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Lucky Bastard

My Life, My Dad, and the Things I'm Not Allowed to Say on TV
By: Joe Buck
Narrated by: Joe Buck
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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Summary

Sports fans see Joe Buck everywhere: broadcasting one of the biggest games in the NFL every week, calling the World Series every year, announcing the Super Bowl every three years. They know his father, Jack Buck, is a broadcasting legend and that he was beloved in his adopted hometown of St. Louis.

Yet they have no idea who Joe really is. Or how he got here. They don't know how he almost blew his career. They haven't read his funniest and most embarrassing stories or heard about his interactions with the biggest sports stars of this era.

They don't know how hard he can laugh at himself - or that he thinks some of his critics have a point. And they don't know what it was really like to grow up in his father's shadow. Joe and Jack were best friends, but it wasn't that simple. Jack, the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals for almost 50 years, helped Joe get his broadcasting start at 18. But Joe had to prove himself, first as a minor league radio announcer, and then on local TV, national TV with ESPN, and then finally on FOX. He now has a successful, Emmy-winning career, but only after a lot of dues-paying, learning, and pretty damn entertaining mistakes that are recounted in this book.

In Lucky Bastard, Joe takes the listener into the broadcast booth and into his childhood home. Hilarious and occasionally heartbreaking, this is a book that any sports fan will love.

©2016 Joe Buck (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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Arrogance and tedium

His startling self obsession; his craven dependence on his long dead papa is matched only by his toe-curling immaturity as he "falls for" his second wife and needs to rush to his "friends" to share his troubled thoughts with. And find the much needed reassurance they will offer. God how they must dread his car creeping up their drive. Leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. And I love his NFL commentary. So I was very disappointed.

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  • Boyd Tschaggeny
  • 16-02-17

Do I love or hate Joe Buck?

Joe Buck. Down to earth, average Joe from Anytown, USA? Arrogant, spoiled brat with a self-righteous attitude and a lack of gratitude? Somewhere in between? After reading this book, you might end up thinking Joe Buck is great or you might want to kill him. I'm having a really hard time gauging what I think of the man. Joe presesnts a compelling case why you should love him and why you should hate him.

If you were considering this book, it's time to call an "Audible" (pun intended, pause for laughter). Spend your credit on someone more worthwhile, like Steve Young. Now there's a guy you could have a glass of milk with!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-04-17

Joe Buck's Narration.

I'm so glad that I didn't read this book. I think Joe Buck's narration was superb. It's a wonderful book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-11-16

I thought you were the guy in Midnight Cowboy...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I always enjoy when a narrator reads their own book. At least they can't say they were misquoted.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lucky Bastard?

When he told about how that comedy guy Lange came on his showed and made him feel like Little Bo Peep.

Have you listened to any of Joe Buck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Joe Buck is always a good listen so long as he doesn't destroy his voice unintentionally.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Hi, I'm Joe Buck...but not from Midnight Cowboy...but I have as much money as he does...wanna shag?" That would be my tag line.

Any additional comments?

Still waiting for a memorable call but don't worry kid, you got time...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-11-19

Way to go Buck

Great insight to Joe Buck the person. I like Joe calling games but after reading this I feel like he is just one of the fellas.

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  • Micah
  • 27-10-19

Great peak behind the curtains

I don’t get the hate for Joe Buck. I think he’s great. This book is very honest and insightful. It takes you behind the scenes of his life and broadcasting life in general. Very well worth the listen

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  • Brian
  • 08-10-19

You got to hear it to believe it

As a STL native and long time cards fan, this was such a great story to hear. As someone who is younger, it was interesting to hear the different stories told about some of the great moments and people in sports history. Having Joe Buck narrate made it that much better. Such a great listen.

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  • Gordon D.
  • 07-04-19

Lucky bastard

Well done funny at times some good behind the scenes looks
Does good job of dealing with the relationship between Joe and his dad




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  • Mike Kane
  • 21-11-18

Why do so many people hate Joe Buck?

I've always been a big baseball fan. I was living in Kansas City when they played in the World Series. It was insane how the Royals fans hated Buck. They felt like he was bashing their team. But if you listed the the opposing team Buck was for the Royals.

I enjoyed the book and learning more about Joe Buck. No doubt about it he is a success.

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  • Pzazz
  • 01-07-18

Terrific book from one of the best!

I really enjoyed this book. Joe is open, funny, and interesting.Highly recommended. Thanks to the author.

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  • JULIAN EVANS
  • 15-01-18

Joe you killed it.

If I had been reading along with print alone I would not have even come close to feeling the same way I did hearing the man speak about his relationships and personal struggles through his own voice. Joe if you outlive me do my eulogy. I have already recommended this book to more people than I ever thought I would.