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Little Failure: A Memoir | [Gary Shteyngart]

Little Failure: A Memoir

After three acclaimed novels - The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Absurdistan, and Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far.

Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, moving insights, and literary bravado. The result is a resonant story of family and belonging that feels epic and intimate and distinctly his own. Provocative, hilarious, and inventive, Little Failure reveals a deeper vein of emotion in Gary Shteyngart' s prose.

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Publisher's Summary

After three acclaimed novels - The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Absurdistan, and Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far.

Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, moving insights, and literary bravado. The result is a resonant story of family and belonging that feels epic and intimate and distinctly his own. Provocative, hilarious, and inventive, Little Failure reveals a deeper vein of emotion in Gary Shteyngart' s prose. It is a memoir of an immigrant family coming to America, as told by a lifelong misfit who forged from his imagination an essential literary voice and, against all odds, a place in the world.

©2014 Gary Shteyngart (P)2014 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Jonathan Todd Ross had to meet quite a challenge while narrating Shteyngart's memoir filled with humor, sarcasm, self-deprecation, and personal triumphs - and succeed he does in representing the author with pizzazz." (AudioFile)

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    HRD Kansas City 01-22-14
    HRD Kansas City 01-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I loved this book - funny, sad, all that nonsense"
    What made the experience of listening to Little Failure the most enjoyable?

    My personal identification with the author.


    What other book might you compare Little Failure to and why?

    Davis Sedaris works.


    What about Jonathan Todd Ross’s performance did you like?

    It was good, but would have preferred the author's own voice. JTR sounded distinctly un-Jewish and un-New Yorker


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    this is a dumb question


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 01-29-14
    Gregory AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Almost as good as Super Sad True Love Story"

    Jonathan Todd Ross did a great job bringing Gary's work to life. If I had been reading instead of listening, I might have struggled with the Russian words, so this was a good one to listen to. The ending falters a bit, becoming the typical "how I became a successful writer" story, which is why it was a four-star and not a five-star listen. This is a fairly negligible complaint, because most of the book is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Bethesda, MD, United States 01-14-14
    Judy Bethesda, MD, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Little Failure the most enjoyable?

    The narrator has a calm, clear voice. He is able to shift from an English accent to Russian accent to Russian to Hebrew in a smooth and natural way. He really captured the emotion in the words he read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's ability to laugh at himself and his keen satire on a number of topics.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    wobbly WNC USA 04-18-14
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    "Wrong narrator for this book"

    If I could have rated only the narrator, I would have liked to. I could not take his overly theatric narration, so I gave up after a few chapters. It's therefore unfair for me to rate the story and writing since I'm sure I would love the book with a more appropriate reader. Google informs me this narrator is primarily a voice artist for children's animated films, and that makes total sense. Too much emoting from my earbuds.

    So I still need to read this book.

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    Litlepapoose United States 02-12-14
    Litlepapoose United States 02-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story, wonderful narration!"

    The narration complements the text wonderfully. I am not sure the author could have done better himself. The narrator has different voices for the author as adult, as child, for his father etc. It is a wonderful performance and you will not want to stop listening. Absolutely worth it. I can see myself listening to this at another time, and perhaps even reading Shteyngart's books.

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