Failure Is an Option: An Attempted Memoir

Failure Is an Option: An Attempted Memoir

"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 succe "Writing this funny requires immense talent." --AV Club H. Jon Benjamin--the lead voice behind Archer a...

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Title:Failure Is an Option: An Attempted Memoir
Author:H. Jon Benjamin
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Genres:Humor
ISBN:Failure Is an Option: An Attempted Memoir
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:245 pages pages

Failure Is an Option: An Attempted Memoir Reviews

  • Offbalance
    Jun 02, 2018
    I'm genuinely of two minds when it comes to this book. On the one hand? Some of the essays were genuinely funny. The kind of funny where you're cackling loudly in a quiet room (like the one where you're waiting to see if you're called for jury duty or not) and people are staring at you...
  • Lara
    May 05, 2018
    Okay, so yeah, I enjoyed this. Sometimes a lot, sometimes not quite as much, but in either case it was being read to me in H. Jon Benjamin's voice which then infected every single other thing I am reading and now I feel like I will never have a thought in my own voice again and instead...
  • Gina Boyd
    May 04, 2018
    I cackled in public. Jon Benjamin is smart and funny and probably so hard to be friends with. But so smart. And so funny. I?ll probably read this again, for the solidarity of people with stomach problems and anxiety, if nothing else. ...
  • Molly
    Jun 02, 2018
    I have been a fan of H. Jon Benjamin since he was Coach McGuirk on Home Movies - hell, even before that, when he was voicing the son of Dr. Katz. What I discovered in reading this book is that my fandom has definitely not been misplaced. In a series of short essays, Benjamin recoun...
  • Katy
    May 29, 2019
    This was a joyful binge listen. I love H. Jon Benjamin so much. This is at times sweet, raunchy, disgusting and hilarious. If you?re a fan, the only way to read is on audio as he narrates it himself. So so good! ...
  • Jason Koivu
    Jan 25, 2019
    By no means perfect, but any book that can make me snort-laugh on multiple occasions will get a thumbs up from me! Most know him as the voice of Archer. I'm going to be pretentious and say that I read this because I've been a fan of his since he voiced "Ben" the lazy, good-for-nothi...
  • Liesl
    Jun 01, 2018
    Pleasantly offbeat. I wish that I had waited to listen to this on audiobook, but I often had Benjamin's voice reading aloud in the back of my mind. For the most part, the bits between the personal experiences of each chapter aren't particularly funny and feel like filler, plus I would ...
  • Paul
    Jan 02, 2019
    I generally avoid comedians' memoirs or comedy books, because I haven't particularly liked them in the past - they tend to be a sort of re-working of their act into book form, and I'd rather just listen to their act. There's definitely some of that here - I recognize a few jokes in her...
  • Emily
    Apr 29, 2018
    Welp. H. Jon Benjamin's book was a little bit disappointing. I'd call it mildly amusing at best. There were some funny anecdotes, and he's certainly led an odd life, but it wasn't laugh-out-loud funny. I think my standards for celebrity memoirs are a bit too high after Born a Crime: St...
  • Jo
    Jul 08, 2018
    If you are a celebrity and you decide to write a memoir I really feel like you better have something to say. This did not. It also really seemed like it was trying too hard. A lot of shitting. ...
  • Amberly
    Jul 26, 2018
    I wanted to love this, I really did. Unfortunately, Benjamin's book is a little too self help preachy rather than a true "memoir" and not in a good way. I wanted more from certain bits and less from others. Also the whole failed history sections felt unneeded and failed to hit the punc...
  • Niki
    Aug 06, 2018
    Quirky, sometimes in a bad way. As a huge Bob's Burgers fan, I was eagerly anticipating H. Jon Benjamin's memoir. I listened to the audiobook, which was the saving grace, really. Turns out I really like Bob, not necessarily H. Jon Benjamin. (An important distinction.) He had a couple o...
  • Char
    Feb 25, 2019
    If you enjoy Bob's Burgers or Archer, or if you enjoyed the poorly animated Dr. Katz back in the day, you should like this audio memoir. There were a few points in this book where I just laughed my ass off. Most especially the scenes where Jon was trying to build a bookshelf with a...
  • Adam Sockel
    Jul 23, 2018
    The memoir from everyone's favorite voice actor who openly talks about how being lazy has prevented him from having even more roles than he does is appropriately hilarious and absurd. Do yourself a favor and listen to the audiobook. ...
  • Rachel
    Jun 06, 2018
    This is my kind of humor. I just really like being able to laugh at the terrible parts of life and this is an entire collection of everything that went wrong for H. Jon Benjamin. No doubt, he has had a good life - success in the entertainment business, a family, whatnot - but every...
  • Amanda Provan
    Jun 23, 2018
    I absolutely love, love, LOVE, H. John Benjamin. He is the voice of Bob Belcher from my all-time favourite TV show, Bob's Burgers and also the voice of Sterling Archer in the TV show, Archer, which I also love. So when I found out he had written and released a book, I was SO excited! H...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Feb 08, 2019
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ Have you been looking for a book that will leave you asking . . . . One that will have you saying . . . . And potentially cringey-cry-laughing while driving . . . . Have you been missing a memoi...
  • Carly Jerome
    Apr 21, 2019
    It was, by no means, a great read. But I really enjoyed it. I can?t say I?d recommend it to people as a five star book, because they?d probably disagree. But this review isn?t about them. Anyway, H. Jon Benjamin does a wonderful job detailing various times in his life when he ?...
  • Trevor
    May 21, 2018
    So admittedly I only opened this book because Coach McGuirk is my all-time favorite animated TV character & I honestly thought this would be interesting. (Another tale of curiosity killing the cat.) But this was just 200+ pages filled with trite, shallow ramblings, which made it ev...
  • Tim
    Nov 01, 2018
    Listen to the audiobook, if possible. It's the most fun I've had listening to a book all year. Sorry, Jon, for laughing at your expense... unless that's what you wanted me to do. ...
  • Courtney Hurley
    May 11, 2018
    I got the opportunity earlier this month to attend a ?talk? w/ H. Jon Benjamin at Bard College feat. Eugene Mirman, followed by a book signing of this book which was pretty awesome. I cried laughing at many of these stories in here, and that rarely happens for me while reading. So ...
  • Ashley Adams
    Sep 28, 2018
    I actually laughed until I cried. H. Jon Benjamin, much beloved voice actor, has carefully chosen episodes of his life's formative failures. The result is a lot of fun. Frankly, though, the book is a bit of a mess. Intermittent joke chapters miss the mark a little bit, and the intro...
  • Jill
    May 02, 2018
    I've been a fan of Bob's Burgers and Archer for years, so when I saw that H. Jon Benjamin wrote a memoir, I knew I had to have it. And when I saw that he read it himself, I knew I had to get in on audio.  I was not disappointed.  Failure Is an Option is a phenomenal book to lis...
  • Brent Woo
    May 28, 2019
    I think it would be hard to pull this off if you weren't actually H Jon Benjamin, because it might come off as attempting to show how grounded and 'real' you are, while transparently being some silver spoon hollywood baby and stumbling "so lucky!" into your success. I was afraid they'd...
  • Jenna Iden
    Jul 07, 2018
    H. Jon Benjamin has the type of voice (literal and metaphorical) that somehow always makes me giggle. Yet this book was a self-declared mish-mash, and I often found myself losing the thread of the stories. It?s a pity since, again, he?s so darn funny. Yes, please narrate more a...
  • Kevin Berg
    Jan 21, 2019
    Went with the audiobook version of this one, of course. ...
  • Harsha Yardi
    May 19, 2018
    Excellent memoir with a completely innovative theme. The voice of the protagonist is so fitting. Very intelligently written. Laugh all the way. ...
  • Kevin Farren
    May 22, 2018
    Absolutely lived Failure is an Option. That's not a typo. I'm embarrassing the wonderful lessons within. ... Ok, that one was a typo. How embracing! ...
  • Malum
    Sep 21, 2018
    A pretty funny memoir that fans of H. Jon Benjamin (The voice of Archer and Bob from Bob's Burgers, among other things) will likely get the most out of. The basic idea behind the book is a bit flawed coming from Benjamin, however. The idea is that he failed his way into success, bu...
  • Katherine
    Apr 14, 2019
    I had never heard of H. Jon Benjamin before I borrowed this audiobook from the library. Nor have I ever seen Archer or Bob's Burgers. I like humorous memoirs so I thought I'd give it a try. I wasn't prepared for the amount of swearing or blue humor in the book, but that's on me. I'm no...