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Publisher's Summary

Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy's parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

Also included? A one night only live performance at Poehler's Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Hear Amy read a chapter live in front of a young and attractive Los Angeles audience.

While listening to Yes Please, you'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll become convinced that your phone is trying to kill you. Don't miss this collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and haikus from the mind of one of our most beloved entertainers. Offering Amy's thoughts on everything from her "too safe" childhood outside of Boston to her early days in New York City, her ideas about Hollywood and "the biz", the demon that looks back at all of us in the mirror, and her joy at being told she has a "face for wigs" - Yes Please is chock-full of words, and wisdom, to live by.

©2014 Amy Poehler (P)2014 HarperCollins Canada

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  • Julie
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 12-08-14

Gushy and Insecure

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It never quite delivered the way I wanted it to. I'd always heard of and understood Amy Poehler as a no-bullshit kind of lady, but she spends so much time in this book talking about how hard it was to write a book and how talented all her famous friends are, you just get the sense she's not saying any of the interesting things she could be saying if she had more confidence.

Has Yes Please turned you off from other books in this genre?

I loved Bossypants and Girl Walks Into A Bar, and I was expecting a bit more wisdom about life to come through the comedy, like with the other books. There were moments of that, but I just felt like there was so much second guessing and repetition that it never got to a place where you really went there with her. Plus she kept saying "ambivalence" when she meant "indifference" and I wondered what her editors were doing all day.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

I really liked hearing Amy's mom read her life advice and chapters. They were really funny and I thought an interesting opportunity for looking at how different life is now for women and especially mothers. Amy didn't really pick up the thread, though. She also had all these people "in the booth" with her, and it seemed like another ploy to distract people from hearing what she had to say. But she mostly just got them to read chapter titles. Hearing Patrick Stewart read her haikus was pretty awesome, though.

Any additional comments?

I would like to see Amy write a second book where she cares less whether or not people like what she has to say. It's ironic because her extended message is to say whatever you want, do whatever you want, and be whoever you want, and she just doesn't seem to be taking her own advice. She keeps deflecting onto other people as if to avoid having to say anything she feels. I get the sense a bit of distance from her divorce and young children will put her back into her confidence and allow her to write from a more powerful place. She really was her own worst enemy in writing the book I think. I still think she's incredibly smart and funny and talented. I just wish she'd get out of her own way.

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excellent story teller

i absolutely loved this book. poehler is honest candid and hilarious. i cried and laughed.

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Nailed it

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Amy's humor has always drawn me to her movies and some insight into who she is really makes me appreciate her as the hardworking artist that she is. Entertaining and well read. I could listen to it again.

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A lot of time spent saying how hard it is to write

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really. She had a few interesting tidbits but it really seemed like she didn't like writing this book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Amy Poehler again?

Not likely.

What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

True to form.

Was Yes Please worth the listening time?

It was okay but I cannot recommend it.

Any additional comments?

I do like when the author is also the narrator.

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Excellent memoir!

Loved hearing Amy's story in her own voice. Also fabulous to hear wonderful celebrity special guests in here! All used to great effect! I'm happy she wrote a book so that I know more about who she is and where she came from. I highly recommend this book if you're a fan of comedy, of autobiographies, of UCB, of SNL and of Parks and Recreation.

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Keeps Getting Better

What did you love best about Yes Please?

I expected it to be a silly book with funny stories but it was much more than that. It was also full of professional insight that should make sense to everyone. Her honesty is refreshing and genuine.

What other book might you compare Yes Please to and why?

This was my first audiobook. I have yet to find another one I like as much as this one.

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In dire need of an editor

Amy mixes tales of her childhood, adolescence, hard work and dedication to her craft with present day reflections on "making it", motherhood and relationships.
Unfortunately, it felt like the book went from manuscript to print without being edited. I appreciate Amy's formidable improvisation chops, I just don't want to spend time with a half baked book.

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Obsessed

Amy Poehler is brilliant, funny and not as nice as she seems. I really really loved it and couldn't stop talking about it for days.

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A laugh out loud book full of wisdom.

Amy Pohler has given me better advice than a lot of self help guru's have. What a wise, witty kind woman.

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Exactly what I'd expect out of Amy Poehler

Funny, witty and wise, this audiobook didn't disappoint. Amy is hilarious and sincere; an enjoyable listen.