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
I've never burst out laughing at an audiobook before this one. I've smiled before. Never burst out laughing.
Absolutely wonderful. Don't make it into a drinking game as suggested in the final section. Don't.
I have always made good choices with audibles, I will now be much more selective.
I did not like the tone the girl took in reading. She sounded like a snotty spoiled teenager. Everything about this wreaked of trying to hard.
I can't believe I paid to hear someone sit around and tell cracker stories. I guess they seem hilarious to her and people who have never known or heard about people that live in rural environment, but they just weren't funny. After an hour, I quit listening.
I bookmarked over a dozen stories to share with my husband and had those 'you have to listen to this' moments, and he was laughing harder than I was!
I loved sharing the stories with my husband!
Alot of her stories I felt were relate-able and without insulting her, she made me feel normal (which is a hard task) and laughed so much listening to her
Laugh, lots and lots of laughs!
I wish she had more books on audible...would buy those in a heartbeat!
Paul is a writer of things, such as plays. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Metrosource and contributes regularly to "The Focus Group" on Sirius/XM OutQ.
Brilliant Warped Life
I totally rolled the dice with this one. I wasn't previously a fan of the blog; so I didn't know her. Usually I look for memoirs by super-successful people about how they got that way. But Audible recommended it to me based on my preferences, and it sounded like the kind of humor I would enjoy based on other blogs I like and podcasts that make me laugh. Boy, did it ever! Jenny has a way with words that knocked my socks off. And she's extremely good at taking what could be stream-of-consciousness rambling and making it endlessly entertaining.
Jenny as herself is absolutely hilarious and her long-suffering husband Victor is a hoot, but I'm actually tremendously impressed by the empathy she made me feel for her dead. He starts off seeming kind of off-putting - really into hunting and taxidermy and stuff I find pretty distasteful. And his antics (which often involved imposing wild-ish animals on his family) seemed gross. But by the time he's dumping out a bag of ducklings for his grandkids to enjoy, I came to see him as a big-hearted guy who wanted to share his joy of animals with kids while they're still wide-eyed enough to enjoy them.
Laughed out loud a lot, but - fair warning - there are passages that involve interactions with animals (both living and dead) that definitely made me clench in that OH MY GOD THIS ROLLER COASTER IS FALLING way. I don't mind the sensation - actually, I kind of think it's an impressive feat for a writer - but PETA members may not be amused.
Kudos to Jenny for a) singing her chapter titles in absurdly funny ways and b) the collection of her rambling out-takes at the end - pure brilliance!
I think it's the combination of being able to relate to and yet being amazed by what happens to and how Ms. Lawson responds to her somewhat unique environment.
When Jenny tries to fight off the vultures after her pug dies.
Very charming personality.
Not so much, it's worth savouring.
Top 10 i did not want it to end.
My mother was nuts. By Penny Marshall
When she was stabed by the chicken.
To Damn funny to care if it's true!
SO IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK!!
Tell us about yourself!
The stories were laugh out loud funny.
I like how she can see humor in her tragedies.
I love it when she sings the chapter titles.
Her pregnancies were something personal that I appreciated her sharing.
Too much bad language, but I would listen again.
The tone of the voice, the false humility, the childish jokes
Oh, i dont want anyone to hurt that much!
Yes, but I would want a significant amount of time to elapse. I still remember some of the funniest parts vividly.
It made me laugh out loud
First hand knowledge and experience.
Sticking her arm in the cow's vagina
Funny in a warped way.
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