Content in the audiobook that is not in the novel. Les Savy Fav performs an excerpt from the book in a song, Kristen Schaal reads a portion of the novel, John Benjamin takes over the introduction.
The list of things to do when you're bored. I cried laughing. In a car. Alone. On the way to work.
Whenever he digresses from reading. Things like -- Constantly berating the listener for purchasing the audiobook version. Talking about the budget of recording with the 'engineer.' Loved it. All of it.
Why the f*** would you turn this into a movie?
Things I did while writing this: Ate a chicken wing. Thought about going to the gym. Converted to Christianity.
Smart, inciteful, hilarious - just what you'd expect from David Cross.
Patton Oswalt - "Zombie, Spaceship, Wasteland."
Yes. It was entertaining. Many topics were touched on & it did mesh well.
Probably not to many of my friends. Most will not be open to the
I find it very welcoming to have the author as the reader, especially if the author is a comedian or performer.
It's just like listening in on a crazy person rambling on about various thoughts.
I was looking for humor....there was some. Overall, I found myself thinking of what to put on my to do and to buy lists than being captured by the voice coming out of my device.
I was laughing a lot throughout this book. he has very interesting veiws and points for all of us to think about (and laugh about). BUT there were points where I had to fast foward (robot voice reading the review of this stand-up) i could not follow anything going on with the robot voice. there was another part where a group sang a song, and the words were muddled and it was too long.
There were a few other points where he thought of quirkly skits during the book reading, and although some of them were funny, it was too much. It only proved distracting from the content of the book, which is funny without all the extras. I do appreciate his comedy and he is a genius, but i do think less is more when recording the audio version of your book.
Muisc is Life
This audiobook has it's funny parts, but I wouldn't listen to this multiple times. David Cross is a very funny comedian. In this audiobook, he goes out of his way to make your listening experience odd by repeatedly going off script, scolding the listener for buying the audiobook instead of the "real" book and summerizing chapters instead of reading it. To start, the preface is read twice, once by Johnathan Benjamin and then a second time by Cross himself. There is a chapter Cross made a list for movie directors of odd movie plots to ensure a award winning film, but he had a band sing this entire list, rather than reading it (the band sucks, btw). This book would be a better read while visiting your bathroom vs. anything else. The parts that are funny are very funny, but the rest is just annoying.
Sometimes brilliantly spit-out-your-drink funny and fresh, sometimes self-indulgent and boring. Always well narrated, although not all of the audio add-ons worked for me (list of movie character ideas set to music and sung! why? WHY?). Audio chapter divisions made it difficult to skip parts that were making me mental and arrive safely at the start of a fresh new chapter. (Yeah, yeah, I know: I should have bought the print version.)
David unfortunately took a few jabs at listeners that didn't resonate well. He has said since he's gotten a lot of nasty feedback but that he was 100% joking. As of now this audiobook has a 3.5 rating. No way it should be that low.
A minor criticism would be that if you've listened to comedy audiobooks from guys like Patton Oswalt, John Hodgman, etc. you may be a little burned out on the surreal humor chapters, to the point of wishing there were more anecdotes.
I'd rate this over 4, not quite 5, but I don't think it's fair for this book to be rated as mediocre simply because Cross had no idea how badly listeners would react to being teased about listening to a book rather than reading it. Remember that much of his career has been in sketchwriting and as such there are few one liners and some hits and misses.
David Cross is one of my favorite comedians. This book is a lot like listening to stand up or sketch comedy. It is exactly what I expected.