Andrea Vernon always thought she would spend her life living in Paris writing thought-provoking historical novels all day and sipping wine on the Seine all night. But the reality is she's drowning in debt, has no prospects, and is forced to move back to Queens, where her parents remind her daily that they are very interested in grandchildren. Then, one morning, she is kidnapped, interviewed, and hired as an administrative assistant by the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection. Superheroes for hire, using their powers for good. What could possibly go wrong?
When my ears need a break from polishing up the edits for the loquacious Sklar Brothers, I’ve been digging this fun listen, read by Narrator Hall of Famer Bahni Turpin. One member’s review calls it "Men in Black meets Parks and Recreation" and I totally agree! Thankfully, we don't have any wall-cutting lasers or tiger-headed colleagues at our office.
John Hodgman - New York Times best-selling author, semifamous personality, deranged millionaire, increasingly elderly husband, father, and human of Earth - has written a memoir about his cursed travels through two wildernesses: from the woods of his home in Massachusetts, birthplace of rage, to his exile on the coast of Maine, so-called Vacationland, home to the most painful beaches on Earth.
His first three books are questionably factual trivia compendiums, and Hodgman's most recent, Vacationland, is a refreshingly personal listen. I was sold almost instantly when he admitted to "an obligatory early-‘90s flirtation with the soul-patch in college," which conjured images of my brother's own ill-fated facial hair explorations.
Welcome to San Francisco Sketchfest 2018! Here's your front row seat, your backstage pass, and your all-access badge to one of the biggest comedy festivals in the country!
A high point of our year is when Audible presents San Francisco Sketchfest – an epic comedy festival celebrating a myriad of ways comedians and entertainers play with the spoken word. If you were not among the thousands recently in attendance, or want to relive it from an insider’s point-of-view, check out this free-for-members listen, chock-full of backstage interviews and once-in-a-lifetime performances. Keep an ear open to hear how Ricky Gervais got into comedy, why Lewis Black hates office small talk, a hilarious song by Maria Bamford, and Jon Hamm embodying a renegade trucker’s heart, mind, and body.