• Medallion Status

  • True Stories from Secret Rooms
  • By: John Hodgman
  • Narrated by: John Hodgman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,123 ratings)

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Medallion Status

By: John Hodgman
Narrated by: John Hodgman
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Publisher's summary

"[An] affecting and hilarious meditation on fame and prestige as seen through the lens of an airline loyalty program." (The AV Club)

A hilarious and honest new audiobook in which John Hodgman, New York Times best-selling author of Vacationland, leaves vacation behind and gets back to work as a still somewhat famous person...and then loses his job. An uproarious listen.

After spending most of his 20s pursuing a career as a literary agent, John Hodgman decided to try his own hand at writing. Following an appearance to promote one of his books on The Daily Show, he was invited to return as a contributor. This led to an unexpected and, frankly, implausible career in front of the camera that has lasted to this very day, or at least until 2016.

In this audiobook, Hodgman explores the strangeness of his career, speaking plainly of fame, especially at the weird, marginal level he enjoyed it. Through these stories, you will learn many things that only John Hodgman knows, such as how to prepare for a nude scene with an oboe, or what it feels like to go to a Hollywood party and realize that you are not nearly as famous as the Property Brothers, or, for that matter, those two famous corgis from Instagram. And there are stories about how, when your television gig is canceled, you can console yourself with the fact that all of that travel that made your young son so sad at least left you with a prize: platinum medallion status with your airline.

Both unflinchingly funny and deeply heartfelt, Medallion Status is a thoughtful examination of status, fame, and identity - and about the way we all deal with those moments when we realize we aren't platinum status anymore and will have to get comfortable in that middle seat again.

©2019 John Hodgman (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Boston-born, Yale-educated humorist/writer/actor John Hodgman has been blessed with a voice that makes him sound like a world-renowned authority and a nincompoop at the same time. It's a wonderful combination.... A must-listen for all those who appreciate breakfast and comic genius." (AudioFile Magazine)

"Conversational, funny...the focus is on the bizarre state of being liminally famous in a culture that so desperately celebrates fame.... Hodgman has dozens of funny stories to tell, ranging from recollections of early jobs to the time Benedict Cumberbatch messed with his mind." (The AV Club)

"This funny, sometimes delightfully absurd book offers sharp meditations on status, relevance, and age, and fame - or at least being fame-adjacent." (Publishers Weekly)

"Humorous and surprisingly poignant." (Kirkus Reviews)