Anyways, even without knowing much about his work, I found it interesting listening to Stories I Only Tell My Friends. It was like stepping into the world of Hollywood actors and actresses for a few hours, listening in on their reminiscences from auditions, work, and random encounters. Most of the time, it was just interesting reading about things that went on behind the scenes, but from time to time, it was also amusing or poignant.
This is one of the books that I only heard about this year because of the Audies; sadly, I did not enjoy it as much as the others. In fact, “dislike” is too mild of a word. I downright hated almost the entire experience of listening to it.
If you have even the smallest bit of a soft spot for William Shatner, this will be one of the most fun books you’ll read (or, even better, listen to!), all year.
In this book, Fey does an awesome job of talking about how she became the person she is today – in charge of an awful lot of people who work together to make 30 Rock, not to mention her other “boss”-type jobs in the recent past – and doing it with flair.
Martin’s book is a random compilation of pieces of writing, ranging from pseudo-short stories to collections of one-liners. Supposedly in the paper book, there are also drawings and such, but I can’t really speak to those as they aren’t available in the audiobook version. I think that seeing the book visually might have helped some of the sections be even more entertaining – for example, it’s hard to really get the “feel” of a list when it’s being read to you instead of seeing it in list form on the page.