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Girl Walks into a Bar... Audiobook

Girl Walks into a Bar...: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle

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Publisher's Summary

In this side-splitting memoir, the former Saturday Night Live star recounts the hilarious adventures and unexpected joy of dating and becoming a mother when she least expected it - at the age of 44.

Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered roles as "Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians."

Her career at a low point, Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog-sitting, learning Spanish - and dating. After all, what did a forty-something single woman living in New York have to lose? Resigned to childlessness but still hoping for romance, Dratch was out for drinks with a friend when she met John.

Handsome and funny, after only six months of dating long-distance, he became the inadvertent father of her wholly unplanned, undreamed-of child and moved to New York to be a dad. With riotous humor, Dratch recounts breaking the news to her bewildered parents, the awe of her single friends, and the awkwardness of a baby-care class where the instructor kept tossing out the f-word.

Filled with great behind-the-scenes anecdotes from Dratch's time on SNL, Girl Walks into a Bar is a refreshing version of the "happily ever after" story that proves female comics - like best sellers Tina Fey and Chelsea Handler - are truly having their moment.

©2012 Rachel Dratch (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Samantha 10-02-14
    Samantha 10-02-14
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    "Expected to like it, but ended up loving it!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. The book is lighthearted and funny enough to be enjoyable to listen to no matter what mood you're in, but definitely has some depth to it as well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rachel, of course. She narrates the book so well, I can't imagine I would have gotten the same experience just from reading it.


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

    Besides seeing her on SNL, no, I have not heard any of her material. I took a chance with this audiobook and was extremely pleased.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are some slightly serious moments that are moving related to reaching your dreams, failures, successes, relationships, etc., but mostly I was moved by the fact that even as a celebrity she introduced several relatable experiences. The "tiny pants" bit about women's universal behavior at baby showers was hilarious.... how she relates it to her own experiences with motherhood towards the end of the book is very moving. While I was listening I often thought, wow, Rachel has a lot of guts to share this much with the reader. I really admire her.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to hear more!! She seems to have so many interesting stories from her vast experiences. I honestly just thought this would be a fun book to listen to, but I was really pleasantly impressed that I was engaged by different emotions (mostly whimsical and sarcastic humor, but some very poignant observations that are quite relatable).

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    WF2022 08-23-13
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    Where does Girl Walks into a Bar... rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far it has been my favorite book I've listened to, she is funny and humble


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rachel Dratch


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

    This book did make me laugh out loud on several occasions


    Any additional comments?

    Great book if you like C. Handler, Mindy, and other female celeb books you will enjoy this

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    Amazon Customer 07-22-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Sure I am Getting Looks in D.C. Traffic!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a wonderful book and a highlight of my day (with 3 hours commuting). Rachel is really a fantastic writer. It is so real, yet HYSTERICAL. There are times when I would be laughing out loud, window down . . . . I want to just say to those looking. . . get Rachel Dratch's book!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Girl Walks into a Bar...?

    There are too many. . . . I have referred to Rachel's description of getting kicked off of 30 Rock and how she and Tina processed feelings. Paraphrased - Rachel is a Pices and well. . . Tina is German. Really funny.


    Any additional comments?

    Rachel's funny yet serious discussion about contemplating motherhood in her late 30's, early 40's is absolutely on point. She really nails the fact that even though we are perceived as "self actualized" and "mature," . . . embarking on this journey is still absolutely nuts.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vickie 06-05-13
    Vickie 06-05-13

    I'm an avid reader who now listens to books on tape. I'm a bit late to the game but enjoying the hands free reading.

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    "Real life with a sense of humor!"
    Would you listen to Girl Walks into a Bar... again? Why?

    I will listen to it again because it is so refreshing and funny.


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

    This book offers a look into an actor's life that I would not have thought. Rachel's life is more common to anyone of ours with one exception: she has an amazing sense of acceptance and humor. I laughed most of the book and never wanted it to end. I dragged it out for as long as I could but couldn't stop listening which made the book come to an end.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books I've ordered--maybe my second favorite overall.

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    Elizabeth 05-30-13
    Elizabeth 05-30-13
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    "Celebrities: They really ARE just like us."
    What made the experience of listening to Girl Walks into a Bar... the most enjoyable?

    Rachel Dratch might be famous and people might see her on the streets and recognize her, but this book makes her seem like a regular person. I know, I know - celebrities ARE regular people - but it never seems that way. As a childless woman of 31, Rachel's story really sinks home that it's never too late and that there's always hope. Not to mention her narration is hilarious.


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    Loren Madison, WI, United States 06-25-12
    Loren Madison, WI, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great listen!"
    What made the experience of listening to Girl Walks into a Bar... the most enjoyable?

    Rachel Dratch's telling of her life experiences is hilarious! She is very honest and sincere.


    What other book might you compare Girl Walks into a Bar... to and why?

    Tina Fey's memoir is similar and also hilarious.


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    Amazon Customer richmond, VA, United States 05-02-12
    Amazon Customer richmond, VA, United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    I really enjoyed Tina Fey's book Bossypants and am a huge 30 Rock fan. I was never really into SNL so was less familiar with Rachel Dratch. This book is really funny and a great listen. I have run it twice and am pretty sure I'll be listening to it again in the future.

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    Theodore Kingston, Jamaica 07-24-13
    Theodore Kingston, Jamaica 07-24-13

    "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons

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    "Just kinda 'meh'...."

    I really thought I would enjoy this book more. I like the comedian herself, she is one of those innately funny ones that really needs to do very little to have your laughing in fits. Maybe I should listen to the book again (following her two times a charm trick) to see if it would work and I'll catch more of the humor the second time around.

    The title itself wasn't 'unfunny', it will give you more laughs than the typical novel however I expected far more laughs. To use an analogy, you sign up for a full body massage and only get a neck and shoulder massage.... missing the back, thighs, legs, etc. It is pretty short though and it answers a lot of questions about the writer/narrator's life which fans of her will be satisfied hearing.

    All in all, there are a number laugh out loud moments, just not as much as I would like. It was an ok listen though, not particularly hating it but not loving it either just kinda 'meh'.

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    Adrienne 01-27-16
    Adrienne 01-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    Personally I did not enjoy this, would've liked more SNL or Comedy stories.. I can listen to my friends talk about their kids and relationships.. Eh..

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    OR 06-17-15
    OR 06-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    A few funny sections but overall just ok. Definitely underwhelmed with this one as I had higher expectations.

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