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3.98617511520737 out of 53.98617511520737 out of 53.98617511520737 out of 53.98617511520737 out of 53.98617511520737 out of 5 3.99 (217 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Tobolowsky Narrator: Stephen Tobolowsky Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781442359956
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If you ran into Stephen Tobolowsky on the street, you would not be mistaken: Yes, you’ve seen him before. A childhood dentist? A former geometry teacher? Your local florist? Tobolowsky is a character actor, one of the most prolific screen and stage presences of our time, having appeared in productions that range from Deadwood to Glee, from Mississippi Burning to Groundhog Day.

But Stephen Tobolowsky, it turns out, is not just an actor; he is also a dazzlingly talented storyteller and writer. He has earned a devoted base of fans for his original stories, told in front of live audiences as well as in a popular podcast. Now, for the first time, he has assembled those stories here. The result is creative mitzvah, a work of art, and a narrative feat that combines biography and essay, ranging in tone from the hilarious to the introspective.

To read these pages is to enter an astonishing world that, like all art, is universal yet individual, familiar yet disquieting. A dangerous world, indeed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “You know those imaginary dinner parties where you get to invite any five people from history for an evening of amazing conversation? This book is the reason Stephen Tobolowsky has always been one of my five.” 

    Jim Beaver, author of Life’s That Way

  • “Read this book and rejoice!” 

    Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, author of A Woman of Independent Means

  • “Stephen Tobolowsky has found his true calling as a storyteller. He is candid, insightful, often profound, and very, very funny, especially when he recounts his adventures in show business.”

    Leonard Maltin, film critic and author

  • “No one spins yarns and knits them into a lyrical fabric of self like Tobolowsky: deep, warm and a little itchy but you love it.” 

    Marc Maron

  • “Funny, highly original, and quirky. Stephen Tobolowsky has written a memoir that is almost as enchanting and lovable as he is. Bravo!” 

    Linda Bloodworth-Thomason

  • “A great book from an uncommon man!” 

    Harry Thomason

  • “A copiously examined life rendered with humor and heart.” 

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 

  • “Stories that are quirky, funny, and sentimental.” 

    Publishers Weekly 

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leila Cohan-Miccio | 2/17/2014

    " A lot more crazy shit has happened in Stephen Tobolowsky's life than you'd think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/12/2014

    " This book is transcripts of episodes of The Tobolowsky Files podcast - autobiographical anecdotes from character actor Stephen Tobolowsky. He is a wonderful storyteller. I have laughed out loud at some stories, choked up at others, and left pondering big questions a few times to boot. Highly recommended (perhaps better experienced as an audiobook since it is great to hear these in his voice). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cat | 1/26/2014

    " Like other reviewers, I picked this up after becoming a fan of the Tobolowsky Files (podcasts). I was pleased to find TDA contains original stories rather then repeats from the podcasts. I highly recommend the audiobook over the "e" or paper version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 1/21/2014

    " A rehash of stories I heard on the Tobolowsky Files but some new ones too. Excellent as always! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/21/2014

    " Quite entertaining, but perhaps too all over the place for me. I particularly enjoyed the essays on what an actor's life and work was like. To me, the book would have benefited from a more linear approach. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Ward | 1/20/2014

    " The Dangerous Animals Club by Steven Tobolowsky (Simon & Shuster 2012)(Biography) is a funny and well-written memoir of the making of an actor. This volume follows the writer from his early years through his days in the acting departments of SMU and the University of Illinois. This guy can write! An interesting piece of trivia is that many readers (myself included) will recall having seen Tobolowsky in the movie "Groundhog Day." He plays the abrasively hilarious insurance salesman who remembers Bill Murray's from their school days and who accosts him on the street - over and over and over. Remember him? That's Stephen Toboloswky! My rating: 7/10, finished 10/1/12. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colin Durham | 1/15/2014

    " Fan of his podcast, he is one of my favorite storytellers. Many of the stories in this book were covered in detail from Tobolowsky Files podcast or else it would be a 5 star must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shana | 1/3/2014

    " This was a great vacation book: Very enjoyable, often insightful and funny, although rarely in the way I expected. I'll never think of Ned Ryerson the same way again -- and again and again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 12/27/2013

    " Love the stories, love the insights, love the voice. I stretched out listening to Stephen Tobolowsky read his stories so I could savor them. I hope he comes out with another volume of stories in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 12/22/2013

    " Great stories, interesting life of a Hollywood insider. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine Crane | 12/6/2013

    " Stephen Tobolowsky is a genius! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Coppedge | 11/24/2013

    " Alternately thought-provoking and funny memoir of a great character actor. This book is a pure pleasure to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aspa | 10/14/2013

    " Fun and easy to read. I would love to have this guy around for a dinner party!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary | 9/7/2013

    " One of my favorite autobiographies so far -- tight, humorous and even thought-provoking at times. This was a fast and interesting read even at over 300 pages. Well done Ned Ryerson. Well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mayka | 8/13/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyable and uplifting. A mostly delightful, sometimes melancholy real-life journey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Smaluck | 7/24/2013

    " He also does an excellent podcast called " the Tobolowsky files" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Rice | 3/29/2013

    " I didn't expect so much from the guy screaming "Phil? Phil Connors?" This book is stories from his life that will make you think about how you live your own. Very well written and fun to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lukas | 12/23/2012

    " What a marvelous collection of stories. Who'd have thought that the man behind Ned Ryerson had so many wonderful stories and such a wonderful voice with which to tell them. And the beautiful nuggets of truth and wisdom sprinkled throughout. Read me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosie | 11/28/2012

    " What a glorious storyteller! If you have a chance to see Stephen Tobolowsky in person, do! He hits just the right note ...happy, poignant. Sad, the highs and lows of growing up, establishing a career, of relationships, family, competitiveness, etc. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/16/2012

    " This book is probably better to listen to on a long car drive. Read 2 chapters of book. Put it down and not motivated to read any further. "

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About the Author
Stephen Tobolowsky has appeared in more than 100 movies and 200 television shows, including unforgettable roles in Mississippi Burning, Groundhog Day, and Memento. He is the author of The Dangerous Animals Club and My Adventures with God. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and sons.