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Without Feathers | [Woody Allen]

Without Feathers

Now in audio for the first time, Without Feathers is narrated by Woody Allen himself. Here they are: 16 of the funniest tales and ruminations ever recorded, by one of the great comic minds of our time. From "The Whore of Mensa", to "Fabulous Tales & Mythical Beasts", to "No Kaddish for Weinstein", old and new Allen fans will laugh themselves silly over these sparkling gems.
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Now in audio for the first time, Without Feathers is narrated by Woody Allen himself. Here they are: 16 of the funniest tales and ruminations ever recorded, by one of the great comic minds of our time. From "The Whore of Mensa", to "Fabulous Tales & Mythical Beasts", to "No Kaddish for Weinstein", old and new Allen fans will laugh themselves silly over these sparkling gems. A small sample: "Getting through the night is becoming harder and harder," writes Allen in his "secret" journal. "Last evening I had the uneasy feeling that some men were trying to break into my room to shampoo me."

Without Feathers delivers more of Allen's New Yorker-style humor. Worthy stand-outs include "If the Impressionists Had Been Dentists", a genius piece that puts oral surgery in a whole new, much more exciting light. Throughout, Allen grapples in his wildly inventive way with the targets that obsess him: death, God (or lack of God), women (or lack of women), intellectuals, the arts, and even wildlife.

There is a distinct romantic strain that runs through much of his writings, which the author describes as "either Byronic or moronic". Allen is forever at war with the universe and claims unequivocally that he is "at two with nature". His artistic ambition, as he puts it, is to "forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race. And then see if I can get them mass-produced in plastic."

Woody Allen's short-story collections Without Feathers, Side Effects, Getting Even, 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.

©1986 Woody Allen (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Vincent Cambridge, MA, USA 07-24-10
    Vincent Cambridge, MA, USA 07-24-10
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    "Surprisingly good"

    What can I say- like pretty much everybody I'm a big fan of Woody Allen. And I was excited to find out that he teamed up with Audible to read and release this and his other short story collections. I admit, though, that I was a little apprehensive. Allen is great, there's no question, but he is getting on in years, so I worried that his narration might not turn out so well. Thankfully, I had nothing to worry about. This collection is largely jokes, and his delivery is fantastic. I'd tried to get through this in print format before, and had never been able- but listening to it, it's like an awesome late night monologue. I'm not sure I would recommend this if you weren't a Woody Allen fan already, but if you are, I think you'll really like it.

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 03-25-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2010
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    "3 ½ stars. I laughed several times,"

    but not as much as I hoped.

    I like to hear his odd weird thoughts. The biggest problem was W. Allen did not pause enough. I had to stop the tape frequently to think about what was said or to laugh. It’s like rushing from one joke to the next with no time to laugh.

    DATA:
    Unabridged audiobook length: 2 hrs and 13 mins. Swearing language: none that I recall. Sexual content: nothing explicit. Book copyright: 1975. Genre: humorous thoughts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Venkatesh parsippany, NJ, United States 10-19-10
    Venkatesh parsippany, NJ, United States 10-19-10
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    "Excellent"

    A real good book, it is definitely recommended. Worth the money.You can enjoy this. MUST read

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David United States 07-28-10
    David United States 07-28-10 Member Since 2010
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    "funny stuff"

    Brings back fond memories of laughing at Woody Allen movies with my dad when I was a kid. I especially liked Mythical Beasts - I think the animal with the head of a crab and the body of a CPA may be a relative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    heART seneca sc 04-06-14
    heART seneca sc 04-06-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm a professional painter and love ennobling, enlightening literature

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    "mere silliness"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    middlemarch


    What didn’t you like about Woody Allen’s performance?

    his words


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

    serious disappointment. I greatly love some of his films.


    Any additional comments?

    If you seek humor, I don't think this book has it, but there's much silliness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-07-13
    Chris Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-07-13 Member Since 2002
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    What disappointed you about Without Feathers?

    If you like the New Yorker's "Shouts & Murmurs" section, you might like this. I say that because the writing here reminds the deadpan style that section seems to favor.
    I have never once laughed at Shouts & Murmurs. On the rare occasions when I start something there, I never finish it.
    I'm not going to finish this, either.


    What was most disappointing about Woody Allen’s story?

    It's just not funny. It's a bunch of non sequiturs and inside jokes about psychoanalysis and people failing to get electrocuted when they stick their noses in light sockets. I do like Woody Allen's movies, so I'm not sure why I don't like this. It just seems sort of dumb to me, which is the way I feel about Shouts & Murmurs (see above.) But the New Yorker sells. Somebody must like it. Just not me.


    What three words best describe Woody Allen’s performance?

    Woody Allen Deadpanning.


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

    Boredom, mystification, growing disappointment for about 20 minutes or so followed by , indifference and the choice to try something else. I just returned "Too Big to Fail" because Sorkin is a despicable shill for the banksters and I didn't want him to have my money. I didn't feel that I could get a refund on this in good conscience, at least so soon after getting a refund before, because after all, they do offer an advance listen. But I kind of wish I hadn't bought it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're not really sure you love "Shouts & Murmurs," don't buy this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan United States 10-26-12
    Morgan United States 10-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Early Woody Allen"

    I love this book. I read it years ago, when it first came out. Back then, I was enchanted with Woody Allen's non sequitur humor and witty phrasing. Over the years, I've found myself quoting bits and pieces from the stories in this book. Woody Allen's early work is, I think, his funniest - when he was a new and fresh voice in the entertainment industry.

    Finding an audiobook form of Without Feathers was a pleasant surprise. The fact that Woody Allen himself reads his work, makes this a priceless addition to my library. This is Woody Allen at his best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Neil Chisholm Buninyong, Australia 02-05-12
    Neil Chisholm Buninyong, Australia 02-05-12 Member Since 2011

    "fabric artist and quilter"

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    "Such a major disappointment"

    I used to be the biggest Woody Allen fan - I would be first in the queue at the release of his latest movies - the lobster scene in Annie Hall was a classic and Hannah and Her Sisters was one of my all time favorite movies, but I had never read any of his books. I listened to a few of these short stories and was shocked at their stupidity and how puerile they were and in some cases they were actually offensive.

    I wonder have I grown up or should I get therapy? One things for sure I won't be finishing these books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Upper Hutt, New Zealand 01-30-12
    Philip Upper Hutt, New Zealand 01-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I found the humor surprisingly irritating and unfunny considering I have always enjoyed Woody's films. Something did not quite work here. Have not reads it all yet.


    Has Without Feathers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    A little.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Did not sound sufficiently relaxed or confident considering this is Woody's genre.


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    Eric Maine, USA 01-19-12
    Eric Maine, USA 01-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Starts well and then wanders off"

    Woody Allen has a tremendously good voice. Somewhat ponderous - but that's countered by simply speeding up the narration (I liked 1.5x). I found Without Feathers to start off with far more promise than Getting Even. Unfortunately most of the good stories are at the front, with the end of the book trailing off into what can only be described as either confused ramblings, or intentionally random flights of fancy. But if you like Woody Allen's style, you'll love these books - the narration is superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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