audio read by the author
ABRIDGED - which I should have noticed BEFORE I listened, rather than after
Well, now that I realize I have listened to the abridged version of this book the comments I planned to make may not apply - so take this with a grain of salt.
My general impression based on what I heard is that the author went into his year of taking the bible literally looking for the "funny." And some of it was, in fact, funny. It reminded me a lot of David Sedaris. Some laugh out loud moments, but mostly smile or smirk inducing. But I think the funny could have happened more naturally had he not tried to be funny.
A tremendous amount of research went into this book, and I felt that what ended up as a pretty superficial product. It seems to me that there should have been a lot more depth of experience, and I'm guessing what I was looking/hoping for was abridged out.
The author did a fine job of reading his own book. He has that New York Jewish voice that is perfect for this kind of memoir. That being said, I can't recommend the abridged version because I have to think I really missed out on some of the meatier moments of his experience.