Audiobook: Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, Narrated by Christina Delaine


Audiobook
Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything
by
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Narrated by Christina Delaine

Rating:

Here’s a detailed book about one of the most successful television sitcoms in American history, Seinfeld. TV fans will enjoy learning more about the show’s creators, Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, their writers and everything behind the scenes. Loyal Seinfeld fans will love reliving the funniest and most memorable episodes and of course, hearing more about the cast, Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer.

Many of the early episodes were based on Larry David’s own experiences and were written for both George and Jerry. Later, new writers were expected to draw on their own pasts for show ideas. I enjoyed learning about the writing staff and how competitive it was. Writers worked independently and had to pitch their ideas to David or Seinfeld. Getting approval to develop one show did not guarantee future success either. In fact, to keep the show fresh, writers were cleared every year.

Seinfeld’s success meant more than a nine-season run. The show was a huge money-maker for NBC during a super competitive time period. Shows airing before and after the Seinfeld time slot also benefitted. Thursday night “Must See TV” on NBC was a winner. I found this part of the book very interesting.

The author discusses many of the funniest and most memorable episodes and how the ideas came about. Who doesn’t laugh at the mention of the marble rye, Junior Mint, or the master of your domain episodes? Even the final episode, which was considered a dud, brought back memories and learning the backstories was fun.

Final chapters cover the cast after Seinfeld. David left before the eighth season and created Curb Your Enthusiasm. Seinfeld returned to stand-up and has been involved in several successful projects, including Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been very successful, with The New Adventures of Old Christine and Veep. Whether it was the Seinfeld “curse” or what Jason Alexander simply calls “curse of success,” not everyone had an easy time. Alexander had a failed show and so did Michael Richards. And Richards very likely killed his career in 2006 when he went on a racist rant at the Laugh Factory.

Seinfeld episodes continue to air, twenty years later. It is the most successful show ever in syndication, which has kept its fandom alive. Seinfeldia’s angle is the show’s loyal and still-active fan base, a group that prides itself on knowing everything about the show, the cast, the details and dialogue, and strives to perpetuate everything Seinfeld.

Listeners will either like or dislike the audiobook’s narrator, who takes on the characters’ personas as she reads. Being new to audiobooks, I’m still getting used to this technique. Hearing someone impersonate Jerry Seinfeld and the gang is a little strange, but she does a pretty good job with the voices and in the end, I think it enhances the listening experience.

The Seinfeldia audiobook is a very enjoyable ten-hour listen. I may not have read it in print form, so I’m glad I took the chance on the audio version. I recommend it to anyone who likes behind the scenes stories.

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19 thoughts on “Audiobook: Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, Narrated by Christina Delaine

    1. The time listening went quickly – the last audiobook I listened to was a lot longer (Truly Madly Guilty). I did a binge listen at the end because it was due at the library! Thanks for stopping by, Jill.

      1. Your post got me thinking about past Seinfeld episodes, Barbara. One of my favorites was when they were all at a friends beach house and Elaine walked in on George while he was changing…he’d just gotten back from a swim in the ocean. Oh my gosh, the look on her face when she said to Jerry, “It shrinks?” was priceless! They don’t make shows like that anymore.

  1. This looks so fun. I love Seinfeld. There was a time (during my post-college, unemployed days) that I could find about 8 episodes a day on various networks haha. I feel like it’s still so relevant, even today.

    1. I know what you mean. Our oldest son has watched them all (22) and I just tried to get our next guy interested (21) because I know he would find certain episodes funny! Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie.

  2. I am yet to listen to an audio book of any kind, but this one sounds good. I’ve viewed programs and interviews about the making of Seinfeld and have enjoyed them immensely. Too bad Jason Alexander never had much success afterwards. He was so funny, as they all were.

    1. Yes – I had been thinking about audiobooks for a while because they are so popular here especially at the library where I work. I tried one during a long ride to pick up my son at college and that was a good experience. I think nonfiction might be better for me to listen to, and that’s why I enjoyed the Seinfeld book. Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer!

    1. Yes it wasn’t over the top either, just unexpected. She did a good Elaine! Thanks for stopping by, Sheila. Hope all is well with the nor’easter for you! It’s still lingering here.

      1. It’s lingering here too – not much snow with this one so we didn’t get a Snow Day. That’s ok though, because we haven’t lost power yet (last time it was out for 3 days)!

      2. Oh losing power is the worst! I hope you don’t lose it again. About 4 years ago we lost power for 3+ days during the winter. We toughed it out for most of it, but it got ridiculously cold and there was nothing to do but sit. Most of the snow is melting now – that’s fine with me!

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