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The Dangerous Animals Club Audiobook

The Dangerous Animals Club

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Publisher's Summary

If you ran into Stephen Tobolowsky on the street, you would not be mistaken: Yes, you’ve seen him before. A childhood dentist? A former geometry teacher? Your local florist? Tobolowsky is a character actor, one of the most prolific screen and stage presences of our time, having appeared in productions that range from Deadwood to Glee, from Mississippi Burning to Groundhog Day.

But Stephen Tobolowsky, it turns out, is not just an actor; he is also a dazzlingly talented storyteller and writer. He has earned a devoted base of fans for his original stories, told in front of live audiences as well as in a popular podcast. Now, for the first time, he has assembled those stories here. The result is creative mitzvah, a work of art, and a narrative feat that combines biography and essay, ranging in tone from the hilarious to the introspective.

To read these pages is to enter an astonishing world that, like all art, is universal yet individual, familiar yet disquieting. A dangerous world, indeed.

©2012 Stephen Tobolowsky (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Stephen Tobolowsky has found his true calling as a storyteller. He is candid, insightful, often profound, and very, very funny, especially when he recounts his adventures in show business. By blending sharp memories of his childhood with astute, adult observations of the world around him, he weaves a spell not unlike Jean Shepherd or Garrison Keillor… but he has a voice all his own, and I love it." (Leonard Maltin, film critic and author)

"I LOVE THIS!" (Sarah Silverman)

"Great storytelling, beautiful stuff." (Rian Johnson, director of The Brothers Bloom and Brick)

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    carrie blue earth, MN, United States 11-02-12
    carrie blue earth, MN, United States 11-02-12
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    "Excellent Stories Told By a Master"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dangerous Animals Club the most enjoyable?

    The Dangerous Animals Club is a fantastic book, both in audio format, as well as hardcover. If you're familiar with Stephen Tobolowsky or The Tobolowsky Files podcast, you'll immediately recognize these stories, albeit in greater detail / length. He also spins the stories together in more of a single timeline than with the podcast episodes, making the book feel more like one cohesive story, comprised of many smaller pieces.

    If you're not familiar with his stories, you owe it to yourself to give this a listen. I've rarely (if ever) found such well-told stories that can make you laugh out loud and tear up at the same time. The manner in which the stories are told endear the author to the reader, making you connect to the stories personally. While immensely entertaining, the stories are filled with innumerable life lessons.

    Having the stories read by the author makes this infinitely better. If read by anyone else, these amazing stories would have fallen flat.

    All in all, The Dangerous Animals Club is story-telling at its best. I don't feel that there's much else to be said about this wonderful book, which will be reflected in the brief nature of the rest of this review.


    What other book might you compare The Dangerous Animals Club to and why?

    I'm not sure what to compare these stories to. Other famous story-tellers like Garrison Keillor and Baxter Black are fantastic in their own right, but considerably different in their delivery and content.

    I've really never seen / read / heard anything similar to these stories.


    What about Stephen Tobolowsky’s performance did you like?

    Everything.

    (see above)


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

    Absolutely, if given the time to do so.


    Any additional comments?

    Be aware that, while most are completely family-friendly, a couple of the stories contain some language that may not be appropriate for younger listeners, specifically "A Wager With Freddy." Great story, but you may not want to listen with young ears around.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karl Kesel Portland, OR United States 10-16-12
    Karl Kesel Portland, OR United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Didn't Want the Book to End"

    I can't imagine this book as anything other than an audio book read by the author-- not surprising considering it was based on Tobo's podcasts "The Tobolowsky Files." The stories sound like they're being told casually by a friend, although they are clearly extremely well-crafted. Funny, touching, and more-often-than-not quite poignant. I can't decide if Tobo has led a captivatingly amazing life-- or if he's just a captivatingly amazing storyteller. Most likely a little of both. There's a "This American Life" feel to it— where both the strange and the mundane can lead to something bigger or deeper. If you like that show, you'll like this book. And if you don't like that show, then you're too cynical and/or hip for this book. And I feel sorry for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Joyce Solomon 06-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I loved this book"

    Thoughtful, wise, generous in its conclusions and full of the mystery of life. The author allows all kinds of intelligence to manifest and respect in his way of seeing the world and our life paths.

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    Dennis 04-02-15
    Dennis 04-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A great storyteller with humor and meaning!"

    We needed a break from the murder mysteries so my wife and I listened on our drive to and from Yosemite. It was a great trip b

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    Fernando Feliciano Jr. 02-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderfully surprising book"

    Thought-provoking, touching, funny…brilliant book wonderfully read by the author. Stephen Tobolowsky's stories are relevant even to those of us infamous people.

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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 08-12-13
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not as funny as I had thought"

    This book was just average for me. I expected it to be funnier I think. I had not heard of this author before and maybe those who know of his acting work will feel differently. There were a few inspirational tidbits; I enjoyed some stories and thought others were tedious. The narration was good as the author read it himself; that isn't always a good thing, but in this case, it worked. The story that most stood out for me was number 15. I found the story interesting and the lesson at the end was a good one.

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    Lawrence C. Del Regno Rowlett, Texas United States 06-28-13
    Lawrence C. Del Regno Rowlett, Texas United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Such a fun and enjoyable experience!"
    If you could sum up The Dangerous Animals Club in three words, what would they be?

    Real; Life; Funny


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dangerous Animals Club?

    Flea apartment at SMU.


    What about Stephen Tobolowsky’s performance did you like?

    Tobo's performane was clear, softly spoken and very humorous.


    Any additional comments?

    Tobo is a wonderful storyteller. I have listened to all of his pod casts, from one of which this book was written. Tobo is "every man" in the land of Hollywood, movie making, and stars, yet is a wonderfully accomplished actor in his own right. We grew up in the same neighborhood of Oak Cliff in southwest Dallas, so I recognized many of the same places, and remember some of the same great, innocent times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Briggs Alamo, CA 03-04-13
    M. Briggs Alamo, CA 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Fun Listen"
    Would you listen to The Dangerous Animals Club again? Why?

    No, one time through is enough


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dangerous Animals Club?

    When I heard that Stephen played Stu, Marcie's husband on Californication it increased my level of enjoyment. It struck me as one of those "close to home" characters.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Tobolowsky’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are several moving moments in the book


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen comes across as a very clever and talented guy and an excellent story teller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Kingston Beach Lake, PA 02-04-13
    J. Kingston Beach Lake, PA 02-04-13 Member Since 2002

    Digital Artist

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    "I read this book with glee"
    If you could sum up The Dangerous Animals Club in three words, what would they be?

    An Artists life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dangerous Animals Club?

    The stories of his life are woven in such a way in and out of time. The life lessons and universal themes were enlightening.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Tobolowsky – was your favorite?

    He is the storyteller of his own life as an actor. As good an actor as he is he is a greater storyteller.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Pooch.


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    D. Allatt Ottawa, ON Canada 02-01-13
    D. Allatt Ottawa, ON Canada 02-01-13 Member Since 2012

    Book Lover in Ottawa

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    "Go Tobo Go!"

    Everyone knows Stephen Tobolowsky, even if they are not sure who he is. Try IMDB and you'll figure out who he is. This was not only a great set of stories about Stephen's life, but in so many ways a lesson on how everyone should approach their lives.

    This book had me really laughing in places. Stephen tells great stories and I could relate to each and every one of of his stories.

    This is a book that benefits reading by the author and I can't wait for the next instalment. Highly recommended.

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