Lawson's stories were hilarious! I admit, her freedom with the "f" word was a little much at times and some of it was pretty coarse, but I after awhile I got used to it and laughed so hard while we were driving home from California that I almost drove off the road. I was nearly in tears. I also appreciated the sadder stories and how she was able to find humor in the difficult times that life hands us. She is a master story-teller and in spite of the rough language my whole family (my husband and I and our adult kids) got a kick out of this book. I was a little embarrassed by some of the content, but the humor and the performance by the author made it pretty darn fun. The 20 hour drive from California to Colorado went by very quickly because of this laugh a minute romp through Jenny Lawson's life. Thanks for such a fun time!
A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel is a sweet memoir that I have listened to many, many times. It too is read by the author and the stories crack me up. Both Lawson and Kimmel are gifted story tellers. Kimmel's style is much more tame but no less enjoyable.
We all concur that the stories from when she worked in the HR department of a Christian organization were unreal. I also loved all the stories of her "taxidermied" (her word) critters.
If you are offended by harsh language, this book probably is not for you. Choose A Girl Named Zippy if you want a sweet memoir with heart and humor.
I forced myself through the whole audiobook in the hopes that Jenny Lawson would make me smile or chuckle at least once. She did not. So I found the book a waste of time.
If you are interested in low-level humor or can identify yourself with tales of a crazy redneck with no real problems in her life, listen to this book!
I really like thrillers. My favorite type of movie or book is one that has a unique perspective instead of a different version of the same story repeated by many different writers throughout the years. Many books are fine for a one-time listen, but to find one that's good enough to listen to again and again is a rare find indeed!!
'The sample doesn't sound too bad,' I naively told myself as I was searching for books to buy. I was feeling the pressure of having to use up quite a few credits I'd collected before I reached the limit and possibly losing some. Not being a big fan of autobiographies, but thinking this (supposedly) humorous one would (probably) be okay to try, keeping in mind the sample I'd just heard and the reviews I'd just read, I put it in my cart, hit the right buttons and this audiobook was now mine. So were a few others. I now had breathing room regarding my credits and I could take my time to enjoy my books.
Some I did enjoy. Some were wonderful!!
This was neither enjoyable nor wonderful.
The whacky, funny part of it being "a mostly true memoir" turned out to be whacky in a bad way and not funny at all. It wasn't just the words I was hearing coming out of my laptop that made me realize I'd made a huge mistake in purchasing this book. It was the scratchy, crackling, all-too-soon-becoming-irritating voice that made me quit listening before I got even close to the end. I simply couldn't bear it any longer.
I realize people cannot help the voice with which they were either born or which has seen better days for various reasons. However, if you have written a book and want to be the one to read it aloud to others, it is my opinion you should definitely listen to how your voice sounds after you've recorded several samples. If, after hearing several sample readings of how your voice sounds reading those precious words you spent months or years working on until they were just right, and you find yourself irritated even the slightest bit, it is my opinion you should find a professional narrator and thus ensure the listening audience will be pleased, write great reviews and tell everyone they know to buy your audiobook.
Do not buy this audiobook.
I've always found The Blogess's writing very funny, but a lot of that is because she says off-handed, unexpected things that I read as deadpan. Hearing her read it, however, Jenny Lawson is extremely self-aware of the "funny" moments, and says them in a tone like, "HEY GUYS, THIS PART IS FUNNY," which makes it totally unfunny and just ... irritating.
This is not a memoir so much as a collection of stories that the writer thinks are funny. In the end, I didn't feel like I learned anything, it just felt like a lot of cheap laughs sewn together. The only chapter I really liked was the one where she talked about her miscarriages because it was the only one that felt real and human, like there was a point behind the jokes and not just a bunch of funny or awkward moments. Also, she's a good writer, but the tangents drove the me crazy. Listening to this book was like listening to your most ADD friend try to tell stories, but by the middle of the story you've totally forgotten what you were talking about because you've landed somewhere else entirely. That style is funny at first, and it lends itself well to conversational-toned writing in general and blogging in particular, but when an entire book is like that, and especially when you're listening to it rather than reading it, it's extremely annoying.
Maybe, I thought that it was WAY too much rambling and the stories just kept going and going and going. She reads very fast so you really have to pay attention to what's she's saying.
Probably not. I think she reads way to fast.
Disappointment for sure. Her blog is so funny. And frustration. All of the stories just keep dragging and she never gets to the point.
I have friends who love the author's blog, who follow it daily and who think she is a very funny writer. Based on their recommendation, I picked up this book.
I want my credit back.
The author's experiences are probably interesting enough, except she colors it by all these witty interludes, in a "Look at me! Look at how clever I am!" style. I really feel this book would have been better served by an editor that would have trimmed it down by 1/3.
Nurse, Mother, Wife... Happy!
The author tries too hard to be funny, and falls flat everytime. She is no David Sedaris by any means. Her voice is irritating and she is pretentious. I want my credit back.
NO, her voice is irritating and affected.
Drug users. People with OCD or ADD
Let some else read it. Get singing lessons if you are determined to SING the chapter title. Stop rambling. ...allow your editor remove 60% of this book.
Not a chance.
Let's remove Jenny
I was told about this book by a friend, and I expected to love it; I may be better to read it in print, as I found the author to be so annoying, that I only lasted about five minutes. Her story is conversational and rambling; As the reader, I felt like I was on the phone with a self-indulgent, bitchy teenager.
Not writing this crap at all would have been best.
Everything...i just didn't think it was funny or entertaining at all.
Don't waste your time or money.