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You'd know Fred Stoller if you saw him. He has appeared on practically every great sitcom you've ever seen - Everybody Loves Raymond, Friends, and Murphy Brown just to name a few. But he has never been a regular on a series, always the guest star. He longs to find a showbiz home. Instead, he is a television foster child, shuttling from show to show in the vain hope that one will finally agree to keep him. My Seinfeld Year tells the hysterical and bittersweet story of what happened when Stoller finally got a shot at the showbiz stability he'd always dreamed of - as a staff writer on one of the biggest television shows in history.

©2012 Fred Stoller (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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short, sweet and funny!

What a fantastic quick story!

I really enjoyed this because there didn't seem to be any padding or fat on it. Stoller gets straight to the point and his time at Seinfeld is the majority of the book. The stories that inspired some of his writing were wonderful and it was great to hear some of the inner workings of the comedy powerhouse.

I listened to this as an audiobook. I always enjoy audiobooks more when they're read by the author, and this was no exception. Stopping short of calling Stoller's read a 'performance', his tone and voice added comedy where there was none, and extra in the funny parts.

Closer to a long podcast than a book in my mind, this is a perfect 'reset' button on your reading/listening program. There aren't really any nuggets of wisdom to make you feel better or superior to others, but it's a really great time with Stoller who you begin to feel for as a friend.

Fantastic book - editors take note: I'd rather read 100 great pages in total than 100 great pages punctuated by 200 average/fillers. More of these please!

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  • Marie
  • 30-11-2015

Short but not sweet, just enjoyable

I'm familiar with the actor and his typecast character as the whiny schmuck, so I was okay and enjoyed listening to the author read his material. When a comedian writes a book or in this case a short thingy, said comedian should narrate it. However this rule does not work for any other writer.
I also remember Fred's stand up act, and could recollect it when he mentioned it in this short reading.
So please listen to the sample before buying if you have never encountered or can recall the comedic actor/writer Fred Stoller. If you don't know him from Adam or Adam's 3rd cousin, you might want to pass.
I enjoyed this book. I liked Seinfeld when it was on, and found the behind the scenes descriptions interesting. I laughed out loud a few times.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-08-2015

Great book!

What made the experience of listening to My Seinfeld Year the most enjoyable?

We really loved Fred's tale of his year at Seinfeld in his own voice!

What does Fred Stoller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think Fred's delivery is an integral part of his story!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, in fact, I listened to it twice. After I listened the first time, I played it again for the whole family on a trip!

Any additional comments?

I was really happy that Fred didn't use profanity, so I was comfortable with playing the book for the whole family.

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  • R. Craig
  • 17-02-2021

Over too soon!

This was a wonderful story, and I was genuinely sorry when it was finished. It’s never easy to swim against the current and follow your own path. Fred takes us there, to the crossroads where he has to decide. It’s a triumph when he resumes what he loves, despite even his own lack of confidence.

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  • Roy N.
  • 25-01-2021

Not sure what the point of this is

This is like excerpts from the audio book called Maybe We'll Have You Back by the same author. Not sure why a book of excerpts is necessary since the original book isn't that long. But at least the author reads this one instead of a ghost reader who does the full book. This isn't bad, but both are free on Audible so just listen to the full version which I thought was excellent.

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  • Tennessee Mills
  • 22-01-2021

This gave me anxiety

I dunno, maybe it was cathartic for him. For the reader - it was an anxious compound with little reflection.

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  • Kadri
  • 15-01-2021

ugh

This book was just sad. The author lacks confidence, but keeps pursuing jobs as an extra hoping for "the part." Some interesting stories, but boy do I hope this guy goes to therapy and gets some better friends.

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  • Cortez
  • 14-01-2021

Very enjoyable!!!

This book was very entertaining and fun to listen to! I loved how Fred makes you feel as if you were witnessing the stories he narrates.

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  • Jacob A Sivley
  • 12-12-2020

You probably don’t realize it, but you know who Fred Stoller is

Fred Stoller does a fantastic job of telling his story of his season writing for the show “Seinfeld”. It’s funny, interesting, and at less than two hours, doesn’t wear out its welcome.

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  • JET
  • 08-12-2020

Very interesting listen

I thought his insight and stories about the industry were interesting. He has a very funny, self-deprecating sense of humor.

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  • MD1
  • 06-12-2020

He’s Like an Adjunct Professor

I really enjoyed this brief book. I could relate to the author’s experiences which seemed a lot like mine as an adjunct professor. I loved the author’s performance reading the audio book. It felt very authentic. It was like he had a dinner party, and he shared his stories with us. I recommend to any Seinfeld fan or fan of sitcoms since there was quite a bit of behind the scenes stuff that it interesting. His Larry David impression was pretty good, too!

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  • Michael Healy
  • 20-08-2015

Fascinating insight in TV world

I had to Google the authors name but as soon as I saw his photo I recognised him instantly and really enjoyed this short book.

It offered a fascinating insight into the world of acting, writing and TV.

As a fan of the show Seinfeld, I especially enjoyed hearing about the writing process and behind the scenes detail.

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  • David walsh
  • 25-07-2019

Being himself

It comes across as a very genuine piece and very funny. Hope to listen to more by Fred.

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  • Tanne
  • 21-02-2018

Not so nebbish

An entertaining listen. Worth a callback.. would like to have heard more (or see a show inspired by his experiences and then listen to the book about the making of that!)

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