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I'm the One That I Want | [Margaret Cho]

I'm the One That I Want

I'm the One That I Want, based on her show of the same name, is filled with dead-on insights about the experience of being a woman with attitude, of flowing with the highs and lows of life, and of creating one's own identity and acceptance. It is every bit as hilarious, shocking, and irreverent as she is.
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Publisher's Summary

At age 16, Margaret Cho dropped out of school and began touring as a standup comedian. By 23, she was the star of her own sitcom, All-American Girl, the groundbreaking show featuring television's first Asian American family. But the road to fame wasn't smooth, and when the sitcom crashed and burned, so did Margaret.

Without ever losing her trademark humor, Margaret tells her astonishing tale of dieting her way into the hospital, drinking herself into oblivion, then rising from the ashes in her smash-hit, one-woman show and record-breaking concert film. I'm the One That I Want, based on her show of the same name, is filled with dead-on insights about the experience of being a woman with attitude, of flowing with the highs and lows of life, and of creating one's own identity and acceptance. It is every bit as hilarious, shocking, and irreverent as she is.

©2001 Margaret Cho; (P) and ©2001 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"[Margaret Cho is] outspoken, profane, radical, and excruciatingly funny." (Los Angeles Times)

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    Ling Chatham, NJ, USA 04-10-03
    Ling Chatham, NJ, USA 04-10-03
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    "Hilarious and deeply engrossing"

    This was my first audible book. I chose it because I wanted something funny, and found that not only was it hilarious, it was also touching, sad, inspiring and a lot more things at the same time. What makes it even better is that the comedian reads her own story, and all the impressions of her parents and relatives are absolutely perfect-- I found myself doubled over during the first ten minutes-- I literally COULD NOT STAND UP, I was laughing so hard. I found myself greedily listening to this way beyond the time I alotted myself for a half hour of daily exercise. The story progresses through the star's childhood, how she became a comedian, how she became famous, etc. It also describes her eating disorder, problems with drugs, men, etc. All told with flashes of humor that are so brilliant-- she's a genius and should do more of these. The book came to an end way too soon-- wish it was unabridged instead of abridged.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew J Peterson 07-13-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Horrifically entertaining."

    She blindsided me with this auto-biographical tale of trials she's faced. And won me over with heartfelt pain and insight. I think fans and critics alike would enjoy this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deanne framingham, MA, USA 09-27-03
    Deanne framingham, MA, USA 09-27-03
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    "Not all that funny."

    I thought this was going to be funny all the way thru but while it was funny in spots, it wasn't really a comedy routine - it was the story about her struggles with alcohol and drugs and difficult early life. it was mainly heartbreaking and sad. I had to fast forward thru some sad parts because it too painful to listen to.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    M. Thompson 02-20-03
    M. Thompson 02-20-03 Member Since 2003
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    "This is not funny."

    Although Margaret Cho is known to us as a comedian this audiobook is not funny. There are a few moments that are light, like when she protrays her mother, it does bring a smile, but by no means is this a comedy. It is actually just sad. Kind of pathetic in a way. Cho relates her life to the reader and as it is so desperate that one cannot help but feel sorry for her and yet you can't help but feel disgusted at the same time. It goes from a sad childhood to a sad adulthood and then some light at then end of tunnel towards the end.

    7 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Brampton, ON, Canada 07-10-12
    Stephanie Brampton, ON, Canada 07-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Could not get through her childhood."

    Rough life, sure, but whine whine whine. Couldn't make it past the first hour.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia Woodbridge, VA, USA 03-15-06
    Claudia Woodbridge, VA, USA 03-15-06
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    "Not what I expected"

    Although this book is written by someone I would consider a comic, it is definitely not a comedy. Not a bad book but more of a biography of her life ups and downs and not funny.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susie Berkeley, CA, USA 11-17-05
    Susie Berkeley, CA, USA 11-17-05
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    "Painful to get through"

    Reading this book wasn't as awful as listening to Cho read it aloud. She wrote interesting material but turns herself into such a victim in her portrayal that it is hard to bear.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lin Rochester, NY, USA 04-17-05
    Lin Rochester, NY, USA 04-17-05
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    "Empty Profanity"

    If you are looking for vacuous profanity and the psychosis du jour, read Cho's books. Perhaps she should have finished High School. She may have developed a vocabulary consisting of more than 100 words. If she did indeed "crash and burn", I believe that the flames have yet to be extinguished!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Barnesville, OH, USA 12-11-04
    Melissa Barnesville, OH, USA 12-11-04
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    "I really did not like the reader"

    I love Margaret Cho's comedy but this book is not funny. It also does not sound like Margaret Cho reading it. I know it SAYS it's Margaret Cho, and the imitations of her mother are definitely Cho, but it doesn't sound like her. Overall, I found it interesting but not worth spending my $$ on. This is one for the library, not your hard-earned dollars.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suzan Daly City, CA, USA 05-19-03
    Suzan Daly City, CA, USA 05-19-03
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    "Margaret Gets Mushy"

    Margaret Cho gets shamelessly sentimental, telling her story in a cutesy voice to schmaltzy piano music. Didn't she used to be funny? Maybe she should start drinking again.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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