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If You Ask Me | [Betty White]

If You Ask Me

It-girl Betty White delivers a hilarious, slyly profound take on love, life, celebrity, and everything in between. Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White's wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackles topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals, and the brave new world of celebrity. If You Ask Me mixes her thoughtful observations with humorous stories from a seven- decade career in Hollywood. Longtime fans and new fans alike will relish Betty's candid take on everything....
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Publisher's Summary

It-girl Betty White delivers a hilarious, slyly profound take on love, life, celebrity, and everything in between.

Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White's wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackles topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals, and the brave new world of celebrity. If You Ask Me mixes her thoughtful observations with humorous stories from a seven- decade career in Hollywood. Longtime fans and new fans alike will relish Betty's candid take on everything from her rumored crush on Robert Redford (true) to her beauty regimen ("I have no idea what color my hair is and I never intend to find out") to the Facebook campaign that helped persuade her to host Saturday Night Live despite her having declined the hosting job three times already.

Featuring all-new material, with a focus on the past 15 years of her life, If You Ask Me is funny, sweet, and to the point - just like Betty White.

©2011 Betty White (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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    Joshua Burnaby, BC, Canada 05-15-12
    Joshua Burnaby, BC, Canada 05-15-12
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    "Betty White can do no wrong"
    If you could sum up If You Ask Me in three words, what would they be?

    Love Betty White!


    What other book might you compare If You Ask Me to and why?

    Since it's mostly a selection of short essays that are rather autobiographical, I would say it's similar to "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns)" by Mindy Kaling, and also to "Bossy Pants" by Tina Fey.


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

    I'm not very emotional, so no. But it was very cute when she'd mention her late husband Allen Ludden.


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    sam Anchorage, AK, United States 04-29-12
    sam Anchorage, AK, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2004

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    "Suzanne to Elka and more"

    I first recall Betty White as Suzanne Niven in the "Mary Tyler Moore" show. Countless interviews and appearances later It is no wonder to me why Betty White is the beloved icon she is.

    What I enjoyed most about "If you ask me" was that Betty narrated it herself and no one could have done a better job. In her own words and voice you get the opportunity to learn of this extraordinary woman and her life. The depth of her love and relationship with her late Husband Alan, her dedication to and love for animals, and the relationships with her many co-stars.

    The only thing exposed here is Betty's care for others, her conscious remaking of her image into what she is today, and her love and respect for those she has spent so many years working with.

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    Barbara 12-05-11
    Barbara 12-05-11
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    "If you ask Me!"
    What did you love best about If You Ask Me?

    It is only about a 5 hour listen - so my husband and I finished it in 2 round trips to the big city!
    It is not a story or an autobiography - but rather each chapter is about a specific topic, like Pets. And the chapters are short, funny and contain personal annecdotes.
    I enjoyed it.


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

    It often made me laugh!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Flagstaff, AZ, United States 11-29-11
    Wendy Flagstaff, AZ, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2005

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    "I have always loved Betty White..."

    Short little book ... really no depth to the content, it's really more of Betty's recollections and thoughts and wisdom... but an enjoyable listen because there is no one like Betty White.

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    Lori 11-07-11
    Lori 11-07-11
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    "A Little Disappointed"

    I really like Betty White. Her honesty and integrity are refreshing in a world where those things can be hard to find. She and I are also kindred spirits where animals are concerned. Those stories were the best part of this book for me, as I could totally relate to them. But there weren't many of those, and I found the book to be overall lacking in depth. I enjoyed listening to Betty read it, but I was a little disappointed. Still like & admire the author, though!

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    Michelle Jupiter, FL, United States 10-03-11
    Michelle Jupiter, FL, United States 10-03-11

    I am a writer and the author of six non-fiction books. I enjoy anything by John Grisham, Ann Rule and Jodi Piccoult. I also love animals.

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    "Sweet story from a sweet lady."

    I love Betty White and the fact that she read this book herself was a big selling point for me. She's a great lady and a great advocate for the animals, not to mention a pretty good actress as well. I enjoyed her stories of being an celebrity and being an actress, though I was a little disappointed not to hear some "war stories" about what it is really like to be a celebrity in Hollywood. I didn't expect any name-dropping, of course, just a little more insight into the life of a Hollywood star.

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    Linda 09-24-11
    Linda 09-24-11 Member Since 2011

    Linda in Omaha

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    "Loved it."

    Who could not love Betty White? I smiled, laughed, and got a tear or two. Very enjoyable. I will probably listen to it again.

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    Stroudie Atlanta GA USA 09-20-11
    Stroudie Atlanta GA USA 09-20-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Lessons from a life well lived"

    I've always been a big fan of Betty's, but it seems I'm getting to Love her even more as she continues on her life's journey. She is always funny, direct and up front. I like that about her. She reminds me of my beloved Nana who was from the same generation, and I find such a wealth of wisdom there delivered in ways easy to receive and understand. I eagerly look for any of the work she shares with us and relish her performances, as she ages with grace & 'disgrace' so elegantly. Keep it up Betty! You're an inspiration XO

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    Karen S. 07-13-11
    Karen S. 07-13-11
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    "Charming"

    Loved her honesty and her wit. I am aging myself and am so glad to have her advice going ahead!

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    Sandra United States 03-27-12
    Sandra United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Not at all what I was expecting."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really, it was pretty dull.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Betty White? Why or why not?

    probably not. I want somthing more exciting.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Her voice is too quiet, and sort of monotone.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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