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  • Jolly Lad: A Menk Anthology

  • By: John Doran
  • Narrated by: John Doran
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
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  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 41

Jolly Lad is a memoir about the recovery from alcoholism, habitual drug use, and mental illness. It is also about the healing power of music, how memory defines us, the redemption offered by fatherhood, and what it means to be working class.

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  • Jolly shocking!

  • By Jackie Chesbro on 12-07-16

Bitterly funny memoir of near self destruction

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Reviewed: 11-04-16

What did you like most about Jolly Lad: A Menk Anthology?

As brilliantly written as you'd expect if you've ever read any of his journalism, Jolly Lad is an insightful, poignant and frequently hilarious memoir.

What did you like best about this story?

The varied content and pacing, switching between childhood, adulthood, parenthood and focusing on Doran's alcoholism and career as a music journalist, means it never gets boring.

Have you listened to any of John Doran’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is his first audiobook performance, and it's a good one. He takes just a few minutes to warm up, and is then consistently entertaining throughout.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed a lot - theres a mix of superbly crafted sentences and amusing tales of misdeeds - but also more serious stuff too.

Any additional comments?

This is highly recommended. I liked it so much I bought the print edition after finishing the audiobook.