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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company; Unabridged,Unabridged edition (February 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565111427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565111424
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,503,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New Yorker columnist Calvin Trillin, a Kansas City native, now lives in Greenwich Village ("where people from the suburbs come on Saturday night to test their car alarms"). In this, his first effort at recording his own pieces, his droll reading makes his sharp wit even more hilarious. These short pieces cover a wide range of topics - American first names to Kansas City landmarks, food fads and even the proper attire for a guru. The author reads his own essays and after this sampling you'll find yourself wishing there were more "pieces" in the package [brought to you by HighBridge Audio]. -- Audiofile, Sept. 1996

Adult. Trillin's dry, laid-back reading of his own columns provides the perfect narrative foil for his humor. These pieces, which the reader may recognize from the New Yorker, Time, and other publications, cover topics as diverse as being invited to the Oscar de la Rentas, teen speak, and the incredible itch a chigger bite causes. His narration lacks theatrics, but it needs none. The pieces hum along, evoking a smile, a chuckle, or a belly laugh. Trillin's matter-of-fact reading just adds to the humor [brought to you by HighBridge Audio]. -- Booklist, Nov. 1, 1996

Winner of the Audie Award for Best Humor of 1997 -- Audio Publishers Association

About the Author

CALVIN TRILLIN has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1963. He is the author of numerous books, including About Alice, Deadline Poet, Family Man, American Stories, Killings, Uncivil Liberties, and Remembering Denny, a New York Times bestseller. He lives in New York and eats heartily whenever he travels.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
This is a real classic. It's an especial bargain at this price because it's two cassettes of Trillin reading various pieces compiled from his delightful, massive repertoire of work. No single piece stands out. They're all wonderful: funny (of course);humane; brimming with his usual unexpected, brilliant observations on everything from fruitcake to things like an exegesis of the origin of the famous expression, "Smart as a Chinatown chicken". What's more (and unlike alot of other books available on tape), the collection is unabridged (there doesn't seem to be a hardback or paperback equivalent so I guess that goes without saying) but maybe its signal virtue is that it can be listened to over and over and over again. For a Trillin fan, it's impossible to get tired of these tapes. If you have never heard Trillin reading his own work, this is the place to start. His reading is terrific: guileless, self-effacing and perfectly tuned and faithful to his writing as a whole. Also, for the uninitiated, this is a perfect place to make Mr. Trillin's aquaintance because the range of topics covered in this collection really illustrate his top-notch ability to take the reader anywhere and write about it like he'd known about it and thought about it everyday of his life. It seems to me this would be a perfect gift, too. Not just because it's an excellent representative sample but because it provides the listener with a full, clear 'earful' of his seemingly boundless ability to capture and communicate the humorous aspects of just about anything. Maybe even more importantly, if you're aiming to turn someone on to Trillin, it's a perfect place to start because this collection so faithfully reflects his standing as a humorist without malice.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Orleans on November 25, 2007
Format: Audio Cassette
i LOVE THIS TAPE. IT IS THE ONLY CALVIN TRILLIN TAPED READING I HAVE FOUND AND IT IS BRILLIANT. SPARKLING WITH WIT, THESE SUPRISING ESSAYS COVER A WIDE RANGE OF TOPICS. FROM FRUITCAKES TO FAMILY. THE DINNER INVITATIN TO THE OSCAR DE LA RENTAS IS HILARIOUS.
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By William H. Edwards on December 23, 2012
Format: Audio Cassette
Calvin Trillinb -- his humor is wicked, insightful. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to each essay. I'd always wondered who created the rumor that there was only one fruitcake. Kansas City should be proud!
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