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)
Just as another reviewer noted, this book started out strong, then faded off near the end. The last chapter or so did not fulfil the promise of the earlier chapters.
It may have been a rehash of older material - I can't comment on that for certain - but there were parts where I did laugh, and laugh loudly. Good comedy can be enjoyed on repeat visits.
I was especially glad, however, that I chose the audio version of this book over the print edition. The author (naturally) had just the right pace, inflection, and tone to enhance the story. I don't know if my own reading would have had the same comic delivery and timing.
Ths book is not great literature, but was a worthy listen during my commute. It didn't require much concentration, but provided a welcome change from the talk radio guys.
I only gave it a one star rating because this form will not permit a 0 star rating. This book is simply terrible! Just a bunch of drivel about her and none of funny or worth repeating. If there was a way to get a refund - I'd do it.
Say something about yourself!
Ellen did not put a lot of work into this book. She mostly rambles about daily life and her own house. This is not really a comedy routine, but a new revenue generator.
I love this Audiobook. I laughed so hard. I listen to it over and over and has become my montra. I always floss. I have even shared it with my 10 year old. Lots of good advice.
After purchasing the two David Sedaris audios and being so happy, I had been looking for something equally hilarious. I really had hopes for this audiobook based on the preview clip and the fact that I like Ellen, but was seriously disappointed. There were a few amusing moments followed by 3+ hours of unfunny, monotone, meanderings. Spend your money on something else.
Cute - not that funny. I was delited by her reading at first but got bored with her drifting off into non-sense that just wasn't that funny. I love Ellen. This book was not her best.
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