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Gina

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  • The Dangerous Animals Club

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Stephen Tobolowsky
    • Narrated By Stephen Tobolowsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    If you ran into Stephen Tobolowsky on the street, you would not be mistaken: Yes, you’ve seen him before. A childhood dentist? A former geometry teacher? Your local florist? Tobolowsky is a character actor, one of the most prolific screen and stage presences of our time, having appeared in productions that range from Deadwood to Glee, from Mississippi Burning to Groundhog Day. But Stephen Tobolowsky, it turns out, is not just an actor; he is also a dazzlingly talented storyteller and writer.

    Gina says: "Will Rogers, Spalding Gray, Alexandre Dumas HACKS!"
    "Will Rogers, Spalding Gray, Alexandre Dumas HACKS!"
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    If you could sum up The Dangerous Animals Club in three words, what would they be?

    Charming, human, inspirational.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dangerous Animals Club?

    It happens a lot with the way Tobo crafts a tale. There is an A and B story line and they always intertwine at the end with a great "youseetimmy" Which of course is the morale to a given story. The term is derived from the end of Lassie episodes. "you see, Timmy...."


    What does Stephen Tobolowsky bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His own experience. These stories are his own. He knows where to slow down, where to punch a line, where to pause. I can't imagine them told in any other voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I honestly feel like I am a better human being for hearing this book, not to mention his podcast. I giggle, I get misty, even with repeated listens. I have bought this book and the audiobook for family and friends, I suggest you do the same.


    Any additional comments?

    I've had one cyber run in with the author. My daughter who was 11 at the time, was auditioning for a play and subsequently got the lead. She was freaking out about a fast approaching opening night and worried about learning all her lines. I had been a fan of the Tobolowsky Files podcast and I shot a tweet to him.

    Not only did he respond to my tweet, but he sent my daughter a long email spelling out different techniques for learning a script and preparing a part. Anybody in the industry that is as busy as he who takes that kind of personal time out for a fan who is thousands of miles away is a stand up guy in my book.

    Cheers

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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