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Editorial Reviews

Brian Donovan’s comic tale of his history with Internet dating might seem mean-spirited if the criticism weren’t, in large part, self-deprecating. Donovan, who’s written for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and Chapelle’s Show, mines the deep well of comedic gold that is Internet dating by going on an exorbitant amount of dates with all sorts of women - and a few that he couldn’t even be sure were women. Ax Norman delivers Donovan’s chronicles in a personal tone that feels both instructional and confessional. If you’re one of the millions of people who’ve experienced online dating for yourself, or if you’re a curious outsider, prepare yourself for an insider's look at the widely popular phenomenon and all of the insights into human relationships it provokes.

Publisher's Summary

Forty million people in the US have tried Internet dating, which means 40 million people have probably gone on some pretty crappy dates. Not a Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters is about one guy who experienced more than his fair share. Brian Donovan, a writer and comedian whose work has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR, and Chapelle's Show, has been on over 100 Internet dates in a genuine search for love and happiness.

©2013 Brian Donovan (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • mmm
  • Colorado
  • 02-05-15

love it every time I listen to it

great writing, terrific performance and hilarious content. winner! highly recommend to anyone in need of a good laugh.

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Funny... Avoid OkCupid

It was a good book to pass sometime and hear someone's stories of the online dating world!

I learning just how crazy the questions on OkCupid are.

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  • Alysia
  • Redondo Beach, CA, United States
  • 12-15-14

Online Dating Humor

I thought this was a good audiobook. It was funny and if you have online dated you will be able to relate with a few of the awkward situations. The narrator was good too!

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Such a hot topic with zero empathy

Would you try another book from Brian Donovan and/or Ax Norman?

Over a thousand reviews of this book - and why? Internet dating is huge today, so this book looked just as hot. But no. Donovan rates women like cattle at an auction and himself - deservedly - as shallow and unworthy of women everywhere. I felt more empahy choosing a masseuse through a window in Bangkok than this guy could even begin to feel. Does he represent a norm for his generation? I hope not.

Would you ever listen to anything by Brian Donovan again?

Donovan must be a sociopath with a budding flair for comedy. Why would anyone read a second book? It's hard to say unless, like me, they recognize that the guy says stuff the rest of us are afraid to say, so.....

Would you be willing to try another one of Ax Norman’s performances?

Az Norman was the perfect choice to reflect the geeky, shalow author. He sounded like a late-twenties-something frat boy with enough residual autism to be nearly totally blind to the souls and values of fellow humans. Imagine a young Mitt Romney reading such a book.Some of the writing was truly funny, but would have been better "timed" through the use of a reader with a successful comedian's credentials.

Do you think Not a Match needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Actually yes. Donovan might atone for Not a Match with a book revealing greater depth -- on so many levels.

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Just not my cup o' tea.

What disappointed you about Not a Match?

Content just not suitable for me, but may just be my age. Not very interesting tor me, but probably more enjoyable for the younger set.

Would you ever listen to anything by Brian Donovan again?

Probably not. Maybe when he's my age, but by then, I won't be here anymore! :)

Did Ax Norman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Did not finish book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Not a Match?

Not fair for me to say.

Any additional comments?

No.

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So true! AND sad if you're an online dater

This book is funny! The narrator does a great job and the short stories are hysterical!

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Cute for a short flight

What made the experience of listening to Not a Match the most enjoyable?

this was a cute story and very funny. He had a couple of "oh that happened to me too." moments that made a connection for the listener

If you’ve listened to books by Brian Donovan before, how does this one compare?

this is my first on

What does Ax Norman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

the tone and sarcasm fit into the store well.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

it was funny I laughed and wanted to share this book with my single girlfriends.

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  • Carolina
  • Montreal, QC, Canada
  • 05-30-14

Funny but not extremely

Originally published at: A Girl that Likes Books

Why I read this book

Every once in a while, Audible is very generous and gives you free books! Off course, not always you find something that looks interesting, but this time I found this book and decided to give it a try.

What the book is about

For a bit more than 2 hours we learn about Donovan's experiences in dating online mostly through Match. The book alternates between chapters about a specific dating experience and chapters with hints or tips for the online dating world.

First impressions

We decided to listen to this book, together with my boyfriend while commuting to work. It felt like a light, fun book to start and end the working day with, and we were not mistaken.

Final thoughts

Was it a fun book? Yes, a couple of times I burst into laughter at the nonsense happening. Was it light? Yes, the book is unpretentious and very relaxed and with a good amount of funny situations. I don't think I would've bought this book on my own I have to say. Ax Norman has a nice rhythm and tone, but it is hard to say anything else about him as a narrator with this particular book.

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Good, but not great

What made the experience of listening to Not a Match the most enjoyable?

The authors misadventures with internet dating were entertaining.

Any additional comments?

The story was entertaining, but the funny parts weren't quite delivered properly by the narrator, which reduced the impact of the humour.

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Not bad, but wouldn't recommend to my friends

The author is reasonably engaging, but I can't say I found the book laugh out loud at any point. It was certainly devoid of much useful tactical advice. At least I hope so. Really hoping legions of people don't start adopting the laundry/necrophilia icebreaker. Would have genuinely found it more appealing if he'd added a section where his dates could comment, but I get the sense his ego is a little fragile on that point. The only example he includes is from a woman who granted, did not give much constructive feedback, but the listener is left wondering why, if he's as modestly awesome and long-suffering as he thinks he is, it's taken him over a hundred dates to find someone who finds him appropriate for a long-term match. Presumably guys enjoy this more than women.