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Yay!! I was so excited to see this book had finally been made available on Audible! I loved it so much when I first read it in paperback years ago that I gave copies away as gifts to every friend with a sense of humor dark enough to appreciate it. I normally don't like short stories, but these are quirkily brilliant, hilarious, original and constantly surprising, and the author* is the perfect reader of his own work. This is one you'll want to listen to more than once.
Caveats: For mature audiences only; this book is not family-friendly! Also, it's best for readers fully comfortable with deeply flawed, unreliable narrators; think Joe in Caroline Kepnes' novels You and Hidden Bodies, only without the violence.
*Fun fact for fans of Sarah Vowell: The author is Vowell's traveling companion (the one she refers to as 'My friend Klam') in her book Assassination Vacation.
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I had just finished reading his long awaited debut novel, Who is Rich, discovered Sam the Cat thereafter and had to check it out, because I was so pleased with his novel. I cannot recall the last time I so enjoyed a writer reading (via Audible) his or her own work. Here Matt Klam is pitch perfect, in pacing, pausing and emphasis. He speaks with a resonance that is quite pleasant too. Not many novelist can pull this off, with their own tongue, outside of their head, let alone in a studio. And I can see why these stories of "transgressive sex" (his phrase) written with brutal poignant honesty made such a splash when they first came out. Well, they are still making waves in 2017. If this is your cup tea, ala Updike, Roth, and so many others I can think at the moment, you'll dig Sam the Cat. And a cat indeed he is....
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