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 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.
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!
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.
Oswalt is actually a pretty good narrator but the material was not all that funny and the REM quotes totally disrupted the flow of the reading.