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Mr. Know-It-All

The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder
Narrated by: John Waters
Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (150 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Cheerfully lewd and sincerely disingenuous, cult filmmaker, comic, and lifelong raconteur John Waters narrates his latest memoir/tell-all with a good-natured wink and a well-earned dab of sentimentality." —AudioFile Magazine

This program is read by the author and includes a bonus conversation. 

No one knows more about everything - especially everything rude, clever, and offensively compelling - than John Waters.  

The man in the pencil-thin mustache, auteur of the transgressive movie classics Pink Flamingos, Polyester, the original Hairspray, Cry-Baby, and A Dirty Shame, is one of the world’s great sophisticates, and in Mr. Know-It-All, he serves it up raw: how to fail upward in Hollywood; how to develop musical taste from Nervous Norvus to Maria Callas; how to build a home so ugly and trendy that no one but you would dare live in it; more important, how to tell someone you love them without emotional risk; and yes, how to cheat death itself. Through it all, Waters swears by one undeniable truth: “Whatever you might have heard, there is absolutely no downside to being famous. None at all.”  

Studded with cameos of Waters’ stars, from Divine and Mink Stole to Johnny Depp, Kathleen Turner, Patricia Hearst, and Tracey Ullman, Mr. Know-It-All is Waters’ most hypnotic, upsetting, revelatory audiobook yet - another instant Waters classic.    

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 John Waters (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Truth revealed through wicked humor

From the brilliant, twisted mind of John Waters springs his newest book, Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder. LMFAO. Especially with the audio version, hearing him tell his stories. Subversive, and an incredible wordsmith, Waters reminds us of his remarkably vivid imagination. All are hysterical, but three of my favorite ruminations are his stream-of-consciousness thoughts on Andy Warhol; his plans for an anti-hipster restaurant named Gristle (that forces you to eat alone with dead flower arrangements, non-gastronomically correct fare such as paint chips—or worse); and a letter to his transgender adoptive son, Bill, a Linda Evans brand vinyl doll. Beneath it all, Waters is a social scientist with great love for his subjects, a purveyor of human behavior who reveals truth through his wicked humor.

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Love John Waters but this is not his strongest

Been a fan of his for years as both director and writer. There are some hysterical sections of this book and while his later films weren’t maybe as strong or well received, it’s interesting to hear his views on them especially with some time between their release and now. His narration is as always outstanding. Several of the stories especially in the last half feel clunky and while they do have the Waters filth factor fans love him for, they ramble and end a bit boring. Not a horrid read but for first time listeners I’d start with earlier books.

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  • LCOC
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  • 06-09-19

Always entertaining!

Sometimes yucky, sometimes silly but always good fun. Loved it! He’s an America treasure. Recommended!

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Another Winner

Mr. Waters unloads another fine batch of knowledge right into our ear holes and we must once again thank him for the opportunity.

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for fans

I adore John Waters and his twisted brain. if you arent into him, you might not enjoy this as you wont get all the references. For me tho- Laugh out loud funny❤

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Waters is a national treasure

listening to John narrate is the best way to consume his filthy, brilliant wisdom. He would appreciate my driving around DC, cracking up to him.

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Excellent

John Waters delivers a wild and wonderful ride into what is sometimes filthy, always funny journey into his life and perspective. Exploring this wicked road was a fun trip and look forward to his future endeavors.

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Fun and Enjoyable

smart, funny and irreverent everything you want in a John Waters book. John Waters is a national treasure

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Well done!

You'll learn about his movies, his friends, his life, his family, his shows and so much more. Just remember that it's John Waters so if you're easily offended, you'll not like a few chapters. The book is raw and totally John.

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Didn’t want the book to end !

If you love John Waters you will love this book. I love all his books and the fact he narrates this is an extra treat !