is also an ongoing conversation with his mom which is funny and will probably remind you of at least one person you know (in a good way).
This book will offend you. Somewhere, something will rub you the wrong way, but if you wait a few minutes you will probably be chuckling again. I laughed out loud often, even though I never like jokes involving Jesus and I thought he went on a bit too much about having a mom home all the time. There are plenty of things that will make you laugh- Dr.Phil, annoying children, his new love affair with Oprah, and the circus that is paparazzi.
Denis Leary received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Emerson College. So he’s DOCTOR Denis Leary to the masses :)