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Apropos of Nothing

Written by: Woody Allen
Narrated by: Woody Allen
Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
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The long-awaited, enormously entertaining memoir by one of the great artists of our time.

In this candid and often hilarious memoir, the celebrated director, comedian, writer, and actor offers a comprehensive, personal look at his tumultuous life. Beginning with his Brooklyn childhood and his stint as a writer for the Sid Caesar variety show in the early days of television, working alongside comedy greats, Allen tells of his difficult early days doing standup before he achieved recognition and success. With his unique storytelling pizzazz, he recounts his departure into moviemaking, with such slapstick comedies as Take the Money and Run, and revisits his entire 60-year-long and enormously productive career as a writer and director, from his classics Annie Hall, Manhattan, and Hannah and Her Sisters to his most recent films, including Midnight in Paris. Along the way, he discusses his marriages, his romances, and his famous friendships, his jazz playing, and his books and plays. We learn about his demons, his mistakes, his successes, and those he loved, worked with, and learned from in equal measure.

This is a hugely entertaining, deeply honest, rich and brilliant self-portrait of a celebrated artist who is ranked among the greatest filmmakers of our time.

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it was even better than I hoped

I loved hearing it through his voice. The humor the wit the writing all as I hoped it would be. it was a very fun listen and did not disappoint.

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  • Ronald R. Kubiak
  • 2020-04-19

Totally Woody

I just love this book and his performance. It is great to hear his voice. This book is a history of his films of his life and of entertainment. It’s unfortunate that he’s gotten so much bad press. He is an American treasure.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-04-27

I did not want it to end

Love this book. Woody Allen telling his own story was a treat to hear. From his truly humble beginnings to the pinnacle of fame and ridicule, this memoir is a cut above the rest because of Allen's wit, honesty, candor and insight. Superb.

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  • Doggy Bird
  • 2020-04-28

Excellent Performance

I really like Woody Allen. I like his movies, his books, his performances and I love hearing him read this book. I will not say like others do that I find his side of the story convincing and it's up to you to decide. I don't think truth is a choice. I believe him and I don't believe her. I doubt that people who believe her are going to buy and enjoy this book so I assume you must at least be interested in his side of the story to want to know about the book. He does a great job of reading it as he does narrating some of his movies and he has always to me had a funny literary voice. I started reading his stories in the New Yorker many years ago and I still see that brilliant humor in his writing all these years later. I am sorry for all of us that don't get to see the movies he was making when the second evolution of this twisted sort of "AFFAIRE DREYFUS" broke and that we will never see the movies that Amazon cancelled. I am sorrier for the children whose lives were deeply twisted by the evilness of Farrow's spite. I was deeply sorry to hear that Allen's publishers caved into Mia Farrow and Ronan Farrow's ongoing war against Woody Allen. The scandal is that they continue to bully their way into the news with a travesty in which neither Woody Allen's actual wife of maybe 25 years is treated as an 'irrelevant woman' while Mia - whose anger at being spurned knows no bounds of decency - continues to poison her remaining 'children' while two of her 'adopted' children have stories of their own continually ignored for the sensationalism of the one child whose claims have been twice investigated and twice dismissed. What's wrong with this picture?

Anyway - so pleased that Woody Allen narrated the book himself and so pleased it was published after all. Highly recommended - it made staying at home and riding my bike instead of walking out in nature like a normal person a good deal more enjoyable than otherwise possible and now I don't know what to read next. It was unique.

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  • G. Mitchell
  • 2020-04-23

Thoroughly Enjoyable

I'm so glad I stumbled across and listened to this audiobook. It's wonderful to hear Mr Allen telling his own story, in his own words and voice. The humor is pure Woody, the stories, reflections and insights are wonderful to here, and there's not a dull moment. I appreciated the detailed accounting of his life, including the Mia saga, which made me sad that our society is so quick to vilify, even disregarding the findings and assertions of multiple investigations, just to appear 'woke'.

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  • George
  • 2020-04-21

A Wonderful Listen

This book really showcases Allen's ability as a writer and performer. I listen to it as I go on walks and never once am I bored. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested, but especially to writers, filmakers, and comedians.

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  • Walter Westphal
  • 2020-04-26

Masterpiece

Wonderfully written. If you are artistically inspired by his movies, this is a priceless gem.
It’s a shame many will read it for the controversies, which is a painful account that should put light on a lot of issues reflecting our cultural insanity.
As a starting artist, I’m grateful for the opportunity to pick inside the career of a great one.
A privilege to listen to.

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  • Steve
  • 2020-04-26

Very entertaining and a very credible repudiation of the allegations against him

For fans a great read.
For anyone denouncing him, an important version of events to listen to. I was convinced of his innocence.

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  • Ellen
  • 2020-04-21

Excellent

Fantastic book. Unfortunately, the people who need to read it the most probably won't read it. No matter. They don't deserve it. Never thought I'd see the day when so called liberals would have a religious fervor for their false beliefs, regardless of the evidence right in front of their collective nose, but here we are. I think as long as we cling to such willful ignorance, we're going to continue to get exactly what we deserve (Trump). Lies beget lies. BTW, there is p l e n t y in this book more interesting than Mia Farrow's meshugas.

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  • R
  • 2020-04-20

As a comedic writer...

I found this a wonderful resource an insight into developing as a writer and particularly, as a comedic writer.

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  • Nancy
  • 2020-04-26

A Lovely Book

I enjoyed listening to Woody Allen read his book. It was interesting to hear about how he started out in the business. His praise for the actors and actresses who worked on his movies was sweet.

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  • Charly Schwartzberg
  • 2020-05-24

Woody-Allenesque

The book is simply great. To fans of the man at hand it is a gift from the gods, rivaling the gift of the sun. To haters with open minds it might swing you in the direction of liking Woody Allen. And to close minded people the read might be an exercise in torture for you, that I would still recommend.
I had a blast, laughed out loud and came out a, hopefully, better man and writer.