While reading this book...and now that I'm finished, I can't get it out of my mind. The real life characters of the story have taken hold of me & I feel like I'll never be the same again. Simply the best audiobook I've bought to date.
At first, you think the build up of storyline will culminate in something wildly dramatic....b/c we've been raised to look for red herrings in writing & foreshadowing, it's tough to switch your mindset to one of just listening and being present with the reader. There are no dramatic twists or adrenaline fueled finales to chapters. ....There is plenty of action, but the storytelling is wholly un-manipulative. I really liked it.
....and I plan on listening to it again - which is always the true test as to whether I loved a book.
The opening section about her discovering "the feeling" is so funny and insightful & so extremely daring that its worth the price of the book. Chelsea is hilarious & clearly fearless.
Narration is OK. I've heard some god awful narration so i couldn't put it in the 1 or 2 stars with that category of "unlistenable". Still, the narration was just ok.
Story really belongs in a much shorter book. I'm sure the story is actually very very good - but she draws it out with detailed accounts of things that we just don't care about hearing. There's a constant refrain about how she likes to eat clean & is forced to eat things she doesn't want to eat. It's exhausting to listen to mundane comments about how you don't like a certain type of food. I feel like I'm at my friend's house & her 5 year old is protesting that night's dinner.
Seriously, I have to believe this story gets better - but I can't make it through a minute longer.
It's weird bc I'm such a fan of Chelsea, but her friends are a tad annoying in this book. For example, it seems like they've all listened to her self-read audiobooks & sort of emulated her performance style. badly.
also....and maybe it's just me....but are all of these people super super stupid? if chelsea is such a known prankster, wouldn't most of these pranks have been visible from space? Once guy is duped into leaving his honeymoon early b/c he was told that TIME Magazine was putting the writing staff of Chelsea Lately on the COVER. Reeeeeally? Seriously? I mean, I know that Time Magazine does actually dumb down the American version of its publication by making it more pop culture skewed ((that's actually true...the rest of the world gets another version of the magazine....wtf)) but, seriously.....i don't think i need to continue. You get it. It's OBVIOUSLY a prank. Jeez.
so many other examples....and none really that funny, except probably to the people involved.
Oof. Wait for Uganda to Be Kidding Me to come out on audible.
You should TOTALLY still buy this audiobook - the narrator isn't unlistenable....she's just not at all the kind of narrator this (or any) book needs.
Her voice is a bit nasal.
She sounds like an elitist asshole.
She sounds super super "white"
I'm caucasian...but i just hate that snooty white lady voice.
Ok, i've ranted enough about the narrator.
This book is incredible. It's brutal, but still inspires you. Best thing I've listened to since "Behind the Beautiful Forevers"
Not as good as some other books in this genre...but still, I made it through the whole thing & there were several parts that made me laugh out loud, hard. Good enough to recommend to a friend....and I might even listen to it again in 6 months. ((((i retouch & process photographic images, so audiobooks are my salvation....)))
Some definite MEANDERING at times, but she gets back on track pretty quickly..... The brutal honesty kept me coming back for more.
The book is just too long. There are too many little unimportant details that the author relays & I found myself getting very very bored. The premise of the story (her experience) is one that I find fascinating & terrifying - but the book is just too long.
The narrator has one of those super commercial sounding "goody two shoes" type voices that I find a little irritating. Her line deliveries aren't a total deal-breaker, but I absolutely would NOT buy another book narrated by this reader. Eeeesh.
This has been one of my favorite of Pema's audiobooks. She talks a lot about groundlessness, & nurturing your relationship with fear. One of my favorite phrases ((which I have written on the wall by my desk)) is "If there is PRAISE, there will be BLAME". I would recommend this book to anyone :) love you Pema!!
I like to vary my listening....deep dramas give way to campy mysteries... Political bestsellers give way to hilarious memoirs.
Having just finished "Double Down" (((well, I'm halfway thru it....it's basically 1 million hours, so I'll get there eventually))) I needed something funny with an edge. Double Down is almost freakishly dry compared to the movie version of the first book, Game Change. Maybe the first time I've encountered a movie that was waaaaay better than the book.
Let's Pretend was the perfect listen to wash away all the self-important B.S. that droned on during my Double Down listen. Jenny Lawson's voice sounds just as you would imagine it if you actually *read* the book. In fact, I'm not sure this book should be read. The rambling nature of Jenny's writing style seriously lends itself to the whole audiobook thing. ....and i use the term "rambling" in the best possible sense :) Her ramblings are what make the book so damn funny.
In a year or so, when I'm looking for a new listen, I'm sure I'll replay this one. And then again, in another couple years. Money well spent!
I'm a book person. I always think the book was better than the movie....always. That being said, I never read the first book, "Game Change" - i only saw the movie. Obviously, it was an excellent screenplay and had some pretty amazing performances, so maybe that spoiled me for the reading of this 2nd book. Game Change had so many juicy tidbits of info that I'd not previously heard while watching the coverage of the Obama v. McCain race. In Double Down, I feel like I'm just sitting through a re-hashing of stuff I already know - or already sort of knew. Although, to be fair, Romney/Ryan were nowhere near the level of entertainment that Sarah Palin herself provides, so perhaps, it's not the book &/or authors' fault?
Narrator does a good job.
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