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  • gilwilson 6:52 PM on June 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: humor, , norm macdonald, snl   

    “Based on a True Story” A Memoir By Norm Macdonald 

    28687347“Based on a True Story” A Memoir
    By Norm Macdonald
    Narrated by: Norm Macdonald, Tim O’Halloran
    Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
    Release date: 09-20-16
    Publisher: Random House Audio

    Based on a true story, well yes it is, the fantastical veering off course from that true story is where the entertainment is in this book. If you are looking for a biography, well, you might get something out of this, but for the most part you are just going to laugh and actually have more questions than when you started. The biggest question being what did go on in that tool shed?

    For the most part you get fun and entertainment in a trip to Las Vegas and then Atlantic City where in his morphine induced euphoria Norm Macdonald tries to overcome his gambling habit by placing all his money on that one big bet.

    Norm channels his inner Hunter S. Thompson and tries to explain his talent and along the way the reader does find out that he owes a lot of the fame and success to his friend Adam Sandler.

    Publisher’s Summary
    Wild, dangerous, and flat-out unbelievable, here is the incredible memoir of the actor, gambler, raconteur, and SNL veteran and one of the best stand-up comedians of all time.

    As this book’s title suggests, Norm Macdonald tells the story of his life – more or less – from his origins on a farm in the-back-of-beyond Canada and an epically disastrous appearance on Star Search to his account of auditioning for Lorne Michaels and his memorable run as the anchor of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live – until he was fired because a corporate executive didn’t think he was funny.

    But Based on a True Story is much more than a memoir; it’s the hilarious, inspired epic of Norm’s life. In dispatches from a road trip to Las Vegas (part of a plan hatched to regain the fortune he’d lost to sports betting and other vices) with his sidekick and enabler, Adam Eget, Norm recounts the milestone moments, the regrets, the love affairs, the times fortune smiled on his life, and the times it refused to smile. As the clock ticks down, Norm’s debt reaches record heights, and he must find a way to evade the hefty price that’s been placed on his head by one of the most dangerous loan sharks in the country.

    As a comedy legend should, Norm peppers these minutes with classic jokes and fondly mythologized Hollywood stories. This wildly adventurous, totally original, and absurdly funny saga turns the conventional comic’s memoir on its head and gives the listener an exclusive pass into the mad, glorious mind of Norm Macdonald.

    ©2016 Norm Macdonald (P)2016 Random House Audio

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  • gilwilson 4:57 PM on June 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: archer, bob's burgers, h. jon benjamin, humor, , shitting your pants   

    “Failure Is an Option” By H. Jon Benjamin 

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    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

     
  • gilwilson 9:14 AM on June 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , humor, , scooby doo,   

    “Meddling Kids” By Edgar Cantero 

    32905343Meddling Kids
    A Novel
    By: Edgar Cantero
    Narrated by: Kyla Garcia
    Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
    Release date: 07-11-17
    Publisher: Random House Audio

    What a fun book. If you love Scooby Doo, H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King’s “It,” then you are gonna have fun with this book.

    4 Teenagers and a dog investigate a haunted mansion mystery and uncover a man’s plot to steal a legendary stash of gold. His plan is to wear a suit and rubber mask to scare folks off an island, but he doesn’t get away with it, thanks to the meddling kids. Case solved…or is it?

    13 years later the kids having gone their separate ways and now adults are being haunted by something from their past. So haunted that one committed suicide, another is committed into Arkham insane asylum. To find what is wrong they have to revisit their past and find the real culprit.

    The constant Scooby Doo references throw in a lot of fun into this haunting mystery.  Zoinx river and more provide enought comic relief to keep you from being too frightened.

    Kyla Garcia delivers the narration of this book so perfectly that as the listener you are riding in that van with the kids.

    Publisher’s Summary
    With raucous humor and brilliantly orchestrated mayhem, Meddling Kids subverts teen detective archetypes like the Hardy Boys, the Famous Five, and Scooby-Doo and delivers an exuberant and wickedly entertaining celebration of horror, love, friendship, and many-tentacled, interdimensional demon spawn.

    Summer 1977. The Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in Oregon’s Zoinx River Valley) solved their final mystery and unmasked the elusive Sleepy Lake monster – another low-life fortune hunter trying to get his dirty hands on the legendary riches hidden in Deboën Mansion. And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for those meddling kids.

    In 1990, the former detectives have grown up and apart, each haunted by disturbing memories of their final night in the old haunted house. There are too many strange, half-remembered encounters and events that cannot be dismissed or explained away by a guy in a mask. And Andy, the once intrepid tomboy now wanted in two states, is tired of running from her demons. She needs answers. To find them she will need Kerri, the onetime kid genius and budding biologist, now drinking her ghosts away in New York with Tim, an excitable Weimaraner descended from the original canine member of the club. They will also have to get Nate, the horror nerd currently residing in an asylum in Arkham, Massachusetts. Luckily Nate has not lost contact with Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star who was once their team leader…which is remarkable, considering Peter has been dead for years.

    The time has come to get the team back together, face their fears, and find out what actually happened all those years ago at Sleepy Lake. It’s their only chance to end the nightmares and, perhaps, save the world.

    A nostalgic and subversive trip rife with sly nods to H. P. Lovecraft and pop culture, Edgar Cantero’s Meddling Kids is a strikingly original and dazzling reminder of the fun and adventure we can discover at the heart of our favorite stories, no matter how old we get.

    ©2017 Edgar Cantero (P)2017 Random House Audio

     
  • gilwilson 5:40 PM on April 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: humor, , , ,   

    The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks 

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    by Max Brooks
    Published – September 16, 2003
    288 pages
    Publisher: Broadway Books

    I’m not sure exactly what it was that started this Zombie Apocalypse craze, but 2003 is definitely the year it was brought into mainstream a little bit more. 2003 brought us the premiere of “The Walking Dead” comic book and this book by Max Brooks. Then the rest just piled on to where we are now with families gathered around their TV Sunday nights to watch zombies kill or be killed.

    This book definitely has a great influence on all the zombies we’ve been having to deal with in all the media formats. What is really interesting about this book is that, while it is a humorous book written to teach how to avoid dying in the Zombie Apocalypse, it also has some general survival tips that could help in any survival situation, real or fiction.

    The first chapter, “The Undead: Myths and Realities”, outlines Solanum, a virus that creates a zombie, along with details on how it is spread and treatment of the infected. This chapter then goes on to explain the abilities and behavioral patterns of the undead, and the differences between “voodoo” zombies, movie zombies, and zombies created by Solanum. So at first it seems as though it will be a sort of novel with a story.

    The rest of the book describes weapons and combat techniques, places of safety, and how to survive a zombie-infested world. In the section describing weapons, Brooks writes about the human body: “If cared for and trained properly, is the greatest weapon on earth”. This is the part of the book where just general survival tips can be found

    I really loved the Recorded Attacks, zombie outbreaks through time, for example the missing Roanoke colony. This gave the book one last chuckle before closing. Most of the time when I’m done reading a book I will pass it on to someone who will enjoy it. This time however, I’m keeping this book as a reference guide.

    Publisher’s Summary

    The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.

    Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack:

    • 1. Organize before they rise!
    • 2. They feel no fear, why should you?
    • 3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
    • 4. Blades don’t need reloading.
    • 5. Ideal protection: tight clothes, short hair.
    • 6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
    • 7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
    • 8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
    • 9. No place is safe, only safer.
    • 10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.

    Don’t be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset: life. The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead. It is an audiobook that can save your life.

    ©2003 Max Brooks (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

     
  • gilwilson 5:51 PM on April 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: humor, insult comedy, off color humor   

    “Diary of a Mad Diva” By: Joan Rivers 

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    By: Joan Rivers
    Narrated by: Joan Rivers
    Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
    Release date: 07-01-14
    Publisher: Penguin Audio

    Before we go any further, if you are a sensitive person stay away from this book! The book is full of off color humor, most of the time very harsh. The humor is based on insults for the most part. Realistically if you are a fan of Joan Rivers you will know what to expect. She was one of the last great insult comics. Some of her humor is self deprecating and it is just as rough as the insults. I mean, c’mon with the dedication going out to Kanye West because he’ll never f’ing read it, you know this is going to be a rough ride.

    Let me now touch on this audiobook version. The nice thing is that it is read by Joan herself. It was nice to hear her voice again. She was definitely one of a kind. Her delivery of this book is as if she were doing a 7 hour standup routine separated by topics. I’m sure some of the audiobook is improvised, but not having the text, I cannot prove that. But I’ll go on thinking she was performing just for me.

    Being her last book, I like to think of this as her big send off to the great unknown. It’s like she had some things to get off her chest before she left us, and she does. I happen to like her humor and enjoyed the book. Anytime an audiobook can make me laugh out lout for real, I love it. This one made me laugh so much that there were times I had to “rewind” to hear what I missed while laughing. Again, I have to say I am a fan of her humor, not many people are, so just be prepared.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Winner of the 2015 Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album

    Following up the phenomenal success of her headline-making New York Times bestseller I Hate Everyone…Starting With Me, the unstoppable Joan Rivers is at it again. When her daughter Melissa gives her a diary for Christmas, at first Joan is horrified – who the hell does Melissa think she is? That fat pig, Bridget Jones? But as Joan, being both beautiful and introspective, begins to record her day-to-day musings, she realizes she has a lot to say. About everything. And everyone, God help them.

    The result? A no-holds-barred, delightfully vicious and always hilarious look at the everyday life of the ultimate diva. Follow Joan on a family vacation in Mexico and on trips between New York and Los Angeles where she mingles with the stars, never missing a beat as she delivers blistering critiques on current events, and excoriating insights about life, pop culture, and celebrities (from A to D list), all in her relentlessly funny signature style.

    This is the Diary of a Mad Diva. Forget about Anais Nin, Anne Frank, and that whiner Sylvia Plath. For the first time in a century, a diary by someone that’s actually worth reading.

    ©2014 Joan Rivers (P)2014 Penguin Audiobooks

     
  • gilwilson 11:06 AM on January 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bon jovi, humor, jay z, letters, ,   

    Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth And Other Pop Culture Correspondences By: John Moe 

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    And Other Pop Culture Correspondences
    By: John Moe
    Narrated by: John Moe
    Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    Release date: 06-10-14
    Publisher: Random House Audio

    If you need to laugh out loud in your life, this is the book for you. I will warn you, unless spit takes are your thing, do not have anything to drink while listening to this audiobook (or reading the physical book). I had to clean coffee off the inside of my windshield a couple of times on my commute to work before I learned my lesson.

    We come to find out that Darth Vader was a caring father and looked for several ways to break the big news to Luke. Remember how Luke & Leia are brother and sister? Well just hold on to that thought, I will not spoil the results this book will cause.

    Many aspects of Pop culture are hilariously represented by John Moe in this book. Definitely worth the read / listen for any fan of pop culture, person in need of a laugh, or someone that needs to be talked down from the ledge. If this book doesn’t have you at least giggling, you may have broken something.

    John Moe is not only the author of this collection but also the narrator of the audiobook, he delivers with just as much humor as required.

    Publisher’s Summary:

    We all know how Darth Vader shared his big secret with Luke Skywalker, but what if he had delivered the news in a handwritten note instead? And what if someone found that letter, as well as all of the drafts that landed in the Dark Lord’s trash can? In the riotously funny collection Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. Darth, John Moe finally reveals these lost notes alongside all the imagined letters, e-mails, text messages, and other correspondences your favorite pop culture icons never meant for you to see.

    From The Walking Dead to The Wizard of Oz, from Billy Joel to Breaking Bad, no reference escapes Moe’s imaginative wit and keen sense of nostalgia. Read Captain James T. Kirk’s lost log entries and Yelp reviews of The Bates Motel and Cheers. Peruse top-secret British intelligence files revealing the fates of Agents 001–006, or Don Draper’s cocktail recipe cards. Learn all of Jay-Z’s 99 problems, as well as the complete rules of Fight Club, and then discover an all-points bulletin concerning Bon Jovi, wanted dead or alive – and much more.

    Like a like a bonus track to a favorite CD or a deleted scene from a cult movie, Dear Luke, We Need to Talk Darth offer a fresh twist on the pop culture classics we thought we knew by heart. You already know part of their story. Now find out the rest.

    ©2014 John Moe (P)2014 Random House Audio

    Finally you will get to know what those 99 problems are, how to make great cocktails, family secrets, and how the Bates Motel is rated. The Bon Jovi wanted dead or alive has got to be one of the top 5 funniest bits of this book, if not the funniest. John Bon Jovi, has rocked over a million faces causing the police all points bulletin. Every time I read this or listen to it, which has been a few times already and more to come, I laugh so hard I cry.

    Do yourself a favor pick up this book. Be entertained and make your life better.

     
  • gilwilson 1:18 PM on January 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , humor, jenny mccarthy,   

    “Stirring the Pot: My Recipe for Getting What You Want Out of Life” 

    “Stirring the Pot: My Recipe for Getting What You Want Out of Life”
    By: Jenny McCarthyjmcarthy
    Narrated by: Jenny McCarthy
    Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
    Release date: 05-06-14
    Publisher: Random House Audio

    I’m not sure why I wanted to listen to this audiobook, but I did. Maybe it’s that Jenny were at SIU-Carbondale at the same time in the Early 90s. (I actually think I had a General Ed. Class with her.) Whatever the reason I actually enjoyed it more than I would normally think. I do try to read biographies on occasion, but usually they are musicians. This book won’t change your way of life or way of thinking, but it will provide you with a bit of humor. There were several times during the book I would laugh out loud and a couple of times where I had to “rewind” the audiobook to hear what I missed because I laughed.

    Ms. McCarthy reads the book which is great. I think all autobiographies should be read by the author because they can read it with the emotion/sarcasm/humor needed. Another aspect of her doing the reading is that she brings it down to Earth, and even with the crazy celebrity life she is just like us normal people.

    To sum up, entertaining anecdotes, from a down to earth yet stuck in celebritydom celebrity.

     
  • gilwilson 9:54 PM on August 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , B.J. Novak, humor, Jason Schwartzman, Jenna Fischer, Katy Perry, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, Rainn Wilson, ,   

    “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories” By B.J. Novak 

    One-More-Thing-B.J.-Novak-e1392823050260“One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories”
    By B.J. Novak
    Read by: by B. J. Novak, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Jason Schwartzman, Katy Perry, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling
    Published by Random House Audio
    6 hours and 48 minutes

    Being a fan of the TV series, “The Office,” I was prepared for the quirky writing by B.J. Novak. What I wasn’t prepared for was the laugh-out-loud moments and the surreal storytelling that makes up this audiobook. 64 stories make up the book that will at least have you giggling from beginning. Not all the stories will be a hit for everyone but with that many to read/hear many will strike a chord. Personally I laughed out loud for many of the stories and probably made a spectacle of myself while listening to the book on my iPod.

    Novak’s talent on writing is only enhanced by the cast of characters doing the reading. Hearing the voices of his “Office” alumni was not so surprising. What was surprising was hearing Katy Perry, yes the singer, take part in this collection. Each of the voices were perfect for each story they read and added a little bit of oomph to the presentation. Each voice had the perfect mix of great comedic timing and tone and when needed the “straight man” in the comedy bit. This great combination of actors and writing made this audiobook too much fun.

    The subjects of the different stories vary from story to story and no theme is repeated throughout the book. I want to summarize every story for this review, but I would not be doing you a favor. Each story has its own little surprise in not only the subject but in delivery, depth and some even supply a surprise ending. You owe it to yourself to pick up this book and read or listen for yourself.

    In order to get you a little more interested I will describe (minimally) some of my favorite stories from this collection.

    Opening the book is the story of what happened to the hare after the fabled tortoise and hare race. The hare decides there should be a rematch, but this time he trains and decides to take the race seriously.

    A little boy, who is forbidden to eat sugary cereals, sneaks a box home only to find he’s won the million dollar sweepstakes, but his parents forbid him to claim the prize. When he sneaks off to the cereal’s business offices what he discovers is that he is ineligible to win and what he learns further could tear his family apart.

    This book contains lots of references to pop-culture but the best is the story of “Wikipedia Brown and the case of the Missing Bicycle.” This time around the genius of the story, Wikipedia Brown, is not as much help as you’d think.

    The final story I should mention is a futuristic sci-fi story where sex-robots can be ordered through the mail. But what happens if the female sex robot actually falls in love?

    You owe it to yourself to get this book and enjoy the wit and whimsy of B.J. Novak. The humor ranges from just pure fun to some really smart humor that will leave you feeling like you just got a degree from an Ivy League school.

     
  • gilwilson 9:28 PM on February 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , humor, miami, misadventures, , python, strippers, wedding   

    “Insane City” written and read by Dave Barry 

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    “Insane City”
    written and read by Dave Barry
    Published by Penguin Audio
    Approx. 8 hours

    Have you ever had one of those days where it seems that everything is going wrong? Yeah, me too, but multiply that day by a hundred and you still couldn’t get into the same amount of trouble as Seth Weinstein.

    Seth Weinstein is the hero (of sorts) in the latest book by Dave Barry, “Insane City,” and he’s about to get married to a beautiful woman who also happens to be the daughter of one of the richest family in North America. As the book begins, Seth is wondering how he could have gotten so lucky. She’s beautiful, smart and rich and she’s marrying HIM? Well, Seth’s luck is about to change.

    Dave Barry, for those of you not familiar with him, is a Pulitzer Prize winning humor writer. This is only the second book of his I’ve read, but each time the experience is non-stop laughs. With Barry doing the reading as well it is even better because as the listener you get the full idea of the concept behind the words. The sarcasm and dry wit come out even more than if you were to read the text. In fact, I can safely say this way the listener gets the full scope of Dave Barry’s intent in writing this book. His delivery is perfect and worth the listen.

    Seth Weinstein is traveling with his groomsmen on the way to his wedding in Miami, Florida. Before his trip begins he has warned his best man, no strippers for the bachelor party, but before he can even get on the plane the practical jokes begin with the groomsmen putting a sex toy in Seth’s luggage and of course, the TSA has to search his luggage. After putting up with that nonsense, he thinks he’s avoided the worst, but this is not so, it only gets worse from there and it never gets better until the very end. The non-stop humor keeps this little adventure that begins with a taxi driver not able to get them to the right hotel, so they take their luggage out in order to find another cab, but end up getting drunk on South Beach instead. On South Beach they meet up with a man with a snake and his scantily clad woman friend. The scantily clad woman ends up trying to help Seth out in all the misadventures.

    These misadventures consist of angry strippers, picking up parents in a pimped out pimp’s SUV in which a porn video won’t shut off, Russian gangsters, a fanatically secret group of powerful businessmen, marijuana brownies at the rehearsal dinner, a pirate ship shooting chicken nuggets at hired thugs and an orangutan named Trevor.

    I will have to say the funniest part of the book for me is when the marijuana laced brownies get accidentally served at the rehearsal dinner and one of the richest men in the world buys a pizza place just so he can get a pizza to satisfy his munchies. Some of the funniest scenes happen throughout the book, but some of the most profound thoughts occur during this transaction.

    Great fun book loaded with the funny by Dave Barry.

     
  • gilwilson 3:38 PM on January 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: asperger's syndrome, , , , , , , , , humor, ,   

    “Colin Fischer” by Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz 

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    “Colin Fischer”
    by Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz
    Read by Jesse Eisenberg
    Published by Penguin Audio
    Running time: 4 hrs, 16 mins.

    I think that this book had “too big to fail” written all over it, it’s got an Oscar nominated actor reading the audiobook, it is written by two people who were the screenwriters for “Thor” and “X-men: First Class,” a hero with Asperger’s Syndrome and a facial expression guide on the cover of the hard copy version. What could go wrong? Well, absolutely nothing. This book is a big win and once again proves that Young Adult readers always get the best books aimed at their age group.

    Penguin Audio listed this book as one of their upcoming releases and the first thing that grabbed me was the authors listed. Being a comic book fan, this got my attention immediately then seeing that this was a an older version of Encyclopedia Brown with some Sherlock Holmes thrown in made it that much more interesting. Then throw in that the main character, Colin Fisher, has Asperger’s Syndrome, I knew it would be not only very interesting but fulfilling and I immediately requested a copy.

    Recently the BBC did two seasons of a television series version of Sherlock Holmes, “Sherlock”, which explained that the genius behind the deductive reasoning of the famous detective was due to having Asperger’s Syndrome. Asperger’s Syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. In this book many aspects of Asperger’s syndrome are observed in Colin that are humorous, those are: he has a vicious dislike for the color blue, he cannot stand to be touched, he needs index cards to recognize facial expressions and does not get humor. These all combine in Colin Fisher to create a very quirky genius detective.

    It’s Colin’s first day in High School and he feels he’s armed for the worst, with his notebook for jotting down observations, his collection of cards with various facial expressions and his intellect. But that all goes to pot (literally) within the first few minutes when his nemesis, Wayne Connelly dunks Colin’s head in the toilet. So much for High School being different.

    Some things have changed however, Colin’s nerdy female friend returns from the summer having had the full effect of puberty hit head on. In other words; she left middle school a nerd, but comes to high school as a hotty. Throughout Colin’s school life she has always been a friend to him. When her friends bring her a cake to school to celebrate her birthday, the school’s peaceful atmosphere is forever shattered when a gun is fired amid a scuffle between boys wanting to get some of the cake.

    The gun is found on the cafeteria floor with a smudge of frosting by Colin, to which he simply replies, “Interesting,” while all of the other student’s run out of the cafeteria in fear for their lives. The school officials immediately put the blame on Wayne Connelly, but Colin knows better and sets out to prove his nemesis’ innocence.

    Putting the powers of Asperger’s Syndrome to work, Colin is able to find the real owner of the gun and create some humorous situations that can only happen to Colin. One of the fun things about this audiobook is that whenever a situation arises that needs further explanation or just that something reminds Colin of a fact he knows, there are footnotes. In the production of this book all footnotes and Colin’s journal entries are produced with a slight reverb-type effect that gives the listener the feel that this occurs within Colin’s brain. Nice production trick that makes this book very interesting. By the way, there are several footnotes that range from in depth explanations of Asperger’s Syndrome, the doctor for whom the syndrome is named after, various logical thinkers in history and fiction and sharks.

    Speaking of the production, Jesse Eisenberg (who starred in “Zombieland” and “The Social Network”) narrates the audiobook and in my opinion has the vocal fortitude and acting talent to bring the character of Colin to life. He is able to deliver parts of the story with the proper emotional level and yet,when portraying Colin, is able to be the non-emotional Asperger’s Syndrome personality that makes Colin tick.

    All in all this is an extremely fun book for all ages, to prove that, I had the audiobook playing during one of my family’s out of town shopping adventures, and everyone in the car; my 12 year-old son, my wife and myself were quite and absorbed by the story. This was yet another audiobook which my son would not let me listen to unless he was present. We all had a blast with this story, and from the way the book ended with a hint of ongoing adventures, look forward to many more Colin Fisher stories.

     
    • Lucy 10:36 PM on January 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I thought this book was really fun too, and I loved Jesse Eisenberg’s narration. That’s great that your whole family could enjoy listening to it with you!

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