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Fraud

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Publisher's Summary

Wherever he is, David Rakoff is a fish out of water. Whether impersonating Sigmund Freud in a department store window during the holidays, climbing an icy mountain in cheap loafers, playing an evil modeling agent on a daytime soap opera, or learning primitive survival skills in the wilds of New Jersey, Rakoff doesn't belong. Nor does he try to. Still, he continually finds himself off in the far-flung hinterlands of our culture, notebook or microphone in hand, hoping to conjure that dyed-in-the-wool New York condescension.

And Rakoff tries to be nasty; heaven knows nothing succeeds like the cheap sneer, but he can't quite help noticing that these are actual human beings he's writing about. In his attempts not to pull any punches, the most damaging blows, more often than not, land squarely on his own jaw - hilariously satirizing the writer, not the subject. And therein lies David Rakoff's genius and his burgeoning appeal. The wry and the heartfelt join in his prose to resurrect that most neglected of literary virtues: wit.

©2001 David Rakoff; (P)2001 Random House, Inc.; Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A talented new humorist...Rakoff has a rapier wit." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    il914 02-29-16
    il914 02-29-16
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    "A journey"

    Intelligent, witty and genuine. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. In addition, I enjoyed the author/narrator's voice and tone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Currie Santa Cruz, CA United States 02-07-16
    Christine Currie Santa Cruz, CA United States 02-07-16
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    "Classic Rakoff"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The brilliance and bite of a wit so refined it makes my heart hurt thinking that we’ve lost such a mind and soul.


    What other book might you compare Fraud to and why?

    David Rakoff was a singular voice, if you like this you'll crave more.


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

    and the Oscar goes to


    Any additional comments?

    Smartly avoid if you find yourself politically correct. Authentic and original with a twist of dark wit makes many uncomfortable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karlis Povisils 11-13-15
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    "I was mislead"

    I was lead to believe that this was a laugh out loud book. I had a handful of half laughs but that was it. He is a good story teller though.

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    suzanne New York, NY, United States 02-03-13
    suzanne New York, NY, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2016
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    "hated it"

    I do not get how so many people loved this book! It was so dull and just not funny. I am baffled that people actually love it.

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    Deb Austin, TX, United States 03-07-11
    Deb Austin, TX, United States 03-07-11 Member Since 2005

    I love comedy and humor books!

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    "So Funny!"

    I listen to a lot of humor (to try to write better humor), and Rakoff, in my opinion, is one of the best! I love all of his detailed descriptions too, self-talk, honesty, etc.!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Austin, TX, United States 01-08-10
    Lisa Austin, TX, United States 01-08-10 Member Since 2008
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    "All the joys of eves-dropping without the guilt"

    Listening to David Rakoff is just so much fun! His command of the language, hilarious perspective and extensive vocabulary make this an enjoyable audio book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Worthington, OH, USA 12-28-06
    Kristin Worthington, OH, USA 12-28-06 Member Since 2010
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    "So Funny"

    David Rakoff is alway witty and hysterical. This book is no different.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    psykat 03-21-13
    psykat 03-21-13

    psykat

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    "Barely amusing"
    Would you try another book from David Rakoff and/or David Rakoff?

    No


    Has Fraud turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO


    Did David Rakoff do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. They all characters were different and there was no mistaking one from another.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was amusing. The book was not what I had hoped for.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Shamong, NJ, USA 12-12-07
    Donna Shamong, NJ, USA 12-12-07
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    "Droll"

    Like Rakoff's short essays on TAL, but hours of his story telling seemed like HOURS. I'm about 3/4 thru and having a hard time wanting to listen to more.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Laura SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 10-02-12
    Laura SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Thoughtful, intelligent and captivating."

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this funny, poignant collection of observations of lives many little challenges and joys. We miss David and his fabulous talents.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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