Would Everybody Please Stop?

Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas
Narrated by: Jenny Allen
Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Comedy, Memoirs
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In Would Everybody Please Stop?, a collection of first-person essays and humor pieces, Jenny Allen asks the tough questions: Why do people say "it is what it is"? What's the point of fat-free half-and-half? Why don't the women detectives on TV carry purses, and where are we supposed to think they keep all their stuff? And haven't we heard enough about memes?

Reporting from the potholes midway through life's journey, Allen addresses these and other more serious matters, like the rude awakenings of being single after 25 years, of mothering a teenager, and of living with a serious illness. She also discusses life's everyday trials, like the horrors of attempting a crafts project, the anxieties of being a houseguest, and the ever-changing rules of recycling. Allen is a performer at heart - her one-woman show I Got Sick Then I Got Better premiered in 2009, and she regularly acts in other plays - and she brings that same spirit to these 35 short essays, which sound like the work of a female Dave Barry. Writing on places both real (like a swag den for celebrities at Sundance and the parking lot at L.L. Bean's flagship store) and imaginary (a Buddhist retreat attended by Martha Stewart, Elmer Fudd's psychotherapy appointment), Allen's wit and compassion give a fresh slant on the vicissitudes of day-to-day and not so day-to-day life.

©2017 Jenny Allen (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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"One of the funniest writers in America." (Andy Borowitz)

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Too much interference from cursing

Wish I knew about the use of curse words every 5 sentences. Makes jokes seem like the back drop....like clean satire... it works better for me...

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Nonsense

Was excited about this book, heard about it on NPR and the interview made it seem promising. It was spastic and nonsensical and what the heck was the Elmer Fud bit?!?! Terrible. Listened for 3 hours just waiting for it to get good, never happened.

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UGH! Too much bitching!

If I wanted to hear this much bitching, I would have finished Anthony Bourdain's book 'Medium Raw'.