Don't Get Too Comfortable (Unabridged Selections)

  • by David Rakoff
  • Narrated by David Rakoff
  • 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

David Rakoff's best-selling collection of autobiographical essays, Fraud, established him as one of today's funniest and most insightful writers. Now, in Don't Get Too Comfortable, Rakoff moves from the personal to the public, journeying into the land of unchecked plenty that is contemporary America. Rarely have greed, vanity, selfishness, and vapidity been so mercilessly and wittily skewered. Somewhere along the line, our healthy self-regard has exploded into obliterating narcissism; our manic getting and spending have now become celebrated as moral virtues. Whether contrasting the elegance of one of the last flights of the supersonic Concorde with the good-times-and-chicken-wings populism of Hooters Air, working as a cabana boy at a South Beach hotel, or traveling to a private island off the coast of Belize to watch a soft-core video shoot, where he is provided with his very own personal manservant, Rakoff takes us on a bitingly funny grand tour of our culture of excess. He comes away from his explorations hilariously horrified.
At once a Wildean satire of our ridiculous culture of overconsumption and a plea for a little human decency, Don't Get Too Comfortable shows that far from being bobos in paradise, we're in a special circle of gilded-age hell.

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What the Critics Say

"Rakoff knows the incantatory power of a story well-told, the art of keeping words aloft like the bubbles in a champagne flute. He possesses the crackling wit of a '30s screwball comedy ingenue, a vocabulary that is a treasure chest of mots justes, impressive but most times not too showy for everyday wear." (Los Angeles Times)

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One of the best of the millenium

For anyone who thinks this essay collection is "about George Bush", well, they certainly didn't listen very long. Only a very few of the pieces are particularly political, and in each case they reflect ways in which current American policies have impact the life of the author. That's what a collection of personal essays is suppose to be about!
Rakoff does a flawless job of skewering many ripe subjects, including the fashion industry, Martha Stewart and the people who froze Ted Williams's head. He has a reporter's observational skills and a humorist's compassionate delivery. Having him read his own work is a lovely plus; Mr Rakoff's concise speech and delicate timbre make for an easy, hilarious listen. I also bought two copies in paperback which I loan out carefully ALL the time.
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- Barbara

More wonderful David Rakoff

I love all this author's stories, which I must hear, rather than read, because his voice is so important to the personal quality of his work. I highly recommend all David Rakoff's print and audio books, but if you need to make a choice between this and his audio collection before this one, choose this one; it's a bit more full of the good stuff. He gets better all the time.
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- Nell Huntworth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-15-2005
  • Publisher: Random House Audio