I've been a big fan of Bianculli's, enjoying his reviews, blogs and your appearances on Fresh Air. I just heard a repeat of his interview with Terri about Dangerously Funny. This made me race off to Audible.com to see if there was a recorded version (the only kind of book I read for various reasons). At Audible I discovered the book was long and cost more than the usual $14.00 or so I spend for a book. This was $18+ but oh, well. I clicked "buy" without listening to a sample, which I almost always do. Oh, how disappointed I am. A book is only as good as its narrator. I'm sorry but I expected Bianculli's quality...maybe not his voice which I love, but at least as good a speaker. But no, this voice is monotone, unexciting, and just plain irritating (sorry, Heller). I've been considering asking for my money back, but the topic interests me so much that I think I'll stick with it. But if he writes another book, and I hope he does, please don't use Johnny Heller to narrate it. I know it's a lot of work, but he would do such a better job of reading his own material.
The reader! Why, oh why, didn't the author hire a professional reader? Even though I listened to the end, it was painful. I had to work so hard to understand his immature phrasing, and his attempts at foreign names was unintelligible.
The subject. I'll read anything written about Leonard Cohen.
Joshua Pollock who read I'm Your Man is good.
If you haven't got one single thing to do while you're at the computer, go ahead and listen to this. Open up a solitaire game, put your fingers on auto pilot and listen to this drivel, but beware! A little of John Hodgman goes a LONG way.
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