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"I've experienced a whole lot the last few years, and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax, and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?"
---Ellen DeGeneres

©2011 Ellen DeGeneres (P)2011 Hachette

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  • Wende
  • Petaluma, CA, United States
  • 10-25-11

Not as Funny as it Should Be...

For the "street cred" that Ellen has a number 1 talk show host and great stand-up comic I expect more from her. I LOVE Ellen so I was so sadly disappointed in the fact that I couldn't even force myself to finish this book. It is boring and I hate to admit it...Stupid. There isn't even a common thread that makes it a story here. It sounds more like she promised a book and then when she didn't have anything to say that hadn't already been said she simply scribbled random thoughts on the page and tried to tie them together somehow. I was seriously disappointed, but I still love her and will watch her show daily, which IS Entertaining and Funny!

16 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Wow, I made it through but it was tough!

I guess this was just not what I was expecting. I didn't read her first two books (and I never will) but this was a long stand up performance. I've read other books by comedians that were funny and told about the author's life like David Sedaris. His books are funny, try one and avoid Ellen, whom I really like. Sorry Ellen this book was yucky.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Anyway...

It's Ellen, need i say more?

Its hilariously written, comedic & fun! Great read, will recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Seriously hilarious!

This was amazing for getting ready in the morning and starting the day off right. I also enjoyed the end credits in which the legal parts were read and begun with Seriously, I'm kidding! Standing ovation Ellen!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good for a quick laugh

Where does Seriously...I'm Kidding rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's mid level. I've read better but I've read worse...

Would you be willing to try another book from Ellen DeGeneres? Why or why not?

Yes. This book was good for a few great laughs. I like Ellen in general and enjoy her comedy.

What does Ellen DeGeneres bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her sarcasm about real life simple acts really entertains.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved her describing her cover girl experience.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Another GREAT book from Ellen

I'm lucky to have been raised vegan like my parents and understand so much all she talks about positivism and kindness... The book fills you up with so much love and laughter that it's contagious!
For huge fans of Ellen like me, a little warning, there's a bunch of stuff she has already used on her monologues on her show but it's still funny :P

I live more than a 1.000.000 miles from USA and still makes a difference in my life! I loved it!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Laura
  • United States
  • 04-08-12

I was really disappointed.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I'm not really sure who would like this.

What was most disappointing about Ellen DeGeneres’s story?

The way this was read was so awkward. It just sounded all wrong. Not funny at all.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It didn't sound natural. Took away from the funny writing.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Frauke
  • United States
  • 03-29-12

Thought it would be funnier.

What disappointed you about Seriously...I'm Kidding?

It was not as funny as her show. Maybe the ambience during the show makes her funnier.

What was most disappointing about Ellen DeGeneres’s story?

It started out well but fizzled toward the end.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narration was OK.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Seriously...I'm Kidding?

Quite a few after two-thirds of the book.

Any additional comments?

I still like her humor, just not in book form.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Funny and wierd

Do you want to relax and emerge youself with Elens wierdness (not in bad or creepe way) and great sence of humor? Then get this book!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Ellen...

If you love Ellen, you will love this book!! It is entertaining and witty and laugh out loud funny like her!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Doodles
  • 07-04-17

Tedious

She seems like a lovely person, but I have just wasted 3 hours of my life listening to this.

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  • Mrs Lisa Owens
  • 07-02-17

Awful verbal diarrhoea

Constant stream of consciousness. No substance. Such a shame, I really like Ellen
She needs to stick to Tv!!!

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  • Michael Hazley
  • 03-09-17

I love Ellen

But I can't help but feel this was a rushed effort, for either passing time or merely making money. I love Ellen and her humour but I have to say I wasn't all that enamoured by the book. I promise I'm not a sourpuss.

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  • Ieva
  • 02-05-17

Not suitable for use on public transport

Very enjoyable and light read. Ellen in her unique and irreplaceable humour will make you unexpectedly giggle at some point in one way or another. And because she's so good at reading her own material it doesn't feel 'read'.

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  • beverley
  • 01-10-17

BEAUTIFULLY INSANE!!!!!

If you could sum up Seriously...I'm Kidding in three words, what would they be?

BONKERS......CLEVER......GENIUS

What was one of the most memorable moments of Seriously...I'm Kidding?

"I WISH I HAD A FRIEND CALLED FROND" had me chuckling so much, genius!!

What does Ellen DeGeneres bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

It is the way she uses her tone of voice that adds to the comedy. You can't experience that from a book.

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

YES

Any additional comments?

so pleased with the purchase I am going to look for more by Ellen. I know I will listen to this many times.

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  • Amelia
  • 05-29-16

Couldn't stop listening!

Could not stop listening to this audio book. Ellen is such an inspiration and makes me laugh so much.
I recommend this audio book toliterally everyone. It most certainly will cheer you up if you're having a bad day, and will put you in an even better mood if you're having a good day.

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  • Rebecca
  • 02-14-16

Warm, funny Ellen.

listened while on a road trip. great for any Ellen fans. Lots of chuckles. recommended.

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  • Piret
  • 01-02-16

Was hoping more...

I loved to listen Ellen, she is very expressive. The story didn't have much value for me.

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  • Rachel
  • 07-30-15

great book!

This book kept me widely entertained on long journeys - highly insightful but in a comedic way

cannot recommend enough

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  • Timothy
  • 07-23-15

Not funny

Not the book I was hoping for. Little chapters that sometimes made no sense. I was disappointed by the content.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful