The Bromantic Comedies
by Erin Mallon Published by Self
on January 27, 2021 Genres: Contemporary Fiction
, Humor Length:
1 hour and 22 minutes Format: Audiobook Source: Author
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A paintball battleground. A wrestling mat for sleep-deprived new daddies. A feminine product aisle in the local drugstore. These are some of the places where men connect...at least in The Bromantic Comedies.
A compilation of humorous and heartfelt plays exploring what it means to be "masculine" in a world where men are supposed to be tough.
I love listening to audiobooks, and Erin Mallon is one of my favorite narrators so I was very excited to be offered an audiobook copy to review! And the narrators who perform these plays? I LOVE them all, too: Joe Arden, Jason Clarke, Shane East, Lance Greenfield, Teddy Hamilton, and PJ Ochlan. Unfortunately, this really didn’t work for me and I ended up not finishing it. I don’t usually write DNF reviews, but I took notes during each individual play and figure I wouldn’t let them go to waste. And honestly, I don’t think finishing this would have changed my overall opinion anyway. So here we go!
1. Invasion At Man Camp (narrated by Joe Arden and Jason Clarke) – I actually found this to be offensive and sacrilegious. There were some fun sound effects from the paintball range and the narrators were good. As a religious person, however, the satire made me very uncomfortable.
2. Domesticated (narrated by Lance Greenfield and PJ Ochlan) – This story is narrated by a recently neutered cat and a fish. Toby the cat is very unhappy that he was neutered, and is bitter and grumpy about it. The fish, named Bubble Eye, prefers to be happy and only discuss the good things in life. He’s so unbelievably positive! I love fish, and this one definitely sounded like a fish to me. His fish-breeding owner recently gave him the opportunity to go on a procreation date (filled with lots of nudges) with a cute lady fish from a few apartments over, and he describes it in detail in the hopes of making his friend feel like a man again. “You’re going to be an uncle!,” he says to his cat bro. Then the cat tells the story of how he snuck out to get together with a feral lady cat… which led to his snippity, snip, snip demise. The fish… he just kept cracking me up. He loves West Side Story. lol. And Toby… so dramatic! I just wish the ending has been different… This story wasn’t bad, but it was… ridiculous. lol.
3. Baby Fight Club (Shane East and Teddy Hamilton) – I love Shane East. His voice is all I need in my life. But this story… it’s awful! Teddy’s character doesn’t think babies should breastfeed because no man would be ok with another man doing to his wife’s boobs what a baby does to them. That’s really, really gross. I think it’s really wrong to sexualize breastfeeding like that, even as a joke. Shane’s character seems like a nice guy and Teddy’s is just corrupting him! Leave Shane alone! Teddy’s character clearly hates babies. He thinks the baby is performing sexual acts with its mother. That giving birth and breastfeeding are just a series of orgasms. “A big pleasure fest for her.” I’m just so disturbed. I couldn’t even finish this play.
That’s where things ended for me. I stopped play #3 and that was that. This was clearly not my kind of humor. I love to laugh and I love funny books so much, but when the humor becomes uncomfortable and offensive it’s not funny anymore. I have always loved Erin Mallon as a narrator, and I don’t want my review to cause any hurt feelings, but I was asked to write an unbiased review and so that’s what I’ve done. I would not recommend this.