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Seriously...I'm Kidding | [Ellen DeGeneres]

Seriously...I'm Kidding

"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?" (Ellen DeGeneres)
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Publisher's Summary

"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?"
---Ellen DeGeneres

©2011 Ellen DeGeneres (P)2011 Hachette

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    Julie Gladstone, OR, United States 05-16-13
    Julie Gladstone, OR, United States 05-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "First audio book!"
    What did you love best about Seriously...I'm Kidding?

    I loved hearing Ellen read her book


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of Ellen's stories are funny or touching


    Which character – as performed by Ellen DeGeneres – was your favorite?

    Ellen is excellent and her reading her own book added a great touch


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this book while waiting to serve jury duty


    Any additional comments?

    Because of this book, I'm hooked on audio books! Thanks audible.com!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 05-02-13
    Dustin Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 05-02-13

    I love reading self-improvement and humour books because we all need a little laughter in our lives.

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    "Absolutely Amazing & Inspirational"
    If you could sum up Seriously...I'm Kidding in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, Humorous, Outstanding


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ellen Degeneres is such an inspiration for many people. She inspires people to just "stop and smell the roses." She is a celebrity whose life is very private and thus, we see no media mis-interpretation of her. Throughout this story, she allows us into her life in an extremely positive way. She combines humour and real-life.


    What does Ellen DeGeneres bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ellen brings emotion and laughter to the story. Because of the way it is written, it could easily be mis-interpreted and people may not catch the sarcasm. By listening to it, you get the full message.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me laugh...and laugh hard!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Freddie Bergbron, South Africa 04-30-13
    Freddie Bergbron, South Africa 04-30-13
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    "You're kidding"
    What disappointed you about Seriously...I'm Kidding?

    I was wholeheartedly disappointed. The book and narration was forced and gimmicky. Strange silences at the end of chapters to prove a point is a perfect recipe for the amazing REM I had during this experience.


    What was most disappointing about Ellen DeGeneres’s story?

    It is obvious that Ellen had very little to say, to start off with. She even acknowledges this at the start of the book. It was really true.. She didn't know what to write


    What three words best describe Ellen DeGeneres’s voice?

    Monotone, Disappointing, Waste


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Seriously...I'm Kidding?

    All scenes under 3 minutes... And there were many if them


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mary COLLEGE STATION, TX, United States 04-29-13
    mary COLLEGE STATION, TX, United States 04-29-13
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    "Interesting for hardcore Ellen fans"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I listened to this book while multitasking: walking, doing chores.


    Would you recommend Seriously...I'm Kidding to your friends? Why or why not?

    If they were fans of Ellen, sure.


    What does Ellen DeGeneres bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She goes on long tangents that if I was reading I probably would have skipped over, but listening to her ramble made it easier to understand where her mind was going.


    Do you think Seriously...I'm Kidding needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    not yet


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Fessenden NYC 04-12-13
    Michael Fessenden NYC 04-12-13 Member Since 2013

    mfessenden

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    "Not what I expected"
    Would you try another book from Ellen DeGeneres and/or Ellen DeGeneres?

    I've always been a fan of her show, books and standup, but I was a little surprised by this.


    What could Ellen DeGeneres have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It's a little too "stream of consciousness" for my taste. It's as if she just sat down with a basic outline, and lists off everything that comes into her head.


    What does Ellen DeGeneres bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her delivery, it really makes the experience.


    Was Seriously...I'm Kidding worth the listening time?

    I got bored after an hour.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patti 04-11-13
    Patti 04-11-13
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    "For as funny as Ellen is, her book is not at all."

    Seems like a lot of wasted space, filler. I even broke my own rule of listening all the way through. Just couldn't stand to listen any more. Too bad. I was hoping for a lot more from her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Torrance, Ca USA 03-28-13
    Cindy Torrance, Ca USA 03-28-13 Member Since 2013

    I'm a high school English teacher, partner, mom, daughter, sister, and adventurer.

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    "Short and Redundant with Previous Material"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Seriously...I'm Kidding to be better than the print version?

    I always enjoy hearing books read by the author and this is no exception.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    This audiobook was surprisingly short. Much of the material was redundant with Ellen's stand up comedy - particularly her HBO show.


    Have you listened to any of Ellen DeGeneres’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ellen's reading of the book was good, but actually not as emotive as her standup. It almost felt like it was something on her "to do" list rather than something she was inspired to do.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nope, no extreme emotion. A few smiles and maybe 1 or 2 out loud laughs, but I was expecting more.


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    C 03-24-13
    C 03-24-13
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    Where does Seriously...I'm Kidding rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    2


    Would you recommend Seriously...I'm Kidding to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe. I Love Ellen. But this in my opinion is not Ellen at her best.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tova Kelowna, BC, Canada 03-18-13
    Tova Kelowna, BC, Canada 03-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Lots of laughs with some lessons weaved in."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is a great listen if you want a good laugh and also has some fun little life lessons thrown into the mix.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The realness of it. No sugar coating here.


    What about Ellen DeGeneres’s performance did you like?

    Ellen is a true story teller, and her fun outlook on life shines through.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doreen 03-13-13
    Doreen 03-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Rambling rambling rambling"
    Would you try another book from Ellen DeGeneres and/or Ellen DeGeneres?

    No.


    What about Ellen DeGeneres’s performance did you like?

    Her voice


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Seriously...I'm Kidding?

    All the rambling which is about 90% of what I could bare listening to. Which is up to Chapter 12, after her favorite Chapter number


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed her shows, her jokes, but there are way too much rambling and not getting to any point. It feel more like it's a chore for her to write this book. Feels like my book report in primary school, just keep writing because I have to fulfil a certain number of words.

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  • Kai
    Inverness, Scotland
    7/25/13
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    "Funny and easy listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suej
    UK
    1/13/13
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    "Friendly drivel"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea
    Shoeburyness, United Kingdom
    12/5/12
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    "Seriously...good"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    7/30/15
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    "great book!"

    This book kept me widely entertained on long journeys - highly insightful but in a comedic way

    cannot recommend enough

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timothy
    7/23/15
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    "Not funny"

    Not the book I was hoping for. Little chapters that sometimes made no sense. I was disappointed by the content.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • William
    Lytham, United Kingdom
    5/7/15
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    "Too Silly"

    Really gutted about this book. She's so funny! But I wanted abit more info about her life not silly noises, and loads of info about how I should live my life. I though it was an autobiography?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aj Marston
    4/25/15
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    "Hilarious"

    Love this woman she is super funny, priceless entertainment😂 must read if you love to laugh, seriously I'm Not Kidding

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cass
    4/5/15
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    "Fluff. Pleasant fluff, but fluff nonetheless."
    Would you try another book written by Ellen DeGeneres or narrated by Ellen DeGeneres?

    Narrated? Definitely. I enjoy Ellen's patter and I'm a big fan of hers. The performance was the saving grace of these three hours.

    Written? Well... that's another story. There's nothing to this book. There are a few funny bits, of course, but probably fewer than you'd get watching one episode of her show (or binge watching clips on YouTube). She also tries to bring forward her thoughts on positivity and self-worth, but never gets beyond the surface or says anything that couldn't fit on a greeting card.

    Its like she tried to write a memoir, a self-help book, and a comedy book all at once, but didn't trust her audience to stick with her for more than a few hours. What you're left with is a disappointing jack-of-all trades with no depth or direction.

    I wouldn't absolutely rule out another book by her, but I'll be very suspicious of future offerings, which is a shame. I know she can do better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mrs
    4/3/15
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    "I Didn't Think I Could Love Her More"

    Absolutely Loved it. I would recommend it to anyone and tell them they're bound to enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • erin
    2/28/15
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    "Loved it"

    Ellen really inspired me and made me laugh I love her positivity and I hope to think more like her :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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