Oh, the Things I Know! A Guide to Success, or, Failing That, Happiness

  • by Al Franken
  • Narrated by Al Franken
  • 2 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Al Franken, or Dr. Al Franken as he prefers to be called, has written the first truly indispensable book of the new millennium. Filled with wisdom, observations, and practical tips you can put to work right away, Oh, the Things I Know! is a cradle-to-grave guide to living, an easy-to-follow user's manual for human existence.What does a megasuccess like Al Franken - best selling author, Emmy-award winning television star, and honorary Ph.D. - have to say to ordinary people like you? Well, as Dr. Al himself says, "There's no point in getting advice from hopeless failures."
Join Mr. Franken - sorry, Dr. Franken - on a journey that will take you from your first job ("Oh, Are You Going to Hate Your First Job!"), through the perils and pitfalls of your twenties and thirties ("Oh, the Person of Your Dreams vs. the Person You Can Actually Attract!"), into the joys of marriage and parenthood ("Oh, Just Looking at Your Spouse Will Make Your Skin Crawl!"), all the way to the golden years of senior citizenship ("Oh, the Nursing Home You'll Wind Up In!"). Don't travel life's lonesome highway by yourself. Take Al Franken along, if not as an infallible guide, then at least as a friend who will make you laugh. For adult listeners.

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What the Critics Say

"This laugh-aloud take on advice books - it is dedicated simply 'For Oprah' - is Stuart Smalley with an edge. Reviewer's advice: don't read it while sitting alone on a " (Booklist)

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You either have a sense of humor or ...

I'm amazed at the negative reviews given this warm, hilarious book! It's not for Pollyannas or the humorless, but for anyone who appreciates Al Franken's style of wit this is great "laugh out loud" fun. And just the right length. Audio quality is superb. I heartily recommend this to anyone with a mature sense of humor, meaning that if you're an adult with a sense of the absurd and a grasp of irony, and if you're someone who can discern Al's embracing humanity beneath a mocking, satirical exterior, you'll want to sit in your car long after the end of your commute, reluctant to stop listening...and laughing.
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- Eric

Al Franken is Wonderfully Funny

Al let's you know right off the bat that if your starting out in life, the trip ain't gonna' be easy. Then again, why should it be.

Al takes you through his life and gives out some good, and some bad, advice about what might work for you.

Honest, funny, sad, and at times moving, this book reflects life itself. Take the end of the book, which I feel is the best part, Al talks about being a senior and how it's probably the most fun anyone will ever have. Excellent!

Life is too short, buy this book and find out why.
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- Nohonesty

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-31-2003
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books