Mere Anarchy

  • by Woody Allen
  • Narrated by Woody Allen
  • 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For the first time ever, hear Woody Allen’s Mere Anarchy in the author’s own distinctive and hilarious voice. Here, in his first short-story collection since his three classics Getting Even, Without Feathers, and Side Effects, Allen has managed to write a book that answers the most profound questions of human existence.
In 18 flights of inspirational sanity, we are introduced to a cast of characters only Allen could imagine: Jasper Nutmeat, Flanders Mealworm, and the independent film mogul E. Coli Biggs, just to name a few.
Whether he is writing about art, sex, food, or crime, Allen is explosively funny. In "This Nib for Hire", a Hollywood bigwig comes across an author's book in a little country store and describes it in a way that aptly captures this magnificent volume: "Actually," the producer says, "I'd never seen a book remaindered in the kindling section before."
Woody Allen’s short story collections Mere Anarchy, Getting Even, Without Feathers, and Side Effects are available separately or together as part of The Woody Allen Collection.


What the Critics Say

"Throughout my life, literally thousands of people have made me feel inadequate, but none more so than Woody Allen."(Larry David, Producer, Writer, Actor)
"Woody Allen brought modern comedy to the cinema screen." (Ricky Gervais)
"Nostalgically enjoyable....The stories in Mere Anarchy deliver the same joys and foibles that have been with its author from the start." (The New York Times)
"Brilliant neurotica...unfailingly entertaining...[an] obsessive and seriously funny book." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

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What can I say…?

One thing about Woody Allen--you can count on him to either hit it out of the park or strike out. In "Getting Even" he hit it out of the park and in this collection he…well, you can figure it out.

Listening to these 2 audiobooks in sequence, I am reminded of how thin the line is between brilliantly intelligent satire and overblown, pretentious nonsense. While this book has its moments, it definitely leans towards exemplifying the latter. It is a collection of essays in which Allen uses news snippets or minor personal experiences as inspiration for fictionalized comic sketches. In finding the ridiculous in these things, he ends up going too far and ends up being tiresomely ridiculous himself.

Nevertheless, I certainly will never give up on Woody, because, who knows, next time it could well be a home run!
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- Diane

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Wish I could get my money back. Terrible. The only humor is his attempt to use the most convoluted language to express the most simple of thoughts.

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- Henry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-20-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios