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  • Self-Inflicted Wounds

  • Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation
  • By: Aisha Tyler
  • Narrated by: Aisha Tyler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,110

Aisha Tyler, comedian, actress, cohost of CBS's The Talk, star of Archer, and creator of the top-ranked podcast Girl on Guy, serves up a spectacular collection of her own self-inflicted wounds. From almost setting herself on fire, to vomiting on a boy she liked, to getting drunk and sleeping through the SATs, to going into crushing debt to pay for college and then throwing away her degree to become a comedian, Aisha's life has been a series of spectacularly epic fails. And she's got the scars to prove it. Literally.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it - weightier than you might think

  • By Kevin on 10-25-13

Love it - weightier than you might think

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

Reviewed: 10-25-13

What made the experience of listening to Self-Inflicted Wounds the most enjoyable?

This is a woman accustomed to saying her own words out loud. Many writers suck at presenting their work orally. Not Aisha Tyler. It's her job. So her natural brilliance shines forth. You might not want to try to listen to the whole thing straight through, like on a long road trip. It's work that can bear thinking about in quiet. Listen to a bit of her story, then think about a bit about your own story, then repeat.

Who was your favorite character and why?

No favorite character, but favorite chapters. I believe they were chapters 22 & 23. A story then a right between the eyes point. Nice.

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

Just mainly on Archer. Like apples and oranges. But she's good in both.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The part about failing at comedy then getting back up and doing it again - and again - and again. The point isn't the failing, it's the getting back up. And you can't get back up unless you need to get back up - unless you fail.

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