You're Not Much Use to Anyone

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: David Shapiro

Narrated By: Nick Podehl

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: July 2014

Duration: 4 hours 44 minutes


Like the Belle and Sebastian song that its title evokes, You’re Not Much Use to Anyone is the rare novel that just flows, a delicate rush of excitement and languor, humor and tears, all of it set about twenty minutes ago. David is a freshly minted NYU grad who’s working a not-quite-entry-level job, falling in love, and telling his parents he’s studying for the LSATs. He has a deep knowledge of Seinfeld episodes and the caloric content of various beers, and listens to music—Belle and Sebastian, naturally, but also Lil Wayne. After starting a Tumblr in response to a popular indie-rock website, typing posts on his BlackBerry when no one’s looking—his blog becomes so popular it brings him to the attention of the New York Times and even the White House. But his outward fame doesn’t quell his confusion about the world and his direction in it. In the words of Choire Sicha, “Shapiro’s dryly hilarious book would have been nonsensical twenty years ago. He’s the obsessive voice of a generation that can see every little crazy thing—except themselves—more clearly than ever.”