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Seinfeldia Audiobook

Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything

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Publisher's Summary

Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn't think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly.

In Seinfeldia, acclaimed TV historian and entertainment writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon. She brings listeners behind the scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying, "No soup for you!", Joe Davola gets questioned every day about his sanity, Kenny Kramer makes his living giving tours of New York sights from the show, and fans dress up in Jerry's famous puffy shirt, dance like Elaine, and imagine plotlines for Seinfeld if it were still on TV.

©2016 Jennifer Armstrong (P)2016 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Armstrong offers a masterly look at one of the greatest shows." (Library Journal)

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    Mark Raglan, New Zealand 07-27-16
    Mark Raglan, New Zealand 07-27-16 Member Since 2016

    I love listening to books when cycling, paddleboarding, etc but I press pause when I need to concentrate. Its safer & I don't lose the plot!

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    "An audiobook about nothing"

    A few times I’ve started an Audible book review with the following formula: You have to like ‘X’ to like this book, and this formula applies again here: I think you would probably have to like Seinfeld to enjoy this book.

    It’s the (mostly) interesting story of how a ‘show about nothing’ evolved from being a culty, avant-garde minority comedy into an absolute blockbuster, breaking records for viewing figures and the number of reruns.

    Initially it seemed unlikely that this quirky comedy, in which four unlovable, selfish, petty people spend entire episodes bickering about little things that have annoyed them, would enter the mainstream. “Who wants to watch Jewish people running around being neurotic in New York?” was one early evaluation of its prospects.

    But something about this show hooked people - and it became phenomenally successful. The characters may be petty and selfish but they are brilliantly funny and the shows were superbly written. It became so successful that the storylines were somehow allowed to cross way over the boundaries of propriety (in one episode there is a competition to see who can resist masturbating for the longest time, and in another they discuss parking in a disabled parking space in a very politically insensitive manner).

    This book tells the story, and apart from the odd bit of meandering off into mundane digressions, it's a good listen. If you like Seinfeld.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Graeme Sydney, Australia 10-06-16
    Graeme Sydney, Australia 10-06-16 Member Since 2011
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    "This bad narration is making me thirsty..."

    Before buying this audiobook I read the reviews and noticed a lot of negative comments about the narration. So as I began listening, I was scratching my head trying to work out what people could be so annoyed by as the narration seemed fine to me. It wasn't until the narrator begins to quote people or, even worse re-enact scenes from Seinfeld that I got the full force of some very bad narration. Every male voice by this female narrator comes across as a fat neanderthal buffoon, while her impersonation of Julia Louis Dreyfus / Elaine is cringeworthy.
    If you can get past this, there is some interesting trivia about the creation of the show, the writers, and of course the actors (major and minor) and Seinfeld and Larry David. Probably a little too much importance is attached to some bizarre Seinfeld related crazes that have sprung up in the years since the show ended, including a completely unnecessary and boring account of a few faux Seinfeld twitter accounts that I doubt anyone has ever heard of. The last half an hour or so of the audiobook can be skipped and you won't miss anything except for a brief mention of the Jerry / George Super Bowl ad right in the final few minutes of the audiobook.
    If you really liked Seinfeld and are interested in a peek behind the scenes, this is a mostly interesting book and has a few nice moments of reminiscence, and for that its worth the listen - if you can get past the terrible narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mia Barnett 07-17-16
    Mia Barnett 07-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A few fun stories, terrible narration!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    More about Seinfeld and Larry David, less about the bit players. And redo the narration!


    Would you recommend Seinfeldia to your friends? Why or why not?

    Some fun, interesting nuggets for the faithful.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Terrible narrator! Overly dramatic, even when there was nothing dramatic going on. Emphasized words for no apparent reason. Too slow. Like she was reading to a group of six year olds.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Suzette Mc Penna 03-13-17
    Suzette Mc Penna 03-13-17 Member Since 2017

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    "For the TRUE SEINFELD fan!!!!"
    Where does Seinfeldia rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the history of my favorite tv comedy very much. I learned the real story behind Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer. It was quite interesting to hear the back story of a show which will continue to affect our culture ad infinitum. Good for the true fan which I am.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Seinfeldia?

    Probably for me, it was learning all about the writers and how Larry David's stories became episodes (for example, after being fired, returned to the job as if nothing had happened)


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

    Not a super narrator, in my opinion. In fact, she was irritating at times.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No. The whole book moved me as I have watched every episode so often, I know what the next line of dialogue will be.


    Any additional comments?

    It brought back the fact that I WISH IT COULD COME BACK though I know that that will never happen. No show will ever come near this one with its brilliance.

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    Ishan 02-27-17
    Ishan 02-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Multiple voices. amazing. great job."

    Its so amazing. All the different voices make the experience so much better. Much recommended. Great job

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    JOSEPH 02-14-17
    JOSEPH 02-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Always neat seeing the behind the scenes stuff"

    Was a quick read and just neat to see how much of an impact it was and still is. If you love comedy you respect how difficult it is to remain.

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    DTinIndy Indianapolis, IN 01-27-17
    DTinIndy Indianapolis, IN 01-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Lots of writing about writers!"

    The narration was great. The unending commentary about writers and the world of writing was exhausting. But, I'm not a quitter and finally got to some good tidbits about the show material and actors in about chapter 10. If you are looking to learn how hard it is to be a sitcom writer, this book is for you. If you are looking for laughs about the Seinfeld things we all love, keep looking.

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    greg Ventura, CA, United States 09-13-16
    greg Ventura, CA, United States 09-13-16 Member Since 2010
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    "great story wrong voice."

    just had a hard time listening to the narrator trying to do male voices. ouch.

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    Eydie Rogers 09-09-16
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    "Blast from the past"

    it was so awesome to go back to the good old days remembering all of the funny funny episodes. I learned a lot about what was going on behind the scenes. Very intetesting!

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    Milton Pennypacker 08-23-16
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    "great rehashing of show"

    loved it. the reader is unfairly treated in reviews. she adds depth to the story

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