Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama

Books on Tape. Mar. 2022. 7:52 hrs. ISBN 9781984885296. $66.50. MEMOIR
Comedy legend Odenkirk’s memoir traces his sketch comedy roots through his breakout success with Breaking Bad with self-effacing wit. He delivers a chronological retelling of his ever-diversifying Hollywood résumé, regaling listeners with old-school comic deep dives about the early days of the Chicago comedy scene, the grind of writing for Saturday Night Live, and the trailblazing collaborative spirit of HBO’s Mr. Show with Bob and David. Fans of Odenkirk’s more dramatic roles learn insightful tidbits such as how he was emotionally exhausted by playing lawyer Saul Goodman in Better Call Saul. Odenkirk’s Midwestern chip-on-the-shoulder gives his narration an unsentimental edge. The actor offers no hot takes or quick tricks after a lifetime in the entertainment business, just the straightforward mantra that hard work can yield success. His sincerity and skilled craftsmanship shine through in a well-paced narrative with quick jokes and relevant asides.
VERDICT A high-quality addition and a must-listen for even casual fans of the robust “comedic memoir” genre of audiobooks.
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