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.
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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)
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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.
great light listen - high on the list of comedies
comic story, ever changing , situation jokes, play on words, but also some deep thoughts (as usual)
you need to like Woody Allen's voice
Hilarious stories sprinkled with Topsy-tourvy story line logic (or lack thereof ... :-)) makes these short books a great listen for all the fans of Monty Python-like humor. Well, you need to like the voice of the author, though.
Highly recommended as an interlude to your regular
The best is having Woody Allen reading his own material. Very entertaining!! I enjoyed the short stories and the dilemmas his characters get in, all too funny!
Somebody on here said he sounded old. No, he sounded like he's always sounded -- nervous and a little nerdy. I could not detect any oldness in his voice in these recordings.
What was clear to me in his voice was his usual strange sense of humor. These are great recordings. If he sounds old, I suggest you upgrade your download quality from AM radio to mp3 or higher. Everybody sounds old on AM radio.
This is great stuff. Get this and lighten up for a while.
These books have been old friends of mine for many years. And now to hear them read by the author, I know I will return to them again and again. This was a great purchase!
I like the book a lot (I have it in printed version as well), but the narration is quite difficult to follow (at least for me as non-native English speaker). It's a continuous stream of words, hard to guess where the paragraphs finish.
Purchase only if you like disjointed humor. I listened for a short time and will delete. I like Woody Allen for his humor but this goes beyond my limited comprehension.
Don't waste your money. This story was self indugent and boring. There wasn't really any story, just Woody Allen reading his shopping list. Sicofants will like this story.
I use to think Woody Allen was a comical genius, and they say genius is just one step away from crazy. Well with this book Mr. Allen has taken that step. It's just random incoherent thoughts that are just not funny.
Does Audible have a return policy?
This is Woody Allen who, when not writing a more elaborate project just sits and writes up ANY ideas that come to mind.
I use the word "intellectual" to rule out those hooked solely on pop culture who won't find humor kidding around about Socrates or Kirkegaard which does requires some prior knowledge of them (not much but some).
This is kind of humor where the jokes just keep on rolling...., don't expect any knock out punch lines (which most Americans tend to prefer.) It is more "British" humor in the sense A) the situations themselves are absurd B) the incongruities (a huge part or humor) keep piling up, so soon ONE finds finds amusement.... (however the digit two also been known to have a good sense of humor).
I you "got" that previous minor grammar joke you may "get" this kind of humor. (If you didn't "get it" or just thought it was stupid - both valid opinions :)) then these books are filled with similar sounding little gags (Only better.)
Allen is really the best person to narrate this material and he does a GREAT job...his neurotic sounding voice adds charm and matches the craziness of the many short stories several of the gumshoe private detective type so ripe for parody.
Just don't expect a story plots similar to his better movies. However if you appreciate Allen's very unique style of wit (who has mastered the art of the random non sequitur for comedic effect) then you'll find the COLLECTION (why buy one when you can try/enjoy all four?) worth the credit.
If you're the type that likes slapstick humor or only jokes with punch lines you will likely not enjoy ANY these books. (I'd be more book specific but to me they're all too similar in style) on the other hand if you enjoy absurdity of the most random sort then these books are the ticket. I gave it 3 stars not because it was SO bad the rating seems appropriate for so uneven material written by a bored comedian.
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