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Now in audio for the first time, Without Feathers is narrated by Woody Allen himself. Here they are: 16 of the funniest tales and ruminations ever recorded, by one of the great comic minds of our time. From "The Whore of Mensa", to "Fabulous Tales & Mythical Beasts", to "No Kaddish for Weinstein", old and new Allen fans will laugh themselves silly over these sparkling gems. A small sample: "Getting through the night is becoming harder and harder," writes Allen in his "secret" journal. "Last evening I had the uneasy feeling that some men were trying to break into my room to shampoo me."

Without Feathers delivers more of Allen's New Yorker-style humor. Worthy stand-outs include "If the Impressionists Had Been Dentists", a genius piece that puts oral surgery in a whole new, much more exciting light. Throughout, Allen grapples in his wildly inventive way with the targets that obsess him: death, God (or lack of God), women (or lack of women), intellectuals, the arts, and even wildlife.

There is a distinct romantic strain that runs through much of his writings, which the author describes as "either Byronic or moronic". Allen is forever at war with the universe and claims unequivocally that he is "at two with nature". His artistic ambition, as he puts it, is to "forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race. And then see if I can get them mass-produced in plastic."

Woody Allen's short-story collections Without Feathers, Side Effects, Getting Even, and Mere Anarchy are available separately or together as part of The Woody Allen Collection.

©1986 Woody Allen (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Throughout my life, literally thousands of people have made me feel inadequate, but none more so than Woody Allen." (Larry David, Producer, Writer, Actor)
"Woody Allen brought modern comedy to the cinema screen." (Ricky Gervais)

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  • Philip
  • Upper Hutt, New Zealand
  • 01-30-12


This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I found the humor surprisingly irritating and unfunny considering I have always enjoyed Woody's films. Something did not quite work here. Have not reads it all yet.

Has Without Feathers turned you off from other books in this genre?

A little.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Did not sound sufficiently relaxed or confident considering this is Woody's genre.

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Starts well and then wanders off

Woody Allen has a tremendously good voice. Somewhat ponderous - but that's countered by simply speeding up the narration (I liked 1.5x). I found Without Feathers to start off with far more promise than Getting Even. Unfortunately most of the good stories are at the front, with the end of the book trailing off into what can only be described as either confused ramblings, or intentionally random flights of fancy. But if you like Woody Allen's style, you'll love these books - the narration is superb.

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  • Pawel
  • Switzerland
  • 12-30-11

Hilarious, topsy-tourvey, Monty-Paytonish ... if

Where does Without Feathers rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

great light listen - high on the list of comedies

What did you like best about this story?

comic story, ever changing , situation jokes, play on words, but also some deep thoughts (as usual)

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

you need to like Woody Allen's voice

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Any additional comments?

Hilarious stories sprinkled with Topsy-tourvy story line logic (or lack thereof ... :-)) makes these short books a great listen for all the fans of Monty Python-like humor. Well, you need to like the voice of the author, though.

Highly recommended as an interlude to your regular

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  • Renee
  • Jacksonville, FL, United States
  • 11-28-11

Funny, Dry and Perfect!

The best is having Woody Allen reading his own material. Very entertaining!! I enjoyed the short stories and the dilemmas his characters get in, all too funny!

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  • Martin W
  • Overland Park, KS, United States
  • 07-14-11

same old Woody

Somebody on here said he sounded old. No, he sounded like he's always sounded -- nervous and a little nerdy. I could not detect any oldness in his voice in these recordings.

What was clear to me in his voice was his usual strange sense of humor. These are great recordings. If he sounds old, I suggest you upgrade your download quality from AM radio to mp3 or higher. Everybody sounds old on AM radio.

This is great stuff. Get this and lighten up for a while.

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  • Beverly
  • Bronx, NY, United States
  • 02-11-11

Great read, even better listen.

These books have been old friends of mine for many years. And now to hear them read by the author, I know I will return to them again and again. This was a great purchase!

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  • Pavel
  • Czech Republic
  • 01-30-11

Woody Allan's narration?

I like the book a lot (I have it in printed version as well), but the narration is quite difficult to follow (at least for me as non-native English speaker). It's a continuous stream of words, hard to guess where the paragraphs finish.

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  • Carolyn
  • Friendsville, PA, United States
  • 07-24-10


Purchase only if you like disjointed humor. I listened for a short time and will delete. I like Woody Allen for his humor but this goes beyond my limited comprehension.

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Don't waste your money. This story was self indugent and boring. There wasn't really any story, just Woody Allen reading his shopping list. Sicofants will like this story.

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Rambling and self indulgent

I use to think Woody Allen was a comical genius, and they say genius is just one step away from crazy. Well with this book Mr. Allen has taken that step. It's just random incoherent thoughts that are just not funny.
Does Audible have a return policy?

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