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Wow, what a witty and quick book this was! I found myself laughing so hard cappucino nearly came out my nose, as I listened and drove one night. Very, very funny book. Be prepared for straight talk about sex and a new interpretation of your sexuality.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
I have listened to this book at least ten times and it is funnier every time. My only disappointment was that the book was narrated by someone other than Chelsea Handler. Her inflection and dramatic pauses make her even funnier (in my opinion) and I would have LOVED for her to read this one to me! The narrator did do a fabulous job, however! After a few minutes, I forgot it wasn't Chelsea. It would make a great gift for any Chelsea fan (or anyone who likes comedy).
What I Loved: Chelsea is so very Chelsea in this book. She gets herself into the most unique situations and always seems to keep a sense of humor about herself. She manages to make even the most uncomfortable situation funny.
What I Liked: She never names people--she gives them cute little nicknames. I also like the chronological order of things, her situations change as she gets older and she doesn't try to make herself look like a saint.
What was So-So: Not a darn thing! I listened to this on audio book and found myself laughing out loud often.
Why I gave it a 4: I love reading auto-biographies that are interesting and fun. Chelsea managed to keep a sense of humor about her life and relay that to the reader/listener.
Book Received From: Purchased on Audible
Chelsea Handler is not for everyone, but if you can get past her uninhibited frankness her books are hilarious. This narrator sounds very much like Ms Handler, and had no problem at all conveying her dry humor. For me, this fell into the category of light listening. It wouldn't have held my interest on a long drive, but it was perfect to listen to while painting the bedroom. I recommend listening with earbuds...you don't want kids (or your 80 year old mother) to hear this!
The stories, the way it was written, everything was pretty much terrible. The reader herself sounded bored with the material and it came across as an even more shallow version of sexy and the city.
Not really, I enjoy the author's stand up but this book was painfully bad. Her opening story about her father getting ready to beat her because she walked in on her parents having sex was too over the top. Not because I don't believe she walked in on her parents having sex, nor do I think her father didn't hit her. But the fact that she starts talking about her options as she's hiding from her parents as though she's and adult now instead of the pre-school child she was. So basically being led to believe that a 7 year old kid was thinking of calling child services, getting a divorce from her parents, payments from them, etc. was just a little hard to believe.
I understand that this is "supposed" to be a comedy book, and I'm sure most of the stories in here aren't real, but you can only suspend disbelief for so long. The whole book came across as a less funny version of "I hope they Serve Beer in hell", which also wasn't a terribly funny or believable book.
Additionally, about half way through the book, she starts talking about going to a friends wedding, which was the exact same as one of the earlier chapters. Roughly 90% of the material was re-used and I actually checked my phone to make sure I was on the right chapter. I could only stand listening to about 60% of this book before I gave up on it. It's not funny or entertaining. Chelsea should stick to stand up comedy.
Chelsea should stick to stand up comedy.
I read this book last year, and I enjoyed the book so much that I bought the audio book to listen to as I run (I enjoy comedy when running).
Why didn't Chelsea Handler narrate this? She narrated her last book, and it was GREAT GREAT GREAT. The narrator was reading a story to me, and it felt like that. Like I was just being read to; Chelsea was so good in her last audio book I felt like she was telling me a story.
The book is the same, but I think I would have enjoyed this more with Chelsea Handler. Even the sarcasm and some of the jokes didn't come through.
I've been a huge fan of Chelsea Handler for a while, and was so excited to read this book. It really doesn't disappoint. One of those books you can read over and over again and still enjoy as much as you did the first time.
"A wonderful collection of short stories"
As the host of one America's favourite late night chat shows, Chelsea Handler is known for her quick wit and sharp comments. This book contains many embarrassing and cringe worthy stories told through handler's trademark wit.
This is a fantastic book!
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