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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,350 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Rakoff Narrator: David Rakoff Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this deeply funny (and, no kidding, wise and poignant) book, Rakoff examines the realities of our sunny,  gosh­ everyone-can-be-a-star contemporary culture and finds that, pretty much as a universal rule, the best is not yet to come, adversity will triumph, justice will not be served, and your dreams won’t come true. The book ranges from the personal to the universal, combining stories from Rakoff’s reporting and accounts of his own experi­ences: the moment when being a tiny child no longer meant adults found him charming but instead meant other children found him a fun target; the perfect late evening in Manhattan when he was young and the city seemed to brim with such pos­sibility that the street shimmered in the moonlight—as he drew closer he realized the streets actually flickered with rats in a feeding frenzy. He also weaves in his usual brand Oscar Wilde–worthy cultural criticism (the tragedy of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, for instance). Whether he’s lacerating the musical Rent for its cutesy depic­tion of AIDS or dealing with personal tragedy, his sharp obser­vations and humorist’s flair for the absurd will have you positively reveling in the power of negativity. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steven | 2/6/2014

    " Funny, as always. His essays about being a person whom people feel the need to tell secrets to and the final essay about his experience with cancer were particularly good. An excellent, excellent writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ke Huang | 2/1/2014

    " I really liked the movie and literary references in the essays. Though I didn't understand everything that happened to the author nor his descriptions, I think I learned a lot from this book (e.g. about Mormons, the porn industry, the musical Rent, etc). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Molly | 1/21/2014

    " This was fun to listen to as an audio book because it was read by the author. I hadn't read, or heard of David Rakoff before I popped this in the CD player, but by the end I felt like we were old friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Keith | 1/1/2014

    " After reading both "Fraud & Half Empty" I came to the realization that listening to David is much more enjoyable for me. When you hear him speak, his inflections, intonations and cadence are what makes him a humorist and down right funny. Unfortunately for me, as I read these 2 works, at times he came off as a stereo-typical pretentious, bitchy queen which I abhor. "

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