I have listened to this three times now and its great every time. I love his stand up, his pose, and the articles he's written. If you enjoyed this I highly recommend checking out Silver Screen Fiend.
maybe but probably not
Drifted from normal speech to quiet kindergarten inaudible. What did he say? Audible book with footnotes is distracting and indicate an unplanned writing.
What was I thinking when I bought it?
This book injected my subcutaneous tissues with a viscous glowing alkaline buffer derived from a mixture of isoproterenol and rabies antibodies collected from bat carcasses. And peanut butter.
I am a lover of good books, good Chinese food, and good Scandinavian Heavy Metal music.
I am a die-hard Patton Oswalt fan. This was a much more intimate look into the mind of an adorable mad-genius than his stand-up routines. I wish there would have been more.
There are four major essays here, and they range from pretty good to classic Oswalt. The title essay describing teenagers as falling into one of three groups is just wonderful. The article about working in a subterranean mall cineplex goes on too long, but the lyrics read by Michael Stipe rock. The last two articles about being on the road in the 1990s feel like two parts of the same article, and are reasonably funny and insightful, but again, go on to long.
Sorry to say, despite the effort that went into an fully illustrated chapter and fake hobo songs, the rest of the book feels either like filler (I wasn't all that interested in his childhood snow fort) or a clever idea that doesn't really work, or both. The hobo songs are especially irksome. The music is actually nice, but the whole "I'm singing ridiculously rude things only to claim they mean something else" is very one note and juvenile.
Having said that, it all goes down really easy; I mean, it's only 3 1/2 hours of material.
If you do buy the book, make sure to download the PDF so you can see the illustrated chapter; the artwork is quite nice. I didn't realize a PDF existed until I heard about it in the book. You can find the PDF in your library just right of the jacket illustration where it says "PDF".
So, to summarize, I continue to be a gigantic Oswalt fan, and have just purchased his second book, which is a real dandy concept. I just wish this book had more first rate Oswalt in it.