You're going to take a healing journey, and it's going to be great! Unless it's a disaster....
From Stuart Smalley come guided visualizations that will take you to a safe and healing place...except for a few wrong turns along the way. (Stuart made a solemn vow not to edit anything he recorded because he is a perfectionist - that's his problem, but he's owning the problem, and that's okay - and he realized that if he started editing the audio he would never finish it.)
So even if some of the parts aren't exactly what Stuart wanted (because human beings aren't perfect, and that's okay), sit back and take a journey down the River of Life and into the Dysfunctional Forest - a dark and scary place where you'll meet Grandiose Bear, Overcommitted Opossum, Sex-aholic Squirrel, and a beautiful little child - a child who looks a lot like...you. Plus, you'll hear Stuart's calming visualizations for such stressful times as traffic jams and holidays. So close your eyes. Relax. You're in good hands. Stuart Smalley is a caring nurturer, a member of several 12-step programs, but not a licensed therapist.
Al Franken wants everyone to know that he really created Stuart and played him on Saturday Night Live, and that he wrote and performed this program.
Warning: Do not close eyes while driving a motor vehicle.
©1992 Al Franken; (P)1992 Bantam Audio Publishing, All Rights Reserved
Not only is this great comedy, but it was designed with the conceits of the audiobook listener in mind. You MUST play this in the car, while you're driving, for full impact of the punchline. I just love it, I love Stuart Smalley, and I love Al Franken. I'm so mad he's in the Senate now and can't do a sequel!
I wrote the other review -- but then I listened to the clip and I realize that this even though this audiobook has the same name as the book-book Al Franken wrote, the audiobook is a completely different product.
I love the book-book, and the movie, and this audiobook is more like "an hour with Stuart Smalley" -- and from the clip you can tell that it is very very funny!
I laughed my head off. And made the mistake of trying to listen to a meditation audiobook later on. I could not stop laughing. Franken has hit the nail on the head here.
For those who don't like his politics... forget that stuff, this is just a good time with his Stuart Smalley character. I liked how he worked the audio presentation into the presentation. It wasn't just Franken reading from his book.
Very funny product. The audiobook features Franken as his Stuart Smalley character in the recording studio trying to do the audiobook version of his Stuart Smalley book. What makes it quite amusing is that this is being done in "one take" and Stuart can't seem to get it right. The first 30 minutes are golden, but the tape does drag at the end (the one joke concept does hit its limit). Overall its very enjoyable, even if you're not a fan of Franken's political ideology.
I suppose you have to like this humor but if you do, you'll laugh continuously. Al Franken's spoof on the self-help industry is priceless. I can listen to it over and over again.
If you like Will & Grace you will love this audio. Envision "Jack" reading a guided visualization. It is truly amusing. I had never heard of this author, but am glad I got to hear this. It was a great pick-me-up for a rainy afternoon. If you are looking for a series of serious, relaxing visualizations, this is not the tape you want. If you are into relaxation tapes and are ready for an amusing break from routine, grab this one up!!
Enjoy listening to many different types of books. I like to listen while I am in the car and working.
Yes, but not something you want to listen too for more than a few minutes at a time, its get a little old quickly.
Yes, most of his other books are very funny and actually have facts and information
Funny, Intelligent, Satire
If you enjoy listening to the audio books in the Self Development section in Audible, you will love this spoof of the topic by Al Franken. I also recommend the movie "Stuart Saves His Family." I actually purchased the CD when it first came out over ten years ago. I lost my copy and found it was no longer in print. I am very happy that Audible brought it back. Very funny and definitely worth the money.
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