Audiobook: Failure Is an Option by H. Jon Benjamin (Narrated by the Author)

Failure Is An Option

Hilarious Through and Through

5 out of 5 stars

You might be familiar with H. Jon Benjamin from shows like Archer and Bob’s Burgers – but this book talks very little about that and gives you a much broader look on all of the failures that Benjamin faced on his way to being where he is today.

Told almost like an anti-self-help book, Failure is an Option was a blast to listen to – hearing him tell stories of his failures was both enlightening and hilarious.  He had a way of telling the stories so that you felt for him along the way – but also knew he was going to make you laugh throughout.

I particularly liked the email correspondences with the two history professors one where he wouldn’t help at all and the other where he was extremely helpful. I cracked up throughout both of those and couldn’t stop the smile on my face when I realized where it was going.

I was familiar with the final story in this memoir because of a podcast I listened to where Jon was the first guest (it was Aisha Tyler’s, I believe) where he told the story about the rental car and the hotel.

Overall, the audiobook version of Failure is an Option was really enjoyable and I think that listening to him tell his own stories makes a book like this work even more than the print version.  I laughed throughout this and found it endearing.

Book Description:

by H. Jon Benjamin
Narrator: H. Jon Benjamin
Published by Penguin Audio Genres: Comedy, Memoir
Format: Audiobook


I’ve loved reading since I was little when my dad would read me Dr. Suess books. Fast-forward a little and I noticed that he was always reading on his lunch breaks at work, and I wondered why.Then, I found a book that took me to another place and time, to another feeling,another sense of “being”.It was the first book that I ever fell in love with, and I’ve been chasing that feeling ever since.

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