One more thing Stories and other stories

B. J. Novak, 1979-

Sound recording - 2014

"B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes--only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins--turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with... options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We also meet Sophia, the first artificially intelligent being capable of love, who falls for a man who might not be ready for it himself; a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who try to figure out how to host an intervention in the era of Facebook. Along the way, we learn why wearing a red T-shirt every day is the key to finding love, how February got its name, and why the stock market is sometimes just. down. Finding inspiration in questions from the nature of perfection to the icing on carrot cake, One More Thing has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element that might just make a person complete. Across a dazzling range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, the many pieces in this collection are like nothing else, but they have one thing in common: they share the playful humor, deep heart, sharp eye, inquisitive mind, and altogether electrifying spirit of a writer with a fierce devotion to the entertainment of the reader"--

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Published
[Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape [2014]
Edition
Unabridged
Language
English
Physical Description
6 audio discs (approximately 7 hours) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN
9780804164757
0804164754
Main Author
B. J. Novak, 1979- (-)
  • The rematch
  • Dark matter
  • No one goes to heaven to see Dan Fogelberg
  • Romance, chapter one
  • Julie and the warlord
  • The something by John Grisham
  • The girl who gave great advice
  • All you have to do
  • 'Rithmetic
  • The ambulance driver
  • Walking on eggshells (or: when I loved Tony Robbins)
  • The impatient billionaire and the mirror for Earth
  • Missed connection: grocery spill at 21st and 6th 2:30 pm on Wednesday
  • I never want to walk on the moon
  • Sophia
  • The Comedy Central roast of Nelson Mandela
  • They kept driving faster and outran the rain
  • The man who invented the calendar
  • The ghost of Mark Twain
  • The beautiful girl in the bookstore
  • MONSTER: the roller coaster
  • Kellogg's (or: the last wholesome fantasy of the middle-school boy)
  • The man who posted pictures of everything he ate
  • Closure
  • Kindness among cakes
  • Quantum nonlocality and the death of Elvis Presley
  • If I had a nickel
  • A good problem to have
  • Johnny Depp, fate, and the double-decker Hollywood tour bus
  • Being young was her thing
  • Angel Echeverria, comediante superpopular
  • The market was down
  • The vague restaurant critic
  • One of these days, we have to do something about Willie
  • Wikipedia Brown and the case of the missing bicycle
  • Regret is just perfectionism plus time
  • Chris Hansen at the Justin Bieber concert
  • Great writers steal
  • Confucius at home
  • War
  • If you love something
  • Just an idea
  • Heyyyyy, rabbits
  • The best thing in the world awards
  • Bingo
  • Marie's stupid boyfriend
  • Pick a lane
  • "Everyone was singing the same song": the Duke of Earl recalls his trip to America in June of 1962
  • The pleasure of being right
  • Strange news
  • Never fall in love
  • The world's biggest rip-off
  • The walk to school on the day after Labor Day
  • Kate Moss
  • Welcome to Camp Fantastic for gifted teens
  • There is a fine line between why and why not
  • The man who told us about inflatable women
  • A new Hitler
  • Constructive criticism
  • The bravest thing I ever did
  • Rome
  • The literalist's love poem
  • J. C. Audetat, translator of Don Quixote
  • Discussion questions.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Well known for TV (The Office), films, and stand-up comedy, Novak reads his own short stories (and some are very short) with panache and great comic timing. Most of the selections are innovative and funny, with unusual subjects, such as a sex robot who falls in love with her owner, a rematch between the tortoise and the hare, a blind date with a modern warlord, and what really happened to Elvis. He ventures into deeper emotional waters with a boy who wins a cereal-box contest and discovers his true parentage and the tale of a woman who takes the ultimate revenge on her ex-boyfriend. Novak narrates with energy and just the right combination of straightforward earnestness, snarkiness, and black humor, depending on the piece. He ups the narrative ante with a little help from his friends. Additional readers include Rainn Wilson, Lena Dunham, Emma Thompson, Katy Perry, and other celebs, who add an intriguing variety to the mix. Expect some salty language, but public libraries will probably have requests for this. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Novak, best known for his work on the American TV show The Office, has written a funny, neatly put-together book that lends itself especially well to audio. The stories are mostly very brief explorations of a central clever idea but are so well executed that they manage to lift off the ground just a bit more than we have any right to expect. Some of the more resonant stories include a sequel to the famous tortoise and the hare allegory, the story of the "Best Thing in the World Awards," and a longer piece about a man who orders a sex robot and ends up with the first artificial intelligence capable of falling in love. The author himself reads most of the stories, and it is delightful to listen to stories read with both the skill of an actor and the understanding of the writer. He has also enlisted quite a few recognizable voices (including Mindy Kaling, Jason Schwartzmann, and Emma Thompson) and generally uses them to good effect. VERDICT A very entertaining audiobook, great for lovers of humor but strong enough to appeal to discriminating short story fans as well. ["Contemporary humor aficionados and fans of David Sedaris, Woody Allen, Steve Martin, and Mindy Kaling, Novak's costar and friend, are most likely to pick this one up and should enjoy it," read the review of the Knopf hc, LJ 1/14.]—Heather Malcolm, Bow, WA [Page 44]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

What if real-life investigative reporter Chris Hansen (To Catch a Predator) went to a Justin Bieber concert? What if Nelson Mandela were the subject of a celebrity roast on Comedy Central? What if robots learn to love but their owners just want to keep it casual? What if the tortoise and the hare had a rematch? Writer and actor Novak (The Office; Inglourious Basterds) answers all these questions and more in his funny, engaging debut collection. Selections range from snippets of conversation to one-page modern fables to more fully realized selections, such as the touching "One of These Days." Novak is at his most adroit when examining the impact of mobile devices and social networking on our lives. We place plaintive and rambling "Missed Connections" ads when one-night stands go wrong and demand extreme forms of "Closure" when longer relationships fail. VERDICT Novak is a fresh, welcome voice in humor with wide-ranging potential. Die-hard Office fans may be attracted because of his connection, but contemporary humor aficionados and fans of David Sedaris, Woody Allen, Steve Martin, and Mindy Kaling, Novak's costar and friend, are most likely to pick this one up and should enjoy it. [See Prepub Alert, 8/26/13.]—Jennifer B. Stidham, Houston Community Coll. Northeast [Page 105]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

He's been seen on The Office, won a Screen Actors Award for Inglourious Basterds, and will appear shortly in Saving Mr. Banks with Tom Hanks. But Novak also aspires to write, and his publisher compares him to George Saunders. Terse, Woody Allen-esque takes on the absurdities of modern life; with a 150,000-copy first printing. [Page 48]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A debut collection by a writer for the television series "The Office" includes the title story, in which a boy's lucrative sweepstakes win proves more harm than good for his family.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A debut collection by a writer for the Emmy Award-winning series The Office includes the title story, in which a boy's lucrative sweepstakes win proves more harm than good for his family. Read by the author. Simultaneous.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

WITH SPECIAL APPEARANCES by Lena Dunham, Jenna Fischer, Mindy Kaling, Julianne Moore, Carey Mulligan, Katy Perry, Jason Schwartzman, Emma Thompson, and Rainn WilsonB.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction.A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes—only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins—turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We also meet Sophia, the first artificially intelligent being capable of love, who falls for a man who might not be ready for it himself; a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who try to figure out how to host an intervention in the era of Facebook.  Along the way, we learn why wearing a red T-shirt every day is the key to finding love, how February got its name, and why the stock market is sometimes just . . . down.Finding inspiration in questions from the nature of perfection to the icing on carrot cake, One More Thing has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element that might just make a person complete. Across a dazzling range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, the many pieces in this collection are like nothing else, but they have one thing in common: they share the playful humor, deep heart, sharp eye, inquisitive mind, and altogether electrifying spirit of a writer with a fierce devotion to the entertainment of the reader.