“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
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!
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.
I had heard Joan Rivers interviewed recently, so I thought I would find this funny. I found it stupid and offensive. After 15 minutes, I'd had enough and didn't listen to anymore. This is really bad.
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Strictly for JR fans. A few hilarious jokes. If wine mellows with age. Joan doesn't. She is acidic, harsh and sometimes hard to swallow. I like bitchy humor and I enjoyed her audio interpretation of her own book.
Who else was there?
I liked hearing the book in the author's voice. It was like watching her stand up act with my ears..
No one will turn this into a film. Nor should they.
Joan is tough and funny, but I get the feeling that when the lights go down, she is unpleasant to be around. One day, Melissa will write a tell all, and it won't be pretty.
as an avid listener of podcasts and standup routines, i enjoyed this audio book. i imagine most of you are at least fans of comedy so my headline should make sense. its as if joan was doing a show and just stuck with the hater theme the entire time. not knocking it at all it was right up my alley. so this is my long winded way of saying: if you like slightly hateful comedy routines buy this "audio book". if you dont, well i think joan said it best, "go f--k yourself"
I've long been a fan of Joan Rivers. Her wit and humor are like no one else but this book is just a bitter diatribe of disapointment. From the very beginning it spews sadness and hatred. There is a fine line between being funny and bitterness, this book crosses it repeatedly. Old stale jokes from the 60's that were once funny are now just sad and fill the book from beginning to end. I couldn't even finish it I was so depressed. You would think someone with as much success in her life would be happier.....go figure.
Funny, sinful, embarrassing.
She doesn't hold back. Sometimes I was ashamed to read (and enjoy) some of the stuff. Most of the book I've quoted to others. It was a welcome break from all the serious books I read.
totally its just easy listening easy entertainment good laughs, etc
very funny lines in it
just a nice easy enjoyable listen to get your mind off things
One of my favorites.
It's not actually a strory... it's Joan Rivers mentioning everything she hates, which is hilarious.
I've seen her on TV, of course, but I'd never listened to her reading an audiobook. I love her accent.
You don't need to be a fan of Joan's to enjoy the book, but it's important to know that this is by no means a politically correct essay and might offend some people. Also, you would need to be immersed in pop culture and also be familiar with celebrities from past decades to fully appreciate the humor.
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