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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.

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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.

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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.

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“Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)”
written and read by Jenny Lawson (the Bloggess)
Published by Penguin Audio
Approx. 8.5 hours

Holy cow, my sides are still aching after listening to this audiobook. I was not prepared for this and spent my first commute to work with this book loaded into my CD player wiping spewed beverage off my windshield from the hilarity that ensued. I may have to go back and re-listen to this book because I found myself laughing out loud so much that I may have missed some parts.

“Let’s Pretend…” is the “Mostly True Memoir” of the life of the Bloggess, Jenny Lawson, who grew up in rural Texas and did not have the “normal” life. Her father is a taxidermist, who would surprise the family so much with living or dead animals that soon nothing became a surprise. When Jenny’s father came into their room one night with a cracker box, Jenny’s first thought was something to the effect of, “hell yeah you can wake me up with a name brand box of crackers because we never have name brand food.” But soon after learning of the secret of the magic talking squirrel in the box the Jenny and her sister were intrigued, only soon to be turned into a kind of horror when the squirrel turns out to be the bloody skin of a squirrel on her father’s hand in the fashion of a hand puppet.

There are numerous stories in this book that at times have you questioning the sanity of the author, her collection of taxidermied animals may seem odd at first but soon becomes accepted as normal, considering the source. Even when Jenny and her family move into a home that may or may not be built on an Indian burial ground, the plagues of scorpions, the dog that rises from the dead, the fighting off vultures with a machete (what are vultures doing with machetes anyway?) and the chupacabra that may or may not be living in the walls of the home, all seem to fit right in with her life and only Jenny Lawson can tell these stories with such humor that in the end you may question your own sanity.

This book is read by the author, who is an award-winning blogger (thebloggess.com) and is the only person that can deliver the stories with such wit, wisdom, poignancy and emotion. Her delivery of the stories are flippant at times, with asides of humor thrown in that will keep you laughing along with her misadventures. Another bonus in the audiobook is that it includes a bonus chapter that was cut out of the published hardcopy version and there are some hilarious outtakes of her conversations with the engineer producing the audiobook that in themselves make for a great chapter. I especially loved the idea of the drinking game brought up in the outtakes where every time she says the word vagina the listener drinks, and yes you’d be getting drunk real fast if you were to play along.

Great fun and, for me, a great surprise in this audiobook. If you want to look at life from a different and humorous perspective. Even the most educated persons will find themselves feeling good that they aren’t the only ones that ask these questions, like “Why wasn’t Jesus classified as a Zombie?”

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“One Last Thing Before I Go”
by Jonathan Tropper
read by John Shea
Published by Penguin Audio
Approx. 8.5 hours

I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into when I picked this audiobook to be my next to hear. Sure the synopsis on the cover tells of Drew Silver, a drummer formerly with a one hit wonder band, who is struggling to get by after a failed career and a failed marriage, is confronted with a life or death situation opts out of the life portion. I thought really I was going to hear an audiobook about a former rock star’s romp through his days as if they were his last. I couldn’t have been any more wrong. What this book turned out to be is an emotional romp through life and its many surprises.

Let me start out by talking about the reader, John Shea, his voicing of Silver, subject of all this life affirming novel, is beautiful. Silver is pretty much a laid back person, who knows he’s screwed up a good chunk of his life and is ready to move on, but Silver has a deeper part of his psyche that John Shea is able to bring out in this performance. Shea not only brings Silver to full three-dimensional life but is also able to deliver the audiobook and all its characters to the listener in such a dynamic that pulls them into the story and won’t let them escape. All the emotions in this book, which pretty much runs the gamut of human emotions, are brought to life through the expert vocalizations of John Shea.

The surprising part of this book is the use of wit and humor to get through some of the toughest events that are emotionally trying. While the humor is not laugh out loud funny, although, there are some of those moments, it is just the right amount to make these characters come to life and be much more real and, well, human. Jonathan Tropper is able to create the dialogue that never seems fake or contrived. All conversations are very real and when dealing with the situations the characters are put through feel very natural.

Some examples of the emotional ups and downs are when one of Silver’s friends admits he’s been going through chemo without telling anyone for weeks and then wishing he had a relationship with his son, Silver and friends take him on a road trip to try to take amends. On the road trip they find out the reason the friend is estranged from his son is that he slept with his son’s fiance, now wife. All the twists and turns in the story come out to an ending that leaves you guessing and yet feeling fulfilled.

The gist of the story is that Silver, former drummer for the Bent Daisies, is struggling through life. The Bent Daisies had one hit, which Silver wrote, and then the lead singer strikes out for a solo career and becomes very successful. In the meantime, Silver gets by, barely, on his royalty checks, playing in wedding bands and for bar/bat mitzvahs, and by donating sperm for scientific experiments.

Silver also has failed at being a husband and father and after 15 years of living as a divorce in an apartment full of mopey older divorced men, he’s become pretty cynical. His wife is about to marry a man who Silver can’t seem to make himself hate, he tries, but he knows this guy, a Surgeon is good for his ex-wife and daughter. His daughter, Casey, who has never really been a part of his life, due to his own fault, comes to him in a time of need. She’s 18 and pregnant. She tells him before she tells her mother, because she cares less about letting him down. After some heartfelt discussion, he agrees to be there for her no matter what decision she makes.

Casey decides on an abortion and Silver takes her to the clinic, just as they are filling out papers and waiting, Silver suffers a stroke. Before I talk more about the story, I have to say that Jonathan Tropper’s description and all of Silver’s inner dialogue are pure genius in giving an outsider a view of what is going on in Silver’s mind at the time. In fact all through the book Silver’s inner dialogue (which due to the stroke become accidentally spoken aloud) are beautiful descriptions of the past present and future for Silver.

Silver wakes in the hospital with Casey worrying over him. As he awakens the doctor, who also happens to be his ex-wife’s fiance, explains that he has a tear in his aorta and that the stroke was caused by the clot from this tear loosening and hitting the brain. Silver needs an operation to repair the tear or he will die soon. Silver says that’s all fine, but he won’t be taking the surgery. This is when everything goes haywire. Silver begins voicing all his thoughts aloud, constantly stating his fears and regrets aloud. Silver decides to make the best of the rest of his short life, but the rest of his family are set to convince him to get the surgery. Silver’s father, a Rabbi, asks why does he choose death, to which Silver replies, “It’s not that I choose death, it’s just that I don’t choose life.”

Through some strange misadventures and life affirming events Silver finds what in his life he’s been missing, and not until the very end do we find out whether or not he will take the surgery and even then it’s an insightful end. Poignant, witty, heartbreaking and uplifting all at the same time is what makes this book a great read.

“Raise the Gipper”
by John Barnes
Published by Metrocles House
213 Pages

With the birth of the Kindle the readers of the world have been treated to a plethora of Independent authors and publishers. No longer having to pay the high printing costs a writer can get his work out into the public’s hand faster and cheaper and sometimes to readers that would probably never get the chance to read their works. The other aspect of that same trend is that authors can get their works out faster. The latter is more of the case here.

While I probably would have gotten around to reading something by John Barnes having the ability for him to send me this book and immediately load up on my kindle made it a sure thing I would read his work. According to his wikipedia page he has been publishing since 1987 in the science-fiction and Young Adult reading realms. This book is perfect for the Kindle because it is very timely, involving this years Republican National Convention, and the faster readers can read it, the funnier it will be.

I have recently not been able to sit down and read, but when I did, I couldn’t wait to get back to this book. This is the first ever book that tackles head-on today’s politics and runs it through an industrial mixer with some sci-fi, and some horror and instead of getting a pink slime meat substitute, you get a hilarious zombie/alien invasion of the G.O.P.

The story revolves around the idea that this election year (and the last one, if you really look at it) the Republican party cannot find someone worthy enough to adequately represent their values. The last Republican really worthy was former and the late President Ronald Reagan. According to Barnes; the pledged delegates are refusing to vote for Mitt Romney on the first ballot, because of three important reasons:

1) they don’t feel he adequately represents their conservative views,
2) they feel that a dull gazillionaire has no real chance in November,
3) they’d rather work at an old folks home cleaning underwear by chewing it.

In steps Dr. Bayle Brazenydol, political guru deluxe and extreme, who presents them with an alternative … their dream candidate … a man who is perfectly what they want except for three little problems:

1) The candidate has already had two terms as president
2) The candidate happens to be very, very dead
3) Dr. Brazenydol himself is secretly controlled by a monstrous alien bent on taking over the Earth and devouring every living thing.

Is the Republican party evil enough to make a pact with the Undying Faceless just to get a good candidate? In short, and really no spoiler here, yes they are. But in order to save the world a group of four must team up to stop the brain-eating/body-snatching evils. Those four are 2 witches, one a liberal protester, a right-wing blogger, and a carpenter who happens to always be at the right place at the right time and has a knack for feeding many with nothing.

This hilarious political zombie romp will take you through the adventures of Reagan eating Gingrich’s brain (he wasn’t using it anyway), Rick Santorum becoming pregnant and Sarah Palin becoming the V.P. nominee, and the debates from Fox News as to how great it will be to have Reagan again and anyone who thinks otherwise is merely hating the Temperature challenged.

“Plugged”
by Eoin Colfer
Read by John Keating
Published by AudioGo
8 hours 27 min.

You never really know what will attract you to a book. The saying goes, “Never judge a book by it’s cover,” and for the most part that is true. But, no, it wasn’t the cover that attracted me to this book, in fact, I had not seen the cover until I received the book in the mail. Sometime ago I heard mention of this author, Eoin Colfer. I had heard that his “Artemis Fowl” series was a great sci-fi/fantasy series for young adults, and I was going to start reading this series. I love Young Adult fiction, and as I was looking for information on the series I saw a blogger had posted a contest for this book, “Plugged.” The tag-line on the book says, “If you loved Artemis Fowl…It’s time to grow up.” Now that intrigued me, so I entered the contest (I never win, but entered anyway).

Also looking for more information on this author, I found he was commissioned to write the sixth novel in the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” “And Another Thing…” Well that pretty much sealed the deal. Douglas Adams and his “Hitchhiker’s Guide..” series is my all time favorite fiction. Now I had to read this Eoin Colfer’s stuff, I was going to get “And Another Thing…” but to my surprise and amazement I won the blogger’s contest and got a free copy of “Plugged.” Well it took a while for said blogger to finally mail out my prize, but eventually she came through, yeah I could have gone to the library or bookstore and had it read by the time she mailed it, but hey, I won it…I would wait. Once I received the book I put it up on the shelf of audiobooks where I put all the new books publishers send me and I forgot about it.

I was cleaning shelves and moving things around recently and found this book and was shocked that it was still unopened. So I put it on my list to be listened to next, and once I started listening I was kicking myself for not putting this super fun book on my list sooner. The book is a fun romp in the crime world of a small town in New Jersey that all happens because of events that seem to be tied together are not but create a domino effect of problems for Dan McEvoy.

Dan McEvoy is a form Irish soldier who served in “The Lebanon,” and is now a bouncer at a small time casino in Cloisters, New Jersey. The trouble all starts when an attorney licks the backside of one of the hostesses of the casino and Dan shakes the man down and bars him from the casino. Dan then heads to his friend and the doctor that has done the hair plug transplant for him, Zeb’s place of business. When Dan enters the door of the office in a strip mall, he notices that it is extremely quiet but dust is settling (soldier training coming through for Dan). As he steps in he sees Zeb is missing but a well-known knife man who is a hired thug for the local mob boss is sitting in a chair in the room. When the thug makes a move for Dan, the thug finds himself dead and Dan finds himself sliding down a path that leads to the death of a bad cop, a “romantic” night with a good cop, the murder of a casino hostess, being misidentified as the husband of a schizophrenic Cyndi Lauper fan, taking part in a poker game where the stakes are his life or the ownership of the casino, numerous deaths and itching hair plugs, all while being haunted by the ghost of Zeb which is probably just in his head.

Dan McEvoy battles Rottweilers and mob bosses and yet each time it is not for the reason or result he’s expecting. Talk about mistaken identities, Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” didn’t have this many twists and turns. To top it all off Colfer throws in the humor in nearly every scene, making this fun and puzzling.

The book is read by Irish actor John Keating. Keating does a superb job of reading and performing this book. His voice alone is enough to keep you listening but the emotion he puts in really makes this audiobook a definite must listen.

“I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me”
Written and Read by Joan Rivers
Published by Penguin Audio
4 hours 53 minutes
Strap in folks, when you give this book a listen, you are going for a hilarious thrill ride down Joan Rivers’ completely non-PC hate list. There were several occasions during the listening of this audiobook where I was cringing from the non-politically correct statements, but also laughing out loud, especially when Joan was putting down the Kardashians, but that’s just me. There are very few comedians left that aren’t afraid to be politically incorrect. Joan’s humor used to be mainly self-deprecating but as she’s perfected her craft she’s pushed the “hate” outwards to other people.

In Joan Rivers’ new book, “I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me,” she does hate everyone. This book is a good form a therapy, maybe not so much for Joan but for the listener. You can listen to this audiobook and let her do the complaining for you. No one is safe, from celebrities to the folks working fast food, Joan hates them all and gives some very good reasons.

I especially liked the focus on celebrities, because, come on, admit it, some of these celebrities just don’t know how to handle fame and we get to watch the meltdown. Joan isn’t saying anything that most of us aren’t already thinking. There are many things in the book I won’t give away but I do have a few of my favorites to pass on to you. She hates actors who lie about their ages, take themselves too seriously, or jump on the Hollywood fad bandwagon (Kabalah, clubs, et. al). She says, “Theater actor’ is an old English word that means ‘cater waiter.'”

No one is safe, vegans (“God gave you incisors, so what’s the problem?”), Anne Frank (“She only had one book to write, and she didn’t even finish that.”), senior citizens, gays (but she loves her gays), Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, awards shows and more. In fact I don’t think there’s anything she doesn’t hate. After nearly five hours of listening time she ran the gamut of things to hate. I will admit that there were times where it would get a bit worn out, but just when I would start to groan or give up she’d be on another rant and cracking me up. So, definitely worth the listen, just don’t do it at work, she can get a racy with the language, and the “f-bomb” is dropped quite often in this book, as well as a few other harsh words.

All in all, I think this book convinced me that Joan Rivers is not the has-been I thought she was, she still has it and isn’t afraid to spew it.

“Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny”
By Garrison Keillor
Performed by Garrison Keillor, Tim Russell and Sue Scott
Published by HighBridge Audio
4 hours

Every book you read or hear has to be fun in some way. Sometimes it’s just that you enjoy getting lost in a mystery or escaping realism with some adventurous fantasy. Whatever the reason each book will take you somewhere and it should be fun. This time around I listened to a book that was pretty much nothing but fun. “Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny” is pure fun and a romp through a mystery and adventure with some great humor and classic literature references, and even a few pop culture jabs thrown in to keep the story fresh.

If you’re not familiar with the character of Guy Noir then on Saturdays from 5pm – 7pm central time you need to tune in to your local public radio station and find Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” This fun piece of what is left of radio variety shows in America launched the character of Guy Noir, Private eye. It’s always fun to hear when Guy Noir segments come on the show and find out what kind of crime needs solved by the private dick with a penchant for literature.

The Guy Noir character and stories parody the conventions of the pulp fiction novel and the film noir genre. He works on the twelfth floor of the Acme Building in a city that “knows how to keep its secrets”, St. Paul, Minnesota and first appeared in prairie home companion broadcasts around 1995. This time around Guy gets his own story and in this 4 hour fully dramatized audiobook you get a humorous adventure that will keep you laughing and if you are overheard listening to this audiobook, the literary references and the plays on words will make you sound more intelligent.

This story opens up with Guy staring down the barrel of a gun held by a wheezing geezer gangster that goes by the name of Joey Roast Beef. Joey is demanding to know what sort of money-making scheme Guy is involved in with stripper-turned-women’s-studies-professor Naomi Fallopian. It also seems that everyone knows about Guys weight loss pills. Naomi has hired Guy as security for the Elongate product of weight loss pills (which actually turn out to be tapeworms). While Naomi promises Guy to be the love of his life (and he falls for this oldest female scam) she’s off gallivanting around the world spending her millions from selling tapeworms to the rich.

In the meantime Guy, who has taken one of these wonder-pills, is losing weight and all of a sudden the women in his life are finding him attractive. Saving himself for Naomi and saving the tapeworm queens and eggs from the despicable Larry B. Larry, Guy looks death in the eye, falls in love and finally faces off with the capo del capo del grande primo capo, Johnny Banana.

Will Guy lose his worm fortunes and women? Give this hilarious adventure a listen and find out. The performance is the perfect over the top performance you would expect from Garrison Keillor. If you’re not familiar the three actors in combination with hilarious sound effects and incidental music will keep you listening just to hear what happens next and anticipating the next laugh. Fun stuff here.

“Zombies vs. Nazis; A Lost History of the Walking Dead”
by Scott Kenemore
published by Skyhorse Publishing
259 pages

Sometimes you just have to read a zombie book for fun. I know, that’s kind of hard to do with zombies being the flesh-eating creatures wanting to eat brains, but if you ever pick up a zombie book by Scott Kenemore you’ll see what I mean by a fun zombie book. Scott is the same author that brought to the zombie literary world; “The Zen of Zombie,” “Z.E.O,” “The Art of Zombie Warfare,” and his novel “Zombie, Ohio.” He always takes the fun approach to zombies and sometimes applies them to possible practical uses.

Scott Kenemore is a fan of all things zombie and throws in as much of his knowledge as can fit into each book. This time around he breaks out some lost communications between the leaders of the Third Reich and some scientists sent to Haiti to find the secret to making zombies so that the Fatherland could send armies of zombies to trample the allied forces and lead to the Rise of the Third Reich as THE world power.

The book is written as if they are communications from three scientists sent to Haiti to find the secrets of zombie making. The communications are reports from each member 2 of which are under the guise of lepidopterists, in search of the Haitian Monarch Butterfly and a third disguised as a member of the clergy. One of the scientists begins his excursion falling from the heat and complaining non-stop even threatening the “Obergruppenfuhrer” with punishment from his influential family to get him back to the Fatherland. This scientist is Franz Baedecker, and his communiques are some of the funniest in the book.

Baedecker soon changes his tune and goes native. Baedecker even sends messages to not tell the other two where he is and that he is seeking further information by entrenching himself with the voodoo practitioners to learn more.

Gunter Knecht, under the guise of a clergy, places himself among the other clergy sent to convert the heathens to Christianity, Judaism or Muslim by the other clergy on the island. Knecht is taken in by Father Gill (a drunken Irish priest) and shown a zombie making ceremony, but before the ceremony begins, is abducted and tied in a cave in a compromising position as a warning.

The three eventually find zombies, battle zombies and even make zombies, but problems and in-fighting prevents the three from bringing the secrets back to Hitler, thus allowing the Allies to win the war.

“Zombies vs. Nazis” is a hilarious book that will keep you giggling at the exploits of what seems to be the Nazi equivalent of the Three Stooges.

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