I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
Sarah Silverman is sometimes brilliant, and often just so-so. This is one of the so-so times.
I think she's over-done the crudeness. Not because I'm a prude, but just because I'm numb to it from her over-use. Reminds me a bit of Howard Stern in that sense. It's not shocking anymore. Now it's just unfunny and drab.
I wasn't terribly moved by this book, and having just listened to David Mitchell's autobiography the bar was really, really high for humor.
I give it a solid "eh".
Karen of Northern Michigan
Sarah has a great sense of humor and I laughed out loud at many part of this audio book, but there are some parts that are just really disgusting and gross... but then again, I think that's what she was going for..
She narrates it herself, and does a good job.. Anyone else doing this material would not be able to make it sound as funny as she does..
Would I listen to it again? No.... Was it worth the listen? I guess so, Did I grow from listening this book...no, I think I may have shurnk... Did I learn anything from this book? Yes..a lot of people in show business are really weird...
former nuclear scientist
I'm not a big Sarah Silverman fan. Her gross-out comedy is just not my cup of tea. But her memoir is honest and frank, and you can tell from it that she is a genuinely kind person who has made a lot of mistakes that she regrets during a time that she maybe didn't like herself that much. As a woman, I can really identify with that. In addition, she has been in comedy for a long time, so her memories are an interesting glimpse into the comedy scene in the 90s.
It was sweet
You could definitely feel her emotion when she told stories of her past.
This question is dumb.
I am still not a fan of Sarah Silverman's comedy (except for the Matt Damon song), but I am now sort of fond of her as a human being.
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.
Her life before she became famous was not really that funny or particularly interesting. Jen Lancaster and Chelsea Handler's memoirs are much funnier. Sorry Sarah!
This book is an odd mix of Silverman. It feels in large part to me the way I imagine she would be if you won some contest to have dinner with her: she’d be funny, thoughtful, a little confessional, and always herself. She’d also try a little too hard to be everything she knows you’d expect her to be.
I happen to love a lot of Silverman’s work. At her best she plays a character who’s both innocent and shocking, a kind of child-who-speaks-the-painful-truth. In that character, she’s gotten off some of the really powerful one-liners of the last decade. Out of that character, she’s reflected thoughtfully on how that character works and what her success says about contemporary America.
We get some of both aspects of that dynamic here. In a chapter where she complains about her days at summer camp, she calls Jewish summer camp, “The second worst kind of camp for Jews.” I find myself simultaneously offended and impressed at how much she can pack into so few words.
We also get a sometimes painful memoir of her life as, as the title promises, a bedwetter, something that humiliated her in adolescence and that she suggests has contributed to her public persona. And we get a few glimpses of her celebrity life, with good stories about the ways that Al Franken, Gary Shandling, and a few others inspired and mentored her.
Not everything hits, and the constant changing of tone and focus can fall flat at times, but this is still Silverman doing her best to be charming and funny, and that’s certainly good enough for me. She does both better than almost any of her peers, and I found myself a bit surprised that, when this ended, I was kind of disappointed there wasn’t more.
I almost didn't buy this book because of the negative reviews, then I read one review that said "you should never miss an opportunity to hear a comedic author deliver their book in their own voice" which I agree with fully..... So i downloaded it.
I'm glad I did.... I love Sarah, even though she's crude and raunchy, it's all for comedic shock value and that's WHY you love her right!!?
The story is good, it shares some insight on her show, how she writes comedy and such but also gives a background on her vulnerabilities and insecurities which is a side of her you don't often see. So that was pretty cool too.
All in all pretty well written and very well delivered in my opinion.
Another fun and informative tale of a budding artist and a woman growing up in America. Valuable information about TV production and the choices to be made in the entertainment industry. Highly recommended!