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Navel Gazing Audiobook

Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but Also My Mom's, Which I Know Sounds Weird)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author and stand-up comedian Michael Ian Black delivers a frank and funny memoir about confronting his genetic legacy as he hits his 40s.

Whether it's family history, religion, aging, or his parents, Michael Ian Black always has something to say in the dry, irreverent voice that has captured a fan base of millions. When a medical diagnosis forces him to realize he's not getting any younger, he reexamines his life as a middle-aged guy - of course, in the deadpan wit and self-deprecating vignettes that have become trademarks of his humor.

The alt-comedy take on getting older, Navel Gazing is a funny-because-it's-true memoir about looking around when you're 40 and realizing that life is about more than receding hairlines and proving one's manliness on Twitter - it's about laughing at yourself.

©2016 Hot Schwartz Productions, Inc. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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    Amber California 01-16-16
    Amber California 01-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Man Turns 40, World Ends"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Navel Gazing to be better than the print version?

    That's an excellent question to ask someone who has read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Navel Gazing?

    There are so many, but I really enjoyed the chapter describing the half-marathon. Especially the last sentence. Amen.


    What does Michael Ian Black bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    So much. His delivery, his sincerity, his humor. I'm sure it's all there in print but hearing him read allows his intention and timing to really shine.


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

    Yes, and I almost did. Devoured it over two afternoons and wanted more when it was over.


    Any additional comments?

    There is so much I can relate to in these stories. Michael Ian Black makes life's true tragedies and the bittersweet melancholy of aging and all its attendant indignities into moments of laugh out loud hilarity without ever being crass or pandering. His self-reflection shows moments of true vulnerability and he owns some of his own insecurities and shortcomings with his humor. Of course it's entirely possible that he's a raging narcissist and is just charming us, but I think he's a really good guy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Valdez 04-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A more sincere MIB"
    What made the experience of listening to Navel Gazing the most enjoyable?

    First, I love that this was read by Michael Ian Black who gives a great performance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Uhhh the not that kind of book, but his mom had some solid one-liners


    Have you listened to any of Michael Ian Black’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm a fan and have listened to everything by him. Navel Gazing is a much more mature read than his previous titles finding just the right balance between you're not doing it right and My custom van


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

    This book is funny with just the right pinch of dark.


    Any additional comments?

    Naaahhh

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "listen to in technical shirt for optimum experienc"

    If you have a body or know someone who does, this is a must listen.

    Entertaining from start to finish and packed with relatable stories, Michael Ian Black recounts life events that highlight the confusing beauty that is life in these meaty vessels.

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    allyson 07-28-16
    allyson 07-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Michael Ian Black isn't just funny..."

    He's also surprisingly (at least if you are familiar with his comedic tone) empathetic and smart. I have always found him funny and through Audible's new "Channels" feature, found this more intelligent, inquisitive, and yes empathetic side of him via his podcast How To Be Amazing. Listening to that made me want to hear one of his books and I was NOT disappointed.
    I'd recommend this memoir to just about anyone with a good sense of humor.
    Kudos to his mother for her courage, not just in the face of her illnesses, but also for allowing her son to tell her story "warts and all". I admire that kind of person very much. Many cannot handle confronting themselves in private, let alone in a book that may be read by thousands/millions perhaps.

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    Carolyn 06-14-16
    Carolyn 06-14-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Please keep writing memoirs!"

    Michael Ian Black, you are funny and poignant, no easy feat. Just chronicle your whole life, day to day, it's all I want to read about. I loved your first memoir and even your half of the book with Megan McCain. And this one. I much prefer listening but I bought both memoirs I book form also to send to my cheap friend who would never spring for an audio book. Two things I don't like about Audible, you can't share when you're done and you don't get any photos or illustrations that come with a book.

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    Jeff Friedman Skillman, NJ United States 05-11-16
    Jeff Friedman Skillman, NJ United States 05-11-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Michael Ian Black Does It Again!"

    Navel Gazing is honest, engaging and funny. Michael Ian Black is a very talented writer and I really enjoyed this audio book!

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    Elvie 05-06-16
    Elvie 05-06-16

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    "Better than expected!"
    Any additional comments?

    I thought I would like this book, but I ended up absolutely loving it. He had me cracking up every time I listened. Part of it was that I also live in the wilds of Connecticut so it was an unexpected surprise to hear some of the idiosyncrasies of living here explained so perfectly and humorously. Very funny guy and very honest. Loved hearing about his family and unique relationship with his mother. Made me want to have a sit down interview with both of my parents while I still have the chance.

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    Jeremy 04-22-16
    Jeremy 04-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Touching and funny"

    Glad he didn't go for the quick joke. Very balanced. Makes you like him as a person and think about humanity and frailty.

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    Dianeka 04-07-16
    Dianeka 04-07-16
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    "OMG hilarious!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Michael Ian Black has the trifecta of deadpan wit, brutal honesty, and genuine warmth. Great narration and I really did laugh out loud.

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    Lisa Berger 01-25-16
    Lisa Berger 01-25-16
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    "Loved it 100%"

    I went into this already loving Michael Ian Black's standup and was expecting it to be great. I was not let down one bit. Not only was it hilarious, but it was also so honest, poignant, and beautiful. I found myself laughing then feeling the need to immediately call my parents. If you're looking for a great listen: here it is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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