Navel Gazing

  • by Michael Ian Black
  • Narrated by Michael Ian Black
  • 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author and stand-up comedian Michael Ian Black delivers a frank and funny memoir about confronting his genetic legacy as he hits his 40s.
Whether it's family history, religion, aging, or his parents, Michael Ian Black always has something to say in the dry, irreverent voice that has captured a fan base of millions. When a medical diagnosis forces him to realize he's not getting any younger, he reexamines his life as a middle-aged guy - of course, in the deadpan wit and self-deprecating vignettes that have become trademarks of his humor.
The alt-comedy take on getting older, Navel Gazing is a funny-because-it's-true memoir about looking around when you're 40 and realizing that life is about more than receding hairlines and proving one's manliness on Twitter - it's about laughing at yourself.


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Customer Reviews

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Man Turns 40, World Ends

Would you consider the audio edition of Navel Gazing to be better than the print version?

That's an excellent question to ask someone who has read the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Navel Gazing?

There are so many, but I really enjoyed the chapter describing the half-marathon. Especially the last sentence. Amen.

What does Michael Ian Black bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

So much. His delivery, his sincerity, his humor. I'm sure it's all there in print but hearing him read allows his intention and timing to really shine.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I almost did. Devoured it over two afternoons and wanted more when it was over.

Any additional comments?

There is so much I can relate to in these stories. Michael Ian Black makes life's true tragedies and the bittersweet melancholy of aging and all its attendant indignities into moments of laugh out loud hilarity without ever being crass or pandering. His self-reflection shows moments of true vulnerability and he owns some of his own insecurities and shortcomings with his humor. Of course it's entirely possible that he's a raging narcissist and is just charming us, but I think he's a really good guy.

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- Amber

A more sincere MIB

What made the experience of listening to Navel Gazing the most enjoyable?

First, I love that this was read by Michael Ian Black who gives a great performance.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Uhhh the not that kind of book, but his mom had some solid one-liners

Have you listened to any of Michael Ian Black’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I'm a fan and have listened to everything by him. Navel Gazing is a much more mature read than his previous titles finding just the right balance between you're not doing it right and My custom van

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book is funny with just the right pinch of dark.

Any additional comments?


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- Joshua Valdez

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-05-2016
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio