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Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo cast their droll eyes and razor wits at the whole self-help genre, with chapters like Why Is Selfish 'Bad? and How Can I Make Money Off My Spouse?


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Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo cast their droll eyes and razor wits at the whole self-help genre, with chapters like Why Is Selfish 'Bad? and How Can I Make Money Off My Spouse?

30 review for Feel This Audiobook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jason Koivu

    I'm afraid I did not feel this. Almost entirely expendable, Feel This Audiobook by Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo, does manage to draw out a laugh or two. Set up to mimic the self-help genre, replete with mood music, the book is successful at mockery. Even though I own a hardback version, I intentionally chose to listen to Stiller and Garofalo in order to fully appreciate their other forms of witticism, most commonly sarcasm and irony, which don't always translate as well to the written page (w I'm afraid I did not feel this. Almost entirely expendable, Feel This Audiobook by Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo, does manage to draw out a laugh or two. Set up to mimic the self-help genre, replete with mood music, the book is successful at mockery. Even though I own a hardback version, I intentionally chose to listen to Stiller and Garofalo in order to fully appreciate their other forms of witticism, most commonly sarcasm and irony, which don't always translate as well to the written page (well, mostly just the sarcasm). They turn their comedic rapiers, somewhat dulled and dated by time, towards their own relationship with one another, dating in general, money, attractiveness, masturbation and more. It is a short, light read and if you are a fan of their humor, you will enjoy this. If you are not, Feel This Audiobook will do nothing to alleviate your affliction.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    A fake self-help book by the dynamic duo. If Ben Stiller shit in a bucket, I'd be like, "Hey, do you guys want to go check out the new pail of Ben Stiller's poop?"

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sean Kennedy

    Talk about a major disappointment. I love Janeane Garofalo, but the humour in this book fell entirely flat. I get that it's meant to be a satire of self help books, but it just isn't that funny. Maybe if I heard the audiobook by them performing it, it would be better.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karlita

    I don't remember much about this book, but I do remember laughing outloud a lot. I remember liking it and recommending it to people. so, i say, give it a try. What's not to love about Ben Stiller and/or Janeane Garofalo?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    Another book that I read a long time ago. Some parts of it were funny, some were not. Janeane Garafalo is one of my favorite funny people. I even had the chance to meet her about ten years ago. :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

    i thought this would be better on tape ("Feel This Audiobook") since they read it so you can get a sense of the delivery... but it was really pretty uninteresting.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jules Poet

    It's a screwy self help book but it still gives insights into the worst traits we can put forth in a relationship and the ways to break yourself out of your ordinary life and find new ways to do old things. Though these two are comedians they don't use slapstick comedy or even regular comedy or even romantic comedy which they are both well known for.... this is more like a stroll down a dark, deep hole of neurotic anxieties and greedy tendencies while being overly narcissistic. But it is advice It's a screwy self help book but it still gives insights into the worst traits we can put forth in a relationship and the ways to break yourself out of your ordinary life and find new ways to do old things. Though these two are comedians they don't use slapstick comedy or even regular comedy or even romantic comedy which they are both well known for.... this is more like a stroll down a dark, deep hole of neurotic anxieties and greedy tendencies while being overly narcissistic. But it is advice and it's good advice for those willing to really listen.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Donald

    I think I first read this when it came out, almost 20 years ago. I remember thinking that it was hilarious! Well, some parts were, some weren't. As much as I love her, Garofalo's chapters were more like complaints than humor. Ben's seemed much more humorous. His chapter “History” about their (Ben and Janeane's) relationship was pretty dang funny! As was his brilliantly titled chapter “Tupac vs. Deepak”! "Selfhood" also made me smile, so I put on my CHEERFULHOOD! I'm glad I reread it, and I'm tha I think I first read this when it came out, almost 20 years ago. I remember thinking that it was hilarious! Well, some parts were, some weren't. As much as I love her, Garofalo's chapters were more like complaints than humor. Ben's seemed much more humorous. His chapter “History” about their (Ben and Janeane's) relationship was pretty dang funny! As was his brilliantly titled chapter “Tupac vs. Deepak”! "Selfhood" also made me smile, so I put on my CHEERFULHOOD! I'm glad I reread it, and I'm thankful for the smiles!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn F.

    I'm labeling this as non-fiction but it has extreme reactions so there is a little dash of fiction in this book. It's a he-said/she-said about relationships, etc. It's really funny at times. I read it when it first came out because I had been a huge fan of The Ben Stiller Show. If you can find the book, you should read it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chandra

    Two people I think I like but I am never quite sure, as I keep entertaining the idea but am rarely entertained by either. Quick read, finished in a couple hours. A few bits were mildly amusing or even poignant on some level of ironic truth, but I failed to see any of it as humorous.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    #142 of 150 books pledged to read during 2019

  12. 5 out of 5

    Haley

    I didn’t care for this book. I donated it after reading it. And I liked Janeane’s chapters better than his.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This was a quick, funny book that reads very much like Stiller and Garofalo's respective comedic routines. So much so, in fact, that while reading Ben's chapters, I couldn't help but hear Derek Zoolander's voice. He's sharp, witty, and appears to have a *huge* grudge against Paul Reiser and his "-hood" books (Couplehood, Babyhood, which I've read and enjoyed). While reading Janeane's chapters, I envisioned Daria from MTV's show of the same name. I know Janeane didn't do the voice of Daria, but th This was a quick, funny book that reads very much like Stiller and Garofalo's respective comedic routines. So much so, in fact, that while reading Ben's chapters, I couldn't help but hear Derek Zoolander's voice. He's sharp, witty, and appears to have a *huge* grudge against Paul Reiser and his "-hood" books (Couplehood, Babyhood, which I've read and enjoyed). While reading Janeane's chapters, I envisioned Daria from MTV's show of the same name. I know Janeane didn't do the voice of Daria, but the woman who did sounds exactly like her. Janeane's comedic writings are just as academically inflated as her standup, and for that, she will always be one of my favorite female comics. After reading this, you will be no more enlightened about self-empowerment, spiritual supremacy, or sexual satisfaction, but you will have a smile on your face and a few good jokes to share with friends.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bardin

    This was a pretty good book, but frankly, I think Ben Stiller deserves more of the writing credit. I think he wrote roughly 80% of the thing. Plus, his stuff was just, frankly, funnier, and that is no big slight to Jeanine Garafalo, who I am a big fan of. Jeanine had her moments, and some of the quotes (which you can see in Goodreads itself) are hilarious, but Ben Stiller came up with some great ideas including a phony self-help term (that I can't remember) that describes some sort of prayer/poe This was a pretty good book, but frankly, I think Ben Stiller deserves more of the writing credit. I think he wrote roughly 80% of the thing. Plus, his stuff was just, frankly, funnier, and that is no big slight to Jeanine Garafalo, who I am a big fan of. Jeanine had her moments, and some of the quotes (which you can see in Goodreads itself) are hilarious, but Ben Stiller came up with some great ideas including a phony self-help term (that I can't remember) that describes some sort of prayer/poetry that you say while performing bodily functions. His "road-trip" section is quite humorous as well. The sections about the Stiller/Garafalo toxic relationship are quite enjoyable as well (as is watching a train wreck, I suppose). I wouldn't necessarily read this over and over again, but it is a fine, entertaining tome nevertheless.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brenna Flood

    I love their comedy (i.e. Ben Stiller Show, Mystery Men, etc.), but... Firstly, I felt like some of the narration read like they were exercising an inside joke between the two of them through their writing. An inside joke where they were discussing how we, the reader, are suckers for buying their book. Secondly, while I'm one for dark humor and abundant sarcasm, their use of it left the filmy residue of depression. I just felt *sad* for them. And finally, if you are going spin a comedy yarn using I love their comedy (i.e. Ben Stiller Show, Mystery Men, etc.), but... Firstly, I felt like some of the narration read like they were exercising an inside joke between the two of them through their writing. An inside joke where they were discussing how we, the reader, are suckers for buying their book. Secondly, while I'm one for dark humor and abundant sarcasm, their use of it left the filmy residue of depression. I just felt *sad* for them. And finally, if you are going spin a comedy yarn using the stereotype of the Irish (using drinking, leprechauns, the color green, fiddles) could you please do it with an approach that isn't so overwhelmingly dull? Shelving this, with doubts that I'll ever finish. If I'm in a particularly self-flagellating mood, I know where to turn.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    I'm a big fan of Janeane Garofalo and a pretty big fan of Ben Stiller too, but I found this collection of satirical self-help essays to be inconsistent, at times phoned in, and overall less that I expected from these comedic heavy hitters. The most redeeming chapter was a neurotic confession from her about the conflict between a healthy bowel and a healthy love life. But the extent to which I enjoyed it says more about me than the quality of the book. Maybe not a total "skip" but certainly not a I'm a big fan of Janeane Garofalo and a pretty big fan of Ben Stiller too, but I found this collection of satirical self-help essays to be inconsistent, at times phoned in, and overall less that I expected from these comedic heavy hitters. The most redeeming chapter was a neurotic confession from her about the conflict between a healthy bowel and a healthy love life. But the extent to which I enjoyed it says more about me than the quality of the book. Maybe not a total "skip" but certainly not a "must read."

  17. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I read this book when it first came out and it was HILARIOUS. So fitting for that time period when Oprah was "queen" of self help book reviews and show topics, stars were talking about their own b.s. enlightenment stories, etc. My favorite part of the book is when Ben talks about his "P.H.A.N.T.O.M."s . The book would most likely not be as funny if someone were to pick it up and read it today unless maybe they are in their late 30's or older. Janine G. has become a crabby old nincompoop since th I read this book when it first came out and it was HILARIOUS. So fitting for that time period when Oprah was "queen" of self help book reviews and show topics, stars were talking about their own b.s. enlightenment stories, etc. My favorite part of the book is when Ben talks about his "P.H.A.N.T.O.M."s . The book would most likely not be as funny if someone were to pick it up and read it today unless maybe they are in their late 30's or older. Janine G. has become a crabby old nincompoop since this book and I probably won't ever revisit the book because she is zero fun now.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ej

    I don't remember many details ...but I do remember that the book , though not a page turner , was funny enough . It's not meant to be a well written account of the trials and tribulations blah blah blah blah...it's meant to just be off the cuff and sarcastic , which it manages to pull off. Not the best read of your life ...but it's light enough , easy enough to put down , and the layout presented in a manner that makes this a fairly entertaing "potty-time" read (and that's not a BAD thing.)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Matt Shaqfan

    Life lessons, spiritual guidance, and relationship advice from Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo. Pretty much trading off every other chapter Stiller and Garofalo throw in their two cents on what to make of this stupid life. Like any good "humor" book it's a quick read, but also crucial to a "humor" book, is that is was funny. I laughed more at Stiller's stuff, but that might just be because Janenane Garofalo uses much bigger vocabulary words that I didn't understand.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    This book is mocking the whole He Said/She Said layout as Stiller and Garofalo alternate writing chapters (the first two are each person's account of how they were set up, got loaded, and got it on). They're funny people and they write some funny stuff but ultimately the book is just kind of ehh. It lacks focus and really suffers because of it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bunny

    When I requested this book from the Ravelry Book RAK, I suspected I would enjoy Janeane's part more than Ben's. If I'd trusted my instincts, I would've skipped Ben's all together. I should've stuck with that instinct. Five stars for Janeane's chapters. Ben Stiller has never done anything that makes me a fan of his, and this book is no exception.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Damion

    This book is two things to me: a portrait of young adults in the disgruntled but optimistic Nineties and a portrait of young adults who are everyone I know right now. The hangover Fastermation is sheer brilliance.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This one wasn't as good as I would have hoped. I learned that Ben Stiller was a jerk and Janeane Garafalo is very insecure, but she is a far better writer than Ben. I wished it was a little funnier, it would have been easier for me to get through.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Very funny. At first attempt, one might think Stiller and Garofalo are writing a serious book, but they're not. Or maybe they are, but in a bitingly backwards sarcastic way that has lent itself to innumerable witty quotes and much snorted laughter.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Pierce

    I love Janeane Garofalo. She’s clever and sarcastic and sometimes downright mean. Ben Stiller is OK, I guess. This is a comedic “self-help” book, and while Stiller’s chapters were passable, Garofalo’s chapters were genius and made me laugh out loud several times.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    This was hilarious, I swear. It's a parody of those stupid self-help/advice and Couplehood-type books that celebrities and comedians publish. This one gives absolutely the worst advice on everything; I mean, they just make the shit up, and it's damn funny. (Thanks again, Lauren.)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cen

    The rare bits of commedy allowed me to get 2/3 through this book. I read this after forming an interest in the two authors' commedy styles. I now wish I hadn't read it. I can't look at either of them and not remember this bounded stack of toilet paper.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Ok technically I didn't finish reading it but I do love them especially Ben Stiller Interesting to know that at one point they were F*** buddies and she is an alcoholic. Strange book - just like them

  29. 4 out of 5

    j to the muthafuckin R

    Making a mockery of new age groups and pointing out the parasitic intentions of those making money off of all those self-help books has never been as funny as when these 2 who bring the humor you have grown to love to you in book form.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    Remembering more books I've read (brought on my a reorganization of our book shelves) ... this one is mediocre. I like Stiller and Garafalo. They're smart and funny. But the book falls flat in too many places.

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