After years of painstaking, round-the-clock research, surviving on a mere twenty minutes of sleep a night, and collaborating with lexicographers, plumbers, and mathematicians, DeGeneres has crafted a work that is both easy on the ears and very funny. Along with her trademark ramblings, The Funny Thing Is...contains hundreds of succinct insights into her psyche, and offers innovative features including: more than 50,000 simple, short words arranged in sentences that form paragraphs; thousands of observations on everyday life, from terrible fashion trends to how to handle seating arrangements for a Sunday brunch with Paula Abdul, Diane Sawyer and Eminem; all twenty-six letters of the alphabet read aloud.
Sure to make you laugh, The Funny Thing Is... is Ellen in top form.
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"Her off-kilter observations are guaranteed to have listeners in stitches." (AudioFile)
"The laid-back, observational comedienne's stream-of-conscience musings gain additional zest from her wry and adroit delivery....Degeneres is a delight." (Publishers Weekly)
...but sadly, peters out towards the end. I have always been a fan of Ellen's stand-up, and in the first part of the book I was laughing out loud. (good thing I was at home listening to this, or I'm sure I would have gotten some funny looks for my unexplained bursts of spontaneous laughter..) It loses 'funny' when she tries to slip in some 'political agenda' material, ie: advocating for gay rights, same-sex marriage, blah-blah-blah. I could give two-hoots about these issues, truly, and they have no place in a work of comedy, unless you are making fun of them. That's the place of comedy. Good comedy advocates nothing and can make you laugh about anything. Also her depiction of God as a black woman is so clich?. It's been done. That whole God-as-a-woman thing lost it's 'funny' a long time ago.
I'm not sure this was worth the money I paid for it, but I at least really enjoyed the first part, and will probably listen to it again.
Whatever the reason, I could not get even an honest smile out of this book that she reads herself. The delivery is flat, the timing is off, or something. Even the bit she used on the Ellen show (VERY funny) where she is trying to find silence ("Back to the loving place") is not funny at all--no laugh out loud jokes here at all.
So it must be her delivery in front of audiences which makes her great, because although I love her style and all, this is not present in this book. Tune into her show to see her instead--for free.
Ellen is far funnier when she's delivering her standup routines in public than when reading her book aloud to an empty room. Like many performers, she has more energy and better timing when she has an audience. Quite a few of the chapters in this book are also standup routines I remember. The audiobook falls flat to me. Read it yourself and imagine her delivery, or just catch her on TV.
Not funny. I generally like Ellen Degeneres and find her ad libs very funny, but this book is very dull and uninteresting. It started slow, but I kept listening thinking it had to pick up. However, I couldn't even make it through the third chapter. Just too boring.
I am a big fan of Ellen. I think she is awesome.
But, this book is probably the worst I've heard of Ellen. Her narration is very very very flat and there is absolutely no intonation.
Very unlike her TV shows. Not impressed at all.
Disclaimer: On this audio book, I just could not get myself to go beyond the 2 hour mark (due to how wearingly dull the narration was) - so cannot comment on if the quality (somehow) improved after.
I've admired Ellen for 15 or more years, and when I found out that I could download her books on Audible.com I was ELATED!!!!!!!! I have watched her show since it's inception, and she BRIGHTENS my day every single day!!!!!
She is SO GENEROUS AND LOVES TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED!!!! My biggest DREAM is to meet her and maybe tell her my situation.
I am Disabled and totaled my car on December 2, 2015. Since then, I've not been able to continue my volunteer work teaching people how to read and write, and to ring the bell for the Salvation Army during their Red Kettle Campaign. I've been volunteering for 3 years and I feel so lost, and with being on Disabled, I only make 911.00 a month and that just barely pays my bills!!!!
If this review makes it to Ellen's desk, I hope she will understand my situation and send me tickets to her show. I JUST LOVE HER SO MUCH AND ADMIRE EVERYTHING SHE DOES!!!!!!
HER AUDIO BOOKS ARE hilarious and thought provocative.
I try to be Kind to everyone as she says at the end of every show.
Ellen is just as funny on book as she is on tv. I need something like this to return to over and over, when my spirits need lifting. I recommend this audio book to most - it's not for everybody - despite what the author believes. Enjoy!
Not having been written at ALL!! What a disappointment from a woman with so much visibility and impact on so many people. The chapter and bits I tried to listen to were like reading a middle school Facebook post!
Code Name Verity.
NO and another problem is now I will be reluctant to purchase any other non-fiction books by people who are well known - because this book is a complete waste of paper and publication time.
Take it off your selections! Spare future readers the pain of this terrible book!!
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