Unlike reviewers who are taking the material way too seriously or can't appreciate Handler's style of humor, I found the stories entertaining. The narrator, on the other hand, is the wrong choice for this type of book. She waters down most of the humor with her soothing, monotone voice. Too bad Handler isn't doing this performance. At least she knows how to deliver her own material, as is evident in the audio presentation of Are You There, Vodka...
Chelsea Handler paints herself to be a shallow, pathetic, trashy, small-minded person who desperately tries to define herself with random sexual encounters. If I could detect even an ounce of sarcasm her sexcapades might be funny, but instead it leaves me feeling sorry for her and for anyone who ever got between her legs.
Ms Handler makes her way from meaningless hookup to meaningless hookup throughout her early adult life, sometimes finding herself in some truly funny situations. The thought occurs to me over and over again while listening that she seems quite unhappy, and it's largely because of the unnecessary lies she's told for her own amusement while pursuing these disposable relationships; any chance of a connection is gone because of how she got to where she did. Her cynicism shines through loud and clear, though, talking about how she doesn't want to waste her "first marriage" on a gay man, for instance.
It's no spoiler to say that she hits bottom (a couple of times) and starts thinking about settling down by the end of the book. I wonder, though: who would have her after reading this?
I love Chelsea and was excited to get this book. Sadly, it was one of the worst books I've ever listened to. I would have loved to have quit after the first few chapters but it's my personal commitment that if I'm going to review something I should at least finish it. Well, it never got better. I am not easily offended and the first half of the book was just gross and crass--not the least bit entertaining. If anything you felt sorry for her. Then, the last half was just plain boring. I'm sure she has led an exciting life and to think she found a publisher to put out these particular stories is amazing--don't waist your time or money--just check out her show.
She is at turns shallow, cruel, self-absorbed and needlessly deceitful to others... just a thoroughly unlikeable person. I found myself really pitying the men who had the misfortune to get involved with. I like your show Chelsea, but jeez... I turned this off in disgust not at her sex life but at her lack of simple decency to other people.
Say something about yourself!
I am kicking myself for wasting money on this stupid, ridiculous autobiography of a drug using moron of a woman. Simply dreadful, and its only redeeming feature was that the sex was not explicit at all.
Business Physicist and Astronomer
This is what is typically classified as "trash" reading. It is.
So, I knew what I was getting into. My bad.
You can be amused by this audio book if you can overlook the pathetic aspect of this girl's life.