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Publisher's Summary

From the renowned comedian, creator, star and executive producer/multiple title-holder of Comedy Central's Important Things with Demetri Martin comes a bold, original, and rectangular kind of humor book.

Demetri's first literary foray features longer-form essays and conceptual pieces (such as Protagonists' Hospital, a melodrama about the clinic doctors who treat only the flesh wounds and minor head scratches of Hollywood action heroes), as well as his trademark charts, doodles, drawings, one-liners, and lists (i.e., the world views of optimists, pessimists and contortionists), Martin's material is varied, but his unique voice and brilliant mind will keep listeners in stitches from beginning to end.

©2011 Demetri Martin (P)2011 Hachette Audio

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Some books just can't be audiobooks

I think Demitri Martin is an incredible comedian and his writing is funny in a very intelligent way. Some jokes, however, are better read than heard. This book is an example. While there are definitely some laugh-out-loud moments, I felt the majority of Martin's joke were jokes that simply put a big grin on your face. They're not really that funny, but they're certainly original.

Another thing to add is that there are some jokes in here that don't really make sense in an audiobook, but in a book would actually be quite funny. I say pick up the book version instead. This also makes it easier to go back to your favorite jokes and show them to your friends.

The "genie FAQs" was my favorite.

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Loved it!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! I already have.

What does Demetri Martin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The delivery in his voice emphasizes the humor.

Any additional comments?

I wasn't sure about this as an audiobook, because his stand up involves a lot of visuals but this book was fantastic! Very witty and enjoyable, I will definitely listen to it again and again!

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Good but lacks reader experience

I've read this book and preferred reading it rather than listening to it. Demetri often doesn't put a performance spin on otherwise excellent source material. It sometimes sounds like it's being recited rather than performed.

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I love Demetri Martin

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not recommend this book because the format of audiobook makes this book hard to follow. I think Demetri is at his best when he has the benefit of having a visual aid, this book drags on and is a tough listen. I really want to like it because I like everything else Demetri puts out.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Demetri has a signature tone when he speaks but unfortunately he maintains that tone throughout the audiobook and it becomes very monotone. It is a short book but being that its so boring it takes a lot of effort and persistence to complete. I've finished 12hr and 8hr books in between this one which is only 4hrs.

Would you be willing to try another one of Demetri Martin’s performances?

I don't think so. Books, yes; Stand-up, yes; Audiobook, no.

Do you think This Is an AudioBook needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Please no.

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Light and Entertaining!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This offers short humorous and mind ticklng bits, so you will not get bored. I have listened to it repeatedly and will again. I hope Demetri Martin does more - love him!!!

What other book might you compare This Is an AudioBook to and why?

Bo Burman is smilar but a bit cruder and less refined.

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

n/a

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend!

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I really like Demetri Martin and this was decent

I can't say it was THE BEST EVER. but it was solid in the peculiar Demetri Martin way of observing and telling stories about his observations

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funny

it was really good. i love his descriptions and dark comedy. it is worth the listen

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This just doesn't work as an audio book...

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This was really boring and awkward. I love Demetri Martin, but it's just not like his show/standup. It might have been better in text. His narration was drab and uninspired.

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Weird and unfunny

I'm generally a Demetri Martin fan but this audiobook was very weird and not funny. Everyone that was listening to it with me just looked around awkwardly and wished that it were over.

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