Brian Donovan’s comic tale of his history with Internet dating might seem mean-spirited if the criticism weren’t, in large part, self-deprecating. Donovan, who’s written for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and Chapelle’s Show, mines the deep well of comedic gold that is Internet dating by going on an exorbitant amount of dates with all sorts of women - and a few that he couldn’t even be sure were women. Ax Norman delivers Donovan’s chronicles in a personal tone that feels both instructional and confessional. If you’re one of the millions of people who’ve experienced online dating for yourself, or if you’re a curious outsider, prepare yourself for an insider's look at the widely popular phenomenon and all of the insights into human relationships it provokes.
Forty million people in the US have tried Internet dating, which means 40 million people have probably gone on some pretty crappy dates. Not a Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters is about one guy who experienced more than his fair share. Brian Donovan, a writer and comedian whose work has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR, and Chapelle's Show, has been on over 100 Internet dates in a genuine search for love and happiness.
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"Dating in New York is a Horrible Crapshoot."
I pre-ordered Not a Match because like many twenty-somethings living in the New York metropolitan area, I have tried internet dating. It's the the only way I to meet people and successfully filter out the creeps and crazies 100% of 75% of the time. If the cosmopolitan mating call of dark, expensive cocktail soaked lounges with too-loud music after 9 doesn't appeal to you, and for some reason your best friend's mother won't set you up with a nice Jewish boy... yeah, the internet is where its at. There are a lot of sites, a lot of members, a lot of weirdos, a lot of liars, and somewhere... SOMEWHERE... is your perfect match.
Just do the math. Literally. Brian Donovan wrote an equation for you (kind of.)
I've been on a lot of disastrous, semi-disastrous, or dull dates (and will likely go on many more), and I wish they'd been half as entertaining as Brian Donovan. His prose is sardonic, his wit dry, and his writing style entertaining.
Ax Norman was a great narrator; effusive where necessary, sarcastic in the right spots. He embodied the voice of Donovan's New York-style of storytelling very well. I kept reaching for my coffee thinking it was a cocktail and remembering I was in the office, and not a bar in the village, on a first date, listening to his stories.
"Hilarious, but let me wanting more!"
This was a short, hilarious recap of one man's online dating adventures. Having met my future husband on my third of three stints online, I was dying at his depictions of being a man on the site, his hilarious disastrous dates, guidance (how to create the perfect form first email) and the cardinal sins of online dating (overuse of the phrase LOL). His commentary was spot-on and spoken so humorously, I found myself, er... LOL'ing.
I was devastated when this ended. It's not great literature by any means (if you cannot stomach the f-word or references to women's breast size, DO NOT PROCEED), but it was fun, funny, and offered truthful commentary on one of the most bizarre human experiences of the modern world. I wish it were longer!
"Sorry, it did not make me laugh even once..."
Overall, I find the stories quite typical and trite. I did not even chuckle or smile once listening to this book.
Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. After that, perhaps another Bill Bryson, David Sedaris, or Jon Krakauer book.
I have no complaint about the narrator; it's the materials that I find rather boring. I rarely not finish a book and this one, even for less than three hours, I feel like stopping half way through.
Disappointment, definitely. I was looking for some lighthearted humor while driving but found none.
"Not funny...just disgusting."
What could have helped? Leave out the F words. Not necessary to make something funny with F words. True skill is to make it funny without swear words. Plus, "having sex with a dead person" as a cute and funny come-on line to a potential date? Give me a break. Not funny.
Yes. If any other books are anything like this, it is a waste of time.
Narration was o.k. Just the material was bad, and no narration could make it better.
Disappointment in comedians who think that this kind of garbage would be funny or enjoyable.
Gross. Disgusting. Hard to listen to. Couldn't finish it after the dead person sex.
"Funny true online dating stories-I have been here!"
Ax Norman did a great job reading Brian Donovan's story. It's hard to read these types of stories, or even Brian's thoughts without bursting into laughter!
Thanks Brian for sharing your frustrating experiences with the rest of us frustrated online daters!
My favorite scene was about the girls hair that caught fire!
Since my boyfriend and I both experienced dating online, we both hope to never have to go back. But if we do, we both know that the crazy stuff doesn't happen to just us!
For a great laugh, you must read this book!
"For the hopeless and hopeful among us!"
A hidden little gem that reflects on modern dating in the internet age. His stories are priceless in their honesty and pathos with good points made about how one puts themselves out on display. Having over 100 internet dates is his hook and maybe he doesn't have the gal but lots of good stories and lots of lessons learned!
"Great listen for a long trip"
I read this during a 8 hour car ride and because each chapter was like a shortstory, it didn't matter that I was interrupted many times.The stories were a mixed bag, some made me laugh and others I fast forward.
Yes the narriation matched the pace of story.
The authors advice was rather good, and written in a non-threatening way.If I needed to go onto a dating site, I think I would use some of his tricks.
Well while I didn't really learn much from this story it was very funny and brought a smile and laughter in almost every chapter.
"LOL funny (really I did, at work even)"
This was a pleasant surprise. I got this not knowing really anything about the author, which I don't usually do. It isn't a story,and it isn't a how to (well not exactly), but it is a wonderfully funny account of the world of online dating. The author has a great sense of humor towards himself and the world at large. Excellent, short listen! I have already recommended it to several friends. So far everyone thinks it is hilarious! Perfect to listen to in between those long intense books.
"Great Fun - Don't listen outloud or around kids!"
This is more like a stand up routine than a book. It is very, very explicit so you don't want to listen to it out loud or around kids. The author talks about his online dating experience and had started his own web site to gather other people's experiences. If you like bawdy standup, you will probably enjoy this.
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