Uncle of the Year & Other Debatable Triumphs

Books on Tape. May 2023. 5:51 hrs. ISBN 9780593667453. $57. MEMOIR
Grammy Award–winning, Tony-nominated actor Rannells (Too Much Is Not Enough: A Memoir of Fumbling Toward Adulthood), best known for his role as Elder Kevin Price in The Book of Mormon, self-narrates this delightful second memoir showcasing his wit, charm, and humor. Known for his acting prowess, Rannells proves himself to be an equally talented writer and narrator. In this collection of personal essays, he shares funny anecdotes and touching moments that highlight the ups and downs of midlife—being an uncle, navigating relationships, and pursuing a career in show business. His writing is engaging, infused with wry self-awareness that is entertainingly presented in audio. Rannells discusses dating debacles, auditions, and middle age with a charismatic voice and impeccable timing. His authentic delivery adds an extra layer of intimacy, inviting listeners to share in his triumphs and failures, whether hilarious or heartbreaking. The result is a joyous exploration of life’s quirks and challenges, delivered with honesty, vulnerability, and plenty of laughter.
VERDICT Rannells’s top-notch narration makes this laugh-out-loud listen a must-purchase for patrons who are fans of his work or enjoy well-crafted memoirs.
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