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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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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 04-13-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 04-13-14 Member Since 2010
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    "This was ok, but I didn’t smile as much as I hoped"

    My mind wandered at times.

    I like his quirky mind. Woody Allen was ok as narrator of the audiobook.

    Genre: humorous thoughts

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zack D. 04-24-13
    Zack D. 04-24-13
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    "Get read for awkward stares..."

    Get ready for awkward stares on the subway, on the street, at a restaurant or wherever you listen to any one of the brilliant stories in the book.

    Written in Mr. Allen's prime, the 70's, these stories would be hilarious if read by your tax accountant, much less by the witty neurotic performer that is Woody Allen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bjørn Borud Trondheim, Norway 08-13-12
    Bjørn Borud Trondheim, Norway 08-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent"
    If you could sum up Getting Even in three words, what would they be?

    Pretty Damn Funny


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr. Schmeed


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

    I have not listened to any other audio books performed by Woody Allen before, but I would have to say that he does a cracking job in this one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I had an extreme reaction to this book: at one point I laughed so hard that I had tea spurting out of my nose and my monocle popped out. This was followed by a a brief exclamation of "damn" (as I had made a mess of my table cloth) and a rather violent throwing of a napkin to the floor. Fortunately I was able to regain my composure quickly and by the time my butler had arrived to investigate the commotion I was once again calm.


    Any additional comments?

    If you happen to have a time machine, please go back in time and convince Mr. Allen to produce more works of this kind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Louisville, KY, United States 05-24-12
    Diane Louisville, KY, United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful, Classic Woody Allen"

    What Monty Python has done for Christian lore, Woody Allen does for 20th century culture and Rabbinic Judaism. Delivered in Allen's classic droll deadpan style, these short essays are premised on subjects ranging from psychology, philosophy, 20th century literature and American history to Latin American revolutionaries, film noir and Rabbinic literature (midrash).

    As in any type of humor, the more you know about the subject of the humor, the more you appreciate it--and Allen's adroit handling of his rather weighty subject matter is nothing short of brilliant.

    While not absolutely essential, an at least cursory knowledge of the topics will add tremendously to the listener's enjoyment of Allen's remarkable talent in finding humor in what might otherwise seem rather humorless material.

    This is one of the few books I can see myself returning to again and again whenever my spirits need a lift!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christos Greece 05-07-12
    Christos Greece 05-07-12
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    "Woody Allen's movies are (usually) better..."

    Even though there are excellent paragraphs, overall it was hard to follow and enjoy. Not my type of audiobooks, as it seems.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marlene United States 02-15-12
    Marlene United States 02-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Totally brilliant and thoroughly enjoyable"
    What did you love best about Getting Even?

    The richness of Woody's descriptions.


    What other book might you compare Getting Even to and why?

    None that I can think of.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The search for God.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a lot as I read it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    greg quebec, QC, Canada 02-07-12
    greg quebec, QC, Canada 02-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "classic Woody Allen! If you are a fan, buy it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Getting Even the most enjoyable?

    knowing that sooner or later, a belly laugh was coming!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Woody the nurd!


    What does Woody Allen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Timing!


    If you could take any character from Getting Even out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would not take any out character as I am happily married!


    Any additional comments?

    Get his other books while you are getting this one. That way you will have more laughs!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aviv Santa Fe, NM, United States 02-06-12
    Aviv Santa Fe, NM, United States 02-06-12
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    "Boring"
    What disappointed you about Getting Even?

    Boring


    Would you ever listen to anything by Woody Allen again?

    NO, it is sooo boring


    Would you be willing to try another one of Woody Allen’s performances?

    NO, he is making me fall asleep


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

    NO, It was not funny, or interesting or clever


    Any additional comments?

    NO

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    suzanne Milwaukee, WI, United States 01-30-12
    suzanne Milwaukee, WI, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "nuts"
    What did you love best about Getting Even?

    woody is nuts. he uses words to make your mind swirl.Thats the fun.


    Which character – as performed by Woody Allen – was your favorite?

    all characters read by woody are funny.


    Any additional comments?

    great for a good laugh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Veronica Wichita, KS, United States 04-16-12
    Veronica Wichita, KS, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Why did he want to get even with me?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea who could possibly enjoy this type of ramblings.


    What was most disappointing about Woody Allen’s story?

    It was incoherent ramblings.


    What three words best describe Woody Allen’s performance?

    His performance was fine the quality and content were a major issue.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointed


    Any additional comments?

    Could anyone else like this type of nonsense?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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