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RanDumb: The Random Dumb Adventures of an Irish Guy in LA [Kindle Edition]

Mark Hayes , Robbie Williams , Craig Robinson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description


The #1 Humor Bestseller, with a foreword by Robbie Williams.

Welcome to La-La Land. Your guide: Irish dreamer, schemer, drinker, thinker, bon viveur, enfant terrible, raconteur and fan of foreign words in italics, Mark Hayes. Strap yourself in for a wild and hilarious ride around America's craziest city with Ireland's craziest writer.

Bored and tired of his successful career back home, Mark Hayes knows there has to be something worth living for. Something more than running a translation business and buying new T-shirts on the internet. Even though they're very nice T-shirts.

His dream: to be a famous actor-slash-writer. His own star on Hollywood Boulevard (between Lionel Ritchie and Dolly Parton would be acceptable). A Beverly Hills mansion with a model in every bedroom. Enough booze to float his luxury yacht on.

Determined to make it happen, Mark leaves behind Ireland's green and pleasant land and moves to LA to chase his dream, to have it all - parties and glamour and girls and fame and the bright, shining lights of Hollywood, the whole world at his feet...

Waking up the first morning on the back seat of a car in a Denny's parking lot, with no idea about how he's actually supposed to make it, Mark realises it might not be quite as easy as he'd first thought.

RanDumb is the hilarious tale of what happens when one charismatic but clueless Irish dreamer refuses to accept his fate and goes on an adventure that would make Indiana Jones feel the need for a bit of a lie down.

With breathtaking swagger Mark Hayes lifts the lid on the real Los Angeles and lives the life... so you don't have to. But be warned: this book might inspire you to change your life too.

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I like book, me. --Robbie Williams


'Randumb: the Adventures of an Irish Guy in LA is...a thoroughly entertaining read that will make you 'LOL' - laugh out loud - as so many have done on Mark Hayes' blog... [it] is an intelligently put-together, often satirical anlaysis of the times we live in'. --Verbal Magazine

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Liberties Press; 2nd edition (8 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055I2064
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #328,941 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Mark Hayes has been dubbed "Ireland's craziest and wittiest writer, a poet at times". Saying that, he has also been called "the runt of Irish litter-ature" so take your pick.

Also known as the King of Chance, a Midnight Dancer and the Prince of Ireland, Mark is an award-winning, bestselling author of three books:

RanDumb: The Adventures of an Irish Guy in L.A.
#1 on Amazon Humour in the U.S. and the U.K.

RanDumber: The Continued Adventures of an Irish Guy in L.A.
A cult classic.

PreDumb: Before I Came to LA
A travesty of sorts.

Mark enjoys Guinness, frolics and fine reviews.

Mark twitters at @trickaduu and rambles along on his website

Customer Reviews

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dumb Good 20 May 2010
Flew through this book, its a funny concept. Its an example of the American way of life is probably better judged by those born outside its world. The writer seemingly engulfed himself in American culture to tell this story. If you have ever lived for a time in America you could certainly relate to the topics he discusses. This laugh out account of a Cork guy in LA shows the contrasting affect of two towns where one doesn't suffer many fools (Cork) and of another that seems to be the capital city for them (LA). Its a refreshing and original account of American culture.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Honesty and Intelligence - A Great Mix 16 July 2010
Considering the title and the cover of the book, one is tempted to expect a book full of stories about being drunk, scoring girls and being hung over - since that's what the Irish do. And you do get those stories in case that's what you're looking for. Except that however, you get a lot more! It's also a very honest piece about the problems of getting on in a foreign country without a real plan, without real friends and on a low budget. Told in an ironic way, picked with satiric insights about the sick state of our generation. Everything written in a very special style. Short. Sentences. Is. The. Motto. A caricature of the Facebook/Twitter-generation's inability to communicate in a proper way? Could. be. All in all: a very funny and, if you read behind the lines, also very intelligent book about the search for one's dream and the attempts to live it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, well worth a look. 28 May 2010
I've been following this guys blog online for a couple of months now which I have enjoyed, so when he announced that he was after writing this book I ordered it hoping it would be more of the same. After reading it I have to say I was not disappointed. It does exactly what it says on the tin, giving the reader a humorous and light hearted insight into the world of an aspiring actor/writer going from a small town to the bright lights of LA. Dont be deceived by this fellows dodgy dress sense on the cover of the book, its well worth a look!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. Hilarious. 7 Sept. 2011
By Jez
A friend recommended Randumb to me for a holiday read. Turned out to be the best part of the trip! Made me wish I went to LA instead. Thanks for that, Merrick.

This is a really funny read, couldnt stop laughing out loud. People kept giving me strange looks while I was reading it. Maybe that was because of the cover though. Not sure if i just dislike the cover or really dislike it! Still can't decide if I love or hate the Bucket either. Mark's view of Hollywood was really interesting. It's the view of the outsider who becomes, to some degree, an insider, but remains an outsider's (comparatively rational) view of Hollywood and L-Hey. The style is like a cross between James Joyce, Robert Evans ("The Kid Stays in the Picture") and Ross O' Carroll-Kelly and takes a bit of getting used to. But. I promise. Really soon. You too. Will be speaking in. Sentences of less than five. Words.

Waiting impatiently for part two. Any updates as to when? A sitcom would be even better. HURRY UP!

Until then the books will have to do. Highly recommended! Especially if you want to learn a new way of thinking and talking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By eily31
I really enjoyed this book. It's not a "how-to" about how to crack Hollywood, more an honest and very funny account of one guy's disorganised yet sometimes successful attempts to do this.

Mark Hayes goes to the States with no real plan of action apart from wanting to act and write. He just goes for it and makes it up as he goes along, and this leads to some pretty strange adventures. Broke yet living with two models, always on the cusp of something happening yet never quite making it, this is a tongue-in-cheek story of an Irish guy attempting to make it in Hollywood. There's "The Bucket" - a dire vehicle he buys on Craigslist, his mad hippie neighbour who tries to get him involved in an orgy, a very odd trip to Mexico. Playing soccer at Robbie Williams' house and trying to sell cleaning products at a funfair in the same week.

And of course, the sheer weirdness of LA itself, where everyone is on the make and no one can understand Hayes' Cork accent.

I enjoyed this story and thought it was a good read. Give it a bash - you will laugh and maybe even get some tips on how to do this yourself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wuu . Huu. 15 May 2013
By Jools
Format:Kindle Edition
Not an author or type of book I would search out. However always one to try new pastures and having read said authors blog and tweets and heard his lovely Irish brogue on radio rude box (If you are a RW friendly you'll know what means!) I downloaded both of his books. Excellent read, funny, sobering, sometimes sad. Naive in so many areas, brave, tenacious and never fazed by his predicaments Merck or Omar or Merrick the Russian Irishman tells a fabulous story of what is like to be a stranger in a land you might not consider to be alien but is so very clearly culturally different to the European way of life. Random it may be but he's certainly not dumb! Cleverly written and looking forward to book 2! Read. On.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RanDumb Review 11 Jan. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Think of this character as your little brother, launching himself daily onto the streets of LA - with nothing more than a bucket full of Irish charm, limited funds and an occasional search on Craigslist at his disposal and you get the picture.

It's unsurprising then, that LA occasionally bites him on the ass and you find yourself heaving a huge sigh of relief when he manages to make it back to `a' bed at night!

Life lived on a wing-and-a-prayer conceals a mighty determination to succeed, a surprising gift for juggling several balls in the air, at any given time and a sharp-witted, intelligent man. Will Lady Luck stay with him? A very entertaining and laugh out-loud romp.

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