Friday, May 31, 2013

Loudmouth Review



About the Book:

From one of radio's loudest, orneriest, most beloved, and highest-rated sports radio personalities, a bold and hilarious memoir of sports, manhood, and what it is to be a fan.   In 1991, a young Craig Carton drove all of his belongings in a crappy 1980 Buick to Buffalo, New York, to interview for a job at WGR radio. Hired for $12,000 a year, he rented a room in a retirement home where he agreed to help care for his elderly neighbors in exchange for rent of $99 per month. That auspicious start marked the beginning of what is fast becoming a legendary radio career. Often compared to Howard Stern, Carton has hosted a series of highly rated shows, and in 2007 he joined WFAN, where he and Boomer Esiason host an eponymous show every morning for four hours out of a studio in New York City.

In this debut book, Carton invites the reader to join him as he recounts tales from his suburban youth, defends his long-held love affair with the New York Jets, reminisces about the shenanigans of some of the highest paid and most celebrated athletes playing today, and reflects on his work as one of radio's craftiest, most hilarious personalities ever to get behind the microphone.

My Review 

This was a hysterical book.It is funny, engaing, entertaining and had good illustrations. I laughed so hard I cried. Loved all the funny stories and puns, they really cracked me up. So much of this book had me shaking my head going "yep, thats a guy for ya." I was blown away at the complete bluntness that Craig has when he writes. He hold nothing back and does not for a second make you guess what he thinks-he tell you straight away. I don't know why I doubted the book would be any differnt than his radio personality, but for some strange reason I did. I think my favorite quote in the whole book was when Craig said "Proving people wrong is a side job for me." I love that statemts and deeply feel that if we want to be honest with ourselves its a side job for most of us. We live to be right-to be proven worthy. It's sad really when you think about it. The only person's opinion that should matter is the Lords, yet we strive for everyone to see us the way we see us or want to be seen.
Warning: This is not a book for kids at all. The language is severe and the discripitions and stories are adult in nature and are not for a younger audiance at all. I would recommend this book for mature adults only.

About the Author:  
Craig Carton is the co-host of the Boomer and Carton radio show on Sports Radio 660 WFAN and the host of "MMA Uncensored Live" on Spike. He has hosted shows at WGR Radio in Buffalo, WWWE in Cleveland, 610-WIP in Philadelphia, KKFN and KBPI in Denver, New Jersey 101.5 in New Jersey, and WNEW in New York City.
 
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of LourMouth in Edelweiss by Simon & Schuster in exchange for my honest opinion.
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