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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,029 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Rakoff Narrator: David Rakoff Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2001 ISBN:
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Wherever he is, David Rakoff is a fish out of water. Whether impersonating Sigmund Freud in a department store window during the holidays, climbing an icy mountain in cheap loafers, playing an evil modeling agent on a daytime soap opera, or learning primitive survival skills in the wilds of New Jersey, Rakoff doesn't belong. Nor does he try to. Still, he continually finds himself off in the far-flung hinterlands of our culture, notebook or microphone in hand, hoping to conjure that dyed-in-the-wool New York condescension.

And Rakoff tries to be nasty; heaven knows nothing succeeds like the cheap sneer, but he can't quite help noticing that these are actual human beings he's writing about. In his attempts not to pull any punches, the most damaging blows, more often than not, land squarely on his own jaw - hilariously satirizing the writer, not the subject. And therein lies David Rakoff's genius and his burgeoning appeal. The wry and the heartfelt join in his prose to resurrect that most neglected of literary virtues: wit. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chavonne | 2/17/2014

    " I am not a reader of essays after all. I think that the stories were funny, but I could just not get through them. This makes me sad because I heard the departed Rakoff reading one of them on NPR and howled. I think I'll take this out on audio before I review. I bet I'll love them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 2/16/2014

    " Excellent collection of essays. Funny and smart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Little | 2/11/2014

    " I feel like Rakoff went deeper into himself for many of these essays than he did in Don't Get Too Comfortable. Still not life changing, but more honest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bean | 2/10/2014

    " I really needed some levity this month and Rakoff's dry, witty, and erudite essays totally fit the bill. He is hi-larious; I cannot recommend him enough, especially on audiobook. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara | 2/5/2014

    " No memories of this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 1/26/2014

    " Funny at times but not as good as Sedaris. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise Towers | 1/9/2014

    " In a similiar vein but not as entertaining as Sedaris "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti | 12/29/2013

    " Funny, relatable, and good for learning GRE words. It's easy to see why he's not likable, but he does warn you in the first essay that he is indeed... a fraud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny Housley | 12/27/2013

    " Very much in the vein of David Sedaris, I love his observations and sassy commentary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DL | 12/10/2013

    " I like these more the second time. Verbose, yes, but oh, so true. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 11/20/2013

    " Love this book - very funny, very true. Rakoff was a guest speaker at my grad school, and read from this. I bought it as soon as I could, afterward. Like him better than Sedaris, his contemporary. If you get a chance to see him read, absolutely do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ethan Anderson | 11/8/2013

    " Hmm, a book of short stories written by a gay guy named David who occasionally appears on NPR... sound familiar? Well Rakoff isn't quite as charming or funny as the other David, but there are a few gems in this book. Mainly the Tibetan/Buddhist enlightenment camp run by Steven Segal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 10/9/2013

    " As a die-hard Sedaris and Vowell fan, I thoroughly enjoyed Rakoff's essays. He definitely takes the darker road, and I'm fine with that and his use of the five-dollar words. (Has it become a crime to have a large vocabulary? To hope that one's dear reader has one, too?) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rae | 9/25/2013

    " Doesn't hold a candle to his later works. It was interesting at times, but lacks the voice I've come to love about David Rakoff essays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Drew | 8/18/2013

    " rakoff is like sedaris but with more bitterness and a bigger vocabulary. which is not to say he is any less fabulous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrice | 2/8/2013

    " Overall entertaining. Rakoff is a little like Woody Allen, though, in that he makes fun of himself but wants us all to secretly agree he is a genius. I alternated between laughing out loud and being irritated because he is so full of himself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 11/26/2012

    " I wish I had gotten this as an audio book. David Rakoff if brilliant and funny but I found that HE was a lot better at reading his essays than I am! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie Johnson | 11/18/2012

    " This was very enjoyable. My favorite essay was "Christmas Freud". It was about him sitting in a display window at Christmas pretending to be Freud. It just cracked me up. His writing is very similiar to David Sedaris, who I love! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 allie | 10/1/2012

    " very very funny and well written. he has a heart of gold. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jillian | 8/7/2012

    " I like Rakoff's writing quite a bit, and there are some excellent essays in Fraud. It's unevenness and the fact that Half-Empty is a much better collection is my justification for a three star rating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam Clark | 4/29/2012

    " david rakoff is one of the funniest (and insightful) writers alive. he uses words like a surgeon; none are wasted and each one is perfectly placed for the desired effect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 12/10/2011

    " The best two essays are at the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gina | 8/15/2011

    " Obnoxious. I went into this expecting some sharp-tongued humor, but what I got essays by a deeply unpleasant name dropper. Rakoff made himself seem like exactly the kind of person I don't want to spend any time with, which is why I quit reading the book. It was fucking with my blood pressure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake Lewin | 7/13/2011

    " There are great, somewhat depressing essays here. TAL contributor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 6/9/2011

    " These are well-written, funny, insightful essays. I think my favorite was about Mr. Rakoff playing Freud in a Barney's Christmas display. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 5/28/2011

    " I highly recommend it. Rakoff is funny and poignant and thoroughly enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney | 4/16/2011

    " Didn't really like it as much as I thought that I would. The best essay was Christmas Freud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/16/2011

    " If you like David Sedaris, then you will may also like David Rakoff. His short essays in this book are filled with satire and insight as he describes episodes in his life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gerianne | 1/12/2011

    " sorry to say i did not find it funny; was expecting to enjoy it after hearing him interviewed recently about his new book. trudged through first 100 pages and called it quits. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 6/23/2010

    " Slightly interesting personal accounts of a homosexual writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 E. Ilana | 2/21/2010

    " This book made me LOL. Or was it "Dont Get Too Comfortable"? Either way D. Rakoff is amazing.It's a rare occasion that I pick up a book and get more out of it (laughter nonetheless) than I expected. I read both the same day at a bookstore, a long afternoon. "

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About the Author
Author David RakoffDavid Rakoff has written for numerous publications, and is a regular contributor to Salon, Outside, and the radio program This American Life on WBEZ in Chicago. He is also an actor in his free time.