Bucky F*cking DentAudiobook CD - 2016
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Ted Fullilove is a mid-30s underachiever living in New York City in 1978. He’s ostensibly trying to use his Ivy league education to write the great American novel, but in reality, spends most of his days smoking pot, listening to the Grateful Dead, and selling peanuts at Yankee Stadium to pay the bills. This all changes abruptly when Ted finds out that Marty, his estranged father, is dying of lung cancer and immediately moves back into his childhood home to take care of his dad.
As the two get to know each other again and attempt to heal old wounds, Ted notices that Marty’s health deteriorates whenever his beloved Red Sox lose. So Ted, along with the neighbourhood cronies, creates an elaborate illusion of a Boston winning streak all in the hopes that Marty can make it to October to see his team win the World Series at last.
Actor and writer David Duchovny crafts a deep and moving tale of father son relationships. He utilizes his MA in English literature to effectively insert references and quotes from novels and poetry so that Ted and Marty can express deeper emotions than they’re unable to do with their own voices. As the title would suggest, there is profanity throughout, but it’s used in a natural and realistic way as two grown men genuinely converse. Since baseball is one the interests Ted and Marty share, it’s heavily featured in this story, but the context is explained so that non-sports fans can fully understand the metaphors. Duchovny also narrates the audiobook so the listener gets the added bonus of hearing the story precisely the way that the author intended. While Duchovny’s acting abilities allow him to effectively express the satiric father son banter, it’s done at times a tad quickly, but he slows down at the truly important parts.
Bucky F*cking Dent is a touching and funny story about baseball, fathers and sons, redemption, death, and life. It’s about being able to recognize what truly matters in life and to laugh at the rest. It’s about learning to accept others as they are and being kind enough to do the same for ourselves. Give yourself a treat and listen to this audiobook on your next summer road trip.
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