The book starts out saying this won't be about showbiz. Then the first half of the book is about showbiz especially SNL and Second City. But that's good since that's why we want to buy this book isn't it. This book actually tells you some things about SNL you didn't find out by reading Tina Fey's Bossypants. But it is the comparison to Bossypants that hurts this book. Although the performance is great it just isn't as interesting as Tina Fey's book which is quickly becoming the standard for Audible autobiographies.
The performance in this book was great, the biggest selling point of this book. I feel bad for the people who only get to read it.
No. In fact there is a break point about 3 hours in that makes an easy stopping point.
Yes. It was funny and poignant. Dratch was insightful, open, and generally made me feel like I was a friend listening to anecdotes about her life.
I am a literature professor and listen to audiobooks for a break from the 18th century, so this was a wonderful change of pace. This is definitely laugh-out-loud funny and made a 2000 mile drive enjoyable (although I sandwiched it between Jane Lynch and Penny Marshall, which were also lovely). This is better than Bossy Pants, and when Amy Pohler writes her memoir, the bar has been set much higher for her.
Probably the revelation of the double-bush exposure.
Hilarious, fun, and also very candid. She brings new meaning to "being real."
It was a cute and humorous story about Rachel Dratch. Not a full bio but just some exerps about her life from SNL to Motherhood.
I saw some other reviews on this site and I would say that they were unfair in saying that they didn't like this because they wanted her to talk more about SNL. Tina Fey's book was not all about SNL comments so let go of those thoughts.
Listen to this book because you want to hear some funny situations Rachel encountered. She's got a great internal insight that is amusing and fun. I liked the book. It was a great. Listen to it.
When she was at Burning Man taking a pee. I'm not going to give this away so you are going to have to listen to it.
The real life story read being read by the author herself, was captivating.
She played herself which is character enough - especially since she plays characters as an actress! She could read many books for a living she was really that good. I've heard MANY audio books and the reader is incredibly important to the perception of the story. I'd buy other books read by her. Probably beneath her skills but - she is good!
I think she had many moving parts with her intimate talk of her experiences with success, fear, insecurities, dating life, getting pregnant, becoming and being a mother - a great life story so far!
I'm glad I found it. Dan Savage recommended it in the Audible commercial on his podcast. Glad he did. Thanks Dan!
I guess I got what I paid for. I think there were unanswered questions about Rachel Dratch that I would ask her in person such as: Does SNL really pay well enough that you can live in Manhattan without steady work for a length of time? Surely there were more discussions with Baby-daddy that we weren't privy to about where your relationship was going? I felt the reader was left hanging... but then, Rachel Dratch may have been left hanging too...
Probably not... My life is just as interesting.
No, just a paragraph about what happened to her and the baby's father.
I don't mean to sound harsh here, though I realize I do. It was just a weird kind of story that I felt relied on the SNL connection to sell. I don't think Rachel Dratch capitalized on her humor and talent, of which I know she has tons, especially in the second half of the book. I feel like a big meanie, because it is her life after all, and I do think it's wonderful that she has her son.
I wasn't that familiar with Rachel Dratch before listening to this. Now, I'm looking forward to hearing more from her.
Yes! And I rarely will listen to something twice. This really has stuck with me, though.
It's an autobiography.
Some parts sounded a little stilted at first, especially describing SNL (where everyone is amazing and awesome, and she's not going to dish anything negative, which is good for her as a person but less interesting to us), but when she got into describing her personal life, it was engrossing!
I like going for books by and about smart, funny women. I loved Tina Fey's book. This one is better.
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