Say something about yourself!
Moderately funny. She is no David Sedaris. I am pretty sure I got the book because someone said if you like Sedaris, you will like this one. Not true. I did laugh out loud on a few occasions but Jenny Lawson is no David Sedaris. A bit too self conscious perhaps. Hard to put my finger on. But he is a genius. She is not. So enjoy but do not expect too much. I think I am disappointed because she did not live up to the Sedaris bar. That is unfair, alas.
I didn't get that far
Singing the chapter titles was horribly annoying. I found the valley girl/Texas accent a bit wearing.
I made it about halfway through before I couldn't stand to listen anymore. Sure, some of it was funny (maybe about 1/3) and some of it was touching, but the rest was vapid and self-absorbed.
I've been looking for lighthearted books to listen to in the car. Anything too involved that requires a fair amount of concentration makes me lose interest because I can't pay enough attention without running off the road. I was looking for something on the lighter side, but this just wasn't right for me.
I think that fans of Jenny's blog would really get this book. If you aren't familiar with her blog, I suggest you check it out to see if you like her style before downloading this.
The way she talks, "like, TOTALLY". Too many sentences go up in the end? Like a question?
"Free" out takes at the end was just a one woman comedy routine, and not a good one at that. "Free shots every time I say vagina!"
Maybe, but only in printed format.
Some of the material would have been humorous in print (or if read by another narrator), but the author's reading just grated on me, to the point where I had to stop listening after 1 (very painful) hour. The F bombs didn't bother me at all, but she speaks like a teenager, in terms of her vocal inflection. For example, she ends many statements as if they were questions, which I found highly irritating. And it just sounds like she is trying way way too hard to be funny and clever. She is NO David Sedaris by any means.
Tied for first. One of my favorite all time!
Hearing her stories from her childhood reminded me so much of my childhood. It brought back memories I had long forgotten. She is so witty and hilarious. I have since started following her blog and I am often brought to tears from laughing so hard.
I couldn't stop listening except to hit the pause button to calm my laughing before people in public thought I was crazy.
Different narrator would have made this better. Sorry Jenny, I just can't get past your saying "ink" instead of "ing" for all words ending in "ing" and boy, there were a lot of those words. I think in this case I would have preferred reading the actual book. Or sayink in your language, I would have preferred readink the actual book.
I was very disappointed by this audiobook. It was recommended based on previous listens (Caitlin Moran, Mindy Kaling) and is not at all the same calibre. While Jenny Lawson's writing may be very successful in blog format, it doesn't transition to a book. I was very bored by her stories and probably only chuckled twice in 8 hours. (As an aside, her way of pronouncing "ing" as "ingk" is infuriating). Jenny Lawson would no doubt be a hilarious person to have as a friend. But her book is a poor attempt at the successful-blog-turned-book-deal format. I would NOT recommend this book.
I barely made it through chapter 5. I just couldn't handle another minute of her rambling, constantly wavering back and forth between kidding and not, excessive-and-for-no-purpose-except-thinking-she's-cute use of "the f word", ValleyGirl monotone narration. If I'd have tried to read the book rather than get the audio version, I'm certain I would have been just as annoyed. I should have followed my instincts and reviews I had read before I purchased the book. Everything told me "NO!" Now I see why.
Not written it
The entire package was just wrong for me, and I come from a family of funny, sarcastic, opinionated, semi-dysfunctional people myself. But no one I choose to hang out with is as annoying as this woman's delivery.
On to another book!
I understand that the author is the narrator, and that's fine. But I really found Jenny Lawson's voice to be agitating, so much so that I could not enjoy the content of the book. She would start at one pitch, and then as she read the sentence, her voice would get lower and... what's the word I'm looking for? Scratchier? I'm an extremely OCD person, and I hate leaving things unfinished. But as much as it pained me, I just could not finish this audiobook. The voice eventually became like nails on a chalkboard.
I love audiobooks, and I've listened to a wide range of narrator's voices. Before this, I never really even noticed the voice - it was just there. But this book has really made me appreciate the importance of a good narrator. I can't really speak much to the content, as I obviously couldn't concentrate on it. The book would've been better for me if purchased the hard copy or e-book. It may have also been more tolerable if Jenny Lawson didn't grossly overuse the word "vagina."
It just rambled on and on and on and she was trying too hard to be funny. Not funny at all. will be returning.
the "hey i did drugs" part - thats not funny.