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.
I really love Patton Oswalt's comedy. He is amazing. This "book" is not amazing. I have a hard time calling it a book. There are a couple of funny stories and a lot of other stuff that I don't know what to call.
AVOID THIS BOOK!
I enjoy Patton Oswalt as an actor and given other reviews hoped his book would reflect a level of thoughtfulness. It was not to be.
The essays I was able to finish include (among others) faux (I hope) comments on a faux (I hope) typically Hollywood gross-out comedy script, and an ode to a Dungeons and Dragons character. In a word: puerile.
About a third of the way through I realized that I didn't have to put myself through listening to the rest even if I did pay for it.
Patton in the book reminded me of the characters in the movie "Sideways," who I regard as sociopaths and infantalized adults. This smirky, antisocial hipness is supposed to winked at, as we are all in on the joke. Not me.
If you liked the characters in "Sideways" you may well find this book to be a work of genius. And there may well be something worthwhile later on, but I couldn't wait for it.
Lite-Spoiler (you are warned) - I really enjoyed this performance. It was playful and funny. He does a great job of letting you figure out parts of the story on your own. Also near then end when he comes to his conclusion over the coke head club owner, I found that truly profound. I really don't want to ruin it with saying what it is, but seriously it is truly a pearl of wisdom and I really mean that.
On the down side, the REM quotes early on are really over used and distract from the book. I was REALLY concerned they would run throughout the book, but I am glad it was only in the beginning.