I bought this book because I bought a Chelsea Handler book and this book was under the ???If you like Chelsea Handler you may also like???..??? Well, I didn???t like it??? too serious for me. Yes, the attempt at humor was good, but for me, when I listen to a comedy audiobook, it???s usually to get away from the real world and politics and this guy kind of just throws them in your face. But, to be fair, I only listened to about 30 minutes before I couldn???t listen any longer. Also to be fair, I had no idea who this guy was so his is probably in his genre and if he is someone you have liked in the past, you may like this.
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.
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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.