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This Is Not Fame

A "From What I Re-Memoir"
Written by: Doug Stanhope
Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins

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An unfiltered, unapologetic, hilarious, and sometimes obscene assemblage of tales from the down-and-dirty traveling comedy circuit

Doug Stanhope has been drunkenly stumbling down the back roads and dark alleys of stand-up comedy for over a quarter of a century, roads laden with dank bars, prostitutes, cheap drugs, farm animals, evil dwarfs, public nudity, menacing third-world police, psychotic breaks, sex offenders, and some understandable suicides. You know, just for levity. 

While other comedians were seeking fame, Stanhope was seeking immediate gratification, dark spectacle, or sometimes just his pants. Not to say he hasn't rubbed elbows with fame. He's crashed its party, snorted its coke, and jumped into its pool naked, literally and often repeatedly - all while artfully dodging fame himself. 

Doug spares no legally permissible detail, and his stories couldn't be told any other way. They're weird, uncomfortable, gross, disturbing, and fucking funny. 

This Is Not Fame is by no means a story of overcoming a life of excess, immorality, and reckless buffoonery. It's an outright celebration of it. For Stanhope, the party goes on. 

©2017 Doug Stanhope (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • Patrick H.
  • 18-05-18

The extras are whats worth it.

I am a big fan of Doug Stanhope, and the best part about buying the audio is the fsct that he includes so much more in the audio book version. You get a chance to hear extra stories and tidbits that arent included in the book, or explanations of things for clarity. You get the full book and more.

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  • gabe buzzard
  • 19-05-18

WOW!!!

I never knew a worthless drunk could create such an awesome book! it gives me hope for myself!!! one of my all time favorite books! It was even better than your last book. maybe because it didn't end in your mother dying... it's on my bucket list to go find the little town that you should be mayor of.

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  • Andreas Peteros
  • 17-05-18

Amazing

Yet again Doug killed it! I have never laughed and felt so bad as much. Love ya Dougy

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  • John C
  • 09-11-18

If you like Stanhope

Hit youtube for a quick view of his standup to understand what you're getting here - this book will not disappoint. Digging up mother is one of my all-time favorite audiobooks - this book is excellent as well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-05-18

Chad Shank

Really enjoyed Chad Shank, great voice and delivery.... oh and Doug Stanhope was reasonably okay-ish.

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  • Casey narramore
  • 21-11-18

Of course it’s great, it’s Doug fucking Stanhope

Doug takes you on a crazy trip down memoir lane with chad shank, Becker, and Andy Andrist. It’s fucking great! Buy it now!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-05-18

Stanhope is the best

Give it a whirl and laugh your balls off. And or other body parts. Bisbee

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  • FromtheCocoon
  • 11-06-18

Honest as it gets!

Doug seemed to drink way less in this book during the reading, so the flow is a lot more smooth and steady. He should uave told that one story but didn't, but there was that other story that made up for it. Very great listen, i couldn't imagine reading it. Reading is for people with time on their hands, like lazy people.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-18

Beautiful Brilliance from a Beautiful unique Mind.

Once again, "Douggie Stanhope" Takes Something done a thousand times and does it differently. Brilliant!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-10-18

Not a disappointment.

Once again Stanhope delivers....whether it’s stand up, pod casts, or literary ventures this dude always makes me laugh and from time to time somberly nod my head when he makes a good point about this materialistic bs world we live in. I know I’m a F’ed up degenerate but this book and other material Mr. Stanhope puts out make me feel like I’m not the only one.

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  • Steelsey
  • 04-08-18

Awesome book and read

I’m not hyping this up cos I’m a Stanhope fan but that was one of the best audio books I’ve heard. Not only is it ready by the man but he interjects from time to time to validate or explain further about the part in the book. This is great listen, well worth it.

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  • Steve
  • 08-08-18

So much better than the book.

Listening to Doug and associates tell this tale is so much better because there is much more with different characters chipping in all the time. It`s like listening to a gang of drunken friends sitting around chatting for an evening.

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  • Matthew Hawkins
  • 31-07-18

Stanhope - that’s all you need to know.

If you’re a Stanhope fan, you’re already on this. The book is just as funny as you’d imagine, but, as with the last book, it’s the interludes and asides from Doug and his friends that really make the audio book something special. With this, you get extra stories, clarifications, and some expansions. It’s a joy. Chad Shank’s reading, as always, is a thing of beauty, like a soapy t*t w@nk for the ears.

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  • STEPHEN
  • 13-07-18

Funny when sober

Pure sober joy from start to finish! Normally I listen to Stanhope when I'm absolutely biccied, but this was great drive time entertainment shuttling back and forth to work!

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  • Andrew
  • 14-07-18

Fantastic, revealing, funny and a wonderful use of

The audio book format. A book that makes any day better, can't wait for the next one dug

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  • Ed
  • 03-07-18

interesting fella

Honest and funny, Doug and Chad are great though could do without the other voices

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  • Ben
  • 29-06-18

Another Fantastic Book From Doug

Great to hear Doug to read his hilarious road stories, even better to hear Chad “Golden Pipes” Shank read them! You get extra stories from Doug and his friends too (as with the previous book), so worth buying even if you have read the hard copy.

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  • steven williams
  • 14-05-20

Brilliantly funny

A really good listen, some very funny stories that will most likely get funnier with each listen.

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  • Samantha O'Donoghue
  • 11-04-20

Everything I hoped for!

Laugh out loud funny, heart warming and insightful. If you’re a Stanhope fan, I highly recommend it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-03-20

Not as good as Digging Up Mother

I was very eager to get this after the great first book, Digging Up Mother, but unfortunately this one fell a bit short. Still a good read but long-winded. It starts off good with a decent story but after that, the stories just are not that fun and not as well written as in the first one.

Where the book really starts to border tedious is when the guests join in. Compared to Stanhope, they lack personality and are not particularly fun. Basically many segments of the book become equivalent to his podcast which is really long winded. You can't complain when they are released as a free podcast but in a commercial book, you'd expect something more dynamic.

Again, not a bad book but compared to the great first one, this one didn't quite cut the mark. It feels weird to complain that a book is too long but in this case it really feels like there not enough content to warrant its length combined with dragging guests.

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  • David Pietersen
  • 20-05-18

Doug Stanhope at his best!

An hilarious collection of moments from Doug's life... all the better in Audiobook form due to the interjection of people present when the events occurred... narrators equally as unreliable as Doug.

Put the kids, and your partner, to bed... have a beer or two and just enjoy the ride!

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  • shamrocker
  • 16-06-19

As expected, gold

You get what you expect with Doug, which means you have no idea what is coming.
I recommend listening to this book while in traffic just for the weird looks you get from the laughing you are doing

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  • jacqueline rozenfeld
  • 05-06-19

Did not listen to whole book

I found the constant change of narrator distracting and it caused me to feel more distant from the story.

That said, I rarely give up on a book part way but as I did not find this at all entertaining and I’d hoped it might have been humorous, I stopped listening when there are so many other wonderful books to listen to.

He might be a lovely person and the book might have suddenly improved but after two hours and not a single smile let alone chuckle, I was unwilling to continue wasting my time.

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  • J. Sullivan
  • 18-03-19

Insightful and Hilarious

I started the book on an Australian 20 hour road trip and finished all at once along the drive. It was not my intention, I just didn’t want it to stop, and it made me not want to listen to anything else, it was great. It enhanced the trip, like Doug himself has often done.

The stories in the book are great and I was so happy hearing Doug reflect on his experiences and career and the books are a continued openness of his artistic expression. This book is compelling and it is a great road book, of road stories and fits in with the Bukowski, Kerouac, Kesey - tales of a life lived, people trying to live a life full and worthy of their allotted time.

Doug sounds happy and he is right: Bingo is adorable, his life is pretty great and the people he surrounds himself with are all excellent value, and it comes through in the narrative and the banter they recorded in between chapters, definitely an added bonus for listeners.

I hope Brian has got Doug working on books three, four and five. If he doesn’t want to write more, could Audible pay Doug and his friends to read all of their audio books?

I loved the stories of the UK tour, the Roseanne story really got me in the heart and having seen Doug live, and knowing how strong a comedian he is, hearing about how he is feeling and what is happening pre, during and post show makes it seem all the more brilliant.

The fan interaction stories and Doug’s reflections on his own humanity and career made it by far the best audiobook experience I’ve had in a long time.

It’s life affirming in the best possible way. Listening to the book you feel like you’re hanging out and a part of it, I can not recommend it to strongly enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-09-18

Wikipedia

Well done Doug. I couldn't help myself but amend your Wikipedia page to ensurr the best moments of your life did in fact make it there. Cheers.

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  • ingswarrior
  • 04-07-18

Unapologetically Hilarjous

Stanhope is the Hunter S Thomson of the comedy world and even he would give Hunter a run for his money. Stanhope holds nothing back in his hilarious recounts of his time on the road.

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  • abe mckinnon
  • 07-06-18

Required Reading

absolutely hilarious. listen in and be awed by the ludicrous scenarios and unkempt characters. I love it more than his first and I have read that twice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-18

amazing, just worth every minute of my life

loved this, hoping to see if my favourite comedian does many more writings. thank you audible and Doug Stanhope for such an amazing book

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  • blake stacpoole
  • 05-06-18

Fine performance by Chad Shank

Chad Shank should be narrating many more books! An excellent performance! That Stanhope fellow needs a bit of help I feel.

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  • Nat
  • 04-06-18

Classic Stanhope

Loved every minute. Hilarious and insightful as usual. I’m glad I waited for the audio version as there are plenty of extras and guests to enjoy in addition to the actual text.