The creator of Dilbert,Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain! he proves his mettle on topics beyond Post-It Notes. Acclaimed voiceover artist William Dufris brings a perfectly droll performance to this collection of funny stories, with subjects as diverse as the trials and tribulations of bathroom air dryers, murderers who sneak out of jail with fake ID, and the future of shirts. Dilbert fans will find Adams' dry humor familiar, while this collection opens up his work to an audience beyond the typical worker bees.
The creator of Dilbert ventures into hilarious new territory.
Everyone knows Scott Adams as the king of workplace humor. No office is complete without a few Dilbert strips on the wall. And if you compare a VP to the Pointy-Haired Boss, no further description is necessary.
But why should a humorist stick to the workplace when there are so many other great subjects to explore? What about politics? Religion? Malfunctioning underpants?
Despite some fans who wish he would "Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain!" Adams now offers more than 150 short pieces on every slice of human existence, from airport fiascos to wedding planning, from his doughnut theory of the universe to the menace of car singing. Like George Carlin or Jerry Seinfeld, Adams isn't afraid to ask the really big questions. For instance:
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"One can't help comparing this random collection of quips to similar observations by Dave Barry (who gets a mention), and the results are just as witty. You will constantly find yourself thinking 'I wish I had said that,' while you admit to sharing all of his politically incorrect thoughts that we don't dare speak of." (Booklist)
I have to concur with the title, stick to drawing comics. I think I was immediately put off by the prologue and the borderline ego-centric tone Scott's success has seemed to bring him. I guess I expected a different person.
Bottom line: A collection of short paragraph rants better suited for a bathroom book than an audio book. If I had seen it in print, I would have never bought it. But I love Dilbert!
The best description I can think of would be if "Everything I need to know I learned in kindergarten" had been written by an evil clown.
Not much of a story (as stated in the description), but tons of funny little quips I thoroughly enjoyed. Definitely made me laugh more than a few times on my work commute and gym routine. Scott Adams is the most optimistic skeptic I've ever seen.
Probably better on audio as it is great for the car.
Adams' How to Fail.... book has a couple of the same observations, but the stories here are very short. The narrator is better and the stories are funny.
The narrator is great, I just finished the How to Fail...and the narrator was rather dull. This guy is much better.
Great book. It cost less than a dollar. It is a bunch of short silly observations, sure some aren't as funny as others, but you are getting nearly 10 hours of entertainment for less than a dollar.
I've read many of Scott's other books and loved them. This book, you could edit out about 60% and not loose much of value. The 40% worth reading was really very good. Unfortunately the 40% worth reading is mixed in with the 60% not worth reading so you are kind of stuck reading everything.
I enjoyed the book very much, but it is nothing more than a 10 hour monologue. It is very funny in spots and very entertaining throughout, but it tends to just ramble from topic to topic. At times I was asking myself why was I putting credence into the opinion of a cartoonist, but then I realized that I should trust his opinion more than most of the pompous windbags out there giving their opinions, plus Scott's are much funnier.
Some of the bits are pretty funny, but I could never hope to have as high an opinion of him as he has of himself. And "observational humor" needs more than mundane observations plus a snarky delivery to constitute humor. The bit about the nature of God was creative. The extended bit about what to do about the sock you don't know whether you dropped on the way to or from the washing machine, not so much. The former contained thoughts I hadn't already thought. The latter -- and many other bits -- didn't. They weren't hilarious when I thought them, and they didn't get funny just because Scott Adams thought them too.
All the humor of Scott Adams without the comics. As funny in audio as he is in pictures. It's clear that Scott Adams sense of humor doesn't require a business man with a fly away tie, cat, or dog to make his point. The humor which we enjoy in the comic strip come from Scott and his past experiences and the same can be said for this audio book. I enjoyed the brief paragraphs which worked for the short client to client hops that I do in my vehicle as well as the connective ongoing story lines of Scott's life and adventures which gave continuity to the whole book and allows for enjoyable listening during the long drives as well. I couldn't wait for the next story, thread, or amusing anecedote. I highly recommend this for anyone who works 'for', or works 'with' people. Amusing, informative and instructive; the style reminded me of entertainment normally done by inspirational motivational speakers at company confrences used to reward the stand out employees of the year, month, week or day. Scott Adams is an everyman's geek. I'd like to read more, just to see what he'd do next. Since I've yet to read the 'Dilbert Principle', I'll have to give it a go first.
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