I was disappointed with this download. I noticed it was in the top 10, wanted something lighthearted, and missed it in this book. Handler is not funny. She got a few snorts out of me, no LOLllers. She comes across, rather than funny, as bitchy, grating, and mean.
Maybe that's her MO in standup. Some of you may like that brand of vodka in comedy.
But for me, my recommendation is to use your credit elsewhere.
I found a lot of this book to be obnoxious. I laughed in parts, but, it was often pretty mean, gross, offensive, or crude humor.
I was hoping for a good laugh when I purchased this book, but it was a waste of a credit. She is not funny, her storys are really boring, and her voice is horrible to listen to for long periods of time.
First off, I'm fan of Chelsea Handler I was excited to hear her read out loud what I fully assumed would be stories & anecdotes told in the same comedic delivery she's known for-- some people love her way of taking, others really don't. Even her normal conversations can be described as an almost constant audible eye roll, whether she's happy or pissed it's just "this is all stupid so it's good I don't care much" type of humor. BUT NO. It was like she was reading her book to an elementary class of 6 year olds & trying to pass it off as a dr. Seuss story-- or the way some people read aloud really horrible corny speeches/toasts that have very fake reflective thoughts that sound very "gee whiz, golly gosh darn!" that immediately gives away the lack of real ness.
I couldn't really pay attention to ANY of these stories because it was SO WEIRD hearing Chelsea, of all people, do a Disney storybook narrator voice to stories of teenage drinking & whatever else she talked about (like I said, didn't actually hear much over the cartoony voice.) If she had read them exactly as she probably heard it in her head when writing, it would've been very true to her comedy & style. I kept thinking I'd either get used to it, or that maybe she'd loosen up a bit or mature her voice as she got older in her memories but no such luck.
No I will probably not try another book from Chelsea Handler, this was not at all what I was expecting
I'm a casual to semi-avid audiobook listener mainly of the biography/memoir category. Some have been great, some awful but all educational.
Chelsea's narration....the stories are great, I actually read the book before getting the audiobook...it was back in the days before iPhones and iPads and App Stores and Apps for That, etc. This was my first audiobook and hearing the author read these stories instantly made this amazing to me so my review will probably reflect some degree of bias. That fact aside, the book itself is just good fun and having the author right there with you makes the experience....just amazing...can't say that enough.
I don't know if I have a favorite part or "most memorable" moment...I enjoy the entire thing from start to finish...parts that immediately come to mind....maybe the chapter Dim Sum and Then Some where she's mistaken as a "wesbian" sex solicitor at a sketchy massage parlor, run by Asians with minimal English skills? I also liked her brief stent as a "hardened" inmate when she's introduced to the prison world where toilet stall doors are a rarity and sandwiches are used as currency to purchase things like tampons and drugs, which occurs in the chapter Prison Break, but like I said, the whole thing is great. The chapter Big Red (where carpets and drapes match), Chelsea's world-wide proclaimation in her stand against red-headed men is another chapter that comes to mind.
Just the fact that it was Chelsea Handler reading her own words. You get her own take on the story with the inflections and nuances you would imagine are present in her mental retelling of these stories. They become more personal and more funny when you're getting the story directly from the author.
Yes, I had already read the book before purchasing the audiobook and I STILL had the desire to push on while listening. You just want to hear more of these crazy, hillarious stories.
I can't praise this book enough...bias is probably taking over at this point, but stepping back and trying to look objectively at this book, it is well written, funny, personal, telling, shocking, and familiar. It's a collection of stories taken from someone's life and retold in a way that makes the proverbial lemons into lemonade through whatever possible embellishments to make them funny, interesting and relatable. Chelsea shows the world that she's a different type of celebrity, one who doesn't take herself seriously and just wants to laugh and (sometimes) make fun of those who do.