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Diary of a Mad Diva | [Joan Rivers]

Diary of a Mad Diva

Following up the phenomenal success of her headline-making New York Times bestseller I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me, the unstoppable Joan Rivers is at it again. When her daughter Melissa gives her a diary for Christmas, at first Joan is horrified—who the hell does Melissa think she is? That fat pig, Bridget Jones? But as Joan, being both beautiful and introspective, begins to record her day-to-day musings, she realizes she has a lot to say. About everything. And everyone, God help them..
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Publisher's Summary

Following up the phenomenal success of her headline-making New York Times bestseller I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me, the unstoppable Joan Rivers is at it again. When her daughter Melissa gives her a diary for Christmas, at first Joan is horrified—who the hell does Melissa think she is? That fat pig, Bridget Jones? But as Joan, being both beautiful and introspective, begins to record her day-to-day musings, she realizes she has a lot to say. About everything. And everyone, God help them.

The result? A no-holds-barred, delightfully vicious and always hilarious look at the everyday life of the ultimate diva. Follow Joan on a family vacation in Mexico and on trips between New York and Los Angeles where she mingles with the stars, never missing a beat as she delivers blistering critiques on current events, and excoriating insights about life, pop culture, and celebrities (from A to D list), all in her relentlessly funny signature style.

This is the Diary of a Mad Diva. Forget about Anais Nin, Anne Frank, and Sylvia Plath. For the first time in a century, a diary by someone that’s actually worth reading.

Comedienne, Emmy Award–winning TV host, Tony-nominated actress and CEO, Joan Rivers was an icon of American culture, a bestselling author, Celebrity Apprentice winner, writer, producer, director, and savvy businesswoman who overcame great odds to reinvent herself time and time again. She hosted E! Network’s popular series Fashion Police, and starred with her daughter, Melissa, in their own weekly reality show, Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best? on WEtv Network. Her critically acclaimed documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work premiered in theaters nationwide and is available on DVD. Amongst all of her success, Joan’s most joyous triumph was being a mother and grandmother.

©2014 Joan Rivers (P)2014 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Fermin mansfield, TX, United States 09-04-14
    Fermin mansfield, TX, United States 09-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Diary of a Mad Diva to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I like to hear her voice and her expressions of her own words. She is so committed to giving her fans the best. She had to read it to us.


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

    she brings her words to life.


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

    She will be missed.


    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    scott 09-19-14
    scott 09-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Can we NOT talk?"
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    I love Joan Rivers and I'm sad that she's no longer with us.
    But this book is awful...actually, this audio book is awful.
    I only made til March in her "diary" before I called it quits.
    And I NEVER quit a book.
    If you like recycled jokes and outdated pop references (Sunny Von Bulow...Nancy Kerrigan...Monica Lewinsky) then this book may be for you.
    For the record, nothing really offends me...I get this type of humor and like it...but not when it's not funny. 2 jokes about JFK getting his head blown off...really?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Garson, ON, Canada 07-25-14
    Diane Garson, ON, Canada 07-25-14 Member Since 2013

    I've loved reading and writing for as far back as I can remember. I live in Ontario, Canada with my dear dog Joram (Maltese).

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    "Diva's Diary Amazes"

    When I came across this book I didn't hesitate. I had to have it. For me Joan Rivers has always been the best. The thought of a diary by Joan Rivers made me feel all tingly with anticipation.

    This book was an amazing experience. I loved the whole thing. I wish that the diary would have covered every single day of the year for which this diary covers. Some days are missing. I can think of many good reasons why these days would have been missed and I do understand. We can't all have everything we want, right? Well, I sometimes think we all should have everything we need. Let me tell you this book came to me at a time when I really needed it. (I've been going through such troubles this year) This book got me smiling and laughing and that was what I was really in need of!!

    Thank you so much Joan Rivers for this book. You're always amazing!!
    I'm so glad that you narrated this book yourself, your words always need to be heard in your voice. You're unique and your voice is unique. I enjoyed this book so much.
    It was very much worth the credit I used to get this book and I have already listened more than once. Everyone really needs to get this book, it's an experience you won't regret.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Darren 07-04-14
    Darren 07-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Joan is brilliantly inappropriate and hilarious."

    I highly recommend this audio book only if you do not have a proclivity for political correctness.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Mint Hill, NC, United States 09-28-14
    Michelle Mint Hill, NC, United States 09-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Priceless, fun and crude- Just like it should be"

    Joan in all her glory and crudeness and loved every minute of it. Rest in Peace Diva

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 09-02-14
    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 09-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sometimes yes - it was very funny and I laughed aloud all by myself.Other times no - some of her comments/jokes were grade school-ish and didn't make me even smile, much less laugh.


    Would you recommend Diary of a Mad Diva to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really. I'm a Joan fan and I know she goes over the top and against what is "proper", which is what I usually love about her. But this book disappointed me more than entertained me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This is who Joan is. She's the original "shock" female comic which I admire her for, but sometimes things she says in this particular book come off as trying too hard to be funny or shocking but they fall flat.


    Could you see Diary of a Mad Diva being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    If it were made in to a movie I wouldn't go see it. This book was boring enough that I can't even finish it. I've struggled to get as far as I have but I think I'm giving up. I'm sure she'd have a plethora of snarky things to say about that. :)


    Any additional comments?

    I have a lot of respect and admiration for Joan Rivers. I love her on Fashion Police, I love that she walked out on that reporter, I am truly a fan. This book just didn't do it for me.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    D. Sanderson 05-11-15

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    "If you adore Joan Rivers,, you want this!"
    Where does Diary of a Mad Diva rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is actually the first time I've listened to an audiobook. I actually bought several of her books in hardback but don't have time to read much, so I bought them again for Audible, I can listen from my computer, in my car, anywhere I am. So, as to how this ranks - as it's the only book I've listened to (I just started "I Hate Everyone...") it was fantastic! I cried when Joan died so actually listening to her voice, reading her own books - it keeps her alive for me, if only for the length of a book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Since this book was based on a "diary" format, it was hilarious listening to "one year" of Joan's life. Of course it got off track at times but, being a diary, was always brought back. And again, it's awesome hearing Joan's voice again!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was funny, I laughed my butt off from beginning to end!


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

    Laugh, laugh, laugh all the way through.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a HUGE Joan Rivers fan, I bawled when she died, so this is a great "discovery" for me - that I can listen to her comedy in her own voice forever. And if I listened to any one of her books 10 times or more, I'd still be hilariously laughing. Although it can be embarrassing at stop lights, being the only one in the car, and I'm laughing so hard that my hands are slapping against the steering wheel - I hope people don't notice!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    suzanne 04-28-15
    suzanne 04-28-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Great fun!"

    Enjoyed hearing Joan and glad she is the narrator. Always a fan of hers. Fun and outrageous as expected.
    Plan to listen again sometime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Good man 04-27-15
    Good man 04-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny funny OMG funny"

    Morning if you read this book don't read it in public because you laugh I'll crying .Joan Rivers you are the queen of comedy God bless you will miss you.

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    Kat Lively USA 04-18-15
    Kat Lively USA 04-18-15 Member Since 2015

    I like to read.

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    "She went out with a bang."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I saw Joan had been awarded a posthumous Grammy for this. You wish she had lived to accept the trophy; I'm sure she had an "interrupting Kanye" joke at the ready.

    Anyway...in terms of audio quality, it's okay. Joan sounds her age here, and the delivery isn't like that of her stand-up act, where she flows freely with the one-liners and insults. She's reading and I'm guessing she left no room for improvisation. There are moments of halting speech that take away from the experience. I haven't heard the other Grammy finalists this year, but I can compare it to the Martin Short audiobook I listened to last month, and I'll be surprised if he's overlooked next year for this award.

    In terms of content...eh. I've only read one other Joan Rivers book, the Heidi Abromowitz one. That was vulgar and funny, and I think I liked that more because Heidi is fictional and Joan's tone 30 years ago wasn't as blue. Here, there were a few moments when I did smile, but many of these jokes are plain mean-spirited.

    Yeah, they're just jokes, lighten up, yada...but even insult jokes should be funny. Those influenced by Joan declare even at 81 she wasn't done yet, but she got rather crotchety toward the end.I do admit, it's bittersweet in places when she talks about death and how she planned to spend New Year's Eve, seeing as how she didn't get there.

    If you have a high tolerance for blanket insults of race, creed, and celebrities, enjoy.


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    "As acerbic as ever, but very US-Centric"

    Can we talk? Okay, when you buy a Joan Rivers book you have a pretty good idea of what you're in for; Outrageous statements, cutting put-downs and close-to-the-knuckle humour that is always skirting the edge of acceptability. And Ms Rivers does not disappoint.

    That said, you need to be aware of a few things if you're considering buying this title.

    1. Joan Rivers has always defined herself by three aspects; She's a woman, she's a Jew, and she is a New Yorker (capitalisation intentional) and through her years in the business she has focussed her act primarily on these 3 demographics. Consequently she makes a number of references to Americans in the public eye who many Europeans have never heard of, and therefore the ensuing vitriol and punchline falls flat. Imagine Al Murray doing a show in the US and making jokes about Ant and Dec, it just wouldn't work. Same thing with Joan.

    2. Comedy has come a long way since the 80s and most comedians would agree that to stay edgy and current they often find themselves skirting the ragged edges of what is seen as acceptable. (UK's Frankie Boyle being a prime example) For me there are still some taboo subjects and so I found it hard to listen to Joan when she pokes fun at Anne Frank, Stephen Hawking, or the victims of serial killers.

    3. The title is a misnomer, this is not a diary in any sense of the word. It is instead a series of Joan's stage topics, written in a diarist format. There's no insight into her life, her friends or the daily challenges of staying in the public eye as you reach your 60s.

    That said I'll admit there were several places where I laughed out loud (once on the London Underground and boy did that get looks) and I am sure I will be peppering my party conversations with Joan's one-liners for years to come.

    And as Joan herself says, "Why the hell not? I don't need 'em anymore!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Diary of a Mad Diva?

    I loved Joan Rivers. I loved her outrageousness and unlike some other reviewers, I wasn't put off by her voice, after all, it's what we're used to hearing! But I suppose I was expecting something a little more informative rather than fairly average jokes/observations being linked by a calendar, I'm afraid I only made it to January 4th!

    Like other readers have said, I very rarely don't finish a book, however bad and I've read/listened to a few horrors, but there's just no SUBSTANCE here. There isn't enough of what's done/thought day to day it's just digs, jokes and send-ups.

    Perhaps I should just skip a chunk and see if it gets any better, but I think what I'm disappointed in is the format. It's not what I expected and not what I'm interested in. I watched a TV program of "a day in the life of Joan Rivers" and it was fascinating and impressive and that's what I was hoping this would be. It's not.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joan Rivers again?

    Possibly....


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    None.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the reviews for a better description of what the book is about. I listened to the clip, but that wasn't enough. I should have read some reviews for a fuller impression before purchasing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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