Audie Award Nominee, Humor, 2013
For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut.
Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes listeners on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.
Chapters include: "Stanley the Magical, Talking Squirrel", "A Series of Angry Post-It Notes to My Husband", "My Vagina Is Fine. Thanks for Asking", and "And Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane".
©2012 Jenny Lawson (P)2012 Penguin
Adult perspective and storytelling abilities on her good childhood stories.
The characters from her childhood could make a good story if their stories were told by someone who could tell a good story. She sounded like an immature, disrespectful, ungrateful 14-year-old bitching about her life. Listening to this is more annoying than entertaining. It's like someone knew she had good stories and told her she should write a book. She should have hired a writer.
Had a more advanced narrator and a different book.
Not worth publishing!!!!! $20 I'll never see again! Big disappointment.
Maybe, but only in printed format.
Some of the material would have been humorous in print (or if read by another narrator), but the author's reading just grated on me, to the point where I had to stop listening after 1 (very painful) hour. The F bombs didn't bother me at all, but she speaks like a teenager, in terms of her vocal inflection. For example, she ends many statements as if they were questions, which I found highly irritating. And it just sounds like she is trying way way too hard to be funny and clever. She is NO David Sedaris by any means.
Lawson's stories were hilarious! I admit, her freedom with the "f" word was a little much at times and some of it was pretty coarse, but I after awhile I got used to it and laughed so hard while we were driving home from California that I almost drove off the road. I was nearly in tears. I also appreciated the sadder stories and how she was able to find humor in the difficult times that life hands us. She is a master story-teller and in spite of the rough language my whole family (my husband and I and our adult kids) got a kick out of this book. I was a little embarrassed by some of the content, but the humor and the performance by the author made it pretty darn fun. The 20 hour drive from California to Colorado went by very quickly because of this laugh a minute romp through Jenny Lawson's life. Thanks for such a fun time!
A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel is a sweet memoir that I have listened to many, many times. It too is read by the author and the stories crack me up. Both Lawson and Kimmel are gifted story tellers. Kimmel's style is much more tame but no less enjoyable.
We all concur that the stories from when she worked in the HR department of a Christian organization were unreal. I also loved all the stories of her "taxidermied" (her word) critters.
If you are offended by harsh language, this book probably is not for you. Choose A Girl Named Zippy if you want a sweet memoir with heart and humor.
The events that Lawson writes about are indeed funny, but the way that she writes and narrates is chatty and annoying. If her running commentry was edited out it might be ok.
I forced myself through the whole audiobook in the hopes that Jenny Lawson would make me smile or chuckle at least once. She did not. So I found the book a waste of time.
If you are interested in low-level humor or can identify yourself with tales of a crazy redneck with no real problems in her life, listen to this book!
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
I am only halfway through this book but I don't need to listen to the rest to say it's the funniest damn thing I've listened to in my entire life. I'm a big fan of Jenny Lawson's blog (The Bloggess) so I knew what to expect and was looking forward to this book for months. I am so glad I chose audio rather than the print version because hearing her read it is the epitome of awesome. I'm saving the second half to listen to at work tomorrow and then I'm going to be so sad because it will be over. Her humor is really twisted and may not be appropriate for those with tender ears or sensitive f-bomb detectors - so if you are uptight or too "mature" to enjoy anecdotal hilarity peppered with foul language then steer clear of this one.
Nurse, Mother, Wife... Happy!
The author tries too hard to be funny, and falls flat everytime. She is no David Sedaris by any means. Her voice is irritating and she is pretentious. I want my credit back.
NO, her voice is irritating and affected.
Yes, her stories are so funny and self absorbed you get sucked into her reality. I would read it again just to see if I could be objective.
Hello? Jenny of course, though Victor must be a saint.
She lived it, or imagined it, not sure.
Pretty much the whole thing made me laugh.
I'm pretty sure there is no Jenny Lawson; she is a character created by Christopher Moore.
Let me say this. I like Ellen, this book would be like listening to Ellen's type of jokes non stop for hours and hours. You do not know what is real, what is not. Those types of jokes are funny and clever in small doses (like what Ellen does), but hours and hours of that? I gave up 1/2 hour in the book.
The book is all over the place like a butterfly in a wind storm.
Jenny has a pleasant voice, she started off well, then it seems like she needed to drink some water and never reached for a glass. Her speaking became very labored, and literally "dry" I kept thinking, please pause and get a drink of water.
I loved this book ! I will be honest I couldn't stand her voice at first... I immediately regretted buying the audio version, BUT after getting through the first chapter or two I can't imagine hearing it any other way. I've never read a funnier book in my life including favorites like David sedaris, Tina fey, & Amy Poehler. Don't get me wrong they're equally brilliant, but none can match Jenny & her brutally honest, beautifully bizarre, animated retelling of her dysfunctional life with reckless abandon! ( I know I suck at punctuation) I don't know how anyone could not love this book. Unless you're some uptight politically correct weirdo, in which case I don't like you anyway!
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