Audiobook Review: Someone Could Get Hurt

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Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of 21st Century Parenthood 
Written and Narrated by Drew Magary
Ⓟ 2013, Penguin Audio
4.80 hours
HUMOR

Someone Could Get Hurt is a reality-based book about Drew Magary’s experiences as a father as he struggles with the challenge of being a selfish prick at the same time. There are moments in this memoir of honesty, tenderness and even some humor, but it all comes at a cost. All parents make mistakes and it takes courage to admit them, but even if even a fraction of what Margary wrote is true when he reacted to his little girl in “a particularly difficult incident”*, the listener’s response can only be one of sickening revulsion. While he doesn’t play this section for laughs, there is an implicit tone suggesting, “What parent hasn’t lost their shit and done something heinous to their kids? It’s a horrible thing that happened, but it’s okay! It happens! The kids are resilient!” Hmmm… Let’s just say I vehemently disagree and this one section negates any positive feelings I had for this book altogether.

Technically, there was nothing wrong with the recording itself: The production values were solid. Authors narrating their own memoirs is appropriate and; Margary’s skill in delivering the material was well-paced, clear and genuine in feeling.

The following YouTube clip from Penguin Book USA’s channel makes the book seem rather cute. Needless to say, it does not include a reenactment of “a particularly difficult incident.”

* ‘Someone Could get Hurt’ By Drew Magary: All I Ever Want As A Parent (EXCERPT) –  In this article, Magary makes it seem that the only thing he did to his daughter was spank her. It should be noted that in the book, he recounts that he also screamed into her face, hit her and threw her into a cold shower.

ARMCHAIR AUDIES** RANKINGS:

  1. The Stench of Honolulu  (written and narrated by Jack Handey
  2. Someone Could Get Hurt  (written and narrated by Drew Margary)

OTHER: I dnloaded a digital copy of Someone Could Get Hurt (written and narrated by Drew Margary) from downpour.com. I receive no monies, goods or services in exchange for reviewing the product and/or mentioning any of the persons or companies that are or may be implied in this post.

** I am participating the Armchair Audies, judging the Humor category.  image

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