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More Bedtime Stories for Cynics

Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
3.5 out of 5 stars (13,918 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Make sure the kids aren’t around! Just because you’re a grown-up doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the art of the children’s bedtime story. Nick Offerman presents this collection of 12 short stories written in the style of a classic kids' tale, but with a decidedly dark and adult approach. What really happened after Snow White died, from the perspective of the one medically trained dwarf? A naive wizard professor reports back from the trenches of an underprivileged school of magic. A middle-aged man is haunted by the voices of his own aging body. The stories will make you laugh, cry and probably squirm a little. All performed by actors like Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat, Ellen Page, Mike Birbiglia, and many more.

Contains explicit content.

©2018 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Probably not for everyone

As the other review shows, this is likely not the Audible Original for everyone. The humor is not rip-roaring or goof-ball style. It's cynical, clipped, and dry. If you find amusement in those styles, then you will love this. More Bedtime Stories for Cynics explores the oddity and satire in being human. Every story is a dark parody about adult life. A man who can't escape his acid reflux, a middle-aged woman looking for love in all the wrong places, a man being haunted and harassed by his aging body, and so many more. These stories are all downright funny and relatable, and read by such a great cast of people. Nick Offerman, Jane Lynch, Ellen Page, and THE Sir Patrick Stewart to name a few. I absolutely recommend giving this a listen if you enjoy satirical adult comedy with a lean toward dry cynicism. This one gets an easy 5 stars across the board from me!

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Hilarious!!!!!

I absolutely love this!!! Funny and dark, which is hard to pull off, in my opinion. Masterfully done!

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Hilarious!

Overall, this is hysterically funny. Th only problem I found was that, at times, the background music and sound effects overpowered the performance and it was very difficult to hear what was being spoken. And I was using high quality professional AKG Noise-Cancelling Headfones, so I'm pretty sure this wasn't a gadget issue. Unfortunately the funniest story of all (I believe it is called The Hook Hand Man or something like that) was the most affected one with that kind of sound mixing problem. The lower the voice pitch of the reader, the more evident the problem showed. It was hardly noticeable during the women's readings, except for Angelica Huston, who had a lower pitch and the issue showed right away. Due to that issue (that happened quite often if I'm being honest) I gave it 4 stars.

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These are my type of bedtime stories!!

These stories were so fun and quirky and went off in unpredictable directions. Reminded me of Roald Dahl a bit. This was a really great suprise. I want to hear more! And I love Patrick Stewart.

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Boring...

I dont understand how this could be so.... boring. Great cast of writers & performers. Stars even. And i love this kind of dry, opposite, Far-Side, adult type humor. But honestly, the writing and stories and side comments weren't funny. Audio performances were excellent, thank you actors! Was it just me then? Fine, I'll listen to the whole thing again another day, and really pay attention. Result: same. Liked the concept & performances. But actual stories were uninteresting and not funny. Sorry, I hate giving bad reviews. But I gotta be honest & fair.

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Well performed, but not well written...

I had tried the original batch and was hoping these were better developed. The performances are well done and by some folks I really admire. The stories themselves fell flat. They are base, and cheap. Most of all they are not funny.

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I laughed through it all!!

Absolute perfection for the true cynic, twisted sense of humorist and just plain fun loving a-hole such as myself. I love me some Nick Offerman. That man is a pure genius on his delivery. ITS A MUST LISTEN.

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Loved it except.....

I loved all the stories except the dog story. Even that one was good, but I cried a lot. If you have recently lost the best woof woof in the world, like I did, it will really hit you square in the heart. If you're ok with crying like a full grown baby, then enjoy. Best wishes to all and sleep well Buddy <3

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Gems of awkward moments to brighten this weird world

This collection opens strong - and keeps going. Thoroughly enjoyed these and can’t get Mr. Acid Reflux out of my head. Thankfully, not contagious but just contagiously amusing. Great writing and great performances.

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Happily Surprised

This book was an unexpected surprise, I would definitely recommend it to anyone on the fence about it. The stories are great in their own right, but the actors definitely give it life. I admittedly only got this as one of monthly credits, but it's definitely one I'd recommend even buying. You won't regret it.

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