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
"Armstrong offers a masterly look at one of the greatest shows." (Library Journal)
More about Seinfeld and Larry David, less about the bit players. And redo the narration!
Some fun, interesting nuggets for the faithful.
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.
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!
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.
They only thing worse than the narrator of this book is the actual Seinfeld series finale.
Yes, buy the book and ready it to yourself.
Awful! A mime would have done a better job.
The only thing worse than the narrator of this book is the Seinfeld series Finale!
Did I mention that the narrator of this book is the worst one I have listened to in over a decade of listening to Audible audiobooks. To be fair, she is probably OK for other types of books, just not a biopic on Seinfeld.
I didn't think I had a preconceived notion about this book yet it was not what I expected. It took me a while to get into it. Once I did, it is an in depth look at all things Seinfeld. An unusual walk down memory lane.
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!
Fun. Interesting. Slow.
Larry. That's obvious
Eh, Seinfeld doesn't dwell in the 'moving'
The narrator is sooooo slow and overly emotive; however, this is fixable. If you bump the speed to 1.25 or 1.5, she's much more tolerable.
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