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Publisher's Summary

At age 16, Margaret Cho dropped out of school and began touring as a standup comedian. By 23, she was the star of her own sitcom, All-American Girl, the groundbreaking show featuring television's first Asian American family. But the road to fame wasn't smooth, and when the sitcom crashed and burned, so did Margaret.

Without ever losing her trademark humor, Margaret tells her astonishing tale of dieting her way into the hospital, drinking herself into oblivion, then rising from the ashes in her smash-hit, one-woman show and record-breaking concert film. I'm the One That I Want, based on her show of the same name, is filled with dead-on insights about the experience of being a woman with attitude, of flowing with the highs and lows of life, and of creating one's own identity and acceptance. It is every bit as hilarious, shocking, and irreverent as she is.

©2001 Margaret Cho; (P) and ©2001 HighBridge Company

Critic Reviews

"[Margaret Cho is] outspoken, profane, radical, and excruciatingly funny." (Los Angeles Times)

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  • Ling
  • Chatham, NJ, USA
  • 04-10-03

Hilarious and deeply engrossing

This was my first audible book. I chose it because I wanted something funny, and found that not only was it hilarious, it was also touching, sad, inspiring and a lot more things at the same time. What makes it even better is that the comedian reads her own story, and all the impressions of her parents and relatives are absolutely perfect-- I found myself doubled over during the first ten minutes-- I literally COULD NOT STAND UP, I was laughing so hard. I found myself greedily listening to this way beyond the time I alotted myself for a half hour of daily exercise. The story progresses through the star's childhood, how she became a comedian, how she became famous, etc. It also describes her eating disorder, problems with drugs, men, etc. All told with flashes of humor that are so brilliant-- she's a genius and should do more of these. The book came to an end way too soon-- wish it was unabridged instead of abridged.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Horrifically entertaining.

She blindsided me with this auto-biographical tale of trials she's faced. And won me over with heartfelt pain and insight. I think fans and critics alike would enjoy this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Deanne
  • framingham, MA, USA
  • 09-27-03

Not all that funny.

I thought this was going to be funny all the way thru but while it was funny in spots, it wasn't really a comedy routine - it was the story about her struggles with alcohol and drugs and difficult early life. it was mainly heartbreaking and sad. I had to fast forward thru some sad parts because it too painful to listen to.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • kim
  • brookline, MA, United States
  • 04-03-15

Awful in every way.

What disappointed you about I'm the One That I Want?

I like Margaret Cho's comedy but her writing abiltiy in terms of memior is to drone on with details until her story is lost.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Margaret Cho?

Surprisingly she was a bad narrator. She droned on with no emotion and a king of semi sarcastic persona. Before I gave up on the book I was wishing she would shut up. That's when it's time to end the torture.

Any additional comments?

I am shocked at how awful this was in every way.

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Great early life stories

I was going to buy the paperback, but I didn't want to miss the mom impersonations. The early life stories were exceptionally funny.

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This is not funny.

Although Margaret Cho is known to us as a comedian this audiobook is not funny. There are a few moments that are light, like when she protrays her mother, it does bring a smile, but by no means is this a comedy. It is actually just sad. Kind of pathetic in a way. Cho relates her life to the reader and as it is so desperate that one cannot help but feel sorry for her and yet you can't help but feel disgusted at the same time. It goes from a sad childhood to a sad adulthood and then some light at then end of tunnel towards the end.

7 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Could not get through her childhood.

Rough life, sure, but whine whine whine. Couldn't make it past the first hour.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Claudia
  • Woodbridge, VA, USA
  • 03-15-06

Not what I expected

Although this book is written by someone I would consider a comic, it is definitely not a comedy. Not a bad book but more of a biography of her life ups and downs and not funny.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Susie
  • Berkeley, CA, USA
  • 11-17-05

Painful to get through

Reading this book wasn't as awful as listening to Cho read it aloud. She wrote interesting material but turns herself into such a victim in her portrayal that it is hard to bear.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Lin
  • Rochester, NY, USA
  • 04-17-05

Empty Profanity

If you are looking for vacuous profanity and the psychosis du jour, read Cho's books. Perhaps she should have finished High School. She may have developed a vocabulary consisting of more than 100 words. If she did indeed "crash and burn", I believe that the flames have yet to be extinguished!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful