"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 loved hearing Ellen read her book
All of Ellen's stories are funny or touching
Ellen is excellent and her reading her own book added a great touch
I listened to this book while waiting to serve jury duty
Because of this book, I'm hooked on audio books! Thanks audible.com!
I love reading self-improvement and humour books because we all need a little laughter in our lives.
Inspiring, Humorous, Outstanding
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.
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.
This book made me laugh...and laugh hard!
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.
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
Monotone, Disappointing, Waste
All scenes under 3 minutes... And there were many if them
Yes, I listened to this book while multitasking: walking, doing chores.
If they were fans of Ellen, sure.
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.
I've always been a fan of her show, books and standup, but I was a little surprised by this.
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.
Her delivery, it really makes the experience.
I got bored after an hour.
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.
I'm a high school English teacher, partner, mom, daughter, sister, and adventurer.
I always enjoy hearing books read by the author and this is no exception.
This audiobook was surprisingly short. Much of the material was redundant with Ellen's stand up comedy - particularly her HBO show.
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.
Nope, no extreme emotion. A few smiles and maybe 1 or 2 out loud laughs, but I was expecting more.
Maybe. I Love Ellen. But this in my opinion is not Ellen at her best.
It is a great listen if you want a good laugh and also has some fun little life lessons thrown into the mix.
The realness of it. No sugar coating here.
Ellen is a true story teller, and her fun outlook on life shines through.
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
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.
"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
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.
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.
This book kept me widely entertained on long journeys - highly insightful but in a comedic way
cannot recommend enough
Not the book I was hoping for. Little chapters that sometimes made no sense. I was disappointed by the content.
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?
Love this woman she is super funny, priceless entertainment😂 must read if you love to laugh, seriously I'm Not Kidding
"Fluff. Pleasant fluff, but fluff nonetheless."
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.
"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.
Ellen really inspired me and made me laugh I love her positivity and I hope to think more like her :)
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