©2005 John Hodgman; (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
"One of the funniest and most entertaining books to play on readers' imaginations in recent memory. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
"For the hyper-well-read fans of publications like McSweeney's, this is a treasure trove of twisted absurdist miscellany." (Publishers Weekly)
I enjoy the comedy of John Hodgman quite a bit, however, I must say that this is a little too much for me. Similar to how the Austin Powers movies had some wonderful one-liners but to watch one in its entirety was too much. This is the same, Hodgman just needed to make this a bit shorter to make it better. Still, to listen to in segments, not bad at all.
So random, and not funny. I felt like it was a waste of time and money. Julie Sweeney did not get as good of a rating as this guy and she was hilarious and interesting as well as smart. I figured this must be better if it got a better rating. What am I missing? It was pointless and you walked away with nothing. I could have pointed to words in the dictionary and made up definitions that would have been more interesting.
Trust me I am not a harsh critic and normally not a critic at all. I give a lot of room for humorous interpretation. Humor is a funny thing, or it is supossed to be. Everybody thinks something different about what is funny. I tried to think outside myself and imagine who would think this is funny. Blank. There is no option for Zero star rating.....too bad.
Please don't waste your time or any money on this poor excuse for a audio book. The author should be ashamed of himself. I would love to know why he wasted his time and even more; how anyone published this. The review wouldn't let me use ZERO STARS or I would have.
I had looked forward to this audiobook, having heard John Hodgman interviewed on public radio. I enjoyed his witty, intelligent repartee. I found myself offended by his seemingly (sometimes) adolescent sense of humor and disturbingly violent imagination. For instance, his "areas of expertise" often involve harm to and/or the killing of small animals. There are numerous references to masturbation. Some of it is genuinely funny, but I don't know if it is worth the price of some of the unexpectedly offensive moments.
This book is often funny, and sometimes hilarious. However, it didn't stand up to a listen of any more than about 10 minutes at a time, due to a combination of the sheer weirdness of some of the essays and Hodgman's overly deadpan delivery.
Lies are often more believable than truth (i.e. Barack & Hillary)--a very amusing book if, as you listen, you reflect more on the mind of the author than on content.
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