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Brilliant Warped Life
I totally rolled the dice with this one. I wasn't previously a fan of the blog; so I didn't know her. Usually I look for memoirs by super-successful people about how they got that way. But Audible recommended it to me based on my preferences, and it sounded like the kind of humor I would enjoy based on other blogs I like and podcasts that make me laugh. Boy, did it ever! Jenny has a way with words that knocked my socks off. And she's extremely good at taking what could be stream-of-consciousness rambling and making it endlessly entertaining.
Jenny as herself is absolutely hilarious and her long-suffering husband Victor is a hoot, but I'm actually tremendously impressed by the empathy she made me feel for her dead. He starts off seeming kind of off-putting - really into hunting and taxidermy and stuff I find pretty distasteful. And his antics (which often involved imposing wild-ish animals on his family) seemed gross. But by the time he's dumping out a bag of ducklings for his grandkids to enjoy, I came to see him as a big-hearted guy who wanted to share his joy of animals with kids while they're still wide-eyed enough to enjoy them.
Laughed out loud a lot, but - fair warning - there are passages that involve interactions with animals (both living and dead) that definitely made me clench in that OH MY GOD THIS ROLLER COASTER IS FALLING way. I don't mind the sensation - actually, I kind of think it's an impressive feat for a writer - but PETA members may not be amused.
Kudos to Jenny for a) singing her chapter titles in absurdly funny ways and b) the collection of her rambling out-takes at the end - pure brilliance!
I think it's the combination of being able to relate to and yet being amazed by what happens to and how Ms. Lawson responds to her somewhat unique environment.
When Jenny tries to fight off the vultures after her pug dies.
Very charming personality.
Not so much, it's worth savouring.
Top 10 i did not want it to end.
My mother was nuts. By Penny Marshall
When she was stabed by the chicken.
To Damn funny to care if it's true!
SO IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK!!
Tell us about yourself!
The stories were laugh out loud funny.
I like how she can see humor in her tragedies.
I love it when she sings the chapter titles.
Her pregnancies were something personal that I appreciated her sharing.
Too much bad language, but I would listen again.
The tone of the voice, the false humility, the childish jokes
Oh, i dont want anyone to hurt that much!
Yes, but I would want a significant amount of time to elapse. I still remember some of the funniest parts vividly.
It made me laugh out loud
First hand knowledge and experience.
Sticking her arm in the cow's vagina
Funny in a warped way.
What's not to love about this book and admire about the author? Anyone who can write (and then read) in such a way that a) I have to laugh out loud frequently, b) I must text my friend the best lines so we can laugh together, and c) I start talking and writing similarly, is my idol. And also, anyone who can use profanity more often and more convincingly than I - and make a career of it - deserves accolades. I'm her newest, biggest fan.
A different person doing the voice
Couldn't listen to her voice
Couldn't get past the first chapter
Only audible book I gave up on - should remember to listen to the sample next time - my bad!
Truly one of the most entertaining books I've listened to in YEARS & Jenny reading it totally topped it! I will be gifting this book to several people!
The author is hilarious, it felt more like a conversation with a friend than listening to a book.
I liked that the author made fun of herself while being unapologetic for being human.
The honesty of the author, I will listen to this book over and over.