Brian Donovan’s comic tale of his history with Internet dating might seem mean-spirited if the criticism weren’t, in large part, self-deprecating. Donovan, who’s written for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and Chapelle’s Show, mines the deep well of comedic gold that is Internet dating by going on an exorbitant amount of dates with all sorts of women - and a few that he couldn’t even be sure were women. Ax Norman delivers Donovan’s chronicles in a personal tone that feels both instructional and confessional. If you’re one of the millions of people who’ve experienced online dating for yourself, or if you’re a curious outsider, prepare yourself for an insider's look at the widely popular phenomenon and all of the insights into human relationships it provokes.
Forty million people in the US have tried Internet dating, which means 40 million people have probably gone on some pretty crappy dates. Not a Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters is about one guy who experienced more than his fair share. Brian Donovan, a writer and comedian whose work has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR, and Chapelle's Show, has been on over 100 Internet dates in a genuine search for love and happiness.
©2013 Brian Donovan (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I got this book for free and I'm glad it was free. I thought it might be a funny and lighthearted look at modern dating woes. Lots of ammo on that front, I'm sure.
There were some really funny parts, but this is not a book for anyone but adults definitely from an R to X rating. Also, profanity.
However, having said I don't particularly like the book the author was great!
I loved his style, it drew me in and I could read other subjects written by him. Please, branch out from here, I think you've gotten all the mileage you can out of e-dating.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
This is a catalog showcasing how horribly bad dating can go, and although I don't usually listen to this kind of stuff I found it hard to put down.
Not a Match was moderately entertaining. It did not make me laugh even once, but it wasn't bad. If your time is valuable, you aren't missing anything if you pass this book up, but if you need something light to listen to while you paint your bedroom it is perfect.
I liked how realistic it was and how it paints the sorry but true story of our technologically-driven yet love-famished culture. The thing that bothered me the most about the story was how the author hands out advice on form letters when they have obviously not worked for him in the past. Sure, he got a lot of dates, but he doesn't have a wife.
Brian discovering the true meaning of love and falling in love with and committing to someone the old-fashioned way (like, in person). He could totally fall in love and be the man of some lady's dreams by being more assertive in person and quitting online dating.
Ax Norman's voice is very beastly sounding... in a good way.
YES! TOTALLY! It saved me hundreds of hours and dollars that I might have wasted on online dating sites.
I knew online dating wasn't for me. And, after vicariously living through Brian's disastrous quests for "love" through online dating sites, I only received more confirmation to never join online dating services. I know that compatibility can be easily found online, however, the success of a real and genuine love does not depend on compatibility, but rather the ability to sacrificially love.
I would listen to this again - both to hear about the author's dates and to refresh myself on his online dating tips.
I liked the author because he seemed to be aware of his drawbacks but realized that it wasn't those that were causing the strange behavior in some of his dates.
The narrator brought just the right touch of nerdy voice to the story line.
I learned that it's standard practice for people to be less than truthful in their dating profiles.
I would strongly suggest that anyone considering (or currently engaged in) online dating read or listen to this book.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
This is kinda funny, but a he is delusional. He thinks he is a nice guy, but at the same time proves he is a douche. This seems to be the losers guide to internet dating. Some of his tips are very useful others make you want to run screaming. I did manage to finish this book, thankfully it was short and i have listened to worse.
"My test of a good book is dreading to begin the last chapter." - Thomas Helm
This book was free so I downloaded it. I started to listen to it on the way to NC w/my husband and teenage boys in the truck. It started off really funny. I was raised not to swear in conversation as it's not lady like. However, when I'm angry I lose this upbringing and at times can spout off some whoppers. My grandmother use to say people who swear in conversation had a poor vocabulary. Point being, the book is funny and had my children not been w/me I'd have finished the book during the trip. I've heard my kids swear and though I've raised them better, I'm not a fool and I falter too. However, I felt it too much, too often and in may places unnecessary through out this book.
The narrator is great! His voice is perfect for retelling/reading this story.
The book IS REALLY FUNNY book. If you don't mind swear words or don't have kids nearby while listening you'll do fine.
I found the story repetitive, boring and cliche-ridden - I actually didn't make it the whole way through the book for the first time in my Audible history, despite a stubborn, must-make-it-to-the-end attitude.
The narrator seemed to do an alright job with the material he had.
I highly recommend for anyone considering online dating. The story about the woman providing advice on where to buy good heroin is priceless.
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