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Publisher's Summary

"I'm the consistent person throughout all of this, whether I'm wearing sweatpants or whether I'm on stage in front of thousands of people with glitter on - same person, just tapping in to different aspects.” (Alanis Morissette) 

A down-to-earth global pop star. A deeply spiritual, cerebral powerhouse. A famously outspoken introvert. For her millions of fans, and the few unacquainted, defining rock luminary Alanis Morissette is an exercise in dichotomies and nuance. And though her most formidable traits are seemingly at odds with one another, they are, oddly enough, completely emblematic of all of us: complex, conflicting, and, most importantly, ever evolving. 

But here’s the rub: We don’t like our pop stars that way! Especially when they’re 21, and female, and it’s still the mid-'90s. In her courageously raw and musically rich Words + Music, the inimitable Alanis Morissette draws us right into that central supposed paradox as she opens up about the lifelong process of discovering that her voice is, in fact, composed of a multitude of voices. And despite external forces teaching her to sublimate certain ones as a child (anger, sadness, fear) and later, cultural forces demanding she oughta stick to one as a persona, Alanis has come out on the other side with a sense of peace and gratitude for her - only human - chorus of coexisting internal voices. 

With her striking command of language and profound emotional fluency, the now 46-year-old covers an enormous amount of personal ground with listeners, unpacking a lifetime of conscious self-discovery in an evocative rumination on her journey as an artist, celebrity, and woman. Listen closely as Alanis weaves her fascinating, funny, at times painful autobiographical story between eight of her most anthemic/kick-ass tracks. If you’re looking for Alanis to perform enthralling new versions of songs like “You Oughta Know”, “Ironic”, “Thank U”, or “Hand in My Pocket”, matched with compelling detail about the tunes and her creative process - well, you’re in the right place. And if you’re looking for Alanis to delve even deeper: to mine, examine, and ultimately make sense of seminal moments in her life as a means to inspire and enlighten your own? Grab your earbuds - you’ll be vastly rewarded!

By the end of her captivating session an impressive truth emerges: While most of us do soul search, only the rarest among us have the courage and discipline to actually cultivate what we discover. Alanis Morissette is such an example, willing to constantly listen to herself and respond in kind. After shaking up the world 25 years ago with Jagged Little Pill, hear her today as she continues to reach new heights - this time by revealing the range of her own humanity to help connect us with ours.

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Interview: Alanis Morissette as She Is Today

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About the Creator and Performer

Since 1995, Alanis Morissette has been one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music. Her deeply expressive music and performances have earned vast critical praise and seven Grammy Awards. Morissette’s 1995 debut, Jagged Little Pill, was followed by nine more eclectic and acclaimed albums. She has contributed musically to theatrical releases and has acted on the big and small screen. Outside of entertainment, she is an avid supporter of female empowerment, as well as spiritual, psychological, and physical wellness. In 2016, Alanis launched Conversation with Alanis Morissette, a monthly podcast that features conversations with a variety of revered authors, doctors, educators, and therapists, covering a wide range of psychosocial topics extending from spirituality to developmentalism to art. On December 5, 2019, Jagged Little Pill, the musical, made its Broadway debut at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City. Most recently, Alanis released her ninth studio album, Such Pretty Forks In The Road. For more information see www.alanis.com.

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The sound quality for both, the narration and music, was superb. I found this storytelling format quite connective in how it allowed Alanis to truly express her own thoughts with the listener. It was a treat to hear her speak her truth. Thank you.

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A Genuine Intimate Experience

This audiobook is not my normal “genre”. In a nutshell it’s Alanis talking a little bit about her life and songs and playing some acoustic versions. She talks about her first big US album Jagged Little Pill and where she was both physically and mentally at the time. It’s a very intimate conversation and feels like you are sitting on the couch right next to her. Not only is she gorgeous but she is also a phenomenal musician and lyricist. I remember having a boyhood crush on her when I was a kid.

I picked up this audiobook for two reasons. I loved the album when I first found it in the 90s. Her voice and melodies were spot on. The 2nd reason was ... I deployed to the War in Iraq when I was just a teenager as an Infantry Marine. I had an old dusty CD player wrapped in cloth and I would play Jagged Little Pill on Loop when I would bed down for the night. It brought me both good memories from my past and her voice comforted me as I drifted off to sleep in a crazy place. It was also great to hear a sexy female voice in the middle of a war zone. I remember rewinding and replaying the ... “Are you thinking of me when you F*** Her !?!” Line. Something about how she says the F word used to get me every time. Ahhhhh don’t judge me I was a teenager at the war. Haha

All in all. It was a great experience. I highly recommend it.

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Trip down memory lane

As a child of the 90s, Alanis Morissette music was the anthem of my high school years! I’m turning 40 in a few days and this was just what I needed. She’s a genuine talent.

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Great!

Alanis is such a great storyteller-you can tell she has been doing this for years. Highly enjoyable!

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Excellent music and story

It is always great to hear what is behind such great music. And her voice is wonderful.

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Beautifully executed ...

I’ve truly enjoyed this special and how it was produced. It was so refreshing to hear the artist narrate and share her experiences while performing wonderfully haunting rendition of some of her most prolific pieces. Thank you to Alanis and the Audible team for this lovely gem!

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Loved it!

A talented, open hearted, honest famed women shared her journey so far through life ,music and lyrics...
Amazingly talented and evolved soul ❤🙏⚘

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Perfectly Alanis!

I love hearing her stories about her life and her writing process. The songs were an awesome added bonus! 🥰

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I'm liking this Words +Music series

There are a number of artists that do something and it makes you wonder what was the inspiration for that thing they did. This gives you that window into the process. I found it very enlightening.

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Enjoyable meditation

Terrific 1 hour meditation with life story and reflections tied in with TERRIFIC SONGS & TUNES.It was like a short personal 1 on 1 time!

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