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Publisher's Summary

Grab your fishing net and hold onto your funny-bone; you're in for a hilarious romp through the woods with best-selling funnyman Patrick McManus. How I Got This Way is a rib-tickling collection of stories about the outdoors guaranteed to leave you chuckling. Join McManus and his pals on a venture into the Idaho wilderness that includes taking a hike with - ahem - the president of the United States.
©1994 Patrick F. McManus (P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC

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"Stories abound about hunting, fishing and arduous treks, including a piece about hiking with George Bush during the 1992 presidential campaign. There's entertainment aplenty here that even indoorsy folk should enjoy." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Mark Twain meets Bertie Wooster

Unless you are one of those serious, intellectual grumps, you gotta love Patrick McManus. Even I ??? who have less-than-zero appreciation for hunting and fishing ??? love Patrick McManus ??? maybe because he never actually kills anything in his humorous pieces about hunting and fishing. In fact, many of the stories in "How I Got This Way" brag ??? self-deprecatingly ??? about how he not only never bags any game or fish, but keeps everyone around him from catching anything, too. "How I Got This Way" tells about his childhood in Idaho during the Great Depression. Of course, he may be exaggerating a teensy bit; but I think that he is basing his stories on real people and real experiences while growing up mostly in the outdoors. Think Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. You will love meeting his friends ??? like Rancid Crabtree and Crazy Eddie ??? and enemies ??? like the entire Scragg family ??? and you will enjoy seeing these same characters pop up later in his Bo Tully novels. I recommend "How I Got This Way" unconditionally to anyone with a sense of humor ??? even if you don't like hunting and fishing.

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how I got this way

very funny as always pat is the best

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Funny at times, but it becomes stale.

This was my first McManus book. I found his reflections somewhat amusing at time, but rather soon, one could predict the way a story would turn out. After a while, I got tired of his droll retelling of some of his life's experiences. I may try actually reading rather than listening to another of his books, but I have the feeling that there won't be much new to be found. It sounds as if he is popular speaking at Elk's Lodges and VFW meetings or addressing the local Rotary Club, but don't look for anything profound in his ruminations.

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Such a funny book

Everything has a humerous twist with this writer. Sounds so much like my Dads childhood. A definite must read. Good to share with children too! Get ready to laugh!

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great stories, I miss George S Irving as the reade

great stories, I miss George S Irving as the reader. He really brought the characters to life. I first listened to these on tapes from the library, but can't find them anywhere anymore. if it wasn't for my continuous unconscious comparison of Norman to George, I might have rated the performance higher.
So........if you can find the stories read by George S Irving, please try them. You'll thank me.

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...and neither was my driving partner, but this audiobook kept cracking us up on our road trip to Florida. The hours flew by. We're getting another for the ride back.

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Laughed so hard I found unknown belly muscles

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The performance was perfect!

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I am not into hunting or fishing, but am a fan of comedy where humanity is examined and quirks and humor are found, examined, and presented. Mr McManus is such a gifted observer and story teller. So much of today's humor is raunchy with a focus on sex and using foul language in the delivery. Without using these easy attention getting tools Mr McManus tells folksy, yet deep, stories that bring out a lot of laughter. That he can do a better job at making people laugh and still keep it clean is to be commended.

This audiobook started off quietly and slowly and at first I thought I had made a mistake and was thinking about turning it off and listening to something else. But the story about the chickens and priest made me laugh so hard that I felt muscles in my belly that I didn't know I had. And further stories down the line had me laughing so that I felt unworked muscles in my throat. Not every story made me laugh so hard, but at the very least I was smiling or enjoying another glimpse of humanity, friendship, and our foibles.

I would not recommend this book to someone who has recently had surgery in the abdominal region.

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I LOVE these books!

I have read/listened to EVERY one of Patrick F. Mcmanus' books several times! The stories never get old. It is good, clean humor that my sons and I have enjoyed together for years! if you like fishing, hunting, camping, basically any outdoor stuff, you will love these too. I wish he was still around to give us more...The world lost a truly funny man and national treasure when he passed. The Narrator Norman Dietz, IS the voice of Patrick McManus and all his hapless characters, especially Rancid Crabtree, my favorite! No one else should even try! Absolutely recommend every book!

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Great Short Stories

Amazing andfun to listen too! I so enjoy the humor and line of thoughts from McManus !!!

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As funny as ever

I have been a fan for years. His early life and mine are similar as are his crazy stories and assorted friends.

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