"I've experienced a whole lot the last few years, and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax, and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?"
©2011 Ellen DeGeneres (P)2011 Hachette
I LOVE Ellen...but this book is just boring. About what you would expect to get if someone sat down behind a mic without a script and wanted to kill 3 hours. A few funny parts, but mostly blah. Disappointed!
For the "street cred" that Ellen has a number 1 talk show host and great stand-up comic I expect more from her. I LOVE Ellen so I was so sadly disappointed in the fact that I couldn't even force myself to finish this book. It is boring and I hate to admit it...Stupid. There isn't even a common thread that makes it a story here. It sounds more like she promised a book and then when she didn't have anything to say that hadn't already been said she simply scribbled random thoughts on the page and tried to tie them together somehow. I was seriously disappointed, but I still love her and will watch her show daily, which IS Entertaining and Funny!
It was not as funny as her show. Maybe the ambience during the show makes her funnier.
It started out well but fizzled toward the end.
The narration was OK.
Quite a few after two-thirds of the book.
I still like her humor, just not in book form.
i might reluctantly try another, however only after many many consistently elated reviews
On balance, this book is positive, light and even plainly silly. In all, these three hours go by well, fast! So that's why I give 5 stars for performance. Ellen maintains the momentum well. She is an engaging speaker.
perhaps the title says it all, seriously i'm kidding - that is that there were some funny moments more towards the beginning. The middle just seemed downright page filler. In the absence of more hilariousness, the redeeming factor might have been some somewhat more serious insight into her life and her thoughts and feelings etc. This was my first book by Ellen so I really knew nothing about her before today. I now know that she is neat, punctual, hard working, persistent, affable, did not go to college, thick skinned, positive, good, kind, honest, does not cook, does not clean, loves her wife etc. I didn't get much sense of depth. Sometimes I thought she was going to say something meaningful but I couldn't be sure whether she was serious or not?!! In the middle of the book she really lets you into her stream of thought consciousness. Although I don't know that I'd call it a stream. It is a whirlwind of anecdotal thoughts organized into brief chapters. Average chapter length might be 2-3 minutes. Some 'chapters' are 1-2 sentences. And, then it's over and I'm just like, huh. I like Ellen a lot from what I've seen. She is very positive and more than a bit silly and I wish her well with her show and as an author and modeling etc.
I never much liked seinfeld or family guy or simpsons... maybe you should just wait for more reviews to decide, if you are on the fence. since I don't watch her show, if you do and you love it maybe then you will also appreciate this book. It just wasn't so great for me.
Hearing it read by her seems more funny than reading it.
Some tiny funny bits.
She is so not funny and her sarcasim which I usually love was to much.
I absolutely love audible! I read constantly and there is nothing better than finding a new series to follow. I'm a syfy/fant kinda gal.
It's mid level. I've read better but I've read worse...
Yes. This book was good for a few great laughs. I like Ellen in general and enjoy her comedy.
Her sarcasm about real life simple acts really entertains.
I loved her describing her cover girl experience.
You stay classy, Planet Earth.
I'm not really sure who would like this.
The way this was read was so awkward. It just sounded all wrong. Not funny at all.
It didn't sound natural. Took away from the funny writing.
The depth of her stories. I wanted to get to know her better. I bought this book because as a person I find her so appealing. But the book left me wanting more. I felt like listening to Ellen's wonderful voice but a scrpt from Seinfield.
I heard Tina Fey Bossy Pants before and expected a similar experience. The book left me dissapointed. I am now listening to other genre, but it is partly before, aside from Tina and Ellen, none of the other female comediants of my generation appeal me as much as these two. I would listen to another book by Ellen, hopefully deeper and just as funny.
She has a unique voice. Just listening to her voice made me smile.
YES. But not to follow-up, but to show the real potential of Ellen as a writter. It left me feeling like this was not the best she could do.
This book is light and funny and I couldn't really tell what the story was. Probably because she's a comedian and her point is to be entertaining. Not a serious book. It's perfect if you are looking for a light, easy, quick read that will make you smile.
She's funny! She speaks funny and writes funny. When you get to hear both at once...it's even better!
"good not great"
the most interesting aspect is Ellen being Ellen the least interesting thing is the story line was not what i expected
it made me smile
she is better seen than heard most of her jokes comes off better because of her gesticulation how she would look when she delivers her punch line her body movements
"Funny and easy listen"
Good for a laugh and gives a few points on which to think on. It was read like an extension of her monologues. Not to expect a deep, thought provoking serious novel which looks greatly into Ellen's personal life or anything like that or even following any story line of sorts. It was an overall light, relaxing, funny, random and enjoyable book to listen to and there were many moments which made me laugh throughout the book. The narration by Ellen herself added humour and a warmth to the book which i greatly enjoyed listening to it from beginning to end.
Great listen for any fan of Ellen
"Favorite of Ellen"
I know that there wasn't exactly a story line in there and Ellen didn't present detailed information about her own personal life. But she did share the knowledge and truths what she had learned over these years. I love her monologues on the show and this book is basically that. She shares her thoughts and beliefs and observations in a very positive and funny way. It is a relaxing and uplifting book, which reminds us that it is alright to have fun and act silly from time to time. It is not a serious book and you will not gain deep rooted messages to think about throughout your years, it is simply a little time to stop and enjoy the funnier side of life. I enjoyed listening to her and anyone who loves Ellen, will enjoy it, too.
I thought I’d try this as a bit of light relief from the thrillers or serious novels I usually get. Ellen as a narrator is good; her voice is warm and engaging. Unfortunately the book itself is pure drivel. I expected after the glib introduction that it would settle down to some kind of interesting context, but it doesn’t, she skips through wise cracks on a number of topics without really saying anything at all. I gave up after chapter 7 and fast forwarded in the hope that I hit on something worthwhile. I didn’t. Very disappointing.
Ellen is just simply a wonderful, uplifting, hilarious, inspirational woman.
She's honest and can laugh at herself. Which we all need to be able to do. Life is short and we need to be living it not complaining about what makes it up.
It's a goofy feel good read I enjoyed every minute of it. The quick chapters just make you feel like you speed right on through it.
Really enjoyed this, Ellen is a favourite of mine, but im not one for autobiographies or anything like this normally but as it was ellen thought id give it a listen and am so glad I did. I enjoyed this book very much, made me laugh out loud and was very interesting and can honestly say loved it from start to finish well worth a listen and with Ellen reading it makes it even better.
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