Really funny and very well read. As Poignant as it was entertaining. Have recommended it to several friends now. A nice light end of summer read.
In the top five
Candid, personal looks into her life
The fact that she narrated it herself
Not Tina Faye.
I loved Rachel on SNL, and even the random characters she played early-on during 30 Rock. She narrates this herself, and does a great job. My wife and I got this one, because we listened to Tina's book. A lot of this book is more sad than funny, because she has had so many terribly awkward situations in her life that you feel bad for her initially. However, there are some good lessons in here and some great stories that will make you chuckle.
If you are like my wife and I, and are purchasing this book because you listened to Tina's book and laughed your face off... go ahead, you will be glad you did, but do not expect it to be Tina's book. Rachel is very funny, and this book (and her life) is different from Tina's, which is is fine... but just keep that in mind. The book is a little more emotional, and gets a tad bit weird toward the end (you will have to listen for yourself).
On an additional note, for all of my SNL and 30 Rock fans, reading this book after reading Tina's book gives you a great depiction of what is like to be on SNL and what it is like to hone the skills to even have the opportunity to audition for SNL. There is also some great background information about 30 Rock that I was not aware of.
There are three similar SNL memoirs out there right now: Tina Fey's, Mindy Kalling's, and Rachel Dratch's. In many ways, they all overlap. There are highs and lows to each one, and a bit of unnecessary name-dropping and fawning in all of them, but all three also have very funny parts.
In my opinion, Tina Fey's was by far the best, funniest, and most mature of the three. Having read that one first, the other two had a hard time living up to her standard.
Rachel Dratch is hilarious. And she's an inspiration. Get this book, you won't be sorry!
Not a bad way to dwindle away time while driving, but there wasn't much of a take-away. The jokes, for the most part, felt like Dratch's saved up comedic material since she left SNL. I appreciated the honesty of her story, however, and her attempt to acknowledge the multiple viewpoints of her listening audience.
Her audio delivery was great, and, seeing that is was more memoir than fiction, recommending changes would be silly.
She thinks she is funnier than she is, which makes for a kind of painful listening experience.
Her insights and observations into the world are surprisingly dull, and now that she has talked about showbiz and SNL, there is nothing else I care to hear her opinion about. Tina Fey: please write 50 more books! I want to hear your thoughts on anything. R.D. does not have the same genius for writing, just some similarities in life experience.
Not quite what I was expecting, but funny none the less! Not sure what made it different from what I thought it would be, but I definitely enjoyed it. Worth the listen if you're eager for a laugh, and very well performed.
Tell us about yourself! College English Professor.
Yes, it was lovely. I laughed; I cried. If you are or have been a single woman over 35, this book is a MUST LISTEN. I am a 39 year old college professor who has dedicated her life to her career. Rachel taps into the angst and worries about being single and childless and ambitious in a funny and very real way. I find there are few books or stories out there for women in this age range that aren't trite or humiliating. We are bombarded with bad advice and Rachel taps into this poignantly and honestly with such a great sense of humor. Thank you, Rachel!
Rachel's humor and honesty.
I love Rachel Dratch. For books on tape, I prefer memoirs read by the author and Rachel has a wonderful voice and brought her story to life. The timing and pacing were terrific. The "voices" she used to move the story along were probably better than reading the book myself. I bought this book for several of my friends, but I have to say, if they could listen to it they would probably enjoy it more.
I listen to books as I go for walks. But she motivated me to walk A LOT!
Best word for this book is cute. It had some laugh out loud moments and Rachel Dratch did a good job on the reading. The story overall wasn't real cohesive, but that didn't take away from the humor.
It didn't change my life, but it was definately worth buying and listening too. If you need something to get your mind off of a long flight or tedious commute, this will do the trick.