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I Drink For A Reason

by David Cross
Read by the author


In his first book, actor-comedian David Cross presents essays, letters, articles, music, a PDF photo montage, and lots of lists expounding on his pet peeves.† In addition to the authorís narration, musical bits ("Les Savy Fav," "Yo La Tengo") and guest voices (Jon Benjamin, Robot Voice, Kristin Schaal) add to the mix, although Crossís distinctly comical voice would have been sufficient.

The book pokes fun mainly at the unenlightened and uneducated.† By extension, the authorís vast vocabulary and wordy diatribes appeal to likeminded listeners who can absorb long-winded sentences that detour through various rabbit holes before returning to his original point.† Although the seemingly random compilation may annoy some fans of Crossís more structured standup routines and roles in movies (Battle For Terra) and television (Arrested Development), others will surely take delight in not knowing what will happen next in this six-and-a-half hour audio book.

The many lists included in this work (reasons not to abandon your baby, names of new products, etc.) may work better in written book form, as weíre not given enough time to think them through before the next item is mentioned.† The letters and essays, however, fare better in audio book form, as Cross gives them the originally intended intonation, dialect, and emphasis that can only be appreciated by hearing his voice. Even when the writing fails to amuse, his delivery continues to entertain.

The self-conscious criticism of audio book listeners being lazier than book readers seems amusing at first, but after several reminders loses some of its humor—unless the listener remembers that everything Cross says is intended to be funny.† In fact, many of his rants about politics, religion, sexuality, celebrities, and the entertainment industry cross back and forth between lighthearted fiction and angry nonfiction without much clarification about which is which.† Itís up to the listener to wade through the dense comedic fog to determine how much truth is in his jest—or to merely appreciate the humor as part of his comedy shtick.

The Book

Hachette Book Group
September 8, 2009
Audio Book / 6 CDs / Unabridged / 6 hrs and 33 min
1600246486 / 978-1600246487
Nonfiction / Humor
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NOTE: Sexual Content, Pervasive Profanity, Crude Humor

The Reviewer

Leslie Halpern
Reviewed 2009
NOTE: Reviewer Leslie Halpern is the author of Reel Romance: The Lovers' Guide to the 100 Best Date Movies, Dreams on Film, A Writer's Guide to Fearless Interviews, and the co-author of Connections: A Collection of Poems. Coming Soon: Passionate About Their Work: Celebrities, Artists, and Experts Discuss Creativity.
© 2009