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Demetri Martin's first literary foray is structured like his critically-acclaimed Comedy Central show. Featuring longer-form essays and conceptual pieces (such as Protagonists' Hospital, a melodrama about the clinic doctors who treat only the flesh wounds and minor head scratches of Hollywood action heroes), as well as his trademark charts, doodles, drawings, one-liners, a Demetri Martin's first literary foray is structured like his critically-acclaimed Comedy Central show. Featuring longer-form essays and conceptual pieces (such as Protagonists' Hospital, a melodrama about the clinic doctors who treat only the flesh wounds and minor head scratches of Hollywood action heroes), as well as his trademark charts, doodles, drawings, one-liners, and lists (i.e., the world views of optimists, pessimists and contortionists), Martin's material is varied, but his unique voice and brilliant mind will keep listeners in stitches from beginning to end.

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30 review for This Is an Audiobook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fabian

    I expected the usual, cynical you-are-sofunny-thus-give-us-a-sketch-book-of-your-most-zany-ideas type of deal... but was disappointed to realize that Martin is incredibly crafty at the most basic of comedic levels--word play, puns, kindergarten notes/drawings to pass to your best friend unbeknownst to the oblivious teacher. & at its height, it's witty enough to surpass the likes of D. Sedaris et al. My favorite snippet was "Sheila", a heavenly almost-film that surely & seriously should b I expected the usual, cynical you-are-sofunny-thus-give-us-a-sketch-book-of-your-most-zany-ideas type of deal... but was disappointed to realize that Martin is incredibly crafty at the most basic of comedic levels--word play, puns, kindergarten notes/drawings to pass to your best friend unbeknownst to the oblivious teacher. & at its height, it's witty enough to surpass the likes of D. Sedaris et al. My favorite snippet was "Sheila", a heavenly almost-film that surely & seriously should be optioned to become a motion picture. With groovy confidence, the author dares us to get almost giddy with the pleasure that a fine and ultra-imaginative mind can bestow a readership who demands quality and, fuck, novelty. Please endeavor to write a novel next, Mr. Martin-- I would be surprised if it didn't become contender for the funniest one, since writers like Adams & Toole first surprised their droves of fanatics. These type of shenanigans are totally worth a read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    i laughed a few times. a few times i didn't. ironic, clever, not clever enough, too clever, not ironic enough. hair.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Read this if you... a) ...like to laugh out loud - not that disingenuous LOL stuff - real laughs. Here are some examples drawn from my own reading experience: Types of Laughs Experienced By Me While Reading This Book: i) Unexpectedly loud when I was trying to be quiet because my wife was sleeping ii) Snort iii) The kind where your body shakes and the cat on your lap wakes up and gives you a stern look iv) A laugh followed up by the statement, "Oh, man. That's great.", followed by embarrassment Read this if you... a) ...like to laugh out loud - not that disingenuous LOL stuff - real laughs. Here are some examples drawn from my own reading experience: Types of Laughs Experienced By Me While Reading This Book: i) Unexpectedly loud when I was trying to be quiet because my wife was sleeping ii) Snort iii) The kind where your body shakes and the cat on your lap wakes up and gives you a stern look iv) A laugh followed up by the statement, "Oh, man. That's great.", followed by embarrassment because you are completely alone in the room, followed by briefly pondering why it should embarrass you because nobody witnessed it and you talk to yourself all the time, why is this any different? v) Cried a little/had to blow nose vi) Closed eyes, set the book down, opened eyes and immediately read the triggering sentence again, laughed even harder the second time b) ...like Demetri Martin. If you like him, don't you think it would be a nice gesture to read his book? He went to all the trouble of getting it mass-produced. It's the least you could do, really. c) ...like the kind of books where you put on the morning pot of coffee and you're just going to read a few pages while it percolates, but then you're having such an enjoyable time reading that you forget the coffee has been sitting there untouched for so long that it's gotten that burnt taste and the coffeemaker has turned itself off so your house doesn't burn down. If you are a tea person, this won't mean much to you. I really don't 'get' tea or how the mind of a tea drinker works, but I suspect there are enough similarities between us that you will also like this book. d) ...like books where a few pages in you decide that you should get some of those little sticky notes so you can remember to show your wife your favorite funny parts, then a few pages later decide that you should just tell her to read the whole thing because there's too many favorites. e) ...like a book that is so funny that, upon finishing, you decide you should just flip back to the beginning and read it again straight away. And when you read it the second time, you start laughing early at a funny sentence that you remember is coming up soon. f) ...trust my opinion about humor. I know funny. Trust me. This is funny.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Demetri Martin is a comedian. I used to watch his stand-up series, Important Things with Demetri Martin, pretty avidly. He wasn't always funny, but he had an interesting way of looking at the world. One of my favorites was his "This Is a Sketch" segment, where he gets out an artist pad and starts creating these drawings that start out one way and end up totally different by the end. THIS IS A BOOK is obviously a play on his "This Is a Sketch Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Demetri Martin is a comedian. I used to watch his stand-up series, Important Things with Demetri Martin, pretty avidly. He wasn't always funny, but he had an interesting way of looking at the world. One of my favorites was his "This Is a Sketch" segment, where he gets out an artist pad and starts creating these drawings that start out one way and end up totally different by the end. THIS IS A BOOK is obviously a play on his "This Is a Sketch" segment of his comedy routine. I bought it while it was on sale, because I've been meaning to read it forEVER. In fact, when it was available on Netgalley, I tried to apply for an ARC (I was rejected. #bookreaderproblems) The sale was the perfect excuse to break my self-imposed book-buying ban (which is really more of a formality anyway) and buy THIS IS A BOOK. THIS IS A BOOK is really strange. There are drabbles and essays, poems, short stories, drawings, and mini-plays; you never know what you're going to get until you turn the page (I mean, the title is a giveaway, but I think most people skim over titles). I went into this expecting a celebrity memoir, so I was surprised that this was fiction. I was also surprised by how meh I found his content, since he's so funny in standup. Short stories: I skimmed over these mostly. Demetri Martin may be good at telling a story on stage, but it doesn't translate well to book form. Part of this is his energy and his timing on stage. It's harder to have that be just effective on the page, especially if you're relying on your audience for feedback. Poems: Unless you're writing a limerick, it's hard to make a poem funny. His "Rain Rain Go Away" poem in particular just seemed like it was trying way too hard. Drabbles: These are shorter than the short stories, and better, in my opinion. He wrote this great story about a woman getting stung by a bee, and then writes about that from everyone's POV, including the inanimate objects around here. The surprise ending makes it extra funny. I also liked "Titles", which is a fantastic short about aliens coming to Earth and getting confused by the titles of our rulers. "We're Pregnant" is also great because it takes that twee statement to the next level. Plays: These were fine. Some of them were meh, but there were some that were funny. Drawings: Easily the best thing in here, which only makes it more of a shame that there weren't more of them. Martin's a decent artist, and his minimalist style really lets the humor shine through. He also makes really funny graphs and charts. Ever wonder how GPA is similar to the # of limbs you have? I would not recommend THIS IS A BOOK to people who are fans of his comedy stand-up and are going into this expecting that same level of humor. There are spurts of good content, but for the most part it feels like a watered down, "trying too hard" version of his regular routine. Who knows, maybe these are rejects from his sketches that he didn't want to scrap. I'd stick with "Important Things," although I'm really curious about his drawing collection now, POINT YOUR FACE AT THIS. 2 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Naksed

    Fans of Demetri Martin's absurd, dry wit will enjoy this audiobook, which has many highlights. The awkward and lonely public hotline helps "Dave" navigate a pressure-filled social gathering: Just nod and smile for 6...5...4...3...2...and go ahead and say "She called me twice today!" Fortune cookies: We didn't know how else to tell you this but, none of us want to hang out with you anymore. Creating new flags: New Jersey: A picture of the rest of the country feeling embarrassed However, he has sa Fans of Demetri Martin's absurd, dry wit will enjoy this audiobook, which has many highlights. The awkward and lonely public hotline helps "Dave" navigate a pressure-filled social gathering: Just nod and smile for 6...5...4...3...2...and go ahead and say "She called me twice today!" Fortune cookies: We didn't know how else to tell you this but, none of us want to hang out with you anymore. Creating new flags: New Jersey: A picture of the rest of the country feeling embarrassed However, he has saved his best material for his stand-up so I would rather watch his special than go through this book again.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    I zipped through this book in about a day, it's a light, easy read. There were moments when reading this book (at my job, as a librarian) when I laughed out loud and had to put it down so I wouldn't seem unprofessional. It starts off with a bang, and hooks the reader right away, just like a good comedy routine, movie or story. I brought it home expecting to be chuckling through the whole thing. Not so much. It's pretty hit-and-miss. What's funny is VERY funny, but some of the longer pieces just I zipped through this book in about a day, it's a light, easy read. There were moments when reading this book (at my job, as a librarian) when I laughed out loud and had to put it down so I wouldn't seem unprofessional. It starts off with a bang, and hooks the reader right away, just like a good comedy routine, movie or story. I brought it home expecting to be chuckling through the whole thing. Not so much. It's pretty hit-and-miss. What's funny is VERY funny, but some of the longer pieces just bored me. I skipped some and skimmed others, reading those that seemed above average. I've watched Martin's comedy show, and it's pretty much the same format as the book. Odd thoughts, funny statistics, drawings and rhyme, a hodgepodge of comedic bits, some of which are genius and others are so-so. He is witty, clever and I love smart humor. Others might have more patience with the long sections of this book, and they can let me know if it's worth going back to and trying again. The book is good for a laugh, just not consistently funny all the way through. Maybe they should have let me edit it...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Garrett Cook

    I'd seen his standup, I'd watched Important Things and I got an inkling of something I learned about Demetri Martin from reading this book. A lot of comedians have a love of words and everything about them. If it's just you and a microphone making people laugh, you have to develop an affinity for wordplay. But it goes deeper with Martin. He observes, takes apart and repurposes language. There is a poem in this book which is one long palindrome. It should strike you as gimmicky or stupid or read I'd seen his standup, I'd watched Important Things and I got an inkling of something I learned about Demetri Martin from reading this book. A lot of comedians have a love of words and everything about them. If it's just you and a microphone making people laugh, you have to develop an affinity for wordplay. But it goes deeper with Martin. He observes, takes apart and repurposes language. There is a poem in this book which is one long palindrome. It should strike you as gimmicky or stupid or read like something's that barely language. But it doesn't. It reads like Burroughs or a lost fragment from Ulysses, which only makes it funnier. You have to go along with him and laugh at the deftness with which he wields language. His comedy is wonderfully absurd, he simplifies, dissects and repurposes life as well. This is more than a book, it's a great book. Buy it, play along and root for him as he subverts, warps and reshapes the language he loves.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brent

    These pieces have that Effortlessly Hilarious vibe that tend to come only with long effort. Even the introduction is funny. Highpoints include: Protagonist's Hospital, Bee Sting, and Megaphone

  9. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    I'll start by saying I've never seen Demetri Martin perform stand-up, and I've never seen his TV show. My introduction to him was hearing him as a guest on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and I was so fascinated by his sense of humor and the promise of a several-page long palindrome in this book that I decided to get it from the library. I am so, so glad that I did. This Is a Book is possibly the funniest straight-ahead humor book I've read. (I am not counting The Onion's Our Dumb World or Jon Stew I'll start by saying I've never seen Demetri Martin perform stand-up, and I've never seen his TV show. My introduction to him was hearing him as a guest on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and I was so fascinated by his sense of humor and the promise of a several-page long palindrome in this book that I decided to get it from the library. I am so, so glad that I did. This Is a Book is possibly the funniest straight-ahead humor book I've read. (I am not counting The Onion's Our Dumb World or Jon Stewart's America: The Book, both of which were actually written by teams of writers.) In the field of supposedly funny books written by comedians (Bill Maher, Al Franken, etc.) Martin's first effort is in a league of its own. Martin is very, very clever and almost preternaturally smart, and this brings a freshness to his humor that makes him like no other comedian I've ever read. (Oh, and the pages-long palindrome did not disappoint. Jaw-dropping.) This book was also remarkably consistent for a humor book. Usually I find there is a lot of filler in these books and the reader has to search for the gems. In this case, there were just a few essays that weren't worth the effort, but most of the book was pretty much a riot. Highly recommended to people looking for an easy, laugh-filled read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Annette Abbott

    Demetri Martin is the love child of Steve Martin and Jack Handy. If you've seen and enjoyed his stand-up routines and/or his television show, I think it's safe to say you'll find this book laugh-out-loud funny. I borrowed it from the library and liked it so much, I bought it for my Kindle. It's nice having something to read on the train home after a long day in the city - something to make you laugh and thank God you're not drinking milk at the same time causing it to shoot out of your nose. Som Demetri Martin is the love child of Steve Martin and Jack Handy. If you've seen and enjoyed his stand-up routines and/or his television show, I think it's safe to say you'll find this book laugh-out-loud funny. I borrowed it from the library and liked it so much, I bought it for my Kindle. It's nice having something to read on the train home after a long day in the city - something to make you laugh and thank God you're not drinking milk at the same time causing it to shoot out of your nose. Some paragraphs are chock-full of witty observational quips - the kind people annoyingly quote on Tumblr or Facebook. Like: Revelation: I have an extremely low threshold for using the word "threshold." Movie Concept: Two words: Dragon Orthodontist Fortune Cookie: Your mind is a sponge, in the sense that it would come in handy when cleaning off a countertop or something like that. Not sure what other reviewers mean when they say some parts aren't funny. If any of those people were my friends on Facebook, that alone would make me unfriend them.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eric Townsend

    While I understand that the style of the humor used in each piece does vary, This is a Book misses the mark when it comes to being a truly funny book. This is the case most especially when it comes to the longer form selections. Some seem intended to be humorous, though not all, but many are flat and dry without any life to them. Socrates’s Publicist, Better Than Sex, A Christmas Carol (the Deleted Scene) and Eulogy all fell short in various ways, though mostly from excessive repetition and being While I understand that the style of the humor used in each piece does vary, This is a Book misses the mark when it comes to being a truly funny book. This is the case most especially when it comes to the longer form selections. Some seem intended to be humorous, though not all, but many are flat and dry without any life to them. Socrates’s Publicist, Better Than Sex, A Christmas Carol (the Deleted Scene) and Eulogy all fell short in various ways, though mostly from excessive repetition and being dull in general (I picked one from each section of the book because truly this is a problem throughout). While they aren’t all that rough (I rather enjoyed Bee Sting with its multiple points of view) overall they didn’t flow, in each section or in the book as a whole. The highlights of the book are similar to those you would find in Martin’s acts, quick, and more importantly short, jokes, and especially those with visuals to go with. His drawings and captions to go with them are quite funny and they do help to liven up the book some. He also includes random things on the pages that were, as he makes sure to point out, either intentionally/unintentionally left blank and those serve as a pretty cute transition. I had favorites in his shorter bits of course, such as his diagram on GPA & Limbs, the letter r and his two statistics sections. While those highlights were enjoyable to varying degrees, because of how rough I felt the longer portions were I can’t say I really enjoyed this book all that much. I like Martin’s comedy and his style of humor when it comes to his shows, but maybe I’ll avoid reading things from him from now on, this just wasn’t for me. The writing was fine, but it wasn’t fun, and that distinction proved to be its downfall in my mind. Rating: 2/5

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gavin Breeden

    If you enjoy Martin's sense of humor (his stand-up, his TV show), you'll love this book. Some of the chapters feel like skits from his TV show. Then there are charts, drawings, and graphs that we're used to seeing in both his stand-up and TV stuff. There are short stories, one-liners, drawings, lists, and other stuff. The chapters are short and funny. This is the perfect kind of book to sit on the back of the toilet. Some of the high points: -Confessions of a White Guy with Dreadlocks -A hospital If you enjoy Martin's sense of humor (his stand-up, his TV show), you'll love this book. Some of the chapters feel like skits from his TV show. Then there are charts, drawings, and graphs that we're used to seeing in both his stand-up and TV stuff. There are short stories, one-liners, drawings, lists, and other stuff. The chapters are short and funny. This is the perfect kind of book to sit on the back of the toilet. Some of the high points: -Confessions of a White Guy with Dreadlocks -A hospital where only the protagonists from action movies are admitted -Diary excerpts from a fruit vendor who's fruit stand is destroyed every day by a police chase -A guy who catches lots of lucky breaks because of his dolphin checks -A robot test for in the future when robots are really life-like -FAQ of a Magic Genie -A Crossword Puzzle in which only the letter A is used -Human Cannonball Occupational Hazards -Frustrating Uses of Etc. -Palindromes for a Specific Occasion, which features an impressive 500 word palindrome -A Deleted Scene from A Christmas Carol in which the Ghost of Christmas Future Perfect shows up -And all the first person accounts of a bee sting, including from the bee and the magazine that was used to swat at the bee A very funny book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I have been waiting for this book ever since I discovered its existence last year. I could of course have purchased it as a hard back but because I’m cheap I waited for the paperback release. Needless to say the wait was worth it because I loved this book so much! I am someone who loves books written by comedians as they always have this whole level of hilarity that is consistent throughout the entire book. Not only are there hilarious passages and commentaries there are a lot of pictures that mad I have been waiting for this book ever since I discovered its existence last year. I could of course have purchased it as a hard back but because I’m cheap I waited for the paperback release. Needless to say the wait was worth it because I loved this book so much! I am someone who loves books written by comedians as they always have this whole level of hilarity that is consistent throughout the entire book. Not only are there hilarious passages and commentaries there are a lot of pictures that made me laugh so much, they were so funny. I had a lot of fun reading through this book and sharing it with some of my friends as well. Overall, as a HUGE Demetri Martin fan I absolutely adored this book and got many hours of laughs. This is a Book is well worth a read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Hocking

    Some of this book was really damn funny. I laughed out loud lots of times. It's his little things that are done best, like a couple of carefully worded sentences that make you think for a second before you laugh. Excellent work.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Holly Mays

    All the lower ratings for this book are entirely unfair, and I’ll tell you why. I think those people have unrealistic expectations about this type of book. That’s because this is an atypical kind of book. It’s not a fluid story or stand-up routine, it’s a collection of bite-sized comedic morsels. To add to that, the morsels vary greatly from potty-ish humor, to near genius at times, to more serious think-pieces, and I think people get lost during the parts that aren’t their preferred brand of hu All the lower ratings for this book are entirely unfair, and I’ll tell you why. I think those people have unrealistic expectations about this type of book. That’s because this is an atypical kind of book. It’s not a fluid story or stand-up routine, it’s a collection of bite-sized comedic morsels. To add to that, the morsels vary greatly from potty-ish humor, to near genius at times, to more serious think-pieces, and I think people get lost during the parts that aren’t their preferred brand of humor. I loved so much of it, personally. It was a whole variety showcase. Like, who the crap can come up with that palindrome section?!?! A mutant alien genius from the future, apparently! I have a whole new appreciation for Demetri Martin. Also notable- the pages were so smooth and thick, it was actually distracting (in a good way). So props to the publisher on that one, I guess.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Megan Thurston

    Not my kind of book. This collection of short stories is mostly composed of pointless, rambling thoughts on paper. Some were clever. A few were funny, but for the most part I felt like this book was a waste of my time as a reader.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is a very silly and funny book. I loved it. This is the kind of book I’m always looking for but so rarely find—one chock-a-block full of smart silliness and intellectual goofiness. (It gave me the same joy as reading Woody Allen’s Without Feathers or Side Effects.) It was love at first browse. I first saw the book at an airport book store. I thought to myself “Demetri Martin. Is that the guy from The Daily Show?” I picked up the book to see if it was (it was) and started paging through. From This is a very silly and funny book. I loved it. This is the kind of book I’m always looking for but so rarely find—one chock-a-block full of smart silliness and intellectual goofiness. (It gave me the same joy as reading Woody Allen’s Without Feathers or Side Effects.) It was love at first browse. I first saw the book at an airport book store. I thought to myself “Demetri Martin. Is that the guy from The Daily Show?” I picked up the book to see if it was (it was) and started paging through. From the very first page of the introduction called “How To Read This Book,” I was hooked: If you’re reading this sentence then you’ve pretty much got it. Good job. Just keep going the way you are. Flipping to the next page, I started reading the first essay called “Announcements.” Thank you for coming to the show. Before tonight’s performance begins there are a few announcements. Please pay attention. Flash photography is not permitted at any time during the show. Also, there is no recording of any kind allowed during the show. This includes both audio and video recording, as well as sketching, journaling, documenting, making mental notes, reminiscing, reviewing, or remembering anything at all with your mind. Any recording devices that we find will be taken away from you and juggled recklessly by the clown you see standing near the left exit. Too well trained by Mr. Jenners to buy the book for full price from an airport bookstore (sorry, Mr. Martin), I waited until I got home and ordered it from Amazon. It was fun from beginning to end. This is the kind of book that will either grab your funny bone or it won’t. So, to give you a better idea of the kind things you’ll find inside, here are a few excerpts. From “Palindroms For Specific Occasions” (Seriously, how can you not love a book that includes five full pages of palindromes?) GENTLY INFORMING A DJ THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH THE SOUND SYSTEM: No music is, um, on. THE HEAD BAKER AT A BAKERY INSTRUCTING A NEW EMPLOYEE ABOUT HOW TO DEAL WITH CUSTOMERS AND THEN SUDDENLY NOTICING WHAT THE NEW BAKER HAS MADE: Snub no man. Nice cinnamon buns! A GUY EXPLAINING TO HIS FRIEND HOW HE FEELS ABOUT OPERAS AS HE ACCIDENTALLY RUNS INTO A BEEHIVE: See, bro, operas are poor—Bees! From Honors & Awards (for Which I Would Qualify) National Champion at being the ex-boyfriend who is most consistently awkward around his ex-girlfriend and/or anyone who is even a casual acquaintance of hers. A scholarship awards to Greek Americans who have done very little for the Greek American community but definitely look Greek American, no matter what outfit they are wearing. Top 40 people under 40 who live in my apartment building Award for Perfect Attendance on Earth for Whole Life So Far Nobel Prize for Chemistry with Very Cute Women Who Turn Out To Already Have Boyfriends I could sit here and type excerpts that cracked me up all night long but that would be silly. Hopefully, you’ve gotten a feel for the book. (You could also watch him on The Daily Show or his stand-up comedy act.) But let me just share a few of the essay titles with you: Optimist, Pessimist, Contortionist; Frustrating Uses of Etc.; A Capella Group Freak Accidents; Confessions of a White Guy with Dreadlocks; Excerpts from My Often-True Autobiography. Plus there are funny drawings and charts included. So, to sum up, this is a very funny book and you should read it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    One of the most hysterical books I have ever read (if not the most hysterical). I laughed out loud more times than I can count. I had honestly never heard of Demetri Martin until I saw this book sitting in a pile on Marty’s desk (one of his students had chosen to annotate for their summer reading project). I decided to pick it up for the mere fact that I’m interested in reading what teenagers find appealing. As a future high school English teacher, I’ve been reading books that teenagers can relate One of the most hysterical books I have ever read (if not the most hysterical). I laughed out loud more times than I can count. I had honestly never heard of Demetri Martin until I saw this book sitting in a pile on Marty’s desk (one of his students had chosen to annotate for their summer reading project). I decided to pick it up for the mere fact that I’m interested in reading what teenagers find appealing. As a future high school English teacher, I’ve been reading books that teenagers can relate to and are interested in. I’m a huge fan of classic novels (such as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Outsiders, Lord of the Flies and Of Mice and Men) but with every passing years, I’d say the majority of students find those stories less and less relevant. Sad truth. Anyways - back to Demetri Martin. This book was amazing; it’s a hodgepodge of his comedy, including illustrations and entertaining short stories. Some of my favorites include: Megaphone (quite possibly my favorite), Genie (my second favorite), Hotline and Cat Calender. A couple of quotes that made me laugh: (from Some Statistics) - “Nearly 1/2 of all people in the United States are torsos.” - “If you stretch the average person’s intestines out from end to end, it would make him scream a lot. With all of that praise for This Is A Book, I will give one critique. As I was ‘gut’ laughing early on, I felt that after reaching a certain point (about 3/4 way through), Martin lost his steam. While the last 1/4 stories were comical, they weren’t as comical as the beginning. Nevertheless, I can’t say enough about this wonderfully clever book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    I loved this book. Which is ironic based on the fact that I only gave it four stars. There is a reason. See, I usually base a books star rating on how much I would recommend it to another person. In this case, I loved the book, but I don't know that other people would necessarily get it, so I wouldn't recommended it to everyone. Thus the 4 out of 5 stars. Now that that's out of the way, why do I like this book? There are two types of humor that I like. Finding humor in everyday occurrences and c I loved this book. Which is ironic based on the fact that I only gave it four stars. There is a reason. See, I usually base a books star rating on how much I would recommend it to another person. In this case, I loved the book, but I don't know that other people would necessarily get it, so I wouldn't recommended it to everyone. Thus the 4 out of 5 stars. Now that that's out of the way, why do I like this book? There are two types of humor that I like. Finding humor in everyday occurrences and cleverness. This book is FULL of cleverness. It is smart humor that really shows Demetri's brilliance. I mean, how many people can make a whole crossword puzzle in which every space is filled with the letter A? Or find the humor in the idea of an alien coming the earth and wanting to talk to the winner of the Miss Universe pageant because there was only one of her and she was Miss Universe, as opposed to talking to the President of the United States. He just ruled the states, and besides there are LOTS of presidents within the United States (at the bank, in the 4-H club, etc) but only one Miss Universe. And these are just a few of the many sections that make you cock your head, think for a second and then laugh out out because you hadn't thought about it before, but it's funny! If you aren't a fan of cleverness or find intelligent humor pretentious and annoying, you probably won't like this book. However, if those things appeal to you, I think that you will greatly enjoy the unique way that Demetri is able to present the way his brain thinks in this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nyonie

    Never heard nor seen Demetri Martin before so I read this book with no preconceived notion about the writer. Love the offbeat humor. I laughed out loud several times. The longer pieces are just funny-ish but his one-liners, statistics, fortune cookies, short stories, charts, drawings (and the etc.,) all had me in stitches. Here’s a few that made me laugh: Word Awards: The Ensemble Award for the Least Frequently Used Combination of Words went to I was wrong, which was presented by last year’s w Never heard nor seen Demetri Martin before so I read this book with no preconceived notion about the writer. Love the offbeat humor. I laughed out loud several times. The longer pieces are just funny-ish but his one-liners, statistics, fortune cookies, short stories, charts, drawings (and the etc.,) all had me in stitches. Here’s a few that made me laugh: Word Awards: The Ensemble Award for the Least Frequently Used Combination of Words went to I was wrong, which was presented by last year’s winner I have a drinking problem. The night’s best-dressed word was slanted, who fittingly arrived on the red carpet in italics. The Award for the Word Used Most Frequently When It Is Not Actually Justified went to awesome, which narrowly beat out genius. Many were surprised that literally was not nominated, literally. Statistics: Per capita, just about everyone has no idea what a “capita” is. Surveys indicate that 1 in every 1 person is you. “Yes” actually means “No” 100% of the time, when the question is “Can I give you some advice?” Anvils appear 1000% more frequently in cartoons than in real life. Fortune Cookies: It is easy to want what another man has; what is harder is to sneak into his house and take it without him seeing you.

  21. 4 out of 5

    H R Koelling

    'This is a Book' is a funny book. I have no idea who Demetri Martin is --I'm oblivious to contemporary culture-- but I like his irreverent outlook on life. I felt this book represented a nice cross between John Hodgman and Monty Python's Flying Circus. There's the brilliant zany silliness of Palin, Cleese and Idle, the stodgy inbred intellectual eccentricities of Chapman, the obtuse imaginative renderings of Gilliam and the modern astute satirical observations of Hodgman. There's a lot to be lov 'This is a Book' is a funny book. I have no idea who Demetri Martin is --I'm oblivious to contemporary culture-- but I like his irreverent outlook on life. I felt this book represented a nice cross between John Hodgman and Monty Python's Flying Circus. There's the brilliant zany silliness of Palin, Cleese and Idle, the stodgy inbred intellectual eccentricities of Chapman, the obtuse imaginative renderings of Gilliam and the modern astute satirical observations of Hodgman. There's a lot to be loved in this collection of notes, essays, graphs, drawings, short stories... and a crossword puzzle. I thought the crossword puzzle was a work of genius. How original! How unique! I laughed at the simplicity and absurdity of it all. But just like all humorous presentations, not every joke is funny and not every effort is understood, or liked. But, for the most part, there is so much to enjoy in this book that I think even the most diehard gloomy grouch will chuckle occasionally; as long as they are of a certain era or generation. It helps to have an odd sense of humor. This book definitely caters to iconoclasts. Thanks for the laughs, Mr. Martin. I look forward to being entertained by you again in the future.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    I have a great deal of affection for Demetri- I loved him from the first time his Comedy Central special aired. I don't think that his comedy translates well to print, though. I expected to chuckle to myself throughout the whole book, but only a few sections made me laugh out loud. Those sections were the bits where the jokes were short and to the point, much like Demetri's stand up. I liked the chapters about statistics and one-liners, and his drawings (fantastic, as always). There were other c I have a great deal of affection for Demetri- I loved him from the first time his Comedy Central special aired. I don't think that his comedy translates well to print, though. I expected to chuckle to myself throughout the whole book, but only a few sections made me laugh out loud. Those sections were the bits where the jokes were short and to the point, much like Demetri's stand up. I liked the chapters about statistics and one-liners, and his drawings (fantastic, as always). There were other chapters that were like mediocre jokes that went on way too long. It makes me really sad to say that. All in all, I don't plan to buy this book- and unlike the books of other comedians and comic writers, I don't plan on reading this one again.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Wigs

    I made this macro when I got to the halfway point to describe how I felt about this book. It got a little better afterwards though, but not by a lot. The first half is a 1.5 star, which I would say "pretty much a waste of time." The second half is maybe 2.5-3ish. Laughed at some things, but not too much. I promise I'm not a grinch, it just wasn't really funny at all. Lots of thoughts that didn't really go anywhere. The short stories were pretty much terrible, the only one I liked was "Sheila." The t I made this macro when I got to the halfway point to describe how I felt about this book. It got a little better afterwards though, but not by a lot. The first half is a 1.5 star, which I would say "pretty much a waste of time." The second half is maybe 2.5-3ish. Laughed at some things, but not too much. I promise I'm not a grinch, it just wasn't really funny at all. Lots of thoughts that didn't really go anywhere. The short stories were pretty much terrible, the only one I liked was "Sheila." The things that already work for him in his shows were the few parts I found amusing (drawings, statistics, and one liners.) Big meh.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    Buy this book if you like to laugh. I love his stand-up, and this book was so off-the-wall that I was having trouble reading it on the bus because I kept laughing out loud, which is always a bit awkward. Pictures, charts, short stories...all extremely creative and hilarious. Just one quote, of many: "We used to take some of the smaller animals the taxidermist had stuffed and put them back into the woods. This would lead the other animals in the woods to think those animals had 'attitudes.' You'd Buy this book if you like to laugh. I love his stand-up, and this book was so off-the-wall that I was having trouble reading it on the bus because I kept laughing out loud, which is always a bit awkward. Pictures, charts, short stories...all extremely creative and hilarious. Just one quote, of many: "We used to take some of the smaller animals the taxidermist had stuffed and put them back into the woods. This would lead the other animals in the woods to think those animals had 'attitudes.' You'd see a forest squirrel go up to one of the stuffed ones and try to be friendly. The stuffed one would just stare off into space. Then to see the look on the other squirrel's face...it was great."

  25. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    This seems like a low rating for this book, especially for me, a perpetually high rater. I've watched a lot of Demetri Martin videos and think he is pretty funny, but I don't think his humor carried over as well to this book. It was an interesting diversion from the novels I usually tend to read, and was silly and cute, but not necessarily "funny." Many other reviewers noted how often they laughed out loud. I don't think I did one time. I don't regret reading this book, but I was not as amused a This seems like a low rating for this book, especially for me, a perpetually high rater. I've watched a lot of Demetri Martin videos and think he is pretty funny, but I don't think his humor carried over as well to this book. It was an interesting diversion from the novels I usually tend to read, and was silly and cute, but not necessarily "funny." Many other reviewers noted how often they laughed out loud. I don't think I did one time. I don't regret reading this book, but I was not as amused as I thought I would be. Still a good read to clear my head at the end of the day.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Yvesdiva

    I got this book for my husband for his birthday because he's a fan of Demetri, and I noticed he wasn't reading the book. I picked it up myself and found out why. It is full of observations, which is Demetri's style, but it wasn't funny. I mean, there were some funny parts, like the Bee Sting bit, but otherwise, I just sort of "ho-hummed" my way through the book. I think Demetri is brilliant on stage, and I enjoyed his show, but the book just didn't come across as funny as he does live.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    I actually purposefully took as long as possible to read this book because it was so funny that I took to saving it for when I would have anxiety attacks because it distracted me. Also because every chapter is basically it's own little short story so it was easy to stop and start again without losing your place. This book is hilarious. I laughed out loud (genuinely) through most of it. If you like Demetri Martin's comedy you'll like this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Yasmine Alfouzan

    One piece of advice: do not read this in public. You'll look ridiculous. It's so laugh-out-loud funny. I saw Demetri Martin a couple of years ago on YouTube and found him really funny/witty, and forgot about him till now. READ IT! If you have a weird sense of humor. That is most entertained by elements of surprise.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ahmed

    It's a hit-and-miss for me. The quirky diagrams and short jokes were mostly very funny. The longer chapters were mostly boring and had to skim through them. If he ever decides to make a book with diagrams and short jokes, sign me up. Otherwise, pass please.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    I really enjoyed Martin's recent book of Larson-esque cartoons and drawings, and was anticipating that this earlier work was along the same lines....unfortunately, most of this collection consists of longer prose pieces, most of which are one-trick ponies extended long past the point of humor. Also there is a rather nasty undercurrent of misogyny, racism, homophobia and white male privilege to a lot of the material that is ... unseemly - and I NEVER find animal abuse to be funny in any situation I really enjoyed Martin's recent book of Larson-esque cartoons and drawings, and was anticipating that this earlier work was along the same lines....unfortunately, most of this collection consists of longer prose pieces, most of which are one-trick ponies extended long past the point of humor. Also there is a rather nasty undercurrent of misogyny, racism, homophobia and white male privilege to a lot of the material that is ... unseemly - and I NEVER find animal abuse to be funny in any situation. Halfway through I started skimming and skipping a lot of the lesser material ... so for the 20% or so that IS worth seeing ... 2 stars.

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