“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 would recommend it to friends that I know enjoy Joan's comedy.
I wanted it to go on a little longer.
Yes. It's only a few hours long.
The "I Hate" theme became a bit too much hate for me at times, and some things were repetitive. Her style is to not edit herself at all, which can be uproarious, but when she insults a particular person's physical appearance, I felt for the victim.
In a small, peaceful town on the Equator, the sun always sets at 6, and a good audiobook is always the perfect evening companion.
If you dislike Joan Rivers, you'll hate this book. Otherwise, it feels like a romp through a card catalog of her life's work, in which she skewers just about every sacred cow you can imagine, up to and including the abuses of modern technology. It seems rare to hear Joan Rivers without a live audience, but this is an energetic read through a dense thicket of barbed observations that leave no one unscathed. Potty mouth? You bet. On target? Flawlessly.
Very enjoyable! Will listen again.
I went to one of her shows and this book just as good!
"Take it or leave it: Joan Rivers"
I can't think of anyone that would enjoy this.
Something that draws me into the subject, not beats me down.
No one. She is perfect for her book, even though she hated it.
Uhmmm it suplemented her income.
I usually find Joan very funny. This book was mediocre at best.
I would and I did! This book was so funny and so entertaining. I don't know if it's something for everyone to enjoy because of some.of the raw content. But I absolutely found it to be a great listen.
Her delivery is spectacular and you would not get that from reading the book.
Most definitely! But I saved some for later so I could enjoy it another day.
Joan Rivers offered very few engaging stories. While she's know for insulting others (a la Don Rickles), the shots taken at the handicapped and mentally ill were mean and not funny.
There was not much substance to the book. It did not even come across like a well-crafted monologue.
I'm accustomed to -- and I enjoy -- Joan Rivers' spontanity. The book was delivered in a very scripted manner. She did not even sound as if she were enjoying her own performance.
Yes. Not to pick up any other book by Joan Rivers.
I think Joan Rivers is hilarious. I love the way she is no-holds-barred, taking a swipe at everyone, including herself. The title of the book it pretty accurate: Joan does hate everything. This book is a very, very long list (borderline rant) of Joan's pet peeves. It's not for people who can't abide very colourful language and if there is anything that offends you it's probably in this book. There are also a number of crude jokes. However, Joan's reading of it is fabulous. I can't imagine anyone else being able to do this book justice. You'll laugh out loud all the way through (and probably blush a few times as well).
NOT REALLY FUNNY! HATE THIS HATE THAT IS NOT FUNNY!!!
15MINS OF I HATE MIGHT HAVE BEEN OK, BUT NOT THE WHOLE BOOK, BAD IDEA
LAUGH LESS THAN 10 TIMES, I AM A BIG JOAN FAN
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