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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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    Martha Canada 08-10-11
    Martha Canada 08-10-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A delightful visit"

    I had seen Betty White off and on over the years, and didn't expect to see her working at her age. She's very active mentally and physically, and has a warm and funny take on life. This book, which is read by her, talks about her movie and TV experiences, thoughts about growing older, childhood, and work with animals. The book is a bit short, but it makes for a pleasant couple of hours. I felt like I had had a nice visit with a classy lady.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lizz Memphis, TN, United States 11-30-11
    Lizz Memphis, TN, United States 11-30-11
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    "I'd ask Betty!"

    Betty White is almost 70 years older than I am and I think that's pretty good evidence that she's timeless. The book is wonderful, charming, funny, and her performance completely makes it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 11-02-12
    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 11-02-12 Member Since 2006

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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    "Nice For Fans"

    A very short yet entertaining book, it’s basically just some random neural firings from Betty White.

    If you’re a fan (like me) you’ll enjoy it. I especially like any tid-bits referring to “The Golden Girls” which is my all time favourite TV show.

    If you aren’t a fan, don’t bother.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Atlanta, GA, USA 08-21-12
    Denise Atlanta, GA, USA 08-21-12
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is an enjoyable entertaining read, a perfect showcase for the charming Betty White


    What does Betty White bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This book is a perfect "listen". I would recommend this book as one to listen to, not necessarily to read.


    Could you see If You Ask Me being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No ....No one


    Any additional comments?

    Light, fluffy listen. No one but Betty should "read" her own books for the audible audience. Remarkable and talented lady.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Newark, DE, United States 01-30-12
    Thomas Newark, DE, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Sensible Life Advice With Humor"
    Would you listen to If You Ask Me again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again because it was such a pleasure and there is so much practical advice in it that I'm sure it's quite impossible for me to have gotten all the gems of wisdom in the first listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of If You Ask Me?

    When Betty speaks about her time on the Golden Girls.


    Which character – as performed by Betty White – was your favorite?

    Betty White, of course, is always herself.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Practical life advice from a grand old dame.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're down about ageing, listen to this book and see if you can't see things from a more positive perspective.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 10-29-12
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2007

    I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.

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    "Fun entertainment"
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    I'm not sure why I bought this title, it could be that I was missing my 100 year old grandma or the Snickers commercial , but whatever brought me to this place had me laughing about Betty's observations.

    I've not had a television for 25 years so the sitcoms did not influence my decision. I found a fellow animal-lover in this story and enjoyed her adventures. Betty is funny and this is a feel-good read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beth TN, United States 07-11-12
    Beth TN, United States 07-11-12
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    "Everybody Loves Betty White..."
    Would you try another book from Betty White and/or Betty White?

    Yes, I think I'd try another of her books.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It was entertaining, but it seemed more like a promotional piece for her career. I think I was expecting funny stories from when she started out in show business.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she told about meeting the gorilla. Also, getting locked out of her house. :)


    Did If You Ask Me inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    She's so funny, I just expected it to be funnier than it was. Maybe another book would be, but this one was a bit disappointing. But a good buy since I got it on sale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth WILBUR, WA, United States 12-12-11
    Kenneth WILBUR, WA, United States 12-12-11

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    "Vintage Betty White!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, as if she was talking only to you. I love the format in which she states a single topic and then gives her take on it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of If You Ask Me?

    The whole Saturday Night Live experience. I also love how polite she is, really classy!


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

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Great no-pressure listen, only two hours in length. A true American Icon!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Sippel San Jose, CA United States 06-14-11
    R. Sippel San Jose, CA United States 06-14-11

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    "Will make you smile"

    Random thoughts bounce you back and forth in time and places of Betty White. How Betty approaches work and her passions in life is what this book is about. Wish this book was more in depth, but that being said, can't help but to love Betty.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa draper, UT, United States 02-28-14
    Lisa draper, UT, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to If You Ask Me the most enjoyable?

    My only complaint was that it was not long enough. Betty White is engaging and enjoyable to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    She is remarkable woman, telling useable advice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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