Audie Award, Humor, 2015
Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy's parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.
Also included? A one-night-only live performance at Poehler's Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Hear Amy read a chapter live in front of a young and attractive Los Angeles audience.
While listening to Yes Please, you'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll become convinced that your phone is trying to kill you. Don't miss this collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and haikus from the mind of one of our most beloved entertainers. Offering Amy's thoughts on everything from her "too safe" childhood outside of Boston to her early days in New York City, her ideas about Hollywood and "the biz", the demon that looks back at all of us in the mirror, and her joy at being told she has a "face for wigs" - Yes Please is chock-full of words, and wisdom, to live by.
©2014 Amy Poehler (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
"Actress and comedian Amy Poehler's memoir is full of charm and life lessons, but what's REALLY fun is how out of the box the audiobook production is. Listeners know they're getting something special, unique, and a bit absurd right from the start when Poehler claims to be narrating from her own personal audio booth, built at the base of Mt. Rushmore. Poehler sounds consistently warm, funny, and genuine, and it's only a matter of time before she'll have you laughing out loud. When she's joined in "her" studio by Seth Meyers and Mike Schur to reminisce about Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation, it sounds like we're overhearing candid (and giggly) conversations between friends. Cameos from Carol Burnett, Kathleen Turner, Patrick Stewart (intoning strange haikus), and even Amy's parents add even more flavor. What a treat." (AudioFile)
Amy Poehler is, above all, a performer. Listening to this book as opposed to reading it added SO MUCH to the experience. Lines that would have been quickly skimmed in text were hilarious when delivered by Amy. She cracks herself up! She plays the organ and sings a song she made up! She and Seth Meyers have an improvised conversation! PATRICK STEWART READS HAIKUS. Honestly, there is no reason not to listen to this book.
I really loved this book. It had me laughing on the street like an idiot, and tearing up on the subway....like an idiot. She's very sincere and incisive about herself, which fully supports her public persona of being a totally awesome person who we would all very much like to be friends with.
I'm generally not a fan of comparing women to one another because it's stupid, but I think people who listened to Bossypants will likely also listen to Yes Please. It's very different from Bossypants. It's more emotionally raw, more sincere, more warm & fuzzy. It's a totally different experience, and equally wonderful.
Highly, highly recommended.
Pretty funny memoir
I enjoyed the book but found myself surprisingly annoyed by Amy Poehler's narration/opinions by the end. Was still good enough that I read it quickly though
What I loved best about this book is hearing how Amy reads her own work. When you hear a person read their own words, you can tell if they are joking, being serious or feeling emotional. Amy is a wonderful voice actress and the reason I get audio books is because I love hearing the author tell their story. I also loved her transparency and honesty regarding her struggles and her integrity when it comes to saying things the way they really are.
I'd have to say that one of my favorite parts of the book is hearing the book titles about divorce. Maybe it's because I'm a retired marriage and family therapist, but I honestly thought that chapter was spot on. I've never been divorced (thank God) but so many who have live in a lonely, dark world and when children are involved it's definitely harder. Amy's ability to discuss this matter, with humor, but also not negating the serious pain, I felt was refreshing.
There were so many other parts of the book that I loved also, but that chapter stands out to me. That and the chapter where she apologized for making fun of disabled people.
Obviously, Amy reading the book herself, makes the book worth listening to. I did enjoy the other narrators because I felt they added to the humor of the book and they were funny, but I really bought the book because I enjoy Amy's work.
Yes, it was the chapter on divorce titles for books. However, there were other parts too. I have to say at times I felt annoyed with her (like when she was going on and on about her looks etc), there were times I laughed and I enjoyed her stories (like when she mentioned who she is friends with while telling the long drawn out apology story) and there were times I felt just like "seriously?" - when she used vulgarity.... that's why I'm giving this 4 stars (note: vulgarity is stupid, you can communicate your emotion without being vulgar and reach more people - you're better than that Amy and SMARTER)- and like I said, the divorce chapter... I was honestly moved to almost a tear because I could hear the sadness about this issue.
Yes, I really loved this book and I think it was better than Bossy Pants (sorry Tina) and also Ellen's books. Although, Bossy Pants is VERY close - oh forget it, both are equally good. Aside from the vulgarity in the book, I really enjoyed it. I'm only a few years older than Amy, so I could relate to her context and I honestly just loved her transparency about things like getting older, how hard life can be, having fun and real life. Writing a book is something that puts you out there and it takes courage to do that because you know people are going to criticize you. I like that Amy has taken that risk and I hope she writes another book. I also say this as a very conservative Christian, who disagrees with her politically - so that says something. Maybe I'm really liberal?
This book is more a memoir than what I had expected which was well, a book loaded with funny jokes. There definitely is a humorous bent and however what is really refreshing about this book is how well I was really able to get to know Amy and to like her and to appreciate her insights and wisdom. She states as much at the beginning, about her philosophy about how to be happy and who she likes to spend time with. Just be yourself, be true to yourself and own it. Then she moves on and talks about her various jobs, time at SNL, time after SNL and it is all narrated by a rather large cast including several former colleagues, boss and even her parents does most of the talking. She is really candid and affable and sincere.
While the print version is extremely charming, with some wonderful vintage Amy pictures and a very engaging arrangement, I think that this book shines in audio format. Amy is an actor and comedienne by trade, and her moments of self-reflection and self- deprecation have much more impact when read by her, with her personal inflection. The audiobook made me laugh out loud, and I'm not sure the print book would have been able to do that.
I liked how Amy included an even mix of reflection, humor and serious story. I wasn't looking for a heavy autobiography that detailed every aspect of Amy's life; I wasn't looking for an emotional outpouring about her divorce. This book was what I expected: entertaining, enlightening, and engaging.
"Sorry sorry sorry" was so extremely moving. It was humbling and powerful to hear a huge celebrity like Amy reflect on a time that she didn't do the right thing, and to hear and see how that wrong choice effected her. She is wonderfully self reflective; she doesn't bullshit us and make excuses, she says "I was wrong and my pride got in the way". It made me admire her more.
I laughed out loud many times, and the above story, "Sorry sorry sorry", along with other stories where Amy shared her insight about the world or herself, really made me reflect on myself and think about the ways I could be better and do better.
If I learned anything about Amy, it's that she is a normal person with the same concerns as everyone. But it was a little like listening to my neighbors tell their life story. Interesting, but not really worth spending actual money on.
This was an outstanding choice for my first audiobook. Poehler was funny, entertaining to listen to, and her stories were colorful and heartfelt and heartbreaking and genuine. She definitely wins the pudding with this one!
Todd W. Brown
I can't say I was an Amy Poehler fan before. I have never watched a single episode of Parks & Recc. That said, it was simply interesting to hear about a person's journey from one of thousands of improv comics to a recognized star. She does not give a lot of insight or behind the scenes stories (a few tidbits), but it was at least somewhat entertaining. Not a book I would pull out and re-visit like Chris Hardwick's, but still pretty good.
Lawyer, reader, writer, performer. Just love listening to books and talking about it!
What a gem. Of course we'd expect no less from this supremely creative woman. The audio experience is a tour de force on its own, packed with guests and a live performance. But the reason I'll remember this book is for the very real pearls of wisdom and transparency Amy offers - followed quickly by jokes, naturally. Thanks for this treat!
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