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Amusing Musings

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-16

If you could sum up Short Skirts and Shorter Stories in three words, what would they be?

No, I can't.
However, I can take longer than 3 words and say that this is an enjoyable combination of stories and the author's thoughts on life, which I found the more compelling of the two. The stories were entertaining, but the musings were like aphorisms that were expanded and made literate. Whereas an aphorism can be tossed aside as cliche, these were palpable and often made me nostalgic. The stories had some laughs, but when I titled this "amusing musings" I did not mean amusing in a funny way, rather, I meant amusing as in arousing the senses and being evocative of time and place. That's what the musings were.

Would you recommend Short Skirts and Shorter Stories to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes.

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

The author, by virtue of her nearness to the material, brings her personality to the narration. I don't think this could have been achieved as well by an outside narrator.

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

I did not break out in hives, if that's what you're asking.

Any additional comments?

Just to clarify, I gave "Story" 3 stars because there isn't really a story here, and they made me give something. In a way, the author tells her story through her musings but there is no plot. That isn't the point of the book.

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I Am Smitten

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-11

Not smitten in the way the Almighty liked to smite, but in a good way. I see that I am the first reviewer, perhaps because others fear that if they were critical of this book then they might be cast into the waters or cast into the depths or cast asunder. Yet I have no fear, for I bring only praise. Not just for God, but for his casting. This time it's not asunder, but Javerbaum and In choosing him, God has picked the perfect reader. Pitch, tone, nuance, timing - it's all there. Javerbaum does a great God impression and it had me laughing the whole way. I'm sure this book is funny on the page, but I can't imagine it is as good as hearing Javerbaum's rendition.
My only hesitation in buying this was my fear that the conceit wouldn't sustain, but, verily and merrily, (also the name of a famous sister vaudeville act) though I'm only 3 hours in, it still works and I'm still loving it and I couldn't wait to recommend it, which am doing not just here, but to all my friends and my mother and my Rabbi as soon as I see him.
Lest you think I'm an easy laugh, I will tell you that I am not. Like Javerbaum, I have been a stand-up comedian and a writer for sitcoms (Seinfeld) and can tell you that generally other comedy writers make for a tough room. Even good humor books, though I appreciate them, rarely surprise me. We comedy writers already have the jokes figured out. However, this one constantly has me laughing out loud.
I usually delete my books as soon as I'm done, but this one will stay on there to listen to again and to play favorite excerpts for others. Praise the Lord.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful