Somebody on here said he sounded old. No, he sounded like he's always sounded -- nervous and a little nerdy. I could not detect any oldness in his voice in these recordings.
What was clear to me in his voice was his usual strange sense of humor. These are great recordings. If he sounds old, I suggest you upgrade your download quality from AM radio to mp3 or higher. Everybody sounds old on AM radio.
This is great stuff. Get this and lighten up for a while.
These books have been old friends of mine for many years. And now to hear them read by the author, I know I will return to them again and again. This was a great purchase!
I like the book a lot (I have it in printed version as well), but the narration is quite difficult to follow (at least for me as non-native English speaker). It's a continuous stream of words, hard to guess where the paragraphs finish.
Purchase only if you like disjointed humor. I listened for a short time and will delete. I like Woody Allen for his humor but this goes beyond my limited comprehension.
Don't waste your money. This story was self indugent and boring. There wasn't really any story, just Woody Allen reading his shopping list. Sicofants will like this story.
I use to think Woody Allen was a comical genius, and they say genius is just one step away from crazy. Well with this book Mr. Allen has taken that step. It's just random incoherent thoughts that are just not funny.
Does Audible have a return policy?
This is Woody Allen who, when not writing a more elaborate project just sits and writes up ANY ideas that come to mind.
I use the word "intellectual" to rule out those hooked solely on pop culture who won't find humor kidding around about Socrates or Kirkegaard which does requires some prior knowledge of them (not much but some).
This is kind of humor where the jokes just keep on rolling...., don't expect any knock out punch lines (which most Americans tend to prefer.) It is more "British" humor in the sense A) the situations themselves are absurd B) the incongruities (a huge part or humor) keep piling up, so soon ONE finds finds amusement.... (however the digit two also been known to have a good sense of humor).
I you "got" that previous minor grammar joke you may "get" this kind of humor. (If you didn't "get it" or just thought it was stupid - both valid opinions :)) then these books are filled with similar sounding little gags (Only better.)
Allen is really the best person to narrate this material and he does a GREAT job...his neurotic sounding voice adds charm and matches the craziness of the many short stories several of the gumshoe private detective type so ripe for parody.
Just don't expect a story plots similar to his better movies. However if you appreciate Allen's very unique style of wit (who has mastered the art of the random non sequitur for comedic effect) then you'll find the COLLECTION (why buy one when you can try/enjoy all four?) worth the credit.
If you're the type that likes slapstick humor or only jokes with punch lines you will likely not enjoy ANY these books. (I'd be more book specific but to me they're all too similar in style) on the other hand if you enjoy absurdity of the most random sort then these books are the ticket. I gave it 3 stars not because it was SO bad the rating seems appropriate for so uneven material written by a bored comedian.