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I Love You More Than You Know: Essays | [Jonathan Ames]

I Love You More Than You Know: Essays

In his latest collection, I Love You More Than You Know, Ames proves once again his immense talent for turning his own adventures, neuroses, joys, heartaches, and insights into profound and hilarious tales. Alive with love and tenderness for his son, his parents, his great-aunt, and even strangers in bars late at night, in I Love You More Than You Know Ames looks beneath the surface of our world to find the beauty in the perverse, the sweetness in loneliness, and the humor in pain.
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Publisher's Summary

Jonathan Ames has drawn comparisons across the literary spectrum, from David Sedaris to F. Scott Fitzgerald to Woody Allen to P.G. Wodehouse, and his books, as well as his abilities as a performer, have made him a favorite on The Late Show with David Letterman. Whether he's chasing deranged cockroaches around his apartment, kissing a beautiful actress on the set of an avant-garde film, finding himself stuck perilously on top of a fence in Memphis in the middle of the night, or provoking fights with huge German men, Jonathan Ames has an uncanny knack for getting himself into outlandish situations.

In his latest collection, I Love You More Than You Know, Ames proves once again his immense talent for turning his own adventures, neuroses, joys, heartaches, and insights into profound and hilarious tales. Alive with love and tenderness for his son, his parents, his great-aunt, and even strangers in bars late at night, in I Love You More Than You Know Ames looks beneath the surface of our world to find the beauty in the perverse, the sweetness in loneliness, and the humor in pain.

©2006 Jonathan Ames; (P)2006 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"His prose sparkles with offhand comic insights." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Patricia Greenwich, CT, USA 10-11-07
    Patricia Greenwich, CT, USA 10-11-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Just awful!"

    From the publisher's summary: "Jonathan Ames has drawn comparisons across the literary spectrum, from David Sedaris to F. Scott Fitzgerald to Woody Allen to P.G. Wodehouse, and his books, as well as his abilities as a performer, have made him a favorite on The Late Show with David Letterman".
    What a con job. I have never read anything in Fitzgerald, Wodehouse or Allen about detailed bowel movements and smells or wieners. And as for his "performance"...the author gives no life to his characters...there is no inflection in his reading. It's awful to listen to him. After a 1/2 hour of listening to this grossness, I deleted it from my ipod.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amy hilton head island, SC, USA 04-19-06
    Amy hilton head island, SC, USA 04-19-06
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    "Skip it"

    I am far from a prude, but after listening to the first two essays, I turned it off - it felt to me like a school child saying naughty words just to get a reaction. Skip this one for sure.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Houston, TX, United States 04-16-06
    John Houston, TX, United States 04-16-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Wiener Man"

    Two or three pieces into this collection, I thought - this is a guy who writes about his wiener. Turns out I was more right than I knew - apparently, Mr. Ames main though not exclusive ouevre in this and other books is his wiener and other humiliating, enslaving parts of anatomy.

    The theme weaving through these essays is doubt at middle age by a writer on the margins, living at times with his parents. Mid-life crisis, as it is more colloquially known. The stories are tidy, engaging, if a little self-obsessive.

    Wileycoyote gives it four beeps and sez check it out if you're a middle-aged guy mostly. I suspect the ladies will have sharply diverging views on this, but what do I know, I'm a guy.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Prindle Erie, PA United States 03-23-06
    Rob Prindle Erie, PA United States 03-23-06 Member Since 2002

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    "You'll hate this more than you know"

    The author has the unique talent of boiling every human emotion down to clich?. No doubt Ames has his penis covered, but if you’re looking for human insight you’ll no doubt find more reading a bottle of shampoo than you will listening to this audio book. And that’s another curious thing – the Jonathan Ames is a truly horrible reader. Why would the publisher allow him to narrate

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    matthew san diego, CA, United States 06-02-13
    matthew san diego, CA, United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2008

    I am an English teacher in China and can now read and write some Chinese.I have been to 13 countries on 4 continents.I am an avid audiophile

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    "Depressing"

    The writer seemed to be depressed and initially I thought this would be funny,but it didn't prove so.There were some amusing part,but nothing redeeming.This was a wasted credit.Furthermore,the narrator didn't speak in an enthusiastic manner,so it didn't hold my attention well.

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    Heather Allard 03-04-06 Member Since 2000
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    "Don't bother"

    How can a 40 year old man still be so obsessed with his own penis. Get over it, it's really not that interesting.

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    "Painful narration, painful book"



    I really don't understand where this book is trying to go, after 40 minutes I gave up due to just how tedious it was. The general theme seemed to be his own sexual perversion and his disappointment with life.



    Few authors choose to narrate their own work, and this is a great example of why most authors shouldn't (there are some books that are great exceptions though!). The narration is droning, sombre, and full of depression. I would have given the book more time to win me over, had it not been for the terrible narration.

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