For the first time ever, hear Woody Allen’s Mere Anarchy in the author’s own distinctive and hilarious voice. Here, in his first short-story collection since his three classics Getting Even, Without Feathers, and Side Effects, Allen has managed to write a book that answers the most profound questions of human existence.
In 18 flights of inspirational sanity, we are introduced to a cast of characters only Allen could imagine: Jasper Nutmeat, Flanders Mealworm, and the independent film mogul E. Coli Biggs, just to name a few.
Whether he is writing about art, sex, food, or crime, Allen is explosively funny. In "This Nib for Hire", a Hollywood bigwig comes across an author's book in a little country store and describes it in a way that aptly captures this magnificent volume: "Actually," the producer says, "I'd never seen a book remaindered in the kindling section before."
Woody Allen’s short story collections Mere Anarchy, Getting Even, Without Feathers, and Side Effects are available separately or together as part of The Woody Allen Collection.
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"Throughout my life, literally thousands of people have made me feel inadequate, but none more so than Woody Allen."(Larry David, Producer, Writer, Actor)
"Woody Allen brought modern comedy to the cinema screen." (Ricky Gervais)
"Nostalgically enjoyable....The stories in Mere Anarchy deliver the same joys and foibles that have been with its author from the start." (The New York Times)
"Brilliant neurotica...unfailingly entertaining...[an] obsessive and seriously funny book." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
One thing about Woody Allen--you can count on him to either hit it out of the park or strike out. In "Getting Even" he hit it out of the park and in this collection he…well, you can figure it out.
Listening to these 2 audiobooks in sequence, I am reminded of how thin the line is between brilliantly intelligent satire and overblown, pretentious nonsense. While this book has its moments, it definitely leans towards exemplifying the latter. It is a collection of essays in which Allen uses news snippets or minor personal experiences as inspiration for fictionalized comic sketches. In finding the ridiculous in these things, he ends up going too far and ends up being tiresomely ridiculous himself.
Nevertheless, I certainly will never give up on Woody, because, who knows, next time it could well be a home run!
Wish I could get my money back. Terrible. The only humor is his attempt to use the most convoluted language to express the most simple of thoughts.
Having read these essays (yes, I said essays for they are in the classical sense essays, using many formal techniques and employing great erudition) before, I found them more profoundly funny than anything I can think of as read by Allen. Most of them are so tightly written they could be used as examples in composition classes, yet they are hilarious! And it's interesting to note how influential Allen's style has become. Most of today's best humorous writers--Sedaris, Vowell, and the stable of clever New Yorker essayists--owe great debts to Allen's approach to the essay, using personal excavation balanced with ironic twists to make strong comments on being an American right now.
Even though I've always thought Allen a good comic actor, he becomes a great reader interpreting his own writing. Excellent on the page, these essays rise to the level of greatness when Allen reads them.
Mere Anarchy read by Allen represents what heights Audible books can reach. It's hard to imagine Woody Allen the actor maintaining such restraint in his performance, but as a reader he experiences his essays so sincerely that he rises above himself as an artist. Anyone who hasn't read Allen's essays may be floored to find his humor can reach such levels of profundity. He ranks with Joseph Epstein and John Updike among the greatest contemporary personal essayists of our time.
This was the fourth Woody Allen book I've enjoyed from Audible. As always, Woody's voice is the best part about it; his narration is spectacular, and these books definitely benefit from his skilled reading.
The stories themselves are reasonable, with a healthy dose of nonsense thrown in. I found this strange style disconcerting for the other books, but by the time I reached this one, I was fairly comfortable with Allen's style.
There are a few absolutely outstanding lines; for example, when making a hasty retreat: "Now I really must be going. I have a raccoon at home that needs milking."
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.
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