“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”-Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1850
“How do I hate thee? How much time do you have?”-Joan Rivers, today, about two-ish
Joan Rivers is a groundbreaking, award-winning, internationally renowned entertainment goddess. She’s also opinionated - especially when it comes to people she hates. Like people who think giving birth is a unique achievement. Or well-adjusted - a.k.a. boring - ex-child stars who don’t even have a decent addiction.
With all of her diverse experiences, it stands to reason that Joan has seen, done, said, and heard a lot of hateful things. Thank god, she took notes.
Here - uncensored and totally uninhibited - she give the best of her worst to First Ladies, closet cases, hypocrites, Hollywood, feminists, and overrated historical figures. And even when letting herself have it, Joan doesn’t hold back in this honest, unabashedly hilarious love letter to the hater in all of us.
©2012 Joan Rivers (P)2012 Penguin Audio
Linda Williams Standridge
It makes me laugh
her take down of rich women with everything "whining" about their "sadness"
47 year old woman
Not funny, just old and tired. I love her shows shes witty and smart and in the now. This book might as well be telling mother in law jokes. Sad and embarrassing. I didn't even finish the book. I was really looking forward to it as well. Wasted my money don't waste yours.
Don't know, not having read it
Why Joan of course
There are no "scenes", but I loved each and every chapter
Laugh, Joan made me laugh out loud, several times, felt a bit silly, but there was no one to see me
I just loved this audio book, Joan Rivers is one of the very few comedians I enjoy. I even watch a show about fashion only because she is the star.
I can't wait for the next book
Although I enjoy watching Joan Rivers in her comedy acts I did not like this audio. It came across a boring, hence the tile, and totally not funny. I only got about halfway through before I decided to quit listening.
I really like Joan Rivers but couldn't get past the first hour or so in this book. Just sounded like a lot of complaining and things she hates. Some are a little funny but after an hour of "I hate... I hate... I hate..." it gets old. Fast.
Near the bottom.
Not necesaryly, just puts more scrutiny on the author's future books.
Joan being Joan
None what so ever.
I almost didn't buy it because people were saying it's too negative, but come on! Don't take every word seriously and it's actually very funny in classic Joan Rivers style. And hearing it in her own voice is great!
donald t wardlow
I was ready to write a melting love letter to this book and its author-until I find how much had been left out!
Can we talk here?
Where was the part with the funny nicknames for all our 50 states? Where were some of the other hilarious jokes?
What was there was excellent. I loved it to death. I've loved Joan Rivers since the early '80s when she subbef for Johnny Carson, and appeared on Hollywood Squares. What a hoot.
solid 4 out of 5, should have been 5 but for the missing material.
I love her, but listening to the book was so annoying. It sounded more like pissing and moaning than it probably would have if I were reading it myself or seeing her perform it in a stand-up format. Sorry, Joan. I'm a huge fan of your work, just not of this book in this format.
A recording of a live performance: definitely.
Disappointment and annoyance.
I LOVE Joan Rivers and that's why I bought the book. I love that she narrates the book so it is told the way she intended it to be read. That's a plus. However, there isn't that much of a story. There is *some* story but not that much. For example, I definitely enjoyed learning about her past, her childhood, her early career, etc... This I found really very interesting. However, there isn't a lot of substance to the book overall and at times all the "I hate..." can feel a bit too negative. Having said all that, if you love Joan Rivers this is a nice book, definitely very funny at times, and also very interesting at times. Her comedic genius definitely comes through but overall - just ok.
"A true laugh a minute."
Just wanted to say this book made me laugh out loud in explosive bursts (sometimes in public which was embarrassing) and I agree with Joan on about 85% of the things she hates. Maybe it's an age thing but she certainly gives it to us straight. Such brutal honesty is not only brave but hilariously funny. Yes she's cruel sometimes but she's also usually right!
"Love Joan, Hate this one"
When you turn a book into audio, repetition gets very boring. I had hoped that with Joan reading her own book, it would be like one of her monologues. However this book has the phrase "I hate..." Repeated constantly, making it incredibly annoying. I could not finish this audio book and will request a return. Fail Joan.
Very funny, She has the ability to laugh at herself and sometimes she can use a very offensive language but she is still very funny
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