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Now in audio for the first time, Without Feathers is narrated by Woody Allen himself. Here they are: 16 of the funniest tales and ruminations ever recorded, by one of the great comic minds of our time. From "The Whore of Mensa", to "Fabulous Tales & Mythical Beasts", to "No Kaddish for Weinstein", old and new Allen fans will laugh themselves silly over these sparkling gems. A small sample: "Getting through the night is becoming harder and harder," writes Allen in his "secret" journal. "Last evening I had the uneasy feeling that some men were trying to break into my room to shampoo me."

Without Feathers delivers more of Allen's New Yorker-style humor. Worthy stand-outs include "If the Impressionists Had Been Dentists", a genius piece that puts oral surgery in a whole new, much more exciting light. Throughout, Allen grapples in his wildly inventive way with the targets that obsess him: death, God (or lack of God), women (or lack of women), intellectuals, the arts, and even wildlife.

There is a distinct romantic strain that runs through much of his writings, which the author describes as "either Byronic or moronic". Allen is forever at war with the universe and claims unequivocally that he is "at two with nature". His artistic ambition, as he puts it, is to "forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race. And then see if I can get them mass-produced in plastic."

Woody Allen’s short-story collections Without Feathers, Side Effects, Getting Even, and Mere Anarchy are available separately or together as part of The Woody Allen Collection.

©1986 Woody Allen (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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"Throughout my life, literally thousands of people have made me feel inadequate, but none more so than Woody Allen." (Larry David, Producer, Writer, Actor)
"Woody Allen brought modern comedy to the cinema screen." (Ricky Gervais)

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Always impressed with this guy

Allen never ceases to amaze me with his endless creativeness and fun . He is one of the few legends of real culture. I got the book to expand my artistic horizon and was never dissapointed . Great artist. Woody Allen !

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  • David Lipsky
  • 28-07-10

funny stuff

Brings back fond memories of laughing at Woody Allen movies with my dad when I was a kid. I especially liked Mythical Beasts - I think the animal with the head of a crab and the body of a CPA may be a relative.

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  • Vincent
  • 24-07-10

Surprisingly good

What can I say- like pretty much everybody I'm a big fan of Woody Allen. And I was excited to find out that he teamed up with Audible to read and release this and his other short story collections. I admit, though, that I was a little apprehensive. Allen is great, there's no question, but he is getting on in years, so I worried that his narration might not turn out so well. Thankfully, I had nothing to worry about. This collection is largely jokes, and his delivery is fantastic. I'd tried to get through this in print format before, and had never been able- but listening to it, it's like an awesome late night monologue. I'm not sure I would recommend this if you weren't a Woody Allen fan already, but if you are, I think you'll really like it.

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  • Kimo_Nine
  • 21-11-15

Dated, but in a good way

It's missing two one-act plays that were in the print version - "God" and "Death* - but it's still a great time capsule of Woody Allen humor.

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  • Morgan
  • 26-10-12

Early Woody Allen

I love this book. I read it years ago, when it first came out. Back then, I was enchanted with Woody Allen's non sequitur humor and witty phrasing. Over the years, I've found myself quoting bits and pieces from the stories in this book. Woody Allen's early work is, I think, his funniest - when he was a new and fresh voice in the entertainment industry.

Finding an audiobook form of Without Feathers was a pleasant surprise. The fact that Woody Allen himself reads his work, makes this a priceless addition to my library. This is Woody Allen at his best.

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  • Venkatesh
  • 19-10-10

Excellent

A real good book, it is definitely recommended. Worth the money.You can enjoy this. MUST read

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  • Rich Carlson
  • 16-02-21

Laugh out loud funny

Probably worth a credit for the first piece alone ("Selections from The Allen Notebooks"). A few classics here ("The Irish Genius", "Examining Psychic Phenomena") but both of the plays, "God (A Play)" and "Death (A Play)", from the book, are unfortunately not included in this audio collection. Still, it's a funny assortment and that's what counts!

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  • Khans
  • 10-10-19

Very funny

It's not for everyone, requires a certain level on concentration and wit, but if you give it the attention you are sure to have a steady stream of chuckles

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  • Tough Customer
  • 29-11-15

Woody Allen is the funniest human in history!

"The next day, I contemplated suicide again - this time, by inhaling next to an insurance salesman." Woody Allen is the funniest writer in history, which is well documented in these collections of humorous essays. He was also a hilarious stand-up comedian and comic actor, talents which make him the greatest narrator imaginable for his own writings. These audio books are a non-stop laugh fest. This collection is priceless - funnier than you can imagine. Grab it - it's worth its weight in laughs.
"How wrong Emily Dickinson was. Hope is not 'the thing with feathers'. 'The thing with feathers' turns out to be my nephew. Must bring him to see a specialist."

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  • heART
  • 06-04-14

mere silliness

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I have no idea

What do you think your next listen will be?

middlemarch

What didn’t you like about Woody Allen’s performance?

his words

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

serious disappointment. I greatly love some of his films.

Any additional comments?

If you seek humor, I don't think this book has it, but there's much silliness.

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  • Jane
  • 25-03-14

3 ½ stars. I laughed several times,

but not as much as I hoped.

I like to hear his odd weird thoughts. The biggest problem was W. Allen did not pause enough. I had to stop the tape frequently to think about what was said or to laugh. It’s like rushing from one joke to the next with no time to laugh.

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Unabridged audiobook length: 2 hrs and 13 mins. Swearing language: none that I recall. Sexual content: nothing explicit. Book copyright: 1975. Genre: humorous thoughts.

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