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Official Book Club Selection Audiobook

Official Book Club Selection

Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the road, away from the cameras, and at the star party after the show. (It's also her big chance to score that coveted book club endorsement she's always wanted. Are you there, Oprah? It's me, Kathy.)
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Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the road, away from the cameras, and at the star party after the show. (It's also her big chance to score that coveted book club endorsement she's always wanted. Are you there, Oprah? It's me, Kathy.)

Kathy Griffin has won Emmys for her reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, been nominated for a Grammy, worked and walked every red carpet known to man, and rung in the New Year with Anderson Cooper. But the legions of fans who pack Kathy's sold-out comedy shows have heard only part of her remarkable story. Writing with her trademark wit, the feisty comic settles a few old scores, celebrates the friends and mentors who helped her claw her way to the top, and shares insider gossip about celebrity behavior - the good, the bad, and the very ugly. She recounts the crazy ups and downs of her own career and introduces us to some of the supertalented people she encountered before they got famous (or, in some cases, after fame went to their heads). Word to the wise: If you've ever crossed Kathy Griffin at some point in your life, check the index for your name.

Along the way, Kathy reveals intimate details about her life before and after she made the big time. She opens up about everything from growing up with a dysfunctional family in suburban Illinois to bombing as a young comedian in L.A., from her well-publicized plastic surgery disasters to her highly publicized divorce, and more. Only in this book will you learn how the dinner table is the best training ground for a career in stand-up, how speaking your mind can bite you on the ass and buy you a house, and which people in Kathy's life have taught her the most valuable lessons - both inside and outside the entertainment industry.

Refreshingly candid and full of hilarious "Did she really say that?" moments.

©2009 Kathy Griffin; (P)2009 Random House

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    tina United States 11-16-13
    tina United States 11-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "SUPER FUNNY"
    What made the experience of listening to Official Book Club Selection the most enjoyable?

    Im glad she narrated her own book....She makes me laugh out loud. Some things made me blush but was still a good listen!!


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    Maravanh Escondido, CA, United States 08-14-13
    Maravanh Escondido, CA, United States 08-14-13
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    "I love Kathy even more now"
    Would you listen to Official Book Club Selection again? Why?

    Yes. I have listened to it 3x in 2 weeks Kathy is so honest and brave I love her. I wish I could do what she does so fearlessly.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved how open and honest she was regarding her divorce and plastic surgery nightmare.


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

    Can you handle it?


    Any additional comments?

    Kathy Griffin is quick, witty, and smart. I couldn't stop listening and I wish she would write more books... can't get enough of how crazy she is.

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    Amazon Customer NORTON SHORES, MICHIGAN, United States 02-25-13
    Amazon Customer NORTON SHORES, MICHIGAN, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Official Book Club Selection to be better than the print version?

    I found this book to be engaging and entertaining.


    What other book might you compare Official Book Club Selection to and why?

    Tough Sh*T: Life advice from a Fat Lazy Slob who did Good. By Kevin Smith. Both books are narrated by the authors & are hilariously truthful.


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

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I definitely laughed.


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    Brentin 02-08-13
    Brentin 02-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "What a Memoir Should Be"
    Where does Official Book Club Selection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the best


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A: no characters, although her impersonations of people are hilarious


    What about Kathy Griffin’s performance did you like?

    The way she made you feel like she was telling the stories to only you, like you were having a private conversation.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It had a lot of funny parts and some touching parts where she tackled hard subjects.


    Any additional comments?

    It had everything a celebrity memoir should have: a little background, some funny stories, dishing on what other famous people are -really- like, and personal confessions about serious subjects.

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    Julie Wright City, MO, United States 02-05-13
    Julie Wright City, MO, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story teller."
    Would you listen to Official Book Club Selection again? Why?

    Yes, Kathy has a great story to tell.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kathy and Andy Dick.


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

    Just as funny as stand up but with some sadness and true reality mixed in.


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

    Yes, I had to force myself to turn off my machine.


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    Kaitlyn PALM SPRINGS, CA, United States 01-19-13
    Kaitlyn PALM SPRINGS, CA, United States 01-19-13
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    "Even if you're not a reality show fan..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. I love Kathy Griffin and have for a long time, but this book lets you see the other side of her- without being "woe is me." Kathy, as she always has, just tells it like it is. At the same time, many parts of this book will make you giggle.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kathy! I loved listening to her journey and hearing her speak about her life- the good and the bad.


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

    There were a few- when Kathy mentioned the issue with her older brother. I won't spoil it, but it was one of those "open family secret" kind of issues. You could hear the emotion in her voice when she spoke about her family, and that is hard to replicate when you just have some random narrator reading the book. Kathy lived it, it moved her, and you could tell she wasn't acting.
    Also, finally hearing the story about her divorce. That was moving, very sad.


    Any additional comments?

    I have always loved Kathy. Now, I love her even more! I wish the book had been longer. Write another, Kathy!

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    Marjorie 12-18-12
    Marjorie 12-18-12

    Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!

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    "Shameless woman! I love you!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I just love Kathy Griffin. She's very fearless, and one of the funniest people EVER. Obviously any time she talks about her Mother and quotes her, I cannot stop laughing. I also thought the Dakota Fanning story was hilarious!


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

    I was SO sad to hear the details of her marriage falling apart. I felt like a friend of hers and I was saying out loud, "Oh honey" or "You have got to be kidding me." That's the power of her storytelling. She speaks as if you were there with her. Like we were at a Starbucks or something. Just great.


    Any additional comments?

    The only problem I have is her decision to share her story about her Brother. That put me in a dark place. I appreciate her raw honesty and fearlessness, but I just didn't want to hear it.

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    H. E. B. Columbia, SC 10-18-12
    H. E. B. Columbia, SC 10-18-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Funny, Honest, and Just What I Needed"
    If you could sum up Official Book Club Selection in three words, what would they be?

    I loved hearing Kathy Griffin tell her life story in this informal and chatty audiobook. After a few chapters, I couldn't put it down (in the figurative sense, of course) and listened to the whole thing while cleaning my house. It was just what I needed!


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    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 09-10-12
    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Pretty good"

    This was funny. I think I would have liked this book better if I had more previous knowledge of Kathy Griffin. I have seen her on talk shows and have always thought she was funny. I wasn't aware that she has had several TV shows of her own.

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    Kathy Paterson Hawaii, USA 09-10-12
    Kathy Paterson Hawaii, USA 09-10-12

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    "felt like an authentic visit with KG"
    Where does Official Book Club Selection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of my faves by a comic


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kathy Griffin was perfectly expressive reading her own book. She didn't seen to need an audience's reaction to bring magic to her words. In fact, she was so personable in tone that I felt I'd just had a nice visit with the author herself. I loved the mix of funny scenarios and serious subject matter. A very satisfying listen.


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

    It was like we were conversing. I can't imagine anyone else reading her memoir. Her voice was full of spunk and charm--and down-to-earth. She shared her perspective and key points of her life in this book. Hearing her voice made it feel even more like I'd been invited into her thoughts.


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