Oh, the Things I Know: A Guide to Success, Or, Failing That, Happiness

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Al Franken

Narrated By: Al Franken

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: February 2002

Duration: 2 hours 42 minutes


He's taken on political satire and skewered self-help. Now Al Franken turns the world of earnest, inspirational self-help books on its head.

More advanced than Robert Fulghum, more fit than Maria Shriver's husband, Oh, the Things I Know! is Franken's commencement address for the 21st century. A cradle-to-grave guide for living, it takes young grads from their first job ("Oh, Are You Going to Hate Your First Job!"), through their twenties and thirties ("Oh, the person of Your Dreams vs. the Person You Can Actually Attract!"), into marriage and parenthood ("Oh, Just Looking at Your Spouse Will Make Your Skin Crawl!") and all the way up to senior citizenship ("Oh the Nursing Home You'll Wind Up In!").

What does a mega success like Al Franken have to say to ordinary people? "There's no point in getting advice from hopeless failures." Filled with wit, wisdom, observations, and practical tips, this is an easy-to-follow user's manual for human existence. Why travel life's highway all by your lonesome when you can bring Al Franken along?"


  • Anonymous

    I had no idea Al Franken was so negative! it was really funny how he described his awful mistakes. I laughed out loud in my car and actually paid attention to some of his lessons, including the difference between rules and advice.

  • Anonymous

    I had a few chuckles from this book, but some of it felt like filler material with not much substance. If you don't expect too much and like sarcasm, you might enjoy this book.

  • Patrick Stoffel

    Al is great again. This is a very enjoyable audio book, and well worth the time. He is a master at his trade.

  • DelphiDiva

    I found this book to be very funny and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys dry humor. I laughed all the way to work!

  • Dave

    Entertaining as hell! You'll even gain some great life advice if you're not too literal a person. Highly recommended.

  • Michael Scott

    I've enjoyed every book I've read/listened to by Al Franken, but this one left me flat. It was a very SHORT 3 CD's (whipped through it in a 1.5 days of my commute), and frankly... wasn't as entertaining/insightful as his other works. If you are a fan, sure, rent it. If you haven't listened to Al Franken yet, find another title.

  • Aparna Kothari-Mears

    An enjoyable book; witty humor that even made me laugh out loud at times. Franken's observations about life are described in a way that most can relate to them.

  • Anonymous

    Great listen. I like everything he does.Can't wait to get my next Franken recording.

  • Steven Hardt

    I really enjoyed this. It was hilarious. I love his dead pan delivery.

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