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Getting Even | [Woody Allen]

Getting Even

Woody Allen's early comic fiction was heavily influenced by the zany, pun-ridden humor of S.J. Perelman. And now, for the first time, Woody Allen narrates one of his early collections of short stories, Getting Even. Listen to Woody Allen revenge himself on such significant subjects as death, obesity, organized crime, the invention of the sandwich, and much more.
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Woody Allen's early comic fiction was heavily influenced by the zany, pun-ridden humor of S.J. Perelman. And now, for the first time, Woody Allen narrates one of his early collections of short stories, Getting Even. Listen to Woody Allen revenge himself on such significant subjects as death, obesity, organized crime, the invention of the sandwich, and much more.

Getting Even is a collection of seventeen of Allen's magazine pieces, discussing such eclectic topics as the invention of the sandwich, laundry lists, death, obesity, and, of course, rabbis. Here's Woody Allen as psychologist: "...death is an acquired trait."

Historian: "I did not know Hitler was a Nazi. The truth was, for years I thought he worked for the phone company."

Philosopher: "I do not believe in an afterlife, although I am bringing a change of underwear."

Woody Allen’s short-story collections Getting Even, Without Feathers, Side Effects, and Mere Anarchy are available separately or together as part of The Woody Allen Collection.

Listen to Without Feathers, Getting Even, Mere Anarchy, and Side Effects - or all four in The Woody Allen Collection.

©1978 Woody Allen (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    Eric Maine, USA 01-15-12
    Eric Maine, USA 01-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Bringing the average down..."
    Would you try another book from Woody Allen and/or Woody Allen?

    Definitely. I have fond memories of Woody Allen from years ago. Unfortuntely, this book seemed uncontrolled, like the scrappy notebook of a man wresting with senility. There were very few moments where I laughed out loud, and only marginally more muted chuckles. There were some good bits though.


    What could Woody Allen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not written it, and merge the few great bits into a different, better, book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Count Dracula, followed closely by Ernest Hemmingway


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

    Woody Allen is a tremendous narrator. Although I found the stories meandering at best - meaningless at worst - I still enjoyed listening to Allen speak, purely because he has a wonderful voice.
    Another redeeming quality is the fact that this is a collection of short stories, often no more than 5 minutes long. Although some made very little sense to me, the brevity meant that any one story only babbled in my ears for a few minutes. That said, there are two or three stories that I wish had been longer.


    Any additional comments?

    I got a much better experience out of the book when I boosted the speaking speed to 1.5x.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jodie United States 11-12-11
    Jodie United States 11-12-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Genius writer – Terrible Narrator"

    Since there is only 1 review here I thought I’d chime in. While you’ll find some real pearls in here, Woody’s narrating came across like he just wanted to get it over with. Hurrying through the stories and often blending his words together. It sometimes made it difficult to understand. Plus it sounded like his mouth was getting dry and he could have used some water. Overall though his thought process is quite interesting and he’s clever witty guy.

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    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 08-09-10
    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 08-09-10
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    "Carefully Crafted Absurdity"

    This is like Monty Python but with frequent references to those who are more well read. These aren't joke books but series of stories with major non sequiturs as the source of humor. The little gags keep coming but don't expect many (or any) full on belly laughs. This is a little amusement for people who those who will pride themselves on "getting" the historical, philosophical, or literary references. Still much of it is just plain silly.
    Buy the set it's a MUCH better deal.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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