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Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) Audiobook

Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Donald 10-23-14
    Donald 10-23-14
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    "totally new experience"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone who likes shock value sarcasm


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jenny, she is so damaged with a very active imagination


    What about Jenny Lawson’s performance did you like?

    I like when the author is the narrator


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

    have an argument with yourself


    Any additional comments?

    sad, but very funny, it gives you that feeling that you should not be laughing at someone's. misfortune, written in stream of conscience, great story to listen to with other people

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    Sharon 10-07-14
    Sharon 10-07-14 Member Since 2012

    njjiants

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    "LOL!"
    Where does Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The funniest laugh out loud book I ever heard!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    I don't want to be a spoiler! Its funny though!


    What about Jenny Lawson’s performance did you like?

    Her deadpan seriousness about silly stuff in life just makes you feel happy.


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

    I wish I had time to do that, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I waited too long to listen to this one! Listen to it now!

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    Kassi 09-16-14
    Kassi 09-16-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great stories but can't handle the delivery"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I think Jenny has some really fun and interesting stories but I just feel like she uses a lot of the same redundant phrases. I also thought the first few chapters were kind of ridiculous with the constant self depreciation and the need to derail the story with some non-sequitor that felt down right cheesy.

    She is really funny and I think she was trying to hard to prove that and she really doesn't need to.

    I honestly think this book might be better to read as oppose to listen to.


    What didn’t you like about Jenny Lawson’s performance?

    Every time she would sing the name of a chapter I would just cringe.


    Was Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) worth the listening time?

    I really like a lot of these stories and laughed out loud at a few, but I think there is a lot of fat that could be trimmed.


    Any additional comments?

    I also want to add that I almost feel bad for writing anything bad about Jenny because after listening to her read her book, I feel like i'm betraying her or something. She seems like a really cool, sweet person. Heck, she is even someone I would be friends with. I would invite her to every party just to see what kind of insane thing she would blurt out, but this book just gets a C+ in terms of it's overall appeal to me.

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    Ryan 09-12-14
    Ryan 09-12-14
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    "Constant rambling and run on sentences"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was horrible. I'd rather eat glass than listen to her for one more second.


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    Guylou 08-21-14
    Guylou 08-21-14

    “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss

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    "Trying to hard to shock her readers"
    What disappointed you about Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    This was a bit of a disappointing read. I checked the reviews before I picked up this book and they were good. It really did nothing for me. I had a few good laughs, but overall this book came across as a story told by a writer who tried real hard to shock her readers, but failed. At the end of the book, she succeeded to make it clear that she is eccentric and has bad home decor taste.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Some mystery would be nice


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she bought the big rooster for her husband.


    What character would you cut from Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    None

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    Kolina 08-20-14
    Kolina 08-20-14 Member Since 2016
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    "I wanted to like this. I really did."
    What disappointed you about Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    I was extremely surprised to see how hard Jenny tried to make this book funny, as her blog is great. I cringed -- literally cringed -- every time she sang the title to each chapter. Also, nobody should record an audiobook when they end all -ing words with a "k."

    I wanted to like the book, and instead I listened to half of it and couldn't finish it. Lesson learned here: ALWAYS listen to the sample before purchasing an audiobook!


    Has Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. But she doesn't equate to Caitlin Moran! This book shouldn't have been recommended to me based on my last purchase.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jenny Lawson’s performances?

    I'm sad to say, never again.


    What character would you cut from Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    Jenny.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want a funny nonfiction (or "mostly true") book, listen to How to be a Woman or Bossypants. You at least learn some stuff from them.

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    Tara Houston 08-19-14
    Tara Houston 08-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "People at work thought I'd lost my mind!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I rarely like books read by their authors but Jenny has a real knack for narration! It is her story she should be the one reading. I know read her blog and can imagine her saying it!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    Her father with the squirrel in the cracker box and Beyoncé the giant metal rooster knock knock!


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

    This is my first for this Genre and Jenny Lawson.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Jenny suffers from panic attacks (which I do also) and I have never heard it put so perfectly, she really puts into words what feels indescribable, it felt like someone else finally really understood. It nearly moved me to tears.


    Any additional comments?

    I normally listen to "beach reads" at work. After buying this for my wife for a cross country journey and being told I must stop any other audiobooks to listen to this I did. It had me literally laughing out loud at work! I would have to stop, back up and re-listen to parts I missed because of laughing so hard! The other thing is she suffers from panic attacks (which I do also) and I have never heard it put so perfectly, she really puts into words what feels indescribable, it felt like someone else finally really understood. I hope she does a follow up and I am now dedicated to her blog! I love that she is from Texas and lived in Houston, as I do also, that aside it is truly one of the funniest things I have ever heard and I can not stop recommending it to people!

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    Belinda Harrington 08-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Ugh Awful...Couldn't get past the first chapter."
    Would you try another book from Jenny Lawson and/or Jenny Lawson?

    NO. Her voice was awful and she laughed at her own stuff and commented on things before even explaining the story at hand.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything but this.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jenny Lawson?

    Anyone but her.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


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    TaJ 08-01-14
    TaJ 08-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Hella Funny"
    Would you listen to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) again? Why?

    Sure I would listen to it again. Hearing Jenny read her own words makes the storyies she tells come to life. She hilarious and weird and awesome.


    What other book might you compare Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) to and why?

    I haven't read anything like it yet. This was my first time venturing from fiction, but after hearing this book I'm pretty sure it won't be my last.


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

    No I haven't. This is my first time


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

    No, but only because I didn't want it to be over.


    Any additional comments?

    I had never heard of Jenny Lawson before going out on a limb and buying this book, but now its safe to say she just gained a new fan.

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    Danielle Grand Haven, MI, United States 07-07-14
    Danielle Grand Haven, MI, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Starts off strong but then..."

    I found the first half of the book to be hilarious and laughed out loud countless times. The second half of the book takes a dive and gets old.

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