I give this book five stars because it delivers as promised and the fact that I didn’t like it is rather a reflection of my poor choice in having selected the book (it was on sale) than the quality of the author’s work. Celebrity lives just aren’t all that interesting and even the most talented actors do not necessarily (or likely) have the literary skills to write compelling stories about themselves. After having read some other celebrity memoirs - “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” (Rob Lowe), “The Elephant to Hollywood” (Michael Caine) - I shouldn’t be surprised that this book fell flat for me. “Happy Accidents” follows the predictable formula of many in this genre: the misfit/defiant childhood, insecure adolescence, years as a struggling actor, first break, climb to greatness, and all the wonderful people who helped along the way. If you’re a huge fan of Jane Lynch and have seen most of her work, you’ll probably appreciate her book. If you’re looking for a good piece of literature with novel insights, then you may want to pass on this one.
I enjoyed it overall, although Jane Lynch's life hasn't really been dramatic or traumatic enough to put this at the level of tell-all Hollywood bio, and she doesn't dish about other stars much, either.
All that's undoubtedly to her credit, but it doesn't exactly make for a page-turner. Still, if you like her work in Glee or anything else she's done, it's a pleasant listen. Not up to the humor in Tina Fey's Bossypants, but interesting enough for listening while driving or walking.
I'm not sure she could have changed it. It was honest, or at least, honest enough.
Her struggles with coming out were probably the most interesting parts of the book.
Overall, yes, but I'm a fan of her work.
I would recommend this book. I enjoyed the book, I loved listening to Jane.
I enjoyed hearing her story about coming to terms with herself, and how she evolved over the years.
Less detail of every person's name, every show, every flight etc. After a while just felt like a long thank you to every person she had ever talked to. And every instance was an "it was amazing." “I was so happy”.
It was great to hear the actual author read the book.
Many of the personal stories were insightful and interesting to hear about.
Unlike Bossy Pants by Tina Fey where I laughed through most of the book, Jane Lynch’s story was lacking humor. The last few chapters are slogging through every show she was ever on and every person she ever talked to … it was drudgery.
I so wanted to love this book, since I've loved Jane Lynch in virtually everything I've ever seen her in -- from The Forty-Year-Old Virgin to O Sister, My Sister. But her life story, as it turns out, is much too thin to support an entire book -- at least in this well-scrubbed, mild-mannered telling. Coming-out stories just aren't enough to warrant autobiography, at least not anymore -- and particularly not when coming out seems as painless and matter-of-fact as it seems to have been for Lynch. Moreover, everyone she's ever met is just super -- incredibly nice, warm, unpretentious, etc. Everything that's ever happened to her has at least one (if not two, or three) silver linings. And life is pretty much uneventful and awesome, such that whole hours of this audiobook can be spent (and are) on the life-changing dilemma of what color to paint the master bedroom in her fabulous new house.
Hearing Jane's telling of her life makes her more likeable and real to me now!
Ellen Degeneres' "Seriously, I'm Kidding" - real stories about how they came into the business and how they came to their lives.
Jane's voice, with her sly vocal movements make it so much more consumable.
Will the real Jane Lynch please stand up!
I might listen to it again, or to parts of it that are particularly compelling and that describe transformative moments in the writer's life.
It's an autobiography so obviously the favorite character is Jane Lynch, the author and narrator of her own story.
Anytime an author narrates his or her own autobiography, it's a plus. A third-person narrator often misses the appropriate tone for specific incidents and feelings that are being conveyed. Carol Burnett's foreword did not add much. It seemed more like a kind of requisite endorsement from an established comic actress (
An unlikely star sees all her dreams come true.
The best things about this reading are 1) Lynch's own narration 2) Her willingness to tell the
The entire book: from hearing Carol Burnett's voice as well as Jane's, hearing about Jane's,
Jane meeting her life partner Dr. Lara Embry and her new daughter, Haden.
All of it. Well read/written.
All of Jane's experiences.
Looking forward to,
I had a great time listening to this book. there was sarcasm as well amd very serious times in her life. she didn't live some luxurious life she started from the bottom and worked hard to get to the talk. great book for encouragement.