We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son | [Michael Chabon]

Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son

As a devoted son, as a passionate husband, and above all as a father, Chabon's memories of childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce, of moments of painful adolescent comedy and giddy encounters with the popular art and literature of his own youth, are like a theme played by the mad quartet of which he now finds himself co-conductor. At once dazzling, hilarious, and moving, Manhood for Amateurs is destined to become a classic.
Regular Price:$27.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Audible Editor Reviews

Whether reflecting on his role as son, brother, husband, or father, Chabon's delightful essays are provocative and insightful. This wide-ranging collection touches on everything from becoming a father to losing a father-in-law (through divorce); from musings on a quirky childhood to a discussion of what society considers to be a "good father" today. He also describes his quandary over what to do with his four children's prolific artwork. By turns poignant and witty, Chabon is a comfortable, inviting narrator. His relaxed and conversational style is shot through with occasional fervent moments. He's unhurried yet precise in his pacing and phrasing, and most of all likably, often ruefully, humorous.

Publisher's Summary

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author offers his first major work of nonfiction, an autobiographical narrative as inventive, beautiful, and powerful as his acclaimed, award-winning fiction.

Manhood for Amateurs is the first sustained work of personal writing from Michael Chabon. In these insightful, provocative, slyly interlinked essays, one of our most brilliant and humane writers presents his autobiography and his vision of life in the way so many of us experience our own: as a series of reflections, regrets, and re-examinations, each sparked by an encounter, in the present, that holds some legacy of the past.

What does it mean to be a man today? As a devoted son, as a passionate husband, and above all as a father, Chabon's memories of childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce, of moments of painful adolescent comedy and giddy encounters with the popular art and literature of his own youth, are like a theme played by the mad quartet of which he now finds himself co-conductor.

At once dazzling, hilarious, and moving, Manhood for Amateurs is destined to become a classic.

©2009 Michael Chabon; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Both lyrical and side-splittingly funny.... Readers seeking the intelligence of Updike; the gentle, brainy appeal of Sedaris; or the literary virtuosity of Nabokov will thoroughly enjoy." (Library Journal)

"Chabon takes a big, fat swing at the essay form with his second collection and achieves success....These warm and thoughtful essays underscore just how good a wordsmith Chabon is-regardless of the form he chooses." (Booklist)

"Wry and heartfelt, Chabon's riffs uncover brand-new insights in even the most quotidian subjects....He applies an unusual level of wit and candor to the form." (Kirkus Reviews)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.8 (164 )
5 star
 (57)
4 star
 (50)
3 star
 (30)
2 star
 (18)
1 star
 (9)
Overall
3.7 (81 )
5 star
 (29)
4 star
 (19)
3 star
 (19)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (7)
Story
3.8 (82 )
5 star
 (30)
4 star
 (21)
3 star
 (23)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (4)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    David Portland, OR, United States 01-11-10
    David Portland, OR, United States 01-11-10 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    31
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Awesome Book!"

    I don't think that the other reviewers actually read this book. Perhaps it is because Michael Chabon and I were born around the same time and have lived some similar experiences, but I thought this book was fantastic. I kept thinking as I would read a particular passage,"yes...I wish I had thought of that" or "I wish I could write like that". It is beautifully written essays about life that are remarkably ordinary and profound at the same time. I love his reading voice too. This is a book that I have now listened to several times and I will keep it on my ipod for a long time hence as well. Thoroughly delightful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kenneth Washington, DC, United States 10-14-09
    Kenneth Washington, DC, United States 10-14-09 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Terrible"

    This book simply isn't funny or insightful. Chabon reminds me of Woody Allen, but without the sense of humor. He's just plain whiny and neurotic. Don't waste your time or money.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joshua Kim Etna, NH, United States 06-10-12
    Joshua Kim Etna, NH, United States 06-10-12 Member Since 2005

    mostly nonfiction listener

    HELPFUL VOTES
    566
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    296
    154
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    312
    8
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loving Chabon"

    Fatherhood is about constant failure. We will be impatient when we should be wise. Focussed on trivial matters when we should be hanging out with our kids. Talking when we should be listening. Distracted when we should be focussed. Chabon is one of my favorite novelists, a beautiful and funny writer. His stories of growing up in a divorced household in the 1970s rang true to my own (although Chabon is about 6 years older) - we both swam through endless amounts of pop culture crap. His attempts to create a stable and invigorating home life (4 kids and a writing spouse) provide a funny roadmap and mirror the rest of us amateur dads, husbands, and guys.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lissa San Diego, CA, United States 12-27-11
    Lissa San Diego, CA, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    29
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    18
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A funny and warm narrative"

    As a long time fan of Michael Chabon and his wife Ayelet Waldman, I felt some trepidation reading his memoir. But my hestitation soon evaporated as I entered into his funny and insightful memories and thoughts.
    Mr. Chabon narrates his own story giving it more depth and feeling. He is a funny smart and modest man living a full life as a father, husband and writer.
    His insights are worth listening to and this audio book was a pleasure to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Randall abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada 06-22-10
    Randall abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada 06-22-10 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    "profound"

    I had moments where I laughed so hard and others where I stopped while I was running on the trail and sat and wept as the images of my life, my own kids, my own father swept over me. What a profound writer and thinker. Outstanding!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mitchel Lazar 08-16-12 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Angry, arrogant liberalism"
    Would you try another book from Michael Chabon and/or Michael Chabon?

    NO!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Chabon again?

    NO


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Chabon’s performances?

    NO


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger that I spent money on such trash.Sad that his profanity laced pose passes for an attempt at parental introspection.Disappointed that society has sunken so low.


    Any additional comments?

    His anger filled diatribes were not informative or entertaining

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    12-27-09
    12-27-09 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    469
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Skip this One!"

    This book was horrible! This book was seperated into several boring stories of the author's childhood/manhood. The crux of each of these stories offered no real value or intrest. This book was not funny, sentimental, or in any way entertaining. Worst of all was the narration in which the author read the book with the voice and inflections of a 5 year old child. Skip this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 12-14-12
    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2008

    A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air

    HELPFUL VOTES
    74
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    84
    59
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Enjoyable, fun and thought provoking!"

    This was a quick read book of essays by and about author Michael Chabon's life.

    Chabon was surprisingly revealing. (I found myself wondering if I were Michael Chabon's kid, would I want to read something that talks so frankly about my parent's sex life or pot-smoking habits? But, that's part of what makes it interesting.) And, while it seemed kind of light weight and quick-to-digest at the time, even after several weeks I still find myself thinking about and talking about some of his essays with others.

    I especially enjoyed the essay about the clock of the long now and how when we were growing up, people actively talked about and imagined the future - what it would be like, look like, the new ways in which people would interact with technology. Chabon said that now, no one thinks about the future - perhaps because daily life is all changing so fast.

    Enjoyable, fun and thought provoking!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Autumn San Francisco, CA, United States 09-26-12
    Autumn San Francisco, CA, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2012

    CorsetLady

    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Amusing ruminations by a charming &bright neurotic"

    I tried this one because I enjoyed The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay so much.
    It was a pleasure to hear him tell his stories, in his own words - his life experience that helped shape that magnificent story.
    The only thing I didn't really care for was the "series of short stories" aspect of it. Why I expected a solid through-line or a planned out story arc I don't know, other than I really admired it in his other book. I will certainly be checking out his other books, but eventually - not right away. I need to be ready to hear about another terrible death of a dog.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Susan Redwood City, CA, United States 09-12-12
    Susan Redwood City, CA, United States 09-12-12 Listener Since 2008

    I'm a landscape architect by profession and an avid listener of audio books ! I particularly love the historical based fiction series, like Courteney, McCammon, and Gabaldon,. I listen in the car, while designing in my studio and most evenings.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    126
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A trip down memory lane"
    What did you love best about Manhood for Amateurs?

    Michael gave us a peek into the mind of the "male", a taste of nostalgia and more then a few laughs.


    What about Michael Chabon’s performance did you like?

    Always love it when the Author can read his own work..We get the insight from the writers personal voice inflection


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sure made me laugh! A lot!


    Any additional comments?

    Male or Female...a great read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 13 results PREVIOUS12NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.