Even when she is writing about mundane daily lie topics, Norah Ephron makes them more- more interesting, have more meaning and usually more fun. Maybe because her life has been so different from mine, I like being transported into Ms Ephron's day to day world.
I just didn't want this book to end. I love Nora's stories and listening to her read them is just an absolute joy. I am sorry that we will no longer get to hear her voice. If you've liked her other non-fiction books, you should enjoy this one just as much.
It's great to hear her voice, with, and perspective. I was hoping it would sound more conversational than necessarily read from a book, since its her personal thoughts, but still very enjoyable.
I went straight from "I Feel Bad About my Neck" to "I Remember Nothing". How delightful to get to spend several hours in Nora Ephron's company! What a fascinating life she had...and how sad I am that she's no longer here. But how lucky we are to hear her words in her own voice. We'll remember her, with laughter and love.
I have only listened to two so far so in that respect I would give this on a passing grade of 79%
Expected a part two. Wished for a part two.
Yes. She is an intelligent, funny, honest writer. I wish she were around to write more.
Some of her comments are quotes to carry with you for life.
Yes, I would listen to another Ephron book especially if she reads. She reads very well and hits the irony precisely.
The best thing about the story is Ephron's humorous self-deprecation. She can laugh at herself without appearing to be a fool.
The voice, timing, that hint of New York city in her delivery.
She doesn't miss much of her life but I could have listened to her life in journalism for another hour.
Nora Ephron was very intelligent, clever and witty. What a heavy burden for a woman who would be thwarted so many times. Women - witty? Who needs them? And how smart to women need to be for mothering and wifery? This is a better place because she chose to plod on through the density of male chauvinism and win a place for many.
The best thing about read a Nora Ephron book is being able to put it down and pick it up again with total enjoyment
This book was just so so. I do love the way Nora expresses herself and love the way her mind works and how she can verbalize it, but was kind of boring. Not very funny. Pretty serious. Some of the short stories were amusing but did not keep my interest. Kind of a sleeper. Disappointing. I expected more from Nora. I feel like I know this woman, or would like to know this woman. This book was simply a bunch of "short" stories from her personal life, her relationship with her mother, her siblings, and others...(yawnnnnn)
This book isn't at all like I Feel Bad About My Neck, it starts with how she forgets everything, but she remembers her early years in boring detail.
SET REVIEWS TO BE SORTED BY 'MOST RECENT' INSTEAD OF 'MOST HELPFUL'!
Always and absolutely, for all the reasons listed below.
This was my third time listening to this audiobook (which I believe was the last work written and recorded by this beloved author of Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally), and I enjoyed it even more this time through. What a fun ride!! The chapters are short, punchy, interesting and hilarious. My husband and I especially had fun re-listening to Ms. Ephron's reminiscences of her early days as a fact-check girl (hardly any cuts above being a hat-check girl, in terms of respect) and journalist, her chapters on Lillian Ross and Lillian Hellman, and her wickedly funny "My Life as a Meatloaf" and "My Life as an Heiress."
Lots of laugh out loud moments to be had in this short book, but also some very moving seriousness in its final chapters, especially at the very end of the book (most likely written at a time the author knew that she would likely not live to see many more changes of seasons in her beloved New York City) as she reads her lists of "Things I Won't Miss" and "Things I Will Miss." These will have you mentally composing your own lists, I promise you.
People who will greatly enjoy this book include: Anyone who is already a fan of the works of Nora Ephron; anyone who has already listened to Meryl Streep read Ephron's sparklingly witty memoir Heartburn (about the end of her marriage to Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein); anyone old enough to remember or know about the Kennedy White House or HUAC or Watergate; anyone well-read and well-cultured; anyone interested in reflections on aging; readers of The New Yorker; anyone with a fondness for good food, good movies, good books, wry Jewish humor, and/or Manhattan. People who should think twice before buying the book or spending a credit on it are: Political conservatives; very young people who have never heard of Nora Ephron and who never saw Meryl Streep's portrayal (with Jack Nicholson) in the movie Heartburn; people who complain about "whiny New York humor," and people uninterested in the lives of women of arts and letters.
I love this book, but did not enjoy listening to Ephron's previous book, I Feel Bad About My Neck, nearly as much. That book was read by the author at a maddeningly slow pace, while this one was read at what almost certainly was the author's normal conversational rate of speech. As a result, the listening experience of this book is akin to spending an evening or two in the company of a witty, articulate and well-read old friend. I'm sure this will not be my last time listening!
Yes, but also wanted to spread out the listening experience so I could go back to it any time I needed a pick-me-up.
I give this book my highest rating; it deserves ten stars. Bravo, Nora--you will be missed by many!!