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Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  3,720 ratings  ·  408 reviews
The autobiography every true American has been waiting for: a shockingly candid and raw confessional from a national treasure.
From his humble beginnings in a desolate Iowa coal mining town, his years at Our Lady Queen of Chewbacca High School to his odds-defying climb to the dizzying heights of becoming Americas most trusted and beloved television News Anchor, Ron Burgundy
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 19th 2013 by Crown Archetype (first published January 26th 2010)
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Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you're reading this and have no idea who Ron Burgundy is then stop reading this review and go rent Anchorman. If you're reading this and don't like Ron Burgundy, and Ron Burgundy was a real person he would punch you right in the mouth.

Being a fan of Anchorman I had to preorder this book. Until the Brick Tamlin autobiography is released this will have to do. If Ron were a real person he would be arrogant, a bit stupid, and a bit controversial. As a fictional character he's all of these and
Scott Rhee
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ever since legendary anchorman Ron Burgundy left his humble local San Diego news station to become the highest-rated national anchorman on the first 24-hour cable news channel, GNN, all of our lives in this country have felt the glorious impact of his innovation, genius, and beautiful hair. In what is sure to win a Pulitzer, a Nobel, a Hugo, and an Oscar, Burgundy's long-awaited autobiography, "Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings", has already created irreparable aftershocks ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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3.5 Stars

Im assuming everyone reading this is already well aware of the legend that is Ron Burgundy.

Youre not, you say???? Although I cannot even fathom how that is possible, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with his work. Dont worry Ill wait for you . . . .

Okay, are you back? If so, I assume the transformation from curious interweb clicker to crazy superfan has officially taken place. After all, were talking about Ron
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Meh. I had really high expectations for this book, I thought it would laugh-out-loud funny, and it just wasn't. Much of the content was boring, pointless, or just plain gross. A few pretty funny chapters, as well as the epic cover picture, redeemed this book from being a complete fail. Overall, just disappointing compared to my expectations.
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings, is hands-down the classiest e-book in my collection. It is bound in a thick, rich mahogany cover and smells of vintage leather. This book review is 100% fact-checked and I have not received reciprocity from the author to tout his wares. I have, however borrowed his leaf-blower from Mr. Burgundy's neighbor who in fact borrowed it from the man himself three weeks ago and has yet to return it.

Gosh darn it, I can't think of a time when I
I love Anchorman. I enjoyed Anchorman 2, despite how truly bizarre it was. I got this book for Christmas having asked for it as soon as I knew it was coming out. I read it in two days, but I must admit to being slightly disappointed overall.

Ron Burgundy is quite the character and he works so well on screen but I think what makes him great is being able to play off the rest of the news team and for people, such as Veronica Corningstone, to be forever rolling their eyes at his behaviour. When you
Jason P
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, e-book
Humph... this book is as ridiculous as the existence of the platypus; it had the prose of an uneducated show-off who thinks he is God's gift to the human race, this... is Ron Burgundy's: Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings!

*cue the music*

Gooood Morning San Diego!!

Warning! If you do not find Will Farrell funny, or you don't understand why he is the way he is, and you think his type of comedy isn't funny, then you're probably not going to enjoy Let Me Off at the Top!: My
Thaddeus Mountain
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Even classier than I expected, "Let Me Off at the Top" was written with all the grace and aplomb one expects from San Diego's (German for "a whale's vagina") most accomplished and venerable anchorman. I recommend reading this book in a harem while sipping on the finest scotch or scotch-like beverage, say... Scotch?

The only story lacking (and I've been told that claims of the story actually occurring are spurious) is the time Burgundy was tasked with interviewing Bill Braskey. The story goes that
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: biographies
I really wanted it to be a five star book.
I love both Anchorman films. I love Ron Burgandy. I didn't love this book.
Don't get me wrong, it's not terrible, it just could have been better. I was expecting more laugh out loud moments, and some bits did make me chuckle but I felt like I just didn't get any of the stories.
The problem might be that I am from the UK, and a lot of the anecdotes are about American celebs who I have never heard of!
However, you definitely get the Ron Burgandy character
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ok. Was hoping to love it more than I did. It's Ron Burgundy, after all...who doesn't love the Anchorman? Don't get me's good. And funny. Really funny. But I just hoped for a little bit more. Some parts dragged a bit for me, and though I laughed out loud at many sections of the book, it wasn't side-splitting, tears-in-your-eyes hilarious like I kind of expected it would be.

That said, I still recommend. It's very true to character (written by the man himself, after all) and pretty
Michael Johnson
Jan 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned
I haven't seen Anchorman 2 yet but I've been hearing a lot of negative buzz. After reading this book I understand, it had a pretty consistent feel of 'beating a dead horse'. The writing reminded me of the style used on the Cartoon "Family Guy", where a situation is explained and then a totally irreverent situation is compared. Here's an example that was particularly unfunny from page 160: "I'm more better at emotional stuff than women. I'm actually more better than women at a lot of stuff. I can ...more
May 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm really not sure what I was expecting from this book. I love both of the Anchorman movies, but it just doesn't come across quite as endearing through the book.
Pretty funny, and stayed true to the 'voice of Ron Burgundy'.
I loved the 'side'-story of the neighbor.
Bryony Andrews
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it
3 stars purely for comedy value. Please don't expect this book to be any more than it is - rambling hilarity.
Eli Hornyak
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
It was an enjoyable read, made watch Anchorman more enjoyable
Ryan G.
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a well-written epic about a young mans rise from poverty to greatness, this is not the book for you; but if you want to laugh for 200+ pages straight, you MUST read this. Let Me Off at the Top: My Classy Life and Other Musings, by Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), is quite possibly the greatest, classiest comedy ever written. It is a great laugh from cover to cover. Plus, it teaches many interesting facts on all topics. Within these fine pages readers learn about the history of ...more
Billy Ebersold
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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            So far this story has made me laugh every step of the way but I have only one question that this book might answer later on its own, What did Ron Burgundys neighbor do with his lawn mower? I want to know this because his neighbor asked Ron for his lawn mower months ago and then never used it but also never returned it to him. If I were to answer this question myself according to all of the stuff Ron has already done since he hadnt gotten the lawn
Amy Snyder
Apr 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is probably one of the worst books I have ever read. I know it was supposed to be a spoof of Will Ferrell's character Ron Burgundy, but the book was completely ridiculous. It was about nothing, the stories were stupid, the character of Burgundy was unlikeable, and there was nothing redeeming about the book except finally finishing it. There were stories about how the news team got together, stories about Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone, stories about what a popular news anchor he was and ...more
Lora Barnhart Driscoll
I absolutely love Anchorman and Ron Burgundy, But holy crap, this was way too much. It is not so much a book as its a collection of sentences vying to be the most outlandish. I did A LOT of skimming to confirm that the last 90% is just like the first 10%. It is. You can read the first few pages and you have the idea.

He writes: I know I did a lot of bragging in the beginning about the greatness of this book. Those are just the kinds of straight-faced lies we authors tell you people to get you to
Brenda A
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
I'll start off by saying that I bought this book for a friend for Christmas. But before I wrap it, I decided I wanted to read it first. Let's be real here--I bought it for me and I'm regifting it. There's nothing wrong with that, right?

That being said, I'm so glad I did it. I bought this online for $11, which at the time (since it's a new book) was 50% off its regular price. And it was worth every penny. It's stupid and hilarious, because Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was stupid and
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
It is nearly imperative that you are familiar with at least one of the Anchorman films before attempting to delve into the sumptuousness that is Ron Burgundys prose. The reasoning is three-fold:

Firstly - They are hi-lar-i-ous (speaking of the first film, specifically, as I have yet to take in the majesty of the second).

Twoly - Having the context of the character and his associates, makes much more of the material make sense; I say much more as opposed to all, because, quite frankly, I dont think
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
No flow, not many laughs, still a lot of Ron.

Reading this book, I imagine a man walking in circles talking to himself about himself. This is supposedly the work of an egocentric mythomaniac named Ron Burgundy, and the language is convincingly similar to everyones favorite TV news anchor.

The biggest weakness of the book is the lack of a red thread. Jumping back and forth between events, and spending way too many words convincing the reader of its authenticity. I wished we could have followed a
Chris Magnifico
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
If i had to describe this book in two words they would be hilarious and extremely entertaining. If you like the comedian Will Ferrell and his character Ron Burgundy from the anchorman series you will love this book. This hilarious book is written by Ron Burgundy, an extremely hilarious and handsome news anchor. The book talks about his crazy comical life and outrageous news team. This book takes you on an adventure through the life of Ron Burgundy from when he was a little boy living in a poor ...more
Reg Mars
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm a big fan of Will Ferrell and I really enjoyed the anchorman movies. When I heard about this book I was super excited to read it. I kinda put off reading it after I got it. I finally decided I was going to read it for my reading challenge this year. I have to say I was pretty disappointed with it. I don't know what it was I just didn't find it as funny as I thought it would be. I found myself rather bored with the story. I read majority of the book but didn't absorb what I was taking it. I ...more
Riley Epley
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was typical Ron Burgundy. If you hated Anchorman, don't bother because this book was just a wonderfully insane extension of Anchorman. It is full of the completely ridiculous, entirely fabricated 'facts' of Ron Burgundy's life as the classiest big deal around.
Ron is telling that it took him eight years to write this book due to his extensive research about own life, starting from his beginnings in a forsaken Iowa coal mining town, followed by his education on Chewbacca High School up
Jack Mollin
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
So, as I picked up a book written about the most legendary anchorman of all time, I was excited to learn about the incredible upbringing and journeys of this great man. Since Ron Burgundy is one of the people I strive to model my life after, I studiously absorbed all the lessons and musings Ron gifted the world in this book. This book was a transfixing account of how someone should live their life. One of my favorite parts of the book was learning about the formation of the channel 4 news team. ...more
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
The cover of this book says it all: "I wrote a hell of a book!" - Ron Burgundy. This book was as ridiculous and insane as you would imagine but also laugh out loud funny. Half biography, half self help, half history of Mexico. That's a lot of halves but if you read this book, you'll understand.

Strange aside: My internal "reading" voice became Ron Burgundy while I read this. I can't say I've ever consciously thought about who that voice sounded like before but leave it to a classy book like this
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Let Me Off at the Top! is a short, fun read for any fan of Anchorman/Ron Burgundy. It's written exactly as you would expect Ron Burgundy to write, with outrageous anecdotes, opinions, and ideas. While it may seem like a bit of a small cash grab/promotion for the new movie, any fan of the films will enjoy the book and the insights of Ron Burgundy. Highlights include, how the news team was assembled.
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Liked snickering most of the time. Just a few points weren't very funny, they're sometimes gross or "meh."
If I had not watched the movies, but still knew that Ron Burgundy was a fictitious anchorman I'd still appreciate the book. Less than half of the book referenced the movie anyway. It's like a compilation of comedic material; moronic, shallow, but still wide scoped genius entertainment for when I wanted a light read.
Sep 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I would only give this 2.5 stars but since there were a very few laugh out-loud moments I will give it 3. It was just not as good as I wanted it to be. I read it because my brother wanted me to and said it was good...that should have been a clue... Anyway, I did it. It's not great but it got me through my very short commute on the subway this week. On to the next!
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