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Summary

A boy wins $100,000 in a box of Frosted Flakes - only to discover that claiming the winnings may unravel his family. An acclaimed ambulance driver seeks the courage to follow his heart and throw it all away to be a singer-songwriter. A school principal unveils a bold plan to permanently abolish arithmetic. A new arrival in heaven, overwhelmed by infinite options, procrastinates over his long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We meet a vengeance-minded hare. We learn why wearing a red T-shirt is the key to finding love; how February got its name; and why the stock market is sometimes just...down.

Finding inspiration in questions from the nature of perfection to the icing on carrot cake, from the deeply familiar to the intoxicatingly imaginative, One More Thing finds its heart in the most human of phenomena: love, fear, family, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element that might make a person complete. The stories in this collection are like nothing else, but they have one thing in common: they share the playful humour, deep heart, inquisitive mind, and altogether electrifying spirit of a writer with a fierce devotion to the entertainment of the listener.

Read by the author, with special appearances by Lena Dunham, Jenna Fischer, Mindy Kaling, Julianne Moore, Carey Mulligan, Katy Perry, Jason Schwartzman, Emma Thompson, and Rainn Wilson.

©2014 B. J. Novak (P)2014 Random House LLC

Critic reviews

" One More Thing is a funny and inventive debut collection, infused with a deadpan absurdist wit reminiscent of Woody Allen and Ian Frazier. B.J. Novak's stories are sly and playful, but they can pack a real emotional wallop." ( Tom Perotta, author of Nine Inches)
"Everyone knew that B.J. Novak was smart and sexy, but funny, too!? Wow, screw that guy. I haven't laughed at words this hard since I read." (Joshua Ferris, author of The Unnamed and Then We Came)
"Dark and hilarious, like the fudge Grandma used to make during her 'special' period. Deliciously funny!" (Jack Handey, author of Deep Thoughts and The Stench Of Honolulu)
"A funny writer with a great ear, but also a genuine storyteller with an observant eye and finely tuned emotional radar." (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times)

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A good read

A good read, not quite as amazingly laugh-out-loud funny as described but narrated with feeling and passion.
Well worth a try.
Just one gripe: the word is normality, not normalcy.
Normalcy is a made up word that has slipped into existence aided by people too lazy to open a dictionary.

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why do white people love saying the N-word?

I liked Sophia, I was offended by the ghost of Mark Twain (and the one about the inflatable woman). Mostly average, but good performances.

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Really funny and interesting

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but it ended up being really engaging and funny. The performances draw you in and the stories are light hearted and funny while also keeping your attention.

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Really good

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Ace terrific super magic crabs monkey duffle

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Funny concepts

I did enjoy this book a lot the first time I heard it; the stories are short and funny and the cast of voices work well to keep things fresh and moving.

Listening again however I began to realize a lot of the stories are funny more in concept than in content. Once you've got the humour/silly-ness of the idea the jokes aren't really surprising enough to make you laugh and a lot of the stories don't seem to have any real resolution or pay off.

it is an enjoyable and fun listen, just less than it could have been.

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Weird & Wonderful

Would you consider the audio edition of One More Thing to be better than the print version?

It's a collection of funny interesting stories, casually put together, that will keep you entertained.

What was one of the most memorable moments of One More Thing?

The tortoise & the Hare

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

BJ Novak was great, relaxed and cool. 10/10

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I hope BJNovak adds another book in this style to his portfolio

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Happier Henry Rollins!

I really enjoyed the different stories and routes taken throughout the book, and the range of narrators also made it a book that I know I'll want to revisit in years to come - lovely stuff

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Inventive creative stories by a good author

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

My expectation was for a series of roughly similar length stories. Novak offers quirky inventive and original ideas wrapped in various lengths.from a minute to twenty minutes.The writing is very much of a younger generation, It contains lots of conversation and narration but failed to capture my imagination. He can be very original in his ides.

His narration lacks the breadth of an actors voice and works within a narrow sound register. It can become monotonous.

Has One More Thing put you off other books in this genre?

Haven't read others and not particularly motivated to after listening to this book.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

No

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Very original ideas wrapped in pacy modern but not very literate language. Struck me as exercises for a creative writing class and they would have been given high marks. His vocabulary is often original but somehow the overall impression is not lasting nor memorable.

Any additional comments?

Said enough

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  • Andre Wightman
  • 12-05-17

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great wonderful time in the deepest canyon or even simply to smell a flower delivery to the top

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  • fernando antonio hadba
  • 22-08-14

An ideal format for listen.

Would you consider the audio edition of One More Thing to be better than the print version?

n.a

What was one of the most memorable moments of One More Thing?

The shortiest stories and the first story

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

the change of tones necessary to keep your attention

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

no

Any additional comments?

Short Stories is ideal to listen.