Recent college grad enjoying the chance to listen to and read what she wants for the first time!
Definitely! I listened to this on a long RV trip through Arizona and even though I was slightly grumpy and very tired, I was never bored, and I never stopped laughing! Kaling is an engaging writer and a cheerful and hilarious narrator. It felt like I was having a long, boozy, delightful brunch with her. I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking for something smart but light for those days when you just need a friend.
This is laugh out loud funny! I've listened to it on long drives twice in two months and it was great both times.
The obvious comparison is Bossypants by Tina Fey. Both are by very funny female television writings. I think Mindy's book is fluffier though. She's not trying to make any big points about feminism. She's just telling stories about her life and she doesn't care that you'll probably think she's full of butterflies and rainbows and little spitfire afterwards.
It's always great to hear the author read their own work. Obviously, you'll hear the timing of the jokes as she intendedd it and you'll hear the intended tone as well.
I was definitely grinning in my car all the way to Iowa. I'm sure the people passing me though I was an idiot.
On my second listen, my husband was in the car. Even though this is a very female-centric book, he really enjoyed it too.
THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE AUDIOBOOK VERSION
Brief Description: Probably best known for playing Kelly Kapoor on The Office, Mindy Kaling is also one of the writers for the show. In this humorous memoir, she talks about her life growing up, her experiences as a female comedy writer, working on The Office, dating and general girl talk.
My Thoughts: This was a fun and pleasant listen. Kaling narrates the book herself, and she has a girly conversational speaking voice that makes you feel like you’re having a long lunch with a good girlfriend who scored an awesome job. She’s down-to-earth and frank about herself. She endeared herself to me by talking about her issues with weight and dating dilemmas. I thought the best part of the book was when she talked about growing up as the child of immigrant parents, which gave her a work ethic and drive that probably played no small part in where she is today. Although she dishes a little bit about The Office, there is nothing too juicy. It is a fun and fluffy listen, and perfect when you’re looking for an audio to keep you company while doing something unpleasant (like exercising or housework). Still, there isn’t much to it so if it is going to cost you a lot of money to purchase it, you might want to take a pass.
I really enjoyed the first part. I am an avid Office fan and love Mindy's comedy. I also just came off a fantastic voyage thru the Tina Fey novel and was hoping to revisit the glory with Mindy Kaling. Funny enough, Mindy jokes about this comparison in the intro. I laughed a few times with the book, and actually made my teenage daughter listen to a few sections because I thought they were relevant to her, But by the end, I lost some interest. It really is short by audio book comparisons, but I felt like the beginning and early middle were fluid and towards the end it was a little more random.
I recommend this book. But don't listen to it because you think she is going to go on and on about the office, she doesn't really. She has lots of other interesting stuff to talk about.
I liked that Mindy is sweet and unassuming, but also very intelligent and driven. Thats the kind of person I want to be,
Mindy has a line about people who are really popular in HS dont do anything else, HS is their peak. This stuck with me.. its SO true,
I prefer the audio version of memoirs. Mindy Kaling did not disappoint! Great to hear her story in her own words.
I would and have recommended this book to my friends. Its a very easy, adorable listen that gives a little insight into the less glamorous life of a female comedy writer in LA. Mindy's personality shines in this book - it feels like a friendly conversation at times. I very much enjoyed it.
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I would absolutely recommend this audiobook! It's a quick, silly, totally relatable tale that most of my friends would very much enjoy.
I very much enjoyed her "Top 10" (although not always 10) lists.