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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 (113 customer reviews)

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Book Description

RanDumb

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.


Editorial Reviews

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I like book, me! 
Robbie Williams

RanDumb is an intelligently put-together, often satirical analysis of the times we live in... a thoroughly entertaining read that will make you 'LOL' -laugh out loud - as so many have done on Mark Hayes' blog.
Verbal Magazine

The book is a very easy read and perfect for those of us with busy lifestyles... There is a real Ross O'Carroll-Kelly series feel to this book. Giddy up book number two!
 
Evening Echo

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 L.A.
A travesty of sorts.

Mark enjoys Guinness, frolics and fine reviews. He can be found on Twitter at @trickaduu and rambles along on his website markhayes.tv

Product Details

  • File Size: 381 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1905483902
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Liberties Press; 2nd edition (November 8, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055I2064
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,434 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RanDumb is pretty RanSmart December 1, 2011
Format:Paperback
Mark Haye's debut novel "RanDumb" tells the story of the author's experiences in LA. It's a well written book that weaves together his accounts of Hollywood nightlife, romantic affairs, sexual encounters, and of course, drinking. Haye's life is full of encounters with various ridiculous and sometimes tragic characters (the lazy-eyed girl haunts me still).

At first I had a hard time with Haye's prose, short fragments of a sentence, rarely a complete thought. But after a few chapters, the incomplete thoughts seemed fitting for the book, where I wonder if any of the actual experiences were well thought out. Regardless, the experiences he writes about are entertaining and sure to make one laugh.

Overall Haye's prose is funny, crude, rude, sometimes shocking, often poignant. Haye's tells it like it is, and I admire that. At times while reading "RanDumb", I found myself often thinking of Charles Bukowski, whom I am deeply fond of. I have come to love Chinaski and his frankness and honesty about life and especially women. Haye's has a similar effect on me, but I'm pretty sure he is much better looking, but still has the same affinity for the crude, the rude, the drunkenness and the undeniable attractiveness and appreciation of all women at a certain point, even if at times through drunken lenses (yes, I'm still thinking of miss lazy-eye).

I recommend "RanDumb" and I look forward to reading more fragments from Haye's.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, read on! January 3, 2012
Format:Paperback
I first heard of Mark through Robbie Williams, and as a complete fangirl I had to find out anything I could. What started as me trying to find out more about celebrity lifestyle ended in becoming well and truly drawn in to Mark/Merrick/Omar's stumbles through LA and I was fully engrossed, flying through the book in less than a day. I loved this book, funny, sarcastic, and honest. What more could you ever want? Read on! Duu! #TheBest
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Hayes of RanDumb is even hotter in person... September 18, 2010
Format:Paperback
"RanDumb" is funny and all that. However, it is even funnier when Mark reads it in person and adds editorial comments. I think I read somewhere he is about to start doing that soon on his YouTube channel. If he does I will be one of his regulars.

Because the chapters are relatively short; I can catch a read while waiting for:
microwave popcorn
microwave eggs
in the loo
crock pot cooking
up loads
downloads
tech support in India
customer service at Chase
noise complaint 911 line representative

Hey Mark, you are funnier than I thought you would be, dude.
The funny holds up even without you using your Irish-Schoolboy-looks-thingy.
Because for everybody that doesn't know, Mark is hotter than the photos on the book's covers.
Way hotter!

It's kinda like getting a little stand-up with my Quaker Oatmeal every morning.
I guess "RanDumb" is sorta like my new HMO plan.
Three to five minutes of chuckling a day and I am good to go.
With the high cost of health care, the yucks from Mark Hayes book "RanDumb" is a bargain I strongly recommend.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic August 24, 2011
Format:Paperback
my brother told me to read this book, so i picked it up at the airport on the way to LA of all places for a holiday. Id finished the book by the time i got there. Just couldn't put it down. Was so funny the author writes like he's one of the lads and after a few drinks finds himself in these bizarre situations. I was literary LOLing on the plane. Also gives a very good European view of Americans, take it from someone who goes there a lot the author has got it spot on the way he describes LA life.

If short funny stories is your thing read this book you won't be disappointed it really is a blast.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic...read on! February 4, 2012
Format:Paperback
A superb read - I can't recommend this enough. Not what I expected, but then I didn't really know what to expect, but it was way way more funny than I had hoped it would be. Follow the adventures (and mishaps) of Mark from Cork as he settles in LA using his downright good charm, good looks and with a little luck of the Irish thrown in. I felt that I was watching Mark or "Merrick" as it sounds with his Cork accent, as he found somewhere to live, met new friends, bought his first wheels, tried to get a job, partied on and then found himself "randumbly" playing football chez Robbie Williams! I love the writing style of Mr Hayes, it's like he's telling you all about his experiences on a one to one. This is an excellent read and I couldn't put it down and read a little bit every chance I got. Now I can't wait for Randumber...the continuing diary of the wonderful Irishman in Los Angeles. Giddy up...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED RanDumb....! February 2, 2012
Format:Paperback
I settled down to read this book (in the bath. That's how I roll) with a smile already on my face. Irish guy! In LA! Adventures! Let's go!

And that smile not only stayed put, but turned into smirks, giggles, and, on several occasions, out and out guffaws.

RanDumb is a rollicking, gambolling gallop through Mark Hayes' endeavours to Make It in LA.

From hilarious attempts to find a place to live, to embarrassing encounters at earnest acting classes, to comical boozy nights, to somehow finding himself playing soccer with a pop superstar...charming and often hapless Mark (Merk, Merrick, Omar...the locals have trouble understanding his accent) recounts his escapades with candour, wit and hilarious detail.

Will he make it big? Will he survive the sometimes shallow and soulless LaLa Land? Will he be able to shake The Fear of failure, ever-lurking over his shoulder?

And HOW will he resist ALL those hot women? (He doesn't? Oh OK!)

Mark's writing style (often short. staccato. sentences.) immediately grabs you, has you romping through the book at speed, and leaves you gasping and wanting more at the end.

Roll on the sequel. Giddy up Merk!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
HILARIOUS!!!!!!Great book for anybody looking for an easy read on holiday, in fact it is a great read for the whole year round.It's an escape from all the s*** going on.... Read more
Published 4 months ago by vinny motherway
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A hilarious balance of identifiable humanity and superhuman spectacle! Sure to shock, endear, and entertain.
Published 6 months ago by Rose Athena
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it: funny man and funny read!
Fun read! The book flows very naturally, organically. Some people just get along with words, Hayes is one of those people. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Brian O'Hara
1.0 out of 5 stars how did this get published
This is probably the worst book I have ever read, one of those moments you wonder why you impulse buy.
Published 13 months ago by saloon
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Dumb!
Just Dumb is what I'd call it! I usually give a book until 10% before I give up but only made it to 6% of this one. It made no sense at all! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Patricia Kenworthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious page turner
Pretty awesome and well written comedy book....interesting connection between a guy who comes from Ireland to LA. read it in a few days, real page turner. Read more
Published 14 months ago by soccerislife44444
5.0 out of 5 stars great, easy read...fun times...cheers!
well done mark i thoroughly enjoyed reading your book, i can hear you talk through your words which cracked me up, thank you! ...i've already purchased your follow up randumber... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Miss Mar
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Don't listen to the bad reviews! It's funny and so different!
If you have a true good sense of humor, you will love it!
I can't wait to read the sequel!
Published 18 months ago by FAFA
5.0 out of 5 stars Wuu. Huu.
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... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jools
2.0 out of 5 stars Jibberish
A rambling self indugent waste of time. author can not seem to put a coherrant sentence together. Leave thie one on the shelf.
Published 21 months ago by buck
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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 www.markhayes.tv

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