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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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    Elaine Taravella Colorado Springs, CO USA 01-10-14
    Elaine Taravella Colorado Springs, CO USA 01-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Just not my kind of book. I didn't care for the narrator's (author) voice and the subject matter I found less amusing than annoying. Frequent swearing may be normal speech for this author, but I found it distracting and intrusive.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something with a little more depth


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

    No


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

    The rare moments when the author spoke seriously and from the heart.


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    Stephany Kraft PB Gardens, FL USA 01-01-14
    Stephany Kraft PB Gardens, FL USA 01-01-14 Member Since 2002

    I was audible before it was cool. Love to listen to books as I have no time to read these days. Love all genres - just about the story.

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    "Laugh Out Loud Funny"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) to be better than the print version?

    I actually think audio is a better venue for this book as Jenny's quick speaking and inflection would be lost in just the written word.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jenny, as this is a memoir. I share so many of her thought processes but her experiences are so refreshing. I would have thought/felt the same as she in most of the events.


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

    Delivery, delivery, delivery. Comedic timing is not in every narrator and is often lost in writing.


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

    No, because other people around me would think me insane for all the laughter. This was enjoyed alone like a secret pleasure.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have an odd childhood, anxiety of any type, low self esteem or never personally experienced an acid trip. This book will enlighten you in the best ways.

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    Pat canton, SD, United States 12-16-13
    Pat canton, SD, United States 12-16-13
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    What did you love best about Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    She is funny - she makes me laugh, like alot. I cant say she is the funniest woman I have ever read, but she is right up there. Like if I made a standard size post-it note list of funny woman books, this would make the list. There. I said it on the internet. I like Jenny Lawson.


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

    I would say the trying to have a baby chapter. But that is sort of sad and it was especially sad for me because we tried and tried and tried to have a baby with no success. So it sort of hit me, thanks for that unexpected gut punch Ms. Lawson, by the way...but, in her defense, I understand not leaving that out...you couldnt leave something THAT crucial and poignant out... lets just say, I did stay sitting in the car in park till the chapter ended, but it wasnt for the laughs on that particular snipet.
    The thing I found most entertaining was the chapter on the post-it note argument with husband Victor...I could almost see this unraveling in my own home and my husband was afraid when i read it aloud to him! Nice Jenny!!


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

    I have listened to/read her blog. She is always entertaining.


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

    this is a stretch for me...maybe "crazy... but funny?"


    Any additional comments?

    thanks for the laughs!

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    E H 12-03-13
    E H 12-03-13

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    "Funniest memoir, ever!"
    What did you love best about Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    I dare you to come up with a memoir funnier than Jenny Lawson's. Go on, try naming one.


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    Brandin Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-02-13
    Brandin Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I love a book I can listen to more than once...."

    I like to vary my listening....deep dramas give way to campy mysteries... Political bestsellers give way to hilarious memoirs.

    Having just finished "Double Down" (((well, I'm halfway thru it....it's basically 1 million hours, so I'll get there eventually))) I needed something funny with an edge. Double Down is almost freakishly dry compared to the movie version of the first book, Game Change. Maybe the first time I've encountered a movie that was waaaaay better than the book.

    Let's Pretend was the perfect listen to wash away all the self-important B.S. that droned on during my Double Down listen. Jenny Lawson's voice sounds just as you would imagine it if you actually *read* the book. In fact, I'm not sure this book should be read. The rambling nature of Jenny's writing style seriously lends itself to the whole audiobook thing. ....and i use the term "rambling" in the best possible sense :) Her ramblings are what make the book so damn funny.

    In a year or so, when I'm looking for a new listen, I'm sure I'll replay this one. And then again, in another couple years. Money well spent!

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    Alexis ASTORIA, NY, United States 11-22-13
    Alexis ASTORIA, NY, United States 11-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Absolutely the funniest book I've ever read."
    Would you listen to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) again? Why?

    Yes because I identified with the author on so many levels and her stories are delightfully absurd... and yet relatable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Haley. She was hard to come by.


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

    No, I haven't.


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

    Yes. I had to pace myself and am sad that it's over.


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    Kelly Schmidt Fort Worth, TX 11-21-13
    Kelly Schmidt Fort Worth, TX 11-21-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Hilarious!!! Would read all books by Jenny."
    Would you listen to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) again? Why?

    Yes, I would listed to this again. She is funny and I like her quippy style. Is quippy a word???


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

    Jenny's dad and the funny stories about him.


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

    The fact that she read and wrote the book. I like when the author narrates their own books.


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

    Yes


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    Amanda MANCHESTER, NH, United States 11-19-13
    Amanda MANCHESTER, NH, United States 11-19-13
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    "Hillarious!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! This book is laugh out loud funny. One of the best books I've read in years.


    What did you like best about this story?


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    Lisa Brooklyn, NY, United States 11-13-13
    Lisa Brooklyn, NY, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Neurotic in a charming way, for 4 hours"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Jenny Lawson has a unique and interesting voice. However, after you get where she is coming from, it becomes increasingly hard to listen to her talk about her many neurotic experiences. At least for me, what started out as charming eventually became annoying. So, considering she is a blog writer, I think blogging is her best format. You can spread her out over many months and still be charmed. It is just by putting it all together into a book format that her strength becomes her weakness.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jenny Lawson again?

    No.


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    Tara M. North Carolina 11-08-13
    Tara M. North Carolina 11-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    Would you listen to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) again? Why?

    Already have.
    Every time I listen, I catch something that I missed the previous time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Her Dad and the turkeys


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

    No. Does she have another book?


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

    Yes


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