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Confessions of a Prairie Bitch is Alison Arngrim's comic memoir of growing up as one of television's most memorable characters - the devious Nellie Oleson on the hit television show Little House on the Prairie.

With behind-the-scenes stories from the set, as well as tales from her bohemian upbringing in West Hollywood and her headline-making advocacy work on behalf of HIV awareness and abused children, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch is a must for fans of everything Little House: the classic television series and its many stars like Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert; Gilbert's best-selling memoir Prairie Tale; and, of course, the beloved series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder that started it all.

©2010 Alison Arngrim (P)2017 Tantor

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Do yourself a favor .....GET THIS AUDIO BOOK!!!!!

I read Confessions of a Prairie Bitch 5 years ago. The minute I opened it up I pretty much didn't stop reading. I didn't want to stop reading. I couldn't stop reading. As soon as I was done I was ready to read it again.
Confessions of a Prairie Bitch read by Alison Arngrim herself is FINALLY available and I could not be happier! In a style you come to expect from the woman who portrayed Nellie Oleson for many seasons on Little House on the Prairie, Arngrim shares her story from her childhood, her years on Little House, Michael Landon's passing, her role as an AIDS activist, her involvement in PROTECT.org (the woman has changed LAWS to protect children people!) and beyond. Alison is a woman who isn't shy about opening up, and you'll love her for it.
Alison Arngrim is a natural storyteller. She is a brilliant comic and in real life, A VERY NICE PERSON!
If you're a fan of Little House on the Prairie, Nellie Oleson, Arngrim, or just want to listen a hilarious audiobook get your copy of Confessions of a Prairie Bitch ASAP!

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Best Audiobook of the Year

What did you love best about Confessions of a Prairie Bitch?

The book would have been good regardless but Alison Arngrim did such an amazing job reading her own book. Her bits of humor, voices, and emotion just took what would have been a great book and made it even greater. I had no idea she was so funny and the insights she offered not just on LHOTP but just on the world in general was just terrific. I cannot wait to listen to this book again.

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Audible...you need to get this book nominated for the Grammy for Best Spoken Word recording!!!

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VERY FUNNY with some sad parts , good bio

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes , it is very funny with some sad parts related to child abuse . The narration was done by the author herself so it was if she was telling you the story , it added credibility and emotion to the story that given some of the gut wrenching parts made it powerful . The stories were I believe and she spoke clearly and was not hesitant in the use of profanity , this is a woman that I would like to have a beer with and hear more stories . Given the current revelations of harassment and abuse this woman ,should be seen as a source of inspiration in how to deal with and persevere .She has a wicked and sharp wit with a twisted sense of humor , this is a woman we need more of !.

What did you like best about this story?

The stories of life behind the scenes of the tv show , her honesty and humor in all her travails .

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene at the school where she was kicked , fell down and could not get up because of her dress, told in a brutal funny way . There were other scenes that were just as funny , this is one of the best biographies that I have heard in a long time.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no , I listen to all my books on my commute or just regular driving so I listen to them episodically, this book was great in that the performance was like a friend in the car telling you stories on a road trip. That is my personal standard of excellence in a audio book I could listen to it in one sitting but I was glad I was able take a break when the sad parts were told.

Any additional comments?

Really enjoyed this book , ( I don't post reviews for all my titles ) so this one did stand out , I hope Ms Arngrim will narrate more books or will write more herself. God bless her for her work with children and the ill , again we need more people like her .

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Survivors survive

What made the experience of listening to Confessions of a Prairie Bitch the most enjoyable?

Hearing that her parents understood why she didn't want to be near her brother.

What other book might you compare Confessions of a Prairie Bitch to and why?

Elizabeth Smart;s books,Jaycee Dugard's books because they talk about child rape & how they survived it.

Have you listened to any of Alison Arngrim’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did because I'm a survivor of child rape.

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WORTH EVERY PENNY, IT'S AWESOME!!!!

It's Nellie to a tee, Alison is awesome, both the writing and narration are PERFECT. If you've ever watched Little House, you'll LOVE this book!!! I'm just about finished and will probably listen to it again. LOVE IT!!!

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Time very well spent.

I was happy to see this book pop up in my recommendations, and very happy that Alison narrated. The book is full of personal stories, reflections on Little House, and the evolution of a little girl most of us grew up with. Alison was able to talk about hard topics in a very frank and humorous way. I was surprised to hear her story as I had preconceived notions of what "she" would be, and honestly, I missed the mark on every point. Alison is grounded, caring, bold, and most importantly, a tireless advocate. It was nice to see how her experiences led her to and through these significant moments that she handled with grace and humor. The book ended and I wanted more. I just loved it and it was time very well spent. Even if you are not a fan of Little House, you will find something here you connect with. Unless you are Melissa Sue Anderson.