My wife and I are Ellen fans and loved her 1st book. This book did not make us laugh a single time and was mostly a collection of ramblings and incoherent noises that made it impossible to listen to the entire book. We gave up on the book half-way through, which was too much wasted time. It is disappointing that Ellen would push this half-hearted work to her fans.
Don't waste your time on this book.
I don't think I'll ever regret a purchase of something by Ellen. She's so funny, I worried I was disturbing my coworkers with my poorly held-in laughter. Definitely a good purchase.
You can hear what she heard when she was writing it.
I would recommend this to anyone who watches the Ellen show. This is a few hours of Ellen non stop humour. We listened while on a roadtrip. This really gives you a glimpse inside Ellen's life as talk show host, actor, Cover Girl, etc.
This book chronicles experiences and thoughts. Ellen narrates the whole thing.
Audio version is probably better because it is narrated by Ellen herself. I think I may have gotten tired of the silly in it if I was just reading a book.
Maybe put more about her life and not so much joking in it.
Learning how sensitive she is about how other people feel.
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.