Hits and Misses

Narrated by: Simon Rich
Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A hilarious collection inspired by a former Saturday Night Live writer's real experiences in Hollywood, chronicling the absurdity of fame and the humanity of failure in a world dominated by social media influencers and reality TV stars.

Simon Rich is "one of the funniest writers in America" (The Daily Beast) - a humorist who draws comparisons to Douglas Adams (The New York Times Book Review) and James Thurber and P.G. Wodehouse (The Guardian). With Hits and Misses, he's back with a hilarious new collection of stories about dreaming big and falling flat, about ordinary people desperate for stardom and the stars who are bored by having it all.

Inspired by Rich's real experiences in Hollywood, Hits and Misses chronicles all the absurdity of fame and success alongside the heartbreaking humanity of failure. From a bitter tell-all by the horse Paul Revere rode to greatness to a gushing magazine profile of everyone's favorite World War II dictator, these stories roam across time and space to skewer our obsession with making it big - from the days of ancient Babylon to the age of TMZ.

©2018 Simon Rich (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Great writers tend to arrive when we need them most, and at this moment Simon Rich is a comedic godsend. Hits and Misses is a motherlode of silly, inventive, absurd brilliance. My admiration for Rich is rivaled only by my jealousy." (Conan O'Brien)

"Flights of fancy from preternaturally gifted humorist Rich.... Shades of Christopher Moore's slapstick...[and] Python-esque medieval farce.... He has a sweet spot between mockery and respect for old Hollywood...lovingly crafted comedies from a writer beginning to match wit with wisdom." (Kirkus)

"Simon Rich is the Stephen King of comedy writing. From the first lines, he pulls you into a world of hilarious, simple, kind, determined, dumb, and bizarrely proud characters who, like all of us, are terrified of being embarrassed. He is the funniest writer I have ever met and Hits and Misses is his best collection of stories." (John Mulaney)

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funny

funny funny funny. need to write 15 words to be posted. hilarious enjoyable and lol

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Funny stories

I love compilations of stories, and even better when they're funny. I can alsonlosten to this one with my kids and laugh with them. Highly recommend!

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i fuckin love simon rich

i knew this man was a great writer from reading stuff he’s published in papers and stuff but damn, i thoroughly enjoyed this this was great

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why?

why narrate ur own book with a voice like that? just get a professional for God's sake

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Simon Rich is the best

No one is writing funny prose this good today. Simon Rich is simply the best out there. Some of these stories I have listened to over again and played for friends.

This is what comic fiction can be.

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Loved it

So funny. You will wish it never ended. He could go on and on telling stories, and I would sit and listen.