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Failure Is An Option: An Attempted Memoir

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H. Jon Benjamin

4 Hours 58 Minutes

Penguin Audio

May 2018

Audio Book Summary

“Writing this funny requires immense talent.”
—AV Club

H. Jon Benjamin—the lead voice behind Archer and Bob's Burgers—helps us all feel a little better about our own failures by sharing his own in a hilarious memoir-ish chronicle of failure.

Most people would consider H. Jon Benjamin a comedy show business success. But he'd like to remind everyone that as great as success can be, failure is also an option. And maybe the best option. In this book, he tells stories from his own life, from his early days ('wherein I'm unable to deliver a sizzling fajita') to his romantic life ('how I failed to quantify a threesome') to family ('wherein a trip to P.F. Chang's fractures a family') to career ('how I failed at launching a kid's show').

As Jon himself says, breaking down one's natural ability to succeed is not an easy task, but also not an insurmountable one. Society as we know it is, sadly, failure averse. But more acceptance of failure, as Jon sees it, will go a long way to making this world a different place . . . a kinder, gentler place, where gardens are overgrown and most people stay home with their pets. A vision of failure, but also a vision of freedom.

With stories, examples of artistic and literary failure, and a powerful can't-do attitude, Failure Is an Option is the book the world doesn't need right now but will get regardless.

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  • Karen B.

    He is very talented and bright. I appreciated that! Some of his jokes seemed random and unconnected, so this fell short for me.

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