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I am so very glad I downloaded this book, sadly however because we've just lost this great humorist. And now I've just found his books. I've heard him on "This American Life" and loved him. This book had me embarrassing myself laughing loudly while walking in to work. The first half was best but the whole book very worthwhile. Enjoy!!!!
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"This American Life" has exposed us to so many superb essayists that it's hard to lift one above the crowd, but David Rakoff is one of the best. He presents himself unapologetically and with just enough of a sense of self-absorbtion that any apology would seem, well, fraudulant. Rakoff's tight writing, keen observation, and wry wit combine to produce a work of self & social satire that stands with the best. I wish I could give 4 1/2 stars instead of 4, because a 5 star rating is just too much, implying perfection. The imperfection of the presentation is only that it's abridged.
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Great discovery - though lay enjoyed - you will love it if you enjoy David Sedaris
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Would you consider the audio edition of Fraud to be better than the print version?
Rakoff has a delivery that hammers home the nuances of his writing, so this is a great candidate for an audiobook. Also, being a series of short essays, it is more forgiving to listen to in sections than one long novel.
What other book might you compare Fraud to, and why?
Rakoff gets inevitably compared to Sedaris, being another NPR star, and Sedaris being one of the most popular humorous essayists of the past decade. That said, I'd take Rakoff any day of the week if I had to choose. Sedaris is wonderful, but doesn't have the sharply honed and polished prose that Rakoff exudes on every page.
What does David Rakoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
His delivery heightens the self-mockery, and mock horror he feels about himself and the world. Conversely, when he makes a really thoughtful and touching point, he can switch to being very sincere without it being a jarring moment.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It's a book I would listen to in sections or whole - it's simply that wonderful.
Any additional comments?
If your humor is dark, dry, savagely self-deprecating and cerebral and you don't already have this, buy it now and savor its genius.