I like celeb bio/memoirs so I thought I knew what I was getting.
What I actually got was several hours of not very interesting, not very funny, free association. Maybe she was kidding about this being a book.
To me, this book seemed like Ellen took a weekend and did a free flow of goofiness for a paycheck or said "Ooops. My book deadline is in two days!" It wasn't that funny and the silliness of it all was over the top. And I do like Ellen! Very disappointing. Maybe the worst Audiobook I have gotten in 9 years on Audible.
Carol Burnett's book was very much a welcomed follow up to this.
It was like she was speaking to a 5 year old.
Sorry, Ellen. I so wanted to like this.
Julie C Larsen
If you want lighthearted clean humor and intelligent wit, this is the audible book for you.
No one besides Ellen herself could perform this book. Her timing in delivery was impeccable.
Since she played herself throughout the book with charismatic finesse, there's really no way to answer who your favorite character is. Unless you break it down to Ellen at home, Ellen in public, etc. Her view on life and every day happenstance that occurs in everyone's life, will make you laugh in spite of yourself.
Seriously...I'm Kidding...No Really
My mother and I listened to this together on a rare and enjoyable extended visit. I don't think either of us have laughed so much during one sitting since she blamed a loud fart on me at a restraunt when I was in high school. Ah, but there's a story for another time... enjoy!
Funny. Lighthearted. Unusual.
I did find the sometimes very short chapters a bit jarring and much more enjoyed when Ellen relayed a full story then just a short random thought that somewhat broke up the enjoyment of the book. Tell stories from your life and funny observations OR just have one page random thoughts and lists, mixing the two was odd.
Any time Ellen told a story about her family, her show, etc. was very enjoyable.
Yes, I can't imagine sitting and reading this book in print. Like Kathy Griffin's book, it gains SO MUCH by hearing the author read it with their own inflections, etc. This works especially well in comedy and you don't have to imagine how Ellen would have delivered a line.
I highly recommend this book in audio format. I saw the print version in a store and am glad I skipped it for this one. I would prefer she had not thrown in one page "chapters" that she seems to start and finish in less than a minute, but 75% of the text was very enjoyable.
I really like Ellen.. but I really didn't like this book. I expected more of a memoir, or at least to learn something about her life. 57 chapters later, I know that she can make some pretty weird noises (I listened on audio book) but didn't come away with anything else. One chapter was entirely about counting sheep. I'm not kidding. Maybe I just had unfair expectations of the book, but at least it was short.
I like Ellen - I like her show and I think she's incredibly smart and funny. However, I found this book to be lacking in all areas. it wasn't smart - it and worse - it wasn't very funny. I read that in other reviews and thought - well they just don't like her enough and don't have a good sense of humor. Wrong.... I really should have taken the other reviews to heart.
Not necessarily - but I'll think twice before getting another from Ellen.
disappointment. I really like Ellen - and thought the book would be better than the other reviews mentioned. I was wrong. I should have taken to heart what the other reviews said.
I was expecting humer. Instead I got Ellen's rambling train of thoughts. Which would have been fine if there were any moments of substance
I love and admire her and if she's going to write a book I need genuine transparency or intellect!
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I love Ellen so I'd listen to this a few hundred times more! Its crazy, Zany, but with a Heartfelt Underlining tone!
If you love Ellen, You'll love this book!
Fun and funny!
I listened to this audiobook while driving cross country and it seemed to shorten the trip. My daughter enjoyed it too!