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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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A hilariously funny, touching, and revelatory book from one of America's preeminent humorists

In his plays, his screenplays, and his writing for the New Yorker and Premiere, Paul Rudnick has established himself as a comic master whose talents transcend genre. Now, in I Shudder, he trains his wickedly perceptive eye on everything from his New Jersey family to Hollywood to demented alcoholic Broadway stars waving swords. At his Uncle Rudy's funeral, Rudnick's beloved Aunt Lil put one hand on her husband's coffin and her other hand on Rudnick's shoulder and said, "Your Uncle Rudy always loved you. He never understood why, in your writing, you had to use that kind of language, but he loved you."

Charming and touching, I Shudder is rendered in Rudnick's gorgeous, zinger-laden prose and reminds us of the need to keep our tongues sharp in the midst of life's many obstacles and absurdities. Here is one of the most accomplished collections in years, from a writer who ranks with David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs as one of our most gifted and hilarious social observers.

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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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