Bucky F*cking Dent: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From beloved actor and cultural icon David Duchovny comes a surreal and hilarious new audiobook.
Ted Fullilove, aka Mr. Peanut, is not like other Ivy League grads. He shares an apartment with Goldberg, his beloved battery-operated fish, sleeps on a bed littered with yellow legal pads penned with what he hopes will be the next great American novel, and spends the waning malaise-filled days of the Carter administration at Yankee Stadium, waxing poetic while slinging peanuts to pay the rent.
When Ted hears the news that his estranged father, Marty, is dying of lung cancer, he immediately moves back into his childhood home, where a whirlwind of revelations ensues. The browbeating absentee father of his youth is living to make up for lost time, but his health dips drastically whenever his beloved Red Sox lose. And so, with help from a crew of neighborhood old-timers and the lovely Mariana - Marty's Nuyorican grief counselor - Ted orchestrates the illusion of a Sox winning streak, enabling Marty and the Red Sox to reverse the Curse of the Bambino and cruise their way to World Series victory. Well, sort of.
David Duchovny's richly drawn Bucky F*cking Dent is a story of the bond between fathers and sons, Yankee fans and the Fenway faithful, and grapples with the urgent need to find our story in an age of irony and artifice. Culminating in that fateful moment in October of '78 when the meek Bucky Dent hit his way into baseball history with the unlikeliest of home runs, this tragicomic audiobook demonstrates that life truly belongs to the losers - that the long shots are the ones worth betting on.
Bucky F*cking Dent is a singular tale that brims with the hilarity, poignancy, and profound solitude of modern life.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 18 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 05, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #61,741 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#192 in Satire Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#795 in Humorous Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,629 in Fiction Satire
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You may recall that after a volatile regular season that saw the Red Sox sprint to a huge early lead in the American League East Division, they fell on hard times in July and the dog days of August and fell behind the Yankees. It took winning the last eight games of the season to draw even with the Bronx Bombers, setting the stage for a one game playoff. A coin flip determined that the pivotal game would be hosted by the Red Sox at Fenway Park, their "lyric little bandbox."
Bucky Dent was a light hitting shortstop penciled into the ninth position in the batting order. The Red Sox led the game 2-0 going into the seventh inning behind the shutout pitching of former Yankee hurler Mike Torrez. Early in the at bat, Dent broke his bat, and borrowed one from the on deck batter, center fielder Mickey Rivers. Dent had fouled off the first two pitches, and then took a cut at Torrez's next offering. The ball gently sailed toward the iconic Green Monster. Leftfielder, future Hall of Famer Yaz, camped under the high fly ball, ready to record the out. But a breeze blowing out toward the Wall turned what would have been an easy out in any other major league ballpark into a 3-run homerun. At that was it. The Red Sox tried desperately to claw their way back into the lead, but the final score was Yankees 5 - Red Sox 4. The cancer that had been eating away at the soul of Red Sox Nation since 1918 - the Curse of the Bambino - rolled on like a juggernaut from the gates of Hell.
It is this historic baseball nugget that Duchovny uses as the seed around which he concocts a moving mythology about an estranged father and son duo - Marty and Ted. As the action of the novel begins, the two had not spoken in several years - Marty living n Brooklyn and Ted subsisting in a fourth floor walk-up apartment in Queens. Ted learns that Marty is dying of lung cancer, and decides to pay him a visit. He also learns from the old neighborhood gang that Marty's physical condition from day to day tends to wax and wane in sympathy with the results of the most recent win or loss by his beloved Boston Red Sox. Ted , despite his Columbia University degree, works as a peanut vendor at Yankee Stadium. He comes up with a plan to fool Marty into thinking that the Red Sox were continuing their winning ways, enlisting the support of the denizens of the neighborhood news stand, characters who had known Marty and Ted for decades. His goal was to maximize the number of good days that Marty would experience as the cancer ate away at what was left of Marty's body. Two significant women play important roles in the saga. Mariana is a "mortality coach," basically functioning as a hospice counselor who visits Marty on a regular basis. She and Ted develop a complex and tortuous relationship. Maria is a former lover of Marty who comes back into his life during his final days.
Ted manages to score two tickets to the playoff game in Boston, and he and Marty embark on a road trip from Brooklyn to Boston. The description of the trip provides author Duchovny with an opportunity to use the trip as a metaphor for Marty and Ted and their lives:
"They drove farther north like that.In perfect loving antagonism. It occurred to Ted that maybe Marty was like all the red and gold leaves he saw burning on the trees. In nature, it seems, things reached their most vibrant and beautiful right at the point of death, flaming out with all they had - why not natural man? His father was red, green, yellow, and gold, like a beautiful bird falling from the sky." (p, 253)
The novel is deeply moving, and a fitting read for Red Sox fans, Yankees fans, and fans of great writing.
Great to read a father/son relationship story and hilarious to boot. Sitting on the beach my laughter could not be contained at times. Had anyone asked they would had to wait til I caught my breath.
Read for the clever dialogue, for images that will remain for a long while. Read because the book has so much heart.
I don’t know if this is good writing. I know I’m not qualified to judge. But I did somewhat enjoy it, although I had hoped for more.
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Through the heartbreaking life story of father and son, Ted and Marty Fullilove, DD paints a colourful insight into human nature, its destructive and intricate complications, insatiable need to be victorious and its precarious journey, fumbling to discover what victory should look like, as 'we' navigate the untrodden paths of life, through wounds, disappointments, worldly expectations and unexpected curve balls that hit us along the way.
A beautifully written book. Authentic, humorous, and deep, that can be interpreted at many levels. Alongside the veins of an entertaining, engaging and at points, hilarious story, serious concepts are discussed, such as the long lasting void and stagnation conceived by brokenness, lost love, how we search for healing, sometimes in the wrong places, and the catastrophic domino effect that ensues.
Every human being on the planet will be able to relate to the lovable losers, Ted and Marty Fullilove and their tragic yet beautiful journey in overcoming the demons within them. A journey that paves the way for their true selves to be seen, understood and become, bringing healing to their broken relationships, closure, peace and victory to their lives.
A story of life, love, loss, and its lessons. Of sacrifice, mistakes, misunderstanding, coping with conflict, regret and pain but one which offers hope, showing how, if we dare to slow down, step back and gain perspective, we might be surprised how the story we have written and get to write about our lives, could look very different, if we try to understand through different eyes.
Ted and Marty, demonstrate that the greatest lesson we can learn in life, is that it is often through our failures, accepting responsibility, offering and receiving forgiveness, that we learn to succeed in this ''game" we call life, equipping us to become engaged again, in our bigger story.
"Such a short time to be here, such a long time to be gone" are the words that echo within me, as I walk away changed, after listening to this story. It made me feel like no other. I laughed, I cried, I related. I will never look at life, the world, my choices and own relationships the same way again.
If that's not a definition of a masterpiece of art, I don't know what is.
I encourage everyone to read this authentic and heartfelt story written by (who evidently, perhaps unwittingly) has become, professor and sage, Sir David Duchovny.