Still Just a Geek: An Annotated Memoir

HarperAudio. Apr. 2022. 23:50 hrs. ISBN 9780063080508. $51.99. TV
Author, narrator, and actor Wheaton gets self-reflective in this updated and annotated version of his 2004 memoir Just a Geek. In this remarkable literary experiment, Wheaton takes his original collection of entries culled from his prolific and popular blog and turns it inside out. He deftly incorporates his current views about fame versus celebrity and what it means to have joined and left the Star Trek universe via extensive footnotes that add context and detail left out of the original publication. With the audiobook narration in particular, Wheaton doesn’t shy away from the kind of sincere emotion that clearly would have horrified his younger web persona—he bubbles with effervescent joy and weeps from agonized regret. In several moments of raw catharsis, he rages against a family that devalued and abused him. This audiobook is likely to be a treasure to fans of Wheaton’s work and a puzzle to casual listeners, built as it is on a foundation of nested footnotes.
VERDICT Wheaton’s memoir is packed with insights about celebrity culture, Hollywood, and the fight to destigmatize mental health to keep even the least Trekkie listener absorbed.
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