Get ready for awkward stares on the subway, on the street, at a restaurant or wherever you listen to any one of the brilliant stories in the book.
Written in Mr. Allen's prime, the 70's, these stories would be hilarious if read by your tax accountant, much less by the witty neurotic performer that is Woody Allen.
Pretty Damn Funny
I have not listened to any other audio books performed by Woody Allen before, but I would have to say that he does a cracking job in this one.
Yes, I had an extreme reaction to this book: at one point I laughed so hard that I had tea spurting out of my nose and my monocle popped out. This was followed by a a brief exclamation of "damn" (as I had made a mess of my table cloth) and a rather violent throwing of a napkin to the floor. Fortunately I was able to regain my composure quickly and by the time my butler had arrived to investigate the commotion I was once again calm.
If you happen to have a time machine, please go back in time and convince Mr. Allen to produce more works of this kind.
What Monty Python has done for Christian lore, Woody Allen does for 20th century culture and Rabbinic Judaism. Delivered in Allen's classic droll deadpan style, these short essays are premised on subjects ranging from psychology, philosophy, 20th century literature and American history to Latin American revolutionaries, film noir and Rabbinic literature (midrash).
As in any type of humor, the more you know about the subject of the humor, the more you appreciate it--and Allen's adroit handling of his rather weighty subject matter is nothing short of brilliant.
While not absolutely essential, an at least cursory knowledge of the topics will add tremendously to the listener's enjoyment of Allen's remarkable talent in finding humor in what might otherwise seem rather humorless material.
This is one of the few books I can see myself returning to again and again whenever my spirits need a lift!
Woody Allen has given an amazing performance here. Specially the chapters about a chess game between two friends (or foes) and about a private detective searching for God had me double up with laughter as I listened to them while driving .
My mind wandered at times.
I like his quirky mind. Woody Allen was ok as narrator of the audiobook.
Genre: humorous thoughts
The richness of Woody's descriptions.
None that I can think of.
The search for God.
I laughed a lot as I read it.