I enjoyed Oswalt's book a great deal. His observations into growing up into growing up off the cultural beaten path (and growing up in general) are entertaining as well as insightful. Fans of his stand up may be surprised by some of the books more poignant moments. Its not a cry-fest; there are plenty of outrageous anecdotes but some of the books highlights are passages Oswalt describing his relationship and observations of his uncle, and those of his first awareness of infideltiy through the the slits of a snow fort. Oswalt's stand up is amazing - I think I could be an even better writer.
A lover of quirky stories and characters.
Absolutely. Patton Oswalt is one of the Best working stand-ups out there right now.
A History of America from 1988 to 1996 As Recounted by the Three Types of Comedians I Opened for While Working Clubs on the Road. It's Simple amazing
Packed with Laugh Out Loud chapters and the memoir-stlye chapters are very enjoyable for those (like me) who like to get a look into the head of a comedian.
I hate to repeat myself but Patton Oswalt is one of the Best Working Stand-Ups out there right now. This is A MUST HAVE for any comedy nerd. I would also recommend picking up the Paperback print copy as there is some additional material.
I love everything from an epic fantasy to a book on virology. I listen everyday.
I have happily re-listened to this brief yet entertaining piece in the range of tens of times. His voice is lulling and his point of view unique. It's like his memoir mixed with random imagined musings. Anyone who hangs out with Maynard is clearly the man. If you're already Patton fan you'll like this.
Narration is terrible as far as loudness or volume. I listen to books on car road trips and this one required constant fiddling with the volume. Too soft, too loud.
If I had become interested in the story, maybe I would have continued to fiddle, but as the story seems geared to the music group REM's fans, and them alone, I couldn't be bothered.
Patton's voice rocks and his storytelling ability is such that even a lame story SOUNDS interesting enough to keep listening and remember.
possibly. this memior hodgepodge thing was definitely... weird.
Descriptions of childhood and early performance experiences were my favorite. He was so normal and down to earth, I could relate.
no, not really. It was nice listening a little at a time as I took walks with my dog.
now I know how to play D and D. Thanks, Patton.
I bought this because I am a big fan of Patton Oswalt. I was expecting something completely different. This read was all over the map and the humorous parts were entertaining, unfortunately there were not enough of them to keep me interested. This is the first Audio book I had to shut off mid way through.
I then went and watched one of his stand up specials, and he redeemed himself!
I'm a big Patton Oswalt fan. If you enjoy Patton's comedy than you will like this book. If you are not a Patton Oswalt fan than you may find it a bit dry at times.
I am a big fan of Patton Oswalt's stand up comedy and work. But this audiobook fails as a comedy album (I only laughed a couple of times) a biography (it has some interesting ancedotes but nothing really enthralling) or a collection of cultural observations (I would recommend Chuck Klosterman for that). But it is a rather cheap buy and would be good for a short road trip where you want something light that would not distract you from the driving or for HUGE Patton Oswalt fans.
I am a young actor and comedian, and so much of what Patton speaks to strikes a deeper chord with the artistic community. If you are a comedian, listen to this book, and realize that what we are doing is difficult, and that to get to the best of that, you have to find the humor in your life and hammer it out past the bad stuff.
I love Patton Oswalt generally, but this was terrible. It seemed to be mostly stream of consciousness writing with LOTS of obscure references to things in the 80's that I was too young to remember. If you're nostalgic for that time, however, some of this may appeal to you.