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.
Yes, I would try another book by Ellen Degeneres.
I would have used less inappropriate words.
At times I didn't like how she used inappropriate language.
I enjoyed it but I could not listen to it with my children in the car.
I love Ellen Degeneres but this book does not show off her talent. This should not have been a surprise to me since the reviews were not promising but I thought maybe the reviewers were not true ellen fans. I had to listen for myself. I mean how could ellen not be funny? I laughed out loud for only one chapter. :(
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