Nora Ephron reads several of her essays. I laughed out loud during a few while quietly enjoying others. Her narration lacks expression, which sometimes added to the humor, sometimes was flat. She expressed herself beautifully and it was a worthwhile listen.
I am a 33 year old business woman, and it was lovely to listen to stories of a pioneer career woman like Nora Ephron tell her tales of current and past conquests and misadventures.
Her intonation can be a little bizarre or redundant, but I always love hearing a writer read their own work. You believe the words more.
Not really a whole lot of substance here. Read by the author, and although these were stories about her life, she might have included a little more enthusiasm to her stories. The tone was quite matter of fact, leaving some of the very funny stuff bland and dry.
Let someone else read.
I enjoyed some of the stories, but the performance left me flat.
Maybe I'm just not a fan of Ephron's essay writing style, but I found most of these essays too self-involved to be interesting and too scattered or random to function as a memoir. Also a perfect example of why most writers should leave the narration to the professionals. Her voice makes the writing even more irritating, and sometimes she couldn't even read her own prose to give the right rhythm to the sentences so they were difficult to follow.
The title essay is amusing, but the rest I had to slog through to be able to discuss at book group.
I listened to this book on a road trip with my sister, and we got a lot of laughs out of it. If you are of a certain age, this can be most entertaining. Nora Ephron is humorous and has the talent to pick out the little parts of life that change as one gets older. Women will get a kick out of this!
Michael Ruhlman, writer, cook
Good if brief collection of essays by the writer. Very funny. Wanted more! Also recommend her previous volume.