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Don't Get Too Comfortable (Unabridged Selections) Audiobook

Don't Get Too Comfortable (Unabridged Selections)

David Rakoff's bestselling collection of autobiographical essays, Fraud, established him as one of today's funniest and most insightful writers. Now, in Don't Get Too Comfortable, Rakoff moves from the personal to the public, journeying into the land of unchecked plenty that is contemporary America. Rarely have greed, vanity, selfishness, and vapidity been so mercilessly and wittily skewered.
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David Rakoff's best-selling collection of autobiographical essays, Fraud, established him as one of today's funniest and most insightful writers. Now, in Don't Get Too Comfortable, Rakoff moves from the personal to the public, journeying into the land of unchecked plenty that is contemporary America. Rarely have greed, vanity, selfishness, and vapidity been so mercilessly and wittily skewered.

Somewhere along the line, our healthy self-regard has exploded into obliterating narcissism; our manic getting and spending have now become celebrated as moral virtues. Whether contrasting the elegance of one of the last flights of the supersonic Concorde with the good-times-and-chicken-wings populism of Hooters Air, working as a cabana boy at a South Beach hotel, or traveling to a private island off the coast of Belize to watch a soft-core video shoot, where he is provided with his very own personal manservant, Rakoff takes us on a bitingly funny grand tour of our culture of excess. He comes away from his explorations hilariously horrified.

At once a Wildean satire of our ridiculous culture of overconsumption and a plea for a little human decency, Don't Get Too Comfortable shows that far from being bobos in paradise, we're in a special circle of gilded-age hell.

©2005 David Rakoff; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Rakoff knows the incantatory power of a story well-told, the art of keeping words aloft like the bubbles in a champagne flute. He possesses the crackling wit of a '30s screwball comedy ingenue, a vocabulary that is a treasure chest of mots justes, impressive but most times not too showy for everyday wear." (Los Angeles Times)

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    Meghan Austin, TX, United States 05-05-10
    Meghan Austin, TX, United States 05-05-10
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    "Very enjoyable listening"

    I really enjoyed listening to this. This is my first Rakoff experience, I I liked it. Healso has a a good narration style, so I think it added to the book quite a bit to have been narrated by him. What a treat!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen EL CERRITO, CA, United States 08-30-09
    Ellen EL CERRITO, CA, United States 08-30-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Not what I was expecting:"

    I grow weary of Rakoff's tireless self-analysis and intent to experience the costliest of lifestyles in as much misery as possible. His work on This American Life was entertaining, but I will not be buying another of his books.

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    dgc 10-07-05
    dgc 10-07-05 Listener Since 2005
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    "PJ O'Rourke has nothing to worry about"

    Though the views of the publisher and selected Newspaper reviews term this book and author, "one of the funniest and insightful writers," of "crackling wit," who has created a "story well told," allow me to differ.

    Within the first ten minutes we learn that the author has decided to immigrate to America, and that he seems to hate everything about America. Who would take the time and effort he describes to migrate to a country whose leaders and politics he can't stand? The writer definitely is not insightful.

    As for "witty"? Perhaps one listens to a description of Barbara Bush, W's daughter, '.. liquor-swilling, girl-gone-wild, human ashtray of a daughter. I'm sorry, that's not fair; I've no idea if she smokes." and thinks it witty. Quite simply it is adolescent and immature.

    One certainly will not hear anything as witty and insightful as Mr. O'Rourke's riff on Congress - far from it. Not worth the electrons to hold it in your computer, the CD on which to burn it or the window to throw it out of.

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    C Jones Scottsdale, AZ United States 01-03-10
    C Jones Scottsdale, AZ United States 01-03-10 Member Since 2015

    C Jones

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    "Review of "Don't Get Too Comfortable""

    This is biased political commentary and I suppose the author has the right to say whatever he wants - but I wanted wit, observation and insight without being beat over the head with his point of view. Very disappointing....I deleted it after about 30 minutes of listening.

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    Karl 03-12-09
    Karl 03-12-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Not so much"

    I had a hard time getting past the purple prose and the arch reading style.

    Possibly the book may be better in print, but there is still the flood of adverbs, adjectives and insipid similes to content with...

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    Amazon Customer 10-06-05
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    "Listen to the entire audio sample."

    This book should be subtitled, 'Yes I am a homosexual, and Yes I do hate George Bush". The book is humorous but with a sharp biting edge that you will find irritating unless you also hate George Bush. If you are at the far left edge of the American political spectrum or you hate America for any other reason, you will love this book.

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    rguy2 02-20-15
    rguy2 02-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    I couldn't imagine subjecting myself to the entire pathetic sorry excuse for literature. very disappointed and will avoid this author at ALL costs!

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    Joseph Mouer Alexandria, VA 10-30-05
    Joseph Mouer Alexandria, VA 10-30-05 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "The is a terrible book"

    I guess if I were to boil down my review it would read: DO NOT BUY THIS TRASH. So, having said that...why? Well essentially, as other reviewers have said, this book really is a diatribe on people the other seems
    1. Never to have actally met
    2. Seems to hate

    Sound good to you? Didn't think so....

    11 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Kristina Breckenridge, CO, USA 10-21-06
    Kristina Breckenridge, CO, USA 10-21-06
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    "Shallow Social Commentary"

    I bought this because of his hilarious interview with Jon Stewart about the Log Cabin Republicans. It's very disappointing though, mostly shallow self-absorbed comments about fashion shows and fasting. The only political riff is about the Log Cabin Republicans, and he never even mentions that they may have a small problem with self-hatred. Too bad, he is funny, just not interesting or observant or thoughtful about anyone but himself.

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    Henry Toulouse 06, N/A, France 10-22-05
    Henry Toulouse 06, N/A, France 10-22-05
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    "a"

    Rakoff is a Neurotic Gay, Canadian exile and also a totally self adsorbed, navel gazing intellectual New York Jew. If you don't share all of these exotic personality determinants you will rapidly become annoyed rather than charmed by his seeming hopeless existential predicament. Long ago, Woody Allen did much, but not all, of this kind of complex shtick. He did much better and with much greater charm. Here, it starts to grate on your nerves long before it mericifully ends.
    Who needs this.....

    2 of 13 people found this review helpful

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