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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

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Thoroughly enjoyable.

Enjoyed every word from start to finish, and having H. Jon Benjamin narrate it himself only adds to the enjoyment.

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A few great laughs but mostly talking rubbish

Could have done better. Put more effort into the next one, please!!
Some very funny bits and some good stories, a LOT of pointless rambling.

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Great book albeit some waffle/filler

Really funny book several moments are laugh out loud funny. I did find some of the filler to get a bit tedious and boring for example the failed inventions section but overall was really funny and definitely recommend

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Great book

This an excellent book for any H J fan. Having him read it really adds to it. I continually kept saying back to the radio “you can just call it New York”.

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Wait... I had something for this

Amazing! 5+hours of H. Jon Benjamin's voice was even better than I expected. Danger Zone!

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  • 11-05-18

Love H Jon Benjamin

Truth be told, I was a little disappointed about the book. BUT H. Jon Benjamin as narrator does NOT disappoint, and the last 3 chapters are worth the price of admission. You should still get this book.

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  • Kevin Zeillmann
  • 16-07-18

Great narration, less than great content

I love H Jon Benjamin's voice, and I really enjoyed parts of the book, but when someone keeps writing about how unimpressive they are, you gradually start to ask yourself why you are listening to such an unimpressive person and learning about their life. As much as I love his voice, I couldn't finish the book. Made it about 60% of the way

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  • Gisela
  • 07-05-18

No joke, This book helped my marriage

I'm way to hard on myself and my failures, which is why I decided to listen to this book. I thought if I could hear how a person who's, by all rights, "made it" can be casual about failure, then I could be too. What the book did, was allowed me to think back to some of my failures and be ok with them. Besides, failure is a set closer to success ... that if, if you keep going, which Jon often didn't ... but that's not the point.

It also gave me a great amount of insight about my husband, who focuses on his own failures, and has described the many times in his life when he's been paralyzed by failure, or the possibility of failure. I hugged him often while finishing a listening session and gained a new level of love and awe for his ability to succeed even when the fear of failure paralyzed him so.

This book was funny, and fun to listen to, and honestly it's made all the better by Jon actually reading it to you.

I recommend it to anyone who wants to laugh about themselves, while laughing at someone else.

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  • Daniel A.
  • 11-07-18

Mostly filler and a few stories

I thought there would be more about his life story, but half the book he used filler. I'd like a refund.

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  • Aaron
  • 23-05-18

Hilarious

This was one of the funniest books I have ever read. A must read, so relatable, so perfect.

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  • Mollie
  • 08-05-18

Set up to fail

Thank you Jon Benjamin. Thank for you this book which I do very much believe in written form is made of solid gold. It’s probably a heavy book then. Thank you for narrating your book. Thank you for being you. I feel like I’m set on a good track to fail after listening to this audio book! If you have even just one working ear you should listen to this book. Your ear(s) will thank you.

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  • Tanya
  • 08-05-18

Everything I expected and more

With all it's rambling filler this book is wonderful. The comedy within is all I hoped for. Well done!

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  • Irene Barnett
  • 15-06-18

Favorite comedy book of all time

I’m a huge fan of Archer so getting to listen to that voice in my ear - huge plus. HJB is so likable and endearing and hilarious. Laughed through the whole book, out loud and to the concern of others at the gym.

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  • Jonathan
  • 08-05-18

Super funny...

...I just wish it were longer. Any fan of Jon's work should get a kick out of his attempted memoir; I don't think I've ever laughed out loud this many times while listening to an audiobook. Hopefully he attempts a follow up!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-18

Failure to not entertain

Very funny and above expectations! I love Jon's other work and enjoyed get a bit of insight into his life's failures.

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