No, one time through is enough
When I heard that Stephen played Stu, Marcie's husband on Californication it increased my level of enjoyment. It struck me as one of those "close to home" characters.
There are several moving moments in the book
Stephen comes across as a very clever and talented guy and an excellent story teller.
An Artists life.
The stories of his life are woven in such a way in and out of time. The life lessons and universal themes were enlightening.
He is the storyteller of his own life as an actor. As good an actor as he is he is a greater storyteller.
Book Lover in Ottawa
Everyone knows Stephen Tobolowsky, even if they are not sure who he is. Try IMDB and you'll figure out who he is. This was not only a great set of stories about Stephen's life, but in so many ways a lesson on how everyone should approach their lives.
This book had me really laughing in places. Stephen tells great stories and I could relate to each and every one of of his stories.
This is a book that benefits reading by the author and I can't wait for the next instalment. Highly recommended.
Riveting Insightful Hilarious
This book was very enjoyable, from the inside stories of his acting experiences, to the mundane everyday occurences. He is a terrific writer, and I hope he has some more stories left for another book (or more!).
No. I listened over several weeks.
Stephen Tobolowsky’s “The Dangerous Animals Club” is a charming, insightful, and often funny memoir delivered in the form of non-chronological stories that somehow make perfect sense in their seemingly random sequence. As to be expected, some stories are better than others, but the really good ones are so captivating that I had to stop everything else I was doing and just listen in awe. The not-so-good ones were still okay. And while I was bored by his many bible references, they were short enough to be bearable.
Stephen’s performance was funny and flawless.
I can't imagine this book as anything other than an audio book read by the author-- not surprising considering it was based on Tobo's podcasts "The Tobolowsky Files." The stories sound like they're being told casually by a friend, although they are clearly extremely well-crafted. Funny, touching, and more-often-than-not quite poignant. I can't decide if Tobo has led a captivatingly amazing life-- or if he's just a captivatingly amazing storyteller. Most likely a little of both. There's a "This American Life" feel to it— where both the strange and the mundane can lead to something bigger or deeper. If you like that show, you'll like this book. And if you don't like that show, then you're too cynical and/or hip for this book. And I feel sorry for you.
Was ready to delete it after the first 30 min. but glad that I didn't it was very good until the last word. The only thing I had against it was the time line of the stories, keep me confused at times.