My Seinfeld Year

  • by Fred Stoller
  • Narrated by Fred Stoller
  • 1 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

You'd know Fred Stoller if you saw him. He has appeared on practically every great sitcom you've ever seen - Everybody Loves Raymond, Friends, and Murphy Brown just to name a few. But he has never been a regular on a series, always the guest star. He longs to find a showbiz home. Instead, he is a television foster child, shuttling from show to show in the vain hope that one will finally agree to keep him. My Seinfeld Year tells the hysterical and bittersweet story of what happened when Stoller finally got a shot at the showbiz stability he'd always dreamed of - as a staff writer on one of the biggest television shows in history.

Price: $2.99
Channel: Portrait of a Life

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Fred Stoller owes me $1.95 =(

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If Fred Stoller would have had at least one interesting thing to say or story to tell or was the slightest bit funny this could have maybe, maybe made it to 2 stars.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Ready Player One

How could the performance have been better?

If it have been read, written and about anyone else.

What character would you cut from My Seinfeld Year?

Fred Stoller.

Any additional comments?

Please don't buy this. I know it's only $1.95 but believe me, you'll hate yourself. Take the two bucks and set it on fire, those few seconds of excitement watching your money burn will be 1000x more enjoyable than listening to this book.

I saw the title and thought "Oh, Fred Stoller...I know him. He spent a year writing on Seinfeld!!? I bet hearing him recount that year will be pretty funny and it's only 2 bucks!" Well was I wrong. Fred is a long time "comic" and actor, he's most famous for playing Gerard on Everybody Loves Raymond.

Fred is a colossal bore. This book is awful, hearing him read it in his nebbish voice is beyond annoying. I always thought the voice he used was a bit, part of the act, but it's not! It's really how he talks and it intolerable. The thing that makes it so intolerable is that he's not telling us anything about writing on Seinfeld but it's his life story and his life couldn't be less interesting.

It's mostly him finding different ways to bitch about not becoming a famous actor and how he's still a struggling actor in his 50's and how even from a young age his life was boring and unfunny.

But don't take my word for it on how boring and lame Fred Stoller's life story is, just look at the run time, 1 hour 45 minutes. Now if you're thinking to yourself "boy, I don't know if it would take me 1:45 to tell my life story, that seems like a long time." You may be right, but you're not a "comedian"/actor who's had a 30+ year career in showbusiness. Here are a few examples to prove my point.

Last Words by George Carlin 6 hours 23 minutes
The Other Great Depression by Richard Lewis 9 hours 20 minutes
Born Standing Up by Steve Martin 4 hours 3 minutes
Dirty Daddy by Bob Saget 6 hours 45 minutes

I think you get my point. Please don't buy this book.

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- Jake "I LOVE to read...but don't have the time, so I listen to audio books!!! Wooohoooo!"

Short but not sweet, just enjoyable

I'm familiar with the actor and his typecast character as the whiny schmuck, so I was okay and enjoyed listening to the author read his material. When a comedian writes a book or in this case a short thingy, said comedian should narrate it. However this rule does not work for any other writer.
I also remember Fred's stand up act, and could recollect it when he mentioned it in this short reading.
So please listen to the sample before buying if you have never encountered or can recall the comedic actor/writer Fred Stoller. If you don't know him from Adam or Adam's 3rd cousin, you might want to pass.
I enjoyed this book. I liked Seinfeld when it was on, and found the behind the scenes descriptions interesting. I laughed out loud a few times.
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- Marie "Professional librarian type, amateur historian."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-16-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios