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With the completion of the written book, the prospects of doing a "regular" audio adaptation weren't very appealing. But then a few things dawned on me: 1. I'm the lead character of the book. 2. As an actor by trade, I could play the part. 3. I'm knee deep in actor pals, why not record the book like a radio play? So, that's exactly what happened. I rounded up an excellent With the completion of the written book, the prospects of doing a "regular" audio adaptation weren't very appealing. But then a few things dawned on me: 1. I'm the lead character of the book. 2. As an actor by trade, I could play the part. 3. I'm knee deep in actor pals, why not record the book like a radio play? So, that's exactly what happened. I rounded up an excellent troupe of thespians from both Los Angeles and my home state of Oregon and we recorded what was to become an epic, six-hour program. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the 100% unabridged version in your hands. --Regards, Bruce "Don't Call Me Ash" Campbell.


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With the completion of the written book, the prospects of doing a "regular" audio adaptation weren't very appealing. But then a few things dawned on me: 1. I'm the lead character of the book. 2. As an actor by trade, I could play the part. 3. I'm knee deep in actor pals, why not record the book like a radio play? So, that's exactly what happened. I rounded up an excellent With the completion of the written book, the prospects of doing a "regular" audio adaptation weren't very appealing. But then a few things dawned on me: 1. I'm the lead character of the book. 2. As an actor by trade, I could play the part. 3. I'm knee deep in actor pals, why not record the book like a radio play? So, that's exactly what happened. I rounded up an excellent troupe of thespians from both Los Angeles and my home state of Oregon and we recorded what was to become an epic, six-hour program. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the 100% unabridged version in your hands. --Regards, Bruce "Don't Call Me Ash" Campbell.

30 review for Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way (Audiobook)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    I was hoping for this one to be some sort of hilarious parody of How to Make Love to a Woman, so I was a little disappointed to find the book is actually an account of Campbell's attempts to break free of his B-movie reputation by playing a doorman in a Mike Nichols' rom-com. It all begins with Campbell's agent asking Bruce to write a "relationship book." But, Campbell, who lost his virginity at age twenty-three, and married the first woman who ever came on to him, confesses, "When it comes to I was hoping for this one to be some sort of hilarious parody of How to Make Love to a Woman, so I was a little disappointed to find the book is actually an account of Campbell's attempts to break free of his B-movie reputation by playing a doorman in a Mike Nichols' rom-com. It all begins with Campbell's agent asking Bruce to write a "relationship book." But, Campbell, who lost his virginity at age twenty-three, and married the first woman who ever came on to him, confesses, "When it comes to women, I don't know my ass from a hole in the ground." And so, instead of steamy romantic advice, we're treated to some wild tales of the mishaps inherent with making a feature film . . . at least a feature film that involves Bruce Campbell. Campbell, a man not exactly know for subtlety, regales us with stories about fights with his costar, buying an enormous truck, and wedding planning gone wonky. He goes on the prowl with "The King of All Ladies' Men" - Dash Darwin, and in one of my favorite bits, visits a Southern Gentlemen's Society, where he ends up in a duel with one of the members: "This is barbaric." "On the contrary, my good man, this is tradition. Choose your weapon. "I choose a grenade." "Choose a pistol, please," Charles repeated. "Eenie, meenie, miney ---" The book is packed with photos, and fake ads, some of which are pretty funny, though frequently hard to read. And, while I admire Campbell's willingness to poke fun at himself and his image, it all got pretty tedious after a while. On the plus side, it's easy to put down and pick up, oh, even months later with no ill effects.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    This was another library book! So to the top of the currently reading list it goes. People are probably waiting. I'm sure the line for this book must be around the block. Well I finished this book and ultimately gave it a good rating. This in spite of my initial disappointment. I mean imagine my dismay upon discovering that what I thought was to be a "how to manual" on love making from a suave and well known movie star (is "well known" and "movie star" repetitive? Oh well.) turned out to be simpl This was another library book! So to the top of the currently reading list it goes. People are probably waiting. I'm sure the line for this book must be around the block. Well I finished this book and ultimately gave it a good rating. This in spite of my initial disappointment. I mean imagine my dismay upon discovering that what I thought was to be a "how to manual" on love making from a suave and well known movie star (is "well known" and "movie star" repetitive? Oh well.) turned out to be simply the story of the trials and travails of a well known, famous, and incomparably talented "B" movie actor attempting to (inexplicably) make the move into "A" films. THEN after reading with great interest the amazing adventures of Mr. Campbell as actor, adviser to stars, amateur detective, master of disguise and so much more, up to and including facing off with an oppressive federal government and it's agents...discovering that it's all fictional! I mean it was a great let down and I really had to take a deep breath and have a calming drink to get over that one. My confidence now blasted and faith in all humanity and human veracity being called into question I moved on. I mean if I can't trust Bruce Campbell, my hero, my chosen example, my exemplar, the man I've attempted to pattern my life after, if he hadn't actually done all these things, what is there in the physical world left to believe in? It was shattering. How was I to face the future now? When one's heroes are tarnished it can be very difficult to go on. What had Bruce been thinking? So, I had to pull myself together, buck up and realize that life can be brutal and we have to, at times, just look reality in the face and go on. Still once I thought about it, it was all rather... humorous. Groovy. :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Karla

    FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a Bruce Campbell fangirl. I have watched the Evil Dead trilogy, Bubba-Ho-Tep, My Name Is Bruce, and The Man With the Screaming Brain multiple times. The only episodes of Hercules and Xena: Warrior Princess worth my time are the ones he guest stars in. Jack of All Trades? Totally hilarious. In my deluded little mind, I am the future Mrs. Bruce Campbell. OK, not that last bit. I do have a firm grasp of reality, thankyouverymuch, but I am quite a fan of The Chinsome One in all h FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a Bruce Campbell fangirl. I have watched the Evil Dead trilogy, Bubba-Ho-Tep, My Name Is Bruce, and The Man With the Screaming Brain multiple times. The only episodes of Hercules and Xena: Warrior Princess worth my time are the ones he guest stars in. Jack of All Trades? Totally hilarious. In my deluded little mind, I am the future Mrs. Bruce Campbell. OK, not that last bit. I do have a firm grasp of reality, thankyouverymuch, but I am quite a fan of The Chinsome One in all his zombie-asskicking macho glory. I've had the book version of this for some time but hadn't yet gotten around to it. However, when the audiobook version wandered into my path, I leaped on it because commutes are fucking boring and I needed some har-hars to keep me awake on a rural route at 5:45am. So in between the owl sightings and sudden brakes for deer crossings, I spazzed over Bruce and his plucky little band of actors (including Ted Raimi) who put on the book in the form of a 6-hour radio play with sound effects and broad comedy. It TOTALLY works. The story - which is true except for the parts where it isn't - is about Bruce breaking into the A pictures with a role in a Richard Gere-Renee Zellweger romantic comedy, directed by Mike Nichols. But the typical romcom production soon spirals out of control as it catches the "B-Movie virus," with action sequences, random fights, ninjas, and a dose of CGI here and there. But as the filming starts to get weirder and dumber, Bruce suspects he's getting blackballed by a studio exec and his quest to find out the truth turns into a shootout with the SWAT team and Secret Service hot on his tail. I'm biased, so I LMAO throughout the whole thing. But I think it'd be funny to anyone who likes fake memoirs and the "blue collar" perspective of Hollywood. There are chapters in the book that didn't make it to the audio version, including one on porn movies and Dillinger's penis, so I'll make a point of (finally) getting to the paper edition sooner than later. Because I really gotta know about that second one. What did this book achieve? I think my Bruce Campbell fangirl boner increased by 500%.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    So much fun! If you are looking for a book that's actually about Bruce Campbell, read "If Chins Could Kill." If you want a laugh out loud funny, somewhat autobiographical, mostly fictitious story, this is the book for you. "Chins" is funny and informative, "Make Love" is funnier but not so informative. Campbell tells the story of his attempt to supercede his B-movie status and make it in the big time. Every moment in here is embelished for the kind of slapstick humor Campbell is great at and to e So much fun! If you are looking for a book that's actually about Bruce Campbell, read "If Chins Could Kill." If you want a laugh out loud funny, somewhat autobiographical, mostly fictitious story, this is the book for you. "Chins" is funny and informative, "Make Love" is funnier but not so informative. Campbell tells the story of his attempt to supercede his B-movie status and make it in the big time. Every moment in here is embelished for the kind of slapstick humor Campbell is great at and to exaggerate the satire of the cloistered, pretentious worlds of fame and power. This is a very funny book. Plus it has a lot of entertaining fake pictures.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    This book is stupid. Also, I liked it. I liked it quite a bit. I didn't want to like it -- after all, I'm far too sophisticated. This book has pictures. Pictures! But like it I did. Dangit. This book gave me several laugh-out-loud moments, as opposed to those books that are just funny in an intellectual sort of way. It's the writing style. The story isn't believable, just like the movie Army of Darkness wasn't. They were just lots and lots of fun. If I have one complaint, it's the story arc. The bo This book is stupid. Also, I liked it. I liked it quite a bit. I didn't want to like it -- after all, I'm far too sophisticated. This book has pictures. Pictures! But like it I did. Dangit. This book gave me several laugh-out-loud moments, as opposed to those books that are just funny in an intellectual sort of way. It's the writing style. The story isn't believable, just like the movie Army of Darkness wasn't. They were just lots and lots of fun. If I have one complaint, it's the story arc. The book started out framing a conflict very nicely -- a B movie actor is given a role in a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster, and everyone is counting on him to turn in a performance of a lifetime. The problem is, by the end of the book, the conflict had changed, and it had nothing to do with the acting performance. That was a bit of a disappointment. Still, like I said, multiple laugh-out-loud moments. Lots of buffoonery. Crazy characters in ridiculous circumstances. Very enjoyable. Now I have to go read some Faulkner so I can feel elite again.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    Bruce takes a shot at humorous fiction and nails it. He uses himself as the main character, and tells the story of how he gets a shot in a mainstream Mike Nichols-directed drama starring Richard Gere, Renne Zellwegger, and Morgan Freeman as the wise doorman. Bruce basically gives Nichols really bad advice on how to make the movie better, which of course, ruins it. This is both metafiction and epistolary at times, which are two words I just learned this week.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Josie

    I am a diehard BC fan, and I adored "If Chins Could Kill". In fact, I've lent it to numerous friends who had no idea who BC was and THEY liked it. That being said, I was pretty disappointed in this book. Bruce's tone is still engaging. There are still funny moments. But most of the writing is too over-the-top ludicrous without the lanyard of actual reality to bring it back down to earth. And while some people seem to really enjoy the graphics, I found most of them to just be badly photoshopped I am a diehard BC fan, and I adored "If Chins Could Kill". In fact, I've lent it to numerous friends who had no idea who BC was and THEY liked it. That being said, I was pretty disappointed in this book. Bruce's tone is still engaging. There are still funny moments. But most of the writing is too over-the-top ludicrous without the lanyard of actual reality to bring it back down to earth. And while some people seem to really enjoy the graphics, I found most of them to just be badly photoshopped filling of space. That, and why is the text so large? It's like this book is trying to be large print, but not really. Aesthetically (which I grant you is completely nitpicky) this book doesn't really do it for me. I enjoyed it in the way that I enjoy the Twilight books - somewhat unwillingly. (Apologies if Mr. Campbell actually reads this review for the reference to Twilight, but it was the nearest approximation to how I was feeling. The two books aren't actually similar.) I will be keeping my copy (because it is autographed to me...squeeee!) but wouldn't recommend this book to anyone other than diehard BC fans. Completely unlike "If Chins Could Kill" which I recommend to everyone! Also, having stopped reading halfway through, I'm going to try the audiobook. I think this lighthearted book is more suited to listening, and from what I understand it is read by Ted Raimi (squeee!) with various guest vocals. It sounds like it'll be a lot more impressive than reading the book myself.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Adrian Winter

    When I first picked this book up, I thought it was a follow up to Bruce's memoir, "If Chins Could Kill". I was a little surprised to find out that it is a work of comic fiction starring himself on the set of a movie costarring Richard Gere and Renee Zellweger. One thing I know from reading this is that Bruce is a funny guy. The story is fantastical in and of itself, as he ends up in the kind of completely outlandish situations that you would expect to see played out of any of the last couple of m When I first picked this book up, I thought it was a follow up to Bruce's memoir, "If Chins Could Kill". I was a little surprised to find out that it is a work of comic fiction starring himself on the set of a movie costarring Richard Gere and Renee Zellweger. One thing I know from reading this is that Bruce is a funny guy. The story is fantastical in and of itself, as he ends up in the kind of completely outlandish situations that you would expect to see played out of any of the last couple of movies that he has starred in. Frankly, I enjoy Bruce's voice, so the book held my interest while I read it, and there are quite a few moments in there that got an audible chuckle out of me, but in the end I don't think that anyone other than a diehard fan would really enjoy this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennie

    Do you love baaad movies, chock-full of cheesy puns and ridiculous fight scenes? Do ginormous chins make you weak in the knees? Do romantic comedies make you want to puke? Is sarcasm your native tongue? Then this book is for you! Familiarity with Bruce Campbell's work is helpful, but not required. I admit, the story started to flag a little towards the end, but then what B movie doesn't? Definitely a nice break for my brain, and good if you need something to make you giggle out loud.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    I thought this was another autobiography. It's not. Campbell takes an element of his real life, then twists it into a funny fantasy. I should say 'warps', not just 'twists'. It is funny, if you like his sort of humor & can get into it for an entire book. I found my sense of humor tripping out well before the end, unfortunately. Still, it was fun. I thought this was another autobiography. It's not. Campbell takes an element of his real life, then twists it into a funny fantasy. I should say 'warps', not just 'twists'. It is funny, if you like his sort of humor & can get into it for an entire book. I found my sense of humor tripping out well before the end, unfortunately. Still, it was fun.

  11. 5 out of 5

    11811 (Eleven)

    Funny parts were funny, action parts were a little drawn out - kind of like Army of Darkness.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Collin Henderson

    I'm now a better, sexier person for having read this.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    I mean, Bruce Campbell is just so charismatic and funny. It's why he's one of my favorite actors: he knows who he is and who he's not. And this book is the same way. It's a low-key take-that to so many things, not least of which the Hollywood machine. And yet, Campbell is never mean or cruel. It's very much a light-hearted comedy romp, a fun B-movie plot in book form.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Glyn Jenkins

    My recommendation listen to the audiobook, Bruce's narration is always worth at least one star. This is wonderfully absurdist comedy of the making of a fictional film.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rumfuddle

    This (hopefully) fictional account of Mr Campbells attempt to jump to the big time by appearing in in an "A" lister rom-com headed by Richard Gere and Renee Zellweger. Very enjoyable, I only wish that I could have seen the finished film.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cameron

    Absurdity has a strange place in entertainment. When we know that a story is true, absurdity makes that story more fascinating and exciting. Things that happen that are out of the ordinary or unexpected make the tale more memorable. On the other hand, absurdity in fiction does kind of the opposite. How many times have you heard the phrase "Oh that would never happen in real life" or "That is so unrealistic" while watching a movie or TV show? Often times we expect a level of realism when it comes Absurdity has a strange place in entertainment. When we know that a story is true, absurdity makes that story more fascinating and exciting. Things that happen that are out of the ordinary or unexpected make the tale more memorable. On the other hand, absurdity in fiction does kind of the opposite. How many times have you heard the phrase "Oh that would never happen in real life" or "That is so unrealistic" while watching a movie or TV show? Often times we expect a level of realism when it comes to entertainment. Absurdity has to be done very well to be enjoyed. The above may not be some entertainment law or anything but it certainly fits in the case of Bruce Campbell...er well, Bruce Campbell literature anyway (considering that this is the Evil Dead guy we're talking about). If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor was a great memoir partly because it was about the absurdity of actual film making. Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way too is a tale about the absurdity of film making, but it's also a fictional one and lacks the charm of its non-fiction counterpart. The book largely consists of Bruce Campbell engaging in progressively sillier shenanigans throughout the story. Something like this could work. However, it would be better suited for something like a sitcom or perhaps a web comic. Here, the situations Bruce finds himself in serve as substitutes for humor and really don't work well in the novel format. It's not devoid of humor. Most of the pictures in the book are hilarious and when Campbell makes fun of Hollywood the book can be quite a joy. If that's what you're looking for in a book, though, just read If Chins Could Kill. If you've already read that then...er, read it again, I guess?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah (saz101)

    Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way is work of fiction about Campbell, for Campbell fans. If you love Bruce Campbell the man, or the character, you'll love Make Love. If you're a fan of high-camp, B-Grade, Hollywood, you'll also find a few laughs, but it's fair to say this may miss the mark for those not familiar with the Evil Dead/Campbell/Raimi legend. But this is a review of the audiobook--not the ink and paper version, and this needs to be stated. Because the production quality is wonderful. As Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way is work of fiction about Campbell, for Campbell fans. If you love Bruce Campbell the man, or the character, you'll love Make Love. If you're a fan of high-camp, B-Grade, Hollywood, you'll also find a few laughs, but it's fair to say this may miss the mark for those not familiar with the Evil Dead/Campbell/Raimi legend. But this is a review of the audiobook--not the ink and paper version, and this needs to be stated. Because the production quality is wonderful. As Campbell states, the audiobook has been produced as a radio-play, and there is not a dull, dry moment. With the likes of Ted Raimi lending their talent, and a soundboard to rival a Hollywood production itself, it's the presentation that makes Make Love such immense fun to listen to. Brimming with laugh-out-loud references to Campbell's lengthy career, Hollywood stereotypes, and with big names like Richard Geere, Renee Zellweger, and Elizabeth Taylor making appearances and being deliciously sent-up Make Love is raucous irreverant adventure combining both Campbell the man and the legend into one hilarious, high-camp persona. Enormous fun, and best listened to with buddies.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Clarissa

    Although I love the flap summary of the book (excerpt from said flap summary: The action revolves around my preparations for a pivotal role in the A-list relationship film Let's Make Love! But my Homeric attempt to break through the glass ceiling of B-grade genre fare is hampered by a vengeful studio executive and a production that becomes infected by something called the "B movie virus," symptoms of which include excessive use of cheesy special effects, slapstick, and projectile vomiting.) This Although I love the flap summary of the book (excerpt from said flap summary: The action revolves around my preparations for a pivotal role in the A-list relationship film Let's Make Love! But my Homeric attempt to break through the glass ceiling of B-grade genre fare is hampered by a vengeful studio executive and a production that becomes infected by something called the "B movie virus," symptoms of which include excessive use of cheesy special effects, slapstick, and projectile vomiting.) This book was quite the disappointment. I'm a HUGE Bruce Campbell fan (and who isn't) but this book...is um...not the best thing ever, in fact it's not even the best thing Bruce Cambell has written - see "If Chins could Kill" for a really good read. The graphics in this book are annoying, the story is dumb...it's a work of fiction, where he uses lots n lots n lots of real people as his characters (Richard Gene, Elizabeth Taylor, etc...). I've read it twice, hoping it gets better the second time, and it doesn't. Seriously, Read "If Chins could Kill" it's his autobiographical first book, and it blows this one out of the water.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Trent Ross

    I can't say that I was expecting a whole lot from this book. In fact I had no idea what to expect from this book. The name didn't give me a whole lot of faith in the quality of the book. However needless to say, as you can see I gave it 5 stars, I was rather pleasantly surprised. As long as your familiar with some of Bruce Campbell's works, or are just opening minded, you should enjoy this book. This follows Bruce's rather outrageous exploits as he try's to fight into the ranks of A list actors. I can't say that I was expecting a whole lot from this book. In fact I had no idea what to expect from this book. The name didn't give me a whole lot of faith in the quality of the book. However needless to say, as you can see I gave it 5 stars, I was rather pleasantly surprised. As long as your familiar with some of Bruce Campbell's works, or are just opening minded, you should enjoy this book. This follows Bruce's rather outrageous exploits as he try's to fight into the ranks of A list actors. However, as the movie that he hopes allows him to break out of the B actors ranks and into the A list things start to go awry. Bruce has to scramble to save the movie and his good name which is being sullied in the process. It's a hilarious ride from start to finish filled with colourful characters everywhere. Not only is it a humor book, but at it's core it's also a relationship book. While the advice is give vaguely subtly it is quirky and not complete crap I suppose.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    I admit I cheated on this one. I "read" it as an audio book. I can't help it, I love listening to audio books at the gym. It distracts me from the humdrum of exercise so much better than regular music. Most books I want to read with my eyes, but some of them I admit that I'd probably never get to so audio is the way to go. As far as this one...it's a scream. Not sure how I'd feel about it if I read it instead of heard it, but Bruce Campbell is a fantastic narrator, especially for his own stuff. Two I admit I cheated on this one. I "read" it as an audio book. I can't help it, I love listening to audio books at the gym. It distracts me from the humdrum of exercise so much better than regular music. Most books I want to read with my eyes, but some of them I admit that I'd probably never get to so audio is the way to go. As far as this one...it's a scream. Not sure how I'd feel about it if I read it instead of heard it, but Bruce Campbell is a fantastic narrator, especially for his own stuff. Two thumbs up! Give it a whirl, either as a book or an audio file. I can see this being a great companion on a late night drive to keep you awake and pass the time. :)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Pierce

    This man is ridiculous, and I love him. Cool, wry, sardonic, sarcastic… (sigh), he’s perfect! This is a work of fiction, says so right there at the beginning, but I believe you could learn a lot about the film world by reading this. If you don’t really care about the film world, it’s still pretty entertaining. All of the situations are pretty over-the-top but hilarious, and the fact that they are written by Bruce Campbell just makes them that much cooler.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Strömquist

    "For about a fourth of this book I was very pleasantly surprised - I really enjoyed Bruce's autobiography (If chins could kill) but had serious doubts of a fictional story of the planning and startup of an 'A' movie production starring Bruce as a relationship wizard/doorman. Unfortunately, this proved to be true, as the main part of this short book is quite hard to get through, a bit incoherent and simply not funny. Read "chins" instead! "

  23. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I got Bruce to autograph this at a book signing. It’s obviously one of my most precious possessions. It’s terribly sarcastic the whole way through, and just what you would hope for. If you love Bruce, (and if you don't, we can't be friends), then this book is for you.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Corstiaan

    Just as good as his movies ...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Eli Hornyak

    I loved chins, this book is not a sequel to chins. It was enjoyable made me laugh, but just not overall that great of a read

  26. 4 out of 5

    Phil

    While a work of fiction, this novel is written in the first person with Bruce Campbell himself as the viewpoint character, and the narrative is packed with living Hollywood figures like Richard Gere and Renee Zellweger. The story involves veteran B-movie actor Bruce Campbell landing a supporting role in a big budget romantic comedy called "Lets Make Love." Over the course of the book, Campbell finds himself a bit of a fish out of water as a down-to-earth working man surrounded by Hollywood elite While a work of fiction, this novel is written in the first person with Bruce Campbell himself as the viewpoint character, and the narrative is packed with living Hollywood figures like Richard Gere and Renee Zellweger. The story involves veteran B-movie actor Bruce Campbell landing a supporting role in a big budget romantic comedy called "Lets Make Love." Over the course of the book, Campbell finds himself a bit of a fish out of water as a down-to-earth working man surrounded by Hollywood elite. Hoping to make the most of his opportunity, he throws himself into the role. Most of the book is about his awkward attempts to prepare for the role, researching the lives of doormen, southern gentlemen, relationship experts, and so forth. Over the course of the story he also offers a variety of unsolicited tips and hints to his fellow cast and crew, with the result that the rom-com begins to chart a course in a very different direction than originally intended. The tone of the story is everything Bruce Campbell fans could hope for. Both his cocky charm and self-deprecating sense of humor come through loud and clear in his writing voice. As a result, the book reads like Campbell himself is relating tales of his misadventures to a science fiction convention audience. While Campbell is great at spinning yarns, as a work of fiction the story doesn't completely gel. The motives behind the antagonist's--ostensibly a Campbell superfan--attempts to undermine Campbell's career remained murky throughout the book. While funny, the ending also felt rushed and even more cartoonishly over the top than the story preceding it. Overall this is a fun read and enthusiastically recommended to Campbell fans, but I didn't enjoy it quite as much as I have his non-fiction showbiz anecdotes.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jon Shanks

    A fun read, but a bit of an odd duck seeing as, even though it was a fictional satirical work, the fact that it is told by Bruce Campbell in a similar narrative style to his autobiography, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor and features appearances from real Hollywood luminaries like Mike Nicholls, Richard Gere & Renée Zellweger, you have to keep reminding yourself that this is a work of fiction, but keep wondering just how much truth is mixed in. Therein lies the problem. The u A fun read, but a bit of an odd duck seeing as, even though it was a fictional satirical work, the fact that it is told by Bruce Campbell in a similar narrative style to his autobiography, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor and features appearances from real Hollywood luminaries like Mike Nicholls, Richard Gere & Renée Zellweger, you have to keep reminding yourself that this is a work of fiction, but keep wondering just how much truth is mixed in. Therein lies the problem. The uncertainty of exactly what it is that you're reading. Is it a complete fabrication, or is there a real story where Bruce has had to change names and facts to protect the innocent (or avoid several lawsuits). A lot of fun, especially as you can hear his iconic voice in every written word , but I'd rather it was either another memoir (of which volume 2, Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor will be added to my collection as soon as the paperback edition comes out) or a novel with completely made up original characters. Good but no chainsaw (much more BC than cigar!).

  28. 5 out of 5

    blake

    This is a funny book. Funnier, perhaps, than one would expect. In it, cult-movie favorite Bruce Campbell spins a (highly stylized) narrative of his brief time preparing for an A-list movie directed by Mike Nichols. Part of this stylization is the character of Bruce himself, who bears a striking resemblance at times to his most iconic character, that of Ash from The Evil Dead series of movies. A queerly competent jackass whose propensity for getting into difficult situations nearly matched by his This is a funny book. Funnier, perhaps, than one would expect. In it, cult-movie favorite Bruce Campbell spins a (highly stylized) narrative of his brief time preparing for an A-list movie directed by Mike Nichols. Part of this stylization is the character of Bruce himself, who bears a striking resemblance at times to his most iconic character, that of Ash from The Evil Dead series of movies. A queerly competent jackass whose propensity for getting into difficult situations nearly matched by his ability to get out of them. What's nice is that this character doesn't quite persist all the way through, which would be exhausting. In between the Stooge-esque antics, you get a little sense of a straightforward guy who—for all his goofy roles—genuinely appreciates his art and fellow artists. This is nice, because 350+ pages (no matter how big the print is) is a lot of time to spend with "Ash". Anyway, it's a fun story which I presume is very loosely based on some facts (like Bruce getting cut from the movie) and nearly makes me interested in finding out more about what really happened. But then, why spoil it?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    Make Love is a fictional story set in a cartoonish, what can only be described as, Campbellian version of our world. There are a few prerequisites for enjoying this book: 1) know who Bruce Campbell is 2) love B-movies Bruce Campbell is given a supporting role in an A-list film. In an effort to better understand his role, he goes on a series of ill-conceived side quests, some more entertaining than others. Can Bruce out-grow his B-movie curse before a studio exec with an axe to grind gets him fired? Make Love is a fictional story set in a cartoonish, what can only be described as, Campbellian version of our world. There are a few prerequisites for enjoying this book: 1) know who Bruce Campbell is 2) love B-movies Bruce Campbell is given a supporting role in an A-list film. In an effort to better understand his role, he goes on a series of ill-conceived side quests, some more entertaining than others. Can Bruce out-grow his B-movie curse before a studio exec with an axe to grind gets him fired? This is a silly book designed for fans of Bruce Cambell, and specifically the Evil Dead franchise (which I am). I genuinely laughed out loud at parts and I dont usually do that with books. The novelty of the concept does wear off somewhere in the middle and the book became a bit of a slog; however, the final quarter of the story up'd the hijinks enough to cross this finish line with a solid 3 stars from me.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tom Rowe

    This is the greatest Bruce Campbell book performed by Bruce Campbell from a script adapted by Bruce Campbell based on a book by Bruce Campbell about Bruce Campbell that I have ever listened to. This book is hilarious! What's really great besides the Campbellian humor is how well the book was adapted for audio. It adds a cast and sound effects. I loved the meta use of sound effects in the chase scene (really, you have to hear it), but I thought the Elizabeth Taylor scene was, while funny, a littl This is the greatest Bruce Campbell book performed by Bruce Campbell from a script adapted by Bruce Campbell based on a book by Bruce Campbell about Bruce Campbell that I have ever listened to. This book is hilarious! What's really great besides the Campbellian humor is how well the book was adapted for audio. It adds a cast and sound effects. I loved the meta use of sound effects in the chase scene (really, you have to hear it), but I thought the Elizabeth Taylor scene was, while funny, a little weird. If you love Bruce Campbell, and who doesn't, you have got to check out this book. If you don't love Bruce Campbell, c'mon, you at least saw him in one of those Spider Man movies, check this out. By the time you're done, you'll have a whole list of Bruce Campbell movies to check out in the DVD bargain bin.

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