What can you do when the world is pushing you over the edge? More than you think.
For some of us, it's the automated voice that answers the phone when we'd rather talk to a real person. For others, it's the fact that Starbucks insists on calling its smallest-sized coffee "tall". Or perhaps it's those pesky subscription cards that fall out of magazines. Whatever it is, each of us finds some aspect of everyday life to be particularly maddening, and we often long to lash out at these stubborn irritants of modern life.
In Life's Little Annoyances, Ian Urbina chronicles the lengths to which some people will go when they have endured their pet peeves long enough and are not going to take it any more. It is a compendium of human inventiveness, by turns juvenile and petty, but in other ways inspired and deeply satisfying. We meet the junk-mail recipient who sends back unwanted "business reply" envelopes weighted down with sheet metal, so the mailers will have to pay the postage. We commiserate with the woman who was fed up with the colleague who kept helping himself to her lunch cookies, so she replaced them with dog biscuits that looked like biscotti. And we revel in the seemingly endless number of tactics people use to vent their anger at telemarketers, loud cellphone talkers, spammers, and others who impose themselves on us.
A celebration of the endless variety of passive aggressive behavior, Life's Little Annoyances will provide comfort and inspiration to everyone who has ever gritted his teeth and dreamed of sweet retribution against the slings and arrows of outrageous people.
Audie Award Finalist, Humor, 2007
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- Deborah Buskirk
Creative wit to keep one sane
Yes it was pleasantly Light listening. Was interesting to hear how others deal with annoying situations, people.
All the anecdotes dealing with cars, parking, meters etc seemed very relevant and creatively effective. I also liked the bit about cashiers asking for personal information; I had a good laugh. There were some annoyances that did not have as witty or creative solutions, I found those parts of the book annoying.
He only spoke as narrator. He did an excellent job relating a compilation of stories and anecdotes in an interesting and pleasant voice.
I could see a tv series that does a candid camera style show where we see the pranks as they are unfolding.
Short and sweet. An easy book to fit into small chunks of spare minutes without compromising the content.