• Lucky Bastard

  • My Life, My Dad, and the Things I'm Not Allowed to Say on TV
  • By: Joe Buck
  • Narrated by: Joe Buck
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (696 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sports fans see Joe Buck everywhere: broadcasting one of the biggest games in the NFL every week, calling the World Series every year, announcing the Super Bowl every three years. They know his father, Jack Buck, is a broadcasting legend and that he was beloved in his adopted hometown of St. Louis.

Yet they have no idea who Joe really is. Or how he got here. They don't know how he almost blew his career. They haven't read his funniest and most embarrassing stories or heard about his interactions with the biggest sports stars of this era.

They don't know how hard he can laugh at himself - or that he thinks some of his critics have a point. And they don't know what it was really like to grow up in his father's shadow. Joe and Jack were best friends, but it wasn't that simple. Jack, the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals for almost 50 years, helped Joe get his broadcasting start at 18. But Joe had to prove himself, first as a minor league radio announcer, and then on local TV, national TV with ESPN, and then finally on FOX. He now has a successful, Emmy-winning career, but only after a lot of dues-paying, learning, and pretty damn entertaining mistakes that are recounted in this book.

In Lucky Bastard, Joe takes the listener into the broadcast booth and into his childhood home. Hilarious and occasionally heartbreaking, this is a book that any sports fan will love.

©2016 Joe Buck (P)2016 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"[Buck] unleashes his inner stand-up comic, sprinkling the text with surprisingly funny and often self-deprecating wit." (Booklist)

"With a comic yet reverent approach to his life and broadcasting, Buck effectively captures the merging of his career and the popularity of American sports." (Publishers Weekly)

"Honest, poignant, and full of fun and heart, this is the kind of sports book any fan will love reading." (Bustle)

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Do I love or hate Joe Buck?

Joe Buck. Down to earth, average Joe from Anytown, USA? Arrogant, spoiled brat with a self-righteous attitude and a lack of gratitude? Somewhere in between? After reading this book, you might end up thinking Joe Buck is great or you might want to kill him. I'm having a really hard time gauging what I think of the man. Joe presesnts a compelling case why you should love him and why you should hate him.

If you were considering this book, it's time to call an "Audible" (pun intended, pause for laughter). Spend your credit on someone more worthwhile, like Steve Young. Now there's a guy you could have a glass of milk with!

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Joe Buck's Narration.

I'm so glad that I didn't read this book. I think Joe Buck's narration was superb. It's a wonderful book.

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Joe Buck a big disappointment

Joe Buck has so much to say and so many experiences to share. I've always thought of him as a great and versatile broadcaster. He still is that, but I have a much lower opinion of him after being barraged by his foul mouth and consistent cursing throughout the Audible book I listened to. He sounded as if he were making a pitiful attempt to be cool or accepted. It was just low-class, and I cannot recommend this book. He has embarrassed his daughters and himself.

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I thought you were the guy in Midnight Cowboy...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I always enjoy when a narrator reads their own book. At least they can't say they were misquoted.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lucky Bastard?

When he told about how that comedy guy Lange came on his showed and made him feel like Little Bo Peep.

Have you listened to any of Joe Buck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Joe Buck is always a good listen so long as he doesn't destroy his voice unintentionally.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Hi, I'm Joe Buck...but not from Midnight Cowboy...but I have as much money as he does...wanna shag?" That would be my tag line.

Any additional comments?

Still waiting for a memorable call but don't worry kid, you got time...

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Excellent Listen

This is a great book and I’m really glad Joe read the book. He does an excellent job and telling us about himself without taking himself too serious. I cannot recommend this enough.

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Awesome Book

What a breath of fresh air. This book is the opposite of my last one. After reading “Will” and hearing, every other page, how successful he (Will Smith) is, comes a great and informative memoir by sportscaster Joe Buck. He constantly makes fun of himself and is extremely humble. Throughout the book, Buck talks about his life, his career, and his memorable relationship with his father, legendary sportscaster Jack Buck. He adores his dad so much, that at times, I felt like I was reading two books. Which was awesome. His dad, Jack Buck, was a legend who I listened to growing up in the 70’s and 80’s.

One of the things I liked the most about the book is how Buck can laugh at himself and that he thinks some of his critics may have a point. He not only writes about bonding with his father, but also the importance of family and a worthy profession he feels fortunate to be in. Hence, the title of the book is “Lucky Bastard.”

With light humor and darker emotion, Buck candidly calls the game of his own life. He explains how he almost blew his career and shares his most embarrassing stories. In fact, he is hilarious. There were several times where I totally laughed out loud.

In “Lucky Bastard,” Joe takes the reader into the broadcast booth and into his childhood home. Hilarious and occasionally heartbreaking, this is a book that any sports fan will love. I highly recommend this amazing book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️📚

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wonderful book!

Love his broadcasting. I have heard him interviewed before. Wanted to know more and he delivered with his great humor and wit and self deprication.

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A raw insight

I think Joe did a phenomenal job revealing why he’s the way he his and how baseball and his father shaped him. Through tears and laughter I felt I was right next to Joe as he recounted his life and all the positive and negative memories. As a fellow St. Louis an I walked away with a new found respect for Joe.

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Joe Buck gloves off

very enjoyable & nostalgic read. I enjoyed the view point of where he's been & how he's going to pursue the back 9 of life.

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Don't pass up if interested

Easy read. Would recommend if you're interested I Buck and his life. There are some interesting tidbits of info that make it unique.

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  • richard cordery
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Arrogance and tedium

His startling self obsession; his craven dependence on his long dead papa is matched only by his toe-curling immaturity as he "falls for" his second wife and needs to rush to his "friends" to share his troubled thoughts with. And find the much needed reassurance they will offer. God how they must dread his car creeping up their drive. Leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. And I love his NFL commentary. So I was very disappointed.