"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons
I blame myself listening Bossypants right before giving this one a listen.... I found the audiobook entertaining in parts and I must admit you have to be pretty much devoid of a sense of humour or just plain dense not to laugh at some of her jokes but it wasn't that memorable or great of a title to me.
The thing that made me actually finish listening to the book was not so much the story itself but the performance by Sarah. Let's face it, Sarah is pretty funny and her quirky, in your face, spunky, no holds bar attitude while narrating this book kept you listening. She was the shining star in the whole thing.
The book felt long... I honestly must say the book felt really long and after listening to it I honestly don't remember half of what I listened. I do remember that I laughed at parts, smiled at parts and was thoroughly entertained in others. I also was quite bored at parts and found myself checking how much longer it will take for the book to end (not a good sign).
It's a good book, it is something that you can listen to and find some light adult rated fun. Far from amazing or just plain great even...
I thought this memoir would be...snarkier. It's low in snark, self-pity and self-congratulations, high in clarity, warmth, and intelligence. It provides sharp social commentary and fantastic insight into the profession of comedy. I have a whole new appreciation of Sarah Silverman's cleverness and relevance.
Also: I was never, not even for one second, bored. There were no self-indulgent narrative tangents or preciously clever diatribes. This is very good, very disciplined writing.
Impeccably narrated by the author.
In the beginning of the book I thought it was excellent. It made me declare "I love Sarah Silverman!". But then somewhere near the middle, the writing got a little messy. It wasn't as introspective. It wasn't written with any chronology or progression... No climax. I just started wishing she'd stop talking about herself and her "Jewy-ness" and her pot smoking and the TV episode she wrote about banging Jesus... Bleck. By the time it was over I was just happy it was over.
While I'm not a huge Sarah Silverman fan (I find her fascination with human bodily functions distressing, and suggest you not listen while eating breakfast!), I enjoyed this book. It's a light read, peppered with stories from her somewhat traumatic childhood and early years as a comic. It is far from a "tell-all," however--she glosses over her dating life and wastes a lot of time in non-sequitor humor bits, but it was engaging enough that I wasn't bored.
Obscene. Inspirational. Hilarious.
Sarah Silverman makes a lot of poop and fart jokes, but simultaneously has an important political and feminist message. Her jokes are carefully constructed and have a point--usually an eloquent and incisively observant social point. This book fully cemented my admiration and appreciation for her.
Sarah Silverman has unique delivery and vocal inflections that add nuance to her already funny writing.
Sarah is a great narrator and many of the stories were very funny and poignant, but the detailed description of each season of the show, and the participants was a little tedious. At times it seemed like an extended "acknowledgements" page. Overall, a worthwhile listen. Sarah is a true comic genius.
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Not a big Silverman fan as I think she is more annoying than funny but I love listening to comedy audiobooks and I love biographies and I thought this had a nice mix of both. A good listen and Silverman does a nice job as the narrator too.
Yes i felt that sarah silvermans comedy style was absent from this audio book. I was hoping for outlandish comedy, and all I got was a semi-interesting story. I would have liked more of her inappropriate humor in this book.
Perhaps given more freedom?, overall I was just underwhelmed by the performance and the book
I think the story, while interesting was just lacking that special quality that great book have. I just found myself not caring much.
Love Sarah silverman her comedy, stand up, shows, jesus is magic. This book. Was disappointing though.
Being a fan it was no doubt that I enjoyed Sarah's memoir. I especially enjoyed her chronicles of childhood growing up outside of Manchester, NH.. where I am from. Some of the ending chapters got mushy and were not as witty as others, but only a little bit, and nonetheless enjoyable. I definitely had moments where I sat in the parking lot at work and finished listening to parts before I got out.
It was very pleasant to listen to Sarah Silverman read her own book. I thought it was very fascinating on how some of her life experiences were integrated in the Sarah Silverman program. She is very opinionated and is not afraid to go in to details about any aspect of her life. It was surprising to learn of the many well known comedians that influenced Silverman's own career. If you're looking for an entertaining retrospective or just a good laugh, i highly recommend it.