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
Maybe a different reader.
It would have to be the correct friend. Perfect for Gen X folks. Great references to our generation experiences.
Definitely worth buying - funny, sad, sarcastic, this book has it all!! Would love to listen to anything else from Jenny Lawson.
I credit audible for improving my listening skills.
Jenny Lawson is so random, its hilarious. Her stories are uber bizarre and extremely entertaining.
Her stories from childhood and adult life, oh heck, the whole whole book. I especially liked her affinity for stuffed dead animals in costume and the wacky names she gave them.
I felt very uncomfortable when she sang the intros to the songs, but that may be a personal problem more than anything.
First of all I think swearing makes everything funnier, so this book was right up my alley. The authors account of her out of this world experiences are insanely entertaining, although dark at times. I went through a high mix of emotions from being on the verge of vomiting, to extreme laughter, to teary eyed. If you're looking for no holds barred stories this is a great one. If you don't like swearing or can't handle gross accounts, including animal remains, steer clear!
I have loved Jenny's blog for a long time! Love having her antics so I can listen to them while doing the dreaded cardio!
This audiobook is definitely in my top 5.
The author, or course.
As my review headline says, don't read while running. This book tends to inspire gasp-laughing that catches you by surprise. There were a couple of instance in which I was listening to this book while jogging. Keeping steady breathing going is important when you jog, but the laughter was uncontrollable. I felt light headed a time or two.
Jenny was true to her self and her story. She was the only person who could have done this book justice. Walking in her shoes had to be hard, and laughing at life was her coping mechanism, and she shares it beautifully.
Honestly, this title stands alone.
Hearing her tell the story, and actually talking to the audio book listener made it more personal of a reading experience.
My wife and I listened to this book together, and we both laughed and cried.
Some strong language, and if the word vagina scares you, pick something else.
I stumbled upon her blog and loved it. bought the audio and loved it. really, she is a great talent. the only thing is, she talks really fast and that's a shame cause you want to enjoy every funny sentence but she's already off to the next one. Dear Jenny, I will buy your audio, but please, slower...
Married. Mother. Student. Full-time job. 33 years old. Doctor Who fanatic. Not necessarily in that order.
I only started reading thebloggess a few weeks ago, so while I am a little familiar with her style, I hadn't already heard most of the stories. I really enjoyed this book. Her stories are hilarious, but sometimes she throws a curveball and I found myself occasionally stunned by the heavy turns it takes. And I mean that in a good way. This book isn't just a bunch of fluff. There is some good, solid substance here.
She warns the readers in the beginning that they will be offended. I never found myself offended (perhaps I'm just as crass as the author), but I can see how other people might be. This book isn't for the prim or pretentious. But if you're cool with taxidermy and clinical (though not entirely accurate) words for the female anatomy, you should be just fine listening to this audio.
I only have two criticisms. First, I didn't care for the sung chapter headings. Penguin should've hired a band, because that would have been awesome. Second, Ms. Lawson is an incredible blogger, but she's not a particularly gifted narrator. She has a certain rhythm and many jokes are delivered exactly the same way and that became somewhat tedious.
Tries to read 1 book a week, listens to music at work and podcasts on the train, watches quality TV to unwind and owns an Xbox 360.
The best thing about this audiobook is the performance Jenny Lawson put into it. It's almost more of a play than a reading.
The story unfolded as one of a crazy woman rambling about her daily doings into one of heartfelt agony about real life problems, making the listener sober up while still holding a certain comedic effect.
Jenny is absolutely bonkers, in a good kind of way, I think. I think so too.
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