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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (373 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Rudnick Narrator: Paul Rudnick Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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I Shudder is a side-splittingly funny collection of essays from Paul Rudnick, one of America’s preeminent humorists. Rudnick, who writes for The New Yorker and has written the screenplays for the films In and Out, Sister Act, and Addams Family Values, shares his hilarious observations on life in New York City and New Jersey, the perils of show business, and dealing with one’s family, however crazy they may be. As David Sedaris says, “There’s no book wiser or half as funny as I Shudder. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • I Shudder is filled with deeply funny musings and adventures that elevate Paul Rudnick to the highest level of American comedy writing. It should be noted that I would be at the highest level of American comedy writing if I had had Paul’s early advantages.”

    Steve Martin

  • “Paul Rudnick is a champion of truth (and love and great wicked humor) whom we ignore at our peril. There’s no book wiser than or half as funny as I Shudder.”

    David Sedaris, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Uproariously self-deprecating essays…Irresistible screeds against the indignities of modern urban life.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A hilarious, often touching hodgepodge of essays about Rudnick’s work and his life with his pleasingly demented family.”

    People (4 stars)

  • “[Rudnick’s] voice…goes naturally with both his self-deprecating humor and his vocal takes on the family and friends who populate his life. Rudnick adds touches of sentimentality to a blunt, profane, and mischievous narrative, ably steering between the flip and humorous and the deeply personal…Uproarious.”


  • An Audie Award Finalist in 2010

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Gwen | 2/17/2014

    " Some laugh-out-loud humor, but I found some stories just a bit too strange. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michele | 2/13/2014

    " I really enjoyed the non-fiction memoir parts of the book, and after the first one, skipped the short story part. I have enjoyed quite a few things that Rudnick has written on stage and screen - most notably The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, and Jeffrey, and enjoyed reading about some of the backstory regarding his work, but was bored with the fiction sections - I may have enjoyed them if I had read them in a separate book, but I wasn't expecting them interspersed with the non-fiction and I think my brain wasn't prepared for it. All in all, sweet, nice, and at points very funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dan | 2/12/2014

    " Bits of autobiography and fictional memoir. I didn't care for the latter, but the first and last chapters were humorous and humane real-life memoirs. Nothing here matches the hilarity of Rudnick's periodic one-pagers in the New Yorker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amanda | 2/5/2014

    " This was hysterical! I highly recommend the audio version because he was great reading it. It did start to drag at the end but a good read. "

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