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Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, October 2014 - Following in the footsteps of best friend, former SNL cast mate, and improv partner Tina Fey, Amy Poehler is releasing her first book – and I couldn't be more excited! The much anticipated Yes Please could not come any sooner for me after completing Tina Fey's Bossypants, Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, and Nick Offerman's Paddle Your Own Canoe - each of which praises Poehler for her witty, charming, and brazen attitude. With an ensemble cast of excellent narrators joining her (Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett, and Patrick Stewart, to name a few), this book is shaping up to be yet another hit for the hilarious Amy Poehler. I can’t wait to listen! —Rob, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, Humor, 2015

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 Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Actress and comedian Amy Poehler's memoir is full of charm and life lessons, but what's REALLY fun is how out of the box the audiobook production is. Listeners know they're getting something special, unique, and a bit absurd right from the start when Poehler claims to be narrating from her own personal audio booth, built at the base of Mt. Rushmore. Poehler sounds consistently warm, funny, and genuine, and it's only a matter of time before she'll have you laughing out loud. When she's joined in "her" studio by Seth Meyers and Mike Schur to reminisce about Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation, it sounds like we're overhearing candid (and giggly) conversations between friends. Cameos from Carol Burnett, Kathleen Turner, Patrick Stewart (intoning strange haikus), and even Amy's parents add even more flavor. What a treat." (AudioFile)

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Not Necessarily for Knope Fans

It's taken me a long time to admit this publicly, but I did not love Yes Please. Given my obsession with Bossypants (Tina Fey) and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (Mindy Kaling), I assumed that by the end of this audiobook I'd be desperately hoping to run into Amy Poehler on the street so that we could magically become best friends...

I realized in listening, however, that my crush is actually on Leslie Knope and not on Poehler herself. Parks and Rec fans be warned -- you might not like what you find.

That being said, the narration is obviously awesome, and is filled with fun celebrity cameos.

45 of 47 people found this review helpful

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I love Amy but the book is a duh!

Amy is one of the smartest minds in entertainment and I also avidly follow her Smart Girls page on Facebook. She is smart, witty and a household name but as a writer she fails. The book is a pointless ramble of her life's ups and downs... It's like reading a sucky column in a magazine every single day just coz you like that celebrity. She has no beauty in her writing or thoughts. She is NOT a writer. I love the challenges and cause that she is espouses, it's admirable but sorry doesn't make it on my bookshelf.

The performance of the audible is clearly one of the best coz Amy is one of the finest voices in the industry. The panache in her tone is beautiful.

48 of 53 people found this review helpful

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Nope, don't do it

I should have known better. I've been taken by this type of book before. It felt forced. The content was contrived. I love Amy Poehler but not this book. Couldn't finish. I did love Tina Fey's book.

44 of 49 people found this review helpful

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Funny in parts, wouldn't buy it again

If I learned anything about Amy, it's that she is a normal person with the same concerns as everyone. But it was a little like listening to my neighbors tell their life story. Interesting, but not really worth spending actual money on.

44 of 49 people found this review helpful

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Meh.

I purchased this books because it was suggested to me based on how much I enjoyed Tina Fey's "Bossy Pants". I usually love Amy Poehler, but I just couldn't bring myself to want to listen or finish this audio book.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • JD
  • 12-02-14

Good enough to speed through, not enough to rave

If you could sum up Yes Please in three words, what would they be?

Pretty funny memoir

Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

I enjoyed the book but found myself surprisingly annoyed by Amy Poehler's narration/opinions by the end. Was still good enough that I read it quickly though

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • S.F.
  • Chicago, IL USA
  • 10-31-14

Listen to this book for sure

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Amy Poehler is, above all, a performer. Listening to this book as opposed to reading it added SO MUCH to the experience. Lines that would have been quickly skimmed in text were hilarious when delivered by Amy. She cracks herself up! She plays the organ and sings a song she made up! She and Seth Meyers have an improvised conversation! PATRICK STEWART READS HAIKUS. Honestly, there is no reason not to listen to this book.<br/><br/>I really loved this book. It had me laughing on the street like an idiot, and tearing up on the subway....like an idiot. She's very sincere and incisive about herself, which fully supports her public persona of being a totally awesome person who we would all very much like to be friends with. <br/><br/>I'm generally not a fan of comparing women to one another because it's stupid, but I think people who listened to Bossypants will likely also listen to Yes Please. It's very different from Bossypants. It's more emotionally raw, more sincere, more warm & fuzzy. It's a totally different experience, and equally wonderful.<br/><br/>Highly, highly recommended.

110 of 129 people found this review helpful

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  • Andy U
  • New York, NY
  • 12-29-15

Never peels the onion

Just a flat book unfortunately. Never opens up or gets through the first layer of herself. I don't need super personal details about divorce or something so intimate; but just telling me how great her life has been really isn't very engaging.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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'A Whiney and Boring Mess'

Would you try another book from Amy Poehler and/or the narrators?

If she narrated and didn't write it, absolutely. She's an incredible voice-actress.

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

Not at all!

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Miss Poehler is so so talented and funny, but "Yes Please" might be the whiniest book I've ever read. She complains no less than a dozen times how "hard it is to write a book" and "how busy she is". The book is a shallow, indulgent, wandering narrative that sort-of tells me what shaped Miss Poehler as a person. But after listening to her own performance of her own book, I was utterly bored. She gave no real insights into her personal motivations, her improv career, or anything that helped me connect with her as an author.Worse, she has the nerve (I guess?) to bring in "guest-speakers" to talk about how amazing it is to work with Amy Poehler! Ridiculous.I hate to say it, but I used to absolutely adore Amy Poehler. Upright Citizens Brigade changed my life. But this book made me lose almost all the respect I had for her.

What character would you cut from Yes Please?

Amy Poehler

Any additional comments?

"No, thank you."

35 of 41 people found this review helpful

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I kinda used to love Amy Poehler

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I didn't finish this book. In fact I only got 1 hour and 15 minutes in. It's not necessarily Ms. Poehler's fault but I just didn't like it. I bought this thinking it would be selections of fun stories and entertaining jokes. Maybe a comedy book like the old Lewis Grizzard books that belonged to my grandmother. I didn't find it funny at all. In fact, to me, it felt like an exercise in self-absorption. I suppose that is actually what a memoir is supposed to be but I found myself rolling my eyes when the author (ashamedly) bemoans what will become of her birth plan when her obstetrician suddenly dies. She's sad but, at the same, wails, "WHAT ABOUT ME?" in narcissistic tones.<br/><br/>I know others love this book but I just couldn't take it. I have gotten sucked into a couple of celebrity memoirs but I have learned my lesson. I now have a hard time watching Ms. Poehler without hearing the whiny tone I got from this book. From now on, I plan to remain blissfully ignorant of the inner thoughts of my favorite actors.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful