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.
"Listeners will have no trouble discerning among curmudgeonly Marty, cynical Ted, and good-natured grief counselor Mariana. Nor will they lose interest in the character-driven tale while anticipating each witticism and relishing Duchovny's droll delivery. A highly recommended and essential addition to audio collections." - Booklist
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Field of F**king Dreams
Disclosure: I came to this book not even really knowing if Bucky Dent was a real person or a fictional creation. I have little interest in reading sports, and even less so when that sport is baseball. I am however a big fan of David Duchovny's writing after having read his first book 'Holy Cow' so this would be the difficult second novel for him in my eyes. Could Duchovny's wit and repartee really help me care about baseball?
In short, yes. But Bucky F**king Dent is no sport story. The beaten and cynical heart of the book is the love story between estranged father and son as they deal with cancer. There's not much more I'd care to really disclose about the plot as this is a book that's all about the journey, paved with darkness - both emotional and its sense of humour.
Perfect for anyone who's ever felt like a lost cause on the search for meaning in life. It can't pay off with the answers, but that doesn't mean it's not a satisfying road to take regardless.
I'd probably have appreciated Bucky f**king Dent that bit more were I a sports fan, but even with that bias against it, I found this one I kept trying to make excuses to come back to it for just a little more.
Audiobook Only: It should be no surprise that Duchovny can breathe real life into the characters here; his own personal peppered dialogue already well tailored to his personal voice. And it is in audiobook where the narrator really comes to life and some of the more elongated tangents flow smoother in his own voice than it does as text.
"It made her sad to know that she would never fall in love or make babies, but she didn't really even know what it was that she would be missing. It was more like ideas of loss the adults, movies and stories had put upon her."
- Matthew Williamson