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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (142 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Urbina Narrator: Stanley Tucc Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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What can you do when the world is pushing you over the edge? More than you think.

For some of us, it's the automated voice that answers the phone when we'd rather talk to a real person. For others, it's the fact that Starbucks insists on calling its smallest-sized coffee tall. Or perhaps it's those pesky subscription cards that fall out of magazines. Whatever it is, each of us finds some aspect of everyday life to be particularly maddening, and we often long to lash out at these stubborn irritants of modern life.

In Life's Little Annoyances, Ian Urbina chronicles the lengths to which some people will go when they have endured their pet peeves long enough and are not going to take it any more. It is a compendium of human inventiveness, by turns juvenile and petty, but in other ways inspired and deeply satisfying. We meet the junk-mail recipient who sends back unwanted business reply envelopes weighted down with sheet metal, so the mailers will have to pay the postage. We commiserate with the woman who was fed up with the colleague who kept helping himself to her lunch cookies, so she replaced them with dog biscuits that looked like biscotti. And we revel in the seemingly endless number of tactics people use to vent their anger at telemarketers, loud cellphone talkers, spammers, and others who impose themselves on us.

A celebration of the endless variety of passive aggressive behavior, Life's Little Annoyances will provide comfort and inspiration to everyone who has ever gritted his teeth and dreamed of sweet retribution against the slings and arrows of outrageous people.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paula | 1/16/2014

    " This is a clever book - some are usable ideas, some are just funny to think about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Martin | 1/15/2014

    " One joke, over and over and over and over and over again. A couple of funny lines though... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jennifer | 1/13/2014

    " I really was prepared to love this book, and there were parts that I did get a kick out of. But I've worked as a clerk and a telemarketer back in the day, and I've been behind a direct mail campaign--and too many of the anecdotes were sticking it to the people who really didn't have the power to change any given annoying policy. After a while (and I did sit down and read the whole thing in one gulp which may be part of the problem), I started cringing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tim | 1/13/2014

    " Amusing, if very US centric, accounts of things that piss you off, and a few ways to get your own back. "

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