I am a fan of David Cross, but this was not good. It was all over the place with no sense of direction. He would constantly remind us the listener that we should have bought the book instead. After a few times it got annoying.
It has a few good moments such as his comments on Larry the Cable Guy and Jim Belushi, but most of it was forgettable and occasionally grating.
The book just didn't seem to have a point, or a story to tell. It was just these random stories that had no connection to each other.
I have enjoyed David Cross' comedy in the past and I did/do enjoy Arrested Development. This ...book, in my opinion is not worth a moment of anyone's time. I can't decide if the author honestly thinks that this stuff is the same quailty as his past work or if this is just his way of cashing in on the fans he has made.
Addicted to Audible since 2009
A comic genius, Cross is witty, hilarious and has always been one of my favorite comedians. And, there are many times in this book, where his brilliant comedy undoubtedly, proves me right... and his narration of his own book, makes it that much funnier for the most part. With that said though, the audio book version can at times be almost unbearable to listen to as Cross constantly points out how one should be reading his book rather than listening. At first it funny but by the ninth or tenth time it's outright annoying. Even still, great whether reading or listening!!
David Cross is very funny. He has excellent comic timing and knows what to say.
There are a few odd things about this audiobook, though. First is that he brings (several times) how stupid and lazy he feels the listeners are who did not buy the actual book. He does not understand, apparently, why people bought the audiobook. He never explains why he is, himself, narrating the book. If he really feels all that passionately about it, he probably should have just not put out an audiobook and only took the money of the people who bought the paper copies.
The second thing that I found a little odd and off-putting was the hacky, local radio-inspired skits where he is bringing people in from "outside" and supposedly pulled into the audio booth for one reason or another.
I know it sounds overly critical of me. But I am REALLY a fan of David Cross. He is so incredibly funny... and I did laugh a lot in this book, but I was just a little turned off by these two elements.
6 + hours of bashing on Christians / conservatives / little old ladies / the handicapped
Don't waste your time unless your a sadist
Loved this book and enjoyed it so much more with the narration by David Cross. He also added his own little comments here and there that were not in the book which made it extra special.
I love books.
I would recommend this to any David Cross fan. The audio version was very enjoyable as David Cross narrates his own work wonderfully. There are extra bits with the audio version as he makes the experience of recording the book part of the listening fun.
I guess why we know David Cross drinks, because he is bitter. He hates Christians and really hates Mormons. He really really hates those in the middle states especially if they are Christian or Mormon. He had one bad day with Jim Belushi and so now he feels compelled to run on stage and harass Belushi when he is singing and to create fake magazine articles claiming that Belushi dresses in drag in order to be a prostitute. I was expecting some humor or insight, but most of the audio consisted of Cross saying things like: "Christians are idiots. Mormons are idiots. Jim Belushi is an idiot... blah blah blah.
Considering that David Cross narrates the book, there is no excuse for poor delivery. He constantly insults the listener for purchasing the audio instead of reading his book as though it is some nuanced masterpiece. There is a good reason that David Cross should drink. He is stuck inside the small little bitter body that would seem more suitable for a 95 year old on a respirator.