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Now you can listen to Woody Allen's 'Without Feathers' read by Woody

July 20, 2010 | 10:01 am

Woodyallen_cannes2010Today Audible offers up for sale a quartet of digital audio books by Woody Allen, all read by Woody Allen himself. Allen recorded the audio versions of all four books --  "Side Effects" (1971), "Without Feathers" (1975),  "Getting Even" (1980) and "Mere Anarchy" (2007) -- earlier this year. It's the first time the writer-director has lent his New York-accented voice to an audio version of his written work.

Some of these pieces are, as Allen himself might wryly joke, his earlier, funnier work. "Without Feathers" includes "The Whore of Mensa" and "No Kaddish for Weinstein," and "Side Effects" includes "The Kugelmass Episode."

Some of the short stories can be purchased individually, for $1.95 each; one -- "My Apology" from "Side Effects" -- is free. Each book is $12.95 each; all four can be purchased for $34.95.

Woody Allen's film work has moved, in recent years, into glossy dramas and sophisticated bedroom farces such as "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger," which opens in September. These books, however, are more like his 1973 film "Sleeper" -- slightly bent and giddy with goofy humor.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Woody Allen with Josh Brolin, left, and Naomi Watts, right, two stars of "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger," at Cannes in May. Credit: Lionel Cironneau / Associated Press

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