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The Dangerous Animals Club Audiobook

The Dangerous Animals Club

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Publisher's Summary

If you ran into Stephen Tobolowsky on the street, you would not be mistaken: Yes, you’ve seen him before. A childhood dentist? A former geometry teacher? Your local florist? Tobolowsky is a character actor, one of the most prolific screen and stage presences of our time, having appeared in productions that range from Deadwood to Glee, from Mississippi Burning to Groundhog Day.

But Stephen Tobolowsky, it turns out, is not just an actor; he is also a dazzlingly talented storyteller and writer. He has earned a devoted base of fans for his original stories, told in front of live audiences as well as in a popular podcast. Now, for the first time, he has assembled those stories here. The result is creative mitzvah, a work of art, and a narrative feat that combines biography and essay, ranging in tone from the hilarious to the introspective.

To read these pages is to enter an astonishing world that, like all art, is universal yet individual, familiar yet disquieting. A dangerous world, indeed.

©2012 Stephen Tobolowsky (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Stephen Tobolowsky has found his true calling as a storyteller. He is candid, insightful, often profound, and very, very funny, especially when he recounts his adventures in show business. By blending sharp memories of his childhood with astute, adult observations of the world around him, he weaves a spell not unlike Jean Shepherd or Garrison Keillor… but he has a voice all his own, and I love it." (Leonard Maltin, film critic and author)

"I LOVE THIS!" (Sarah Silverman)

"Great storytelling, beautiful stuff." (Rian Johnson, director of The Brothers Bloom and Brick)

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    carrie blue earth, MN, United States 11-02-12
    carrie blue earth, MN, United States 11-02-12
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    "Excellent Stories Told By a Master"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dangerous Animals Club the most enjoyable?

    The Dangerous Animals Club is a fantastic book, both in audio format, as well as hardcover. If you're familiar with Stephen Tobolowsky or The Tobolowsky Files podcast, you'll immediately recognize these stories, albeit in greater detail / length. He also spins the stories together in more of a single timeline than with the podcast episodes, making the book feel more like one cohesive story, comprised of many smaller pieces.

    If you're not familiar with his stories, you owe it to yourself to give this a listen. I've rarely (if ever) found such well-told stories that can make you laugh out loud and tear up at the same time. The manner in which the stories are told endear the author to the reader, making you connect to the stories personally. While immensely entertaining, the stories are filled with innumerable life lessons.

    Having the stories read by the author makes this infinitely better. If read by anyone else, these amazing stories would have fallen flat.

    All in all, The Dangerous Animals Club is story-telling at its best. I don't feel that there's much else to be said about this wonderful book, which will be reflected in the brief nature of the rest of this review.


    What other book might you compare The Dangerous Animals Club to and why?

    I'm not sure what to compare these stories to. Other famous story-tellers like Garrison Keillor and Baxter Black are fantastic in their own right, but considerably different in their delivery and content.

    I've really never seen / read / heard anything similar to these stories.


    What about Stephen Tobolowsky’s performance did you like?

    Everything.

    (see above)


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

    Absolutely, if given the time to do so.


    Any additional comments?

    Be aware that, while most are completely family-friendly, a couple of the stories contain some language that may not be appropriate for younger listeners, specifically "A Wager With Freddy." Great story, but you may not want to listen with young ears around.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karl Kesel Portland, OR United States 10-16-12
    Karl Kesel Portland, OR United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Didn't Want the Book to End"

    I can't imagine this book as anything other than an audio book read by the author-- not surprising considering it was based on Tobo's podcasts "The Tobolowsky Files." The stories sound like they're being told casually by a friend, although they are clearly extremely well-crafted. Funny, touching, and more-often-than-not quite poignant. I can't decide if Tobo has led a captivatingly amazing life-- or if he's just a captivatingly amazing storyteller. Most likely a little of both. There's a "This American Life" feel to it— where both the strange and the mundane can lead to something bigger or deeper. If you like that show, you'll like this book. And if you don't like that show, then you're too cynical and/or hip for this book. And I feel sorry for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ricardo 09-18-17
    Ricardo 09-18-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Story Teller"

    That's it. One of the most brilliant story tellers I have ever heard and I must had a brilliant inquisitive mind. It also provides a very particular insight to Hollywood and an actors life but it's much more than this. I found this book on a list of com

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    Bill 05-24-17
    Bill 05-24-17
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    "The things you never expected to like....."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes.
    Fun, funny, touching. I like this guy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dangerous Animals Club?

    A kid twirling a venomous snake around his head .


    What about Stephen Tobolowsky’s performance did you like?

    He puts you into his shoes and walks you through the most touching, curious, hilarious and sad moments of his life.


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

    I laughed out loud several times and smiled like an idiot .


    Any additional comments?

    Now I have to go back and watch the movies that the author has been in.

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    Darren Garnick Boston, MA 05-02-17
    Darren Garnick Boston, MA 05-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Tobolowsky is even funnier here than on TV"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was curious to hear Stephen Tobolowsky's essays after enjoying his characters on the Goldberg's (principal) and Silicon Valley (Jack Barker) and was delighted to find he's one of the best writers/storytellers I've ever encountered. Not hyperbole. Am seeking out every one of his podcasts now!


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    Ghangus Green 04-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Tobolosky is fantastic!"

    Stephen Tobolosky is amazing. His stories are funny, insightful, philasophical, gripping and fun. His warm tones and downhome way make you feel like your listening to an old friend. I lost myself in his yarns and feel like I have lived along with him.
    I cannot recommend this book enough. It's a fun journey that also leaves you with some amazing personal discoveries about people and life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P.F. Brew City, USA 03-20-17
    P.F. Brew City, USA 03-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great book of short stories"

    I love listening to this book, really puts me in a better place. Stephen Tobolowski has had an interesting life and has astonishing recollection, and to top it off his voice is so soothing. This is the only audiobook I've listened to multiple times. There are great nuggets and life lessons to be gleaned from this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sonofsoulreaver 07-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "What a life!"

    This book is a perfect example of the fact that most of us have an interesting life story, it's just in how you tell it. The stories in this book aren't, for the most part, told in any sort of chronological order. They all have a theme. It's a wonderful look into the life and history of Steven Tobolowsky. My only complaint (and the reason I gave Tobolowsky 4 out of 5 as a narrator) is that he can't do accents. That said, hearing him tell his own stories in his own voice was fun.

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    Jennifer Joyce Solomon 06-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I loved this book"

    Thoughtful, wise, generous in its conclusions and full of the mystery of life. The author allows all kinds of intelligence to manifest and respect in his way of seeing the world and our life paths.

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    Dennis Vlasich 04-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A great storyteller with humor and meaning!"

    We needed a break from the murder mysteries so my wife and I listened on our drive to and from Yosemite. It was a great trip b

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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