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D. Gutterud

SDave

St. Paul, MN United States | Member Since 2010

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  • I Drink for a Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Cross
    • Narrated By David Cross
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (224)

    After a decade spent in isolation in the Ugandan jungles thinking about stuff, David Cross has written his first book. Known for roles on the small screen such as "never-nude" Tobias Funke on Arrested Development and the role of "David" in Mr. Show with Bob And David, as well as a hugely successful stand-up routine full of sharp-tongued rants and rages, Cross has carved out his place in American comedy.

    Nikki says: "Hilarious but a little preachy"
    "Couldn't take any more of him"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about I Drink for a Reason? What did you like least?

    I was expecting more humor but instead he just drags on and on about boring little anecdotal stuff. The first couple of chapters were funny and I was patting myself on the back for another good purchase. But then he ran out of material. The bulk of the book felt like he was just babbling into a recorder to fill up the rest of the book. Sure, anyone that writes a book like this is already a little self centered but he pushed right past that into totally self indulgent and self centered. I don't care about the little crap that is bouncing around in your head or the reason you do the things you do. I'm here for COMEDY and HUMOR. After about 1/3 of the book I honestly couldn't listen to him any more.And why in the world would you berate people for listening to the audiobook ON THE AUDIOBOOK?


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something humorous


    Would you listen to another book narrated by David Cross?

    Never


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Never


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chris Hardwick
    • Narrated By Chris Hardwick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (775)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (717)

    Nerds: Once a tormented subrace of humans... Now captains of industry! You don’t have to be a stereotypical geekwad to appreciate the tenets of Nerdism and to make your innate talents for overanalysis and hyper-self-awareness work for you instead of against you. Join Nerd superstar Chris Hardwick as he offers his fellow “creative-obsessives” the crucial information needed to come out on top in the current Nerd uprising. Success is the most satisfying - and legal - form of vengeance there is. And you can achieve it when you follow the Nerdist Way,

    Anne Terry says: "hashtag squee"
    "How to Succeed: Drink & play until you get lucky"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People that want to believe that eventually their life of partying and video gaming can magically turn around and they can become successful.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Chris Hardwick again?

    Absolutely not - I don't even know if I can listen to his stand up (which I liked) any more now that I know what a douche he is.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Chris Hardwick?

    Nothing would have saved this self absorbed pat on on his own back.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Shear and utter disappointment. I'm mostly disappointed in the fact that he is almost condoning his early addictive behaviors in a "boys will be boys" sort of explanation. Yes, I drank too much and screwed around too much but come on....it all worked out. Just pretend you're a D&D character, role for improvement and you too can back your way into success.


    Any additional comments?

    He's not a nerd...he's an incredibly lucky jack-off that uses too much profanity and too many sexual self pleasure references to try to get his point across. But hey, if you like to hear references about whacking of in a church or long rants about getting healthy, then this audiobook is for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Greg Dean
    • Narrated By Greg Dean
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (52)

    Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy, written by Greg Dean, is a comprehensive guide for people who are funny, want to be funnier, or have dreams of being a stand-up comedian. This first-of-its-kind audiobook demystifies the craft of comedy by breaking it down to the fundamental skills used by professional funny people. Dean lays out these skills in simple-to-understand lessons that are easy to practice and master.

    Scott says: "Solid Advice, Horrendous Delivery. Read it instead"
    "Hard to keep listening - probably better in print"
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    Story

    I'm hoping that this book lost something on the way to becoming an audiobook because I thought this was a train wreck. Yes, there are some great tips on developing jokes and a stand-up routine but its lost in a bunch of boring narration by the author....stuff that could be easily skipped over in a book format.

    I think part of the problem probably lies in the fact that you can't teach humor. You have to have it...you can't fake it. But the author seems to think he can teach ANYONE to write jokes so he spends an inordinate amount of time on the minutia and repeating things.

    This book would have been better if he had assumed that people had some clue regarding joke development. Or maybe 1 guide for humorless and one advanced guide for people that already knew a little about being funny.

    Instead, this book is only marginally effective, especially in audio format. I couldn't finish it - I was sick of the pace, or lack thereof.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (6192)
    Performance
    (2980)
    Story
    (3001)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "I was surprised by how much I loved it!"
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    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Not many authors should be reading their own books - Gaiman is an exception.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't normally care for this type of novel but I'll have to say that this one sucked me in and I found myself looking forward to my next drive so that I could hear more. I listened to it after incessant badgering by a friend and she was right - this was a great book.

    I will definitely put more Gaiman books on my wish list!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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