“Failure Is an Option” By H. Jon Benjamin 

36036560Failure Is an Option
By: H. Jon Benjamin
Narrated by: H. Jon Benjamin
Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
Release date: 05-01-18
Publisher: Penguin Audio

If you’re not an H. Jon Benjamin fan you need to be.  His deadpan delivery makes for some very interesting characters, Bob from Bob’s Burgers and Archer from Archer.    Okay so they are pretty much the same character except one flips burgers.  In fact there is a chapter dedicated to how he failed to differentiate between the two.

In Jon’s attempt at writing his memoirs he lets the listener/reader know that it’s okay to fail.  Failure is an option because you want to better yourself after you fail.  Sure the book is nothing but self deprecating humor (one attribute I was accused of having back when I taught computer courses) but knowing that someone else fails is all that much better.  It was really nice to know that someone else made a huge mess in a rental car on the way to an awards ceremony due to having explosive diarrhea from Filet Mignon served in the 1st class section of an airline.

If you do happen to pick up this book, I have to emphasize that you absolutely have to pick it up in audiobook form.  Jon (yeah I feel I can call him Jon after hearing all of his failures) delivers the book in his own voice, if you read the text you’ll be hearing in his voice as you read anyway.  Another way to enjoy the book is to listen as if Sterling Archer is reading his memoirs and then listen again as if Bob Belcher is giving his memoirs and then one last time as if Coach McGuirk is giving his memoirs.

This book is absolutely hilarious at the expense of H. Jon Benjamin failing at life so we can all learn valuable life lessons.

Publisher’s Summary
Actor, voice actor, and comedian H. Jon Benjamin helps us all feel a little better about our own failures by sharing his own – despite his success starring on Archer and Bob’s Burgers – in a hilarious, self-helpful memoir.

While he’s not quite a household name, most people would consider H. Jon Benjamin, the voice-actor star of Archer and Bob’s Burgers (and a sentient can of mixed vegetables in 2015’s Wet Hot American Summer) a comedy show business success. But he’d like to remind everyone that as great as success can be, failure is also an option. In a hilarious, self-deprecating memoir, Jon lays out some of his many failures in all areas of life, from Work (“wherein I’m unable to deliver a sizzling fajita”) to Family (“wherein a trip to PF Chang’s fractures a family”).

Fans of his characters’ signature wit and voice will rejoice in H. Jon Benjamin’s comical failures – and appreciate a rare look into the life of the man behind their favorite shows.

©2018 H. Jon Benjamin (P)2018 Penguin Audio