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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest
Very good, thoroughly enjoyed,
Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects
STAR RATINGS GUIDE
Braces yourself for a wild ride
🧡 This is my first time reading - or listening to - Simon Rich and it's been transcend-dental (sorry, not sorry). As is the nature of a collection of stories, I liked some more than others, but almost all of them were one the "more" end of the scale.
💜 Rich overlays familiar situations or concepts - parental advice, city budget cuts - with absurd elements, such as a mutant superhero forced into management. The result is hilarious, the humour ranging from a smile-raising quip to a solid snort-aloud-on-the-train punchline. My favourite tale is the toxic workplace with the socially inept robot. Not only are the robot's futile attempts to entertain his co-workers utterly genius, but I loved the well-observed digs at workplace culture.
💛 Tooth be told (last one, I promise), I was initially sceptical. When I heard the first story I was put off by the pirate accent, but I moved on to the next one and am so glad I did.
💚 Given Rich's SNL creds, it's unsurprising, but still delightful that this listen reminded me of a sketch show, but one with little heartwarming messages.
Massive thanks to Hachette Audio, Little, Brown & Company and of course NetGalley for the audio ARC I received in return for an honest review.
SQUAWKING THE TALK
🎧 I cannot believe that this entire audiobook was read by one person. Fred Berman is incredibly vocally versatile, delivering a pirate's drawl as easily as the stilted boom of a giant ape.
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