Confessions of a Prairie Bitch

How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated
Narrated by: Alison Arngrim
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
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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.

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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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What a hoot!

Never watched Little House. Just hoped for a candid description of growing up on screen in Hollywood. Man did I get more than I bargained for. Funny, poignant sometimes simultaneously, enlightening and brilliantly written, Alison is one charismatic bitch. I loved this book.

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Whaaa!!! I finished it!! Ready for volume 2.

I loved this audible book. No, I was never a regular LHOTP watcher and have not seen every episodes. But that didn't stop me from purchasing this book and loving it. I would love this book even if I didn't know who Nellie Olson was as I fell in love with Alison Arngrim. I found this book on a list of popular audio books. She's funny, honest, compassionate and resilient. I admired her matter of fact attitude regarding the sexual abuse she suffered as a child. Horrific, but she is a not a prisoner to it. Hate Nellie Olson? Be ready to love Alison Arngrim!!

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Alison is Captivating and Endlessly Entertaining

I was blown away by this book. I did not expect Alison to be as engaging as she is. Her voice and manner of speaking are perfect for narrating a book. I listen to a lot of audio books and if I had it my way, she'd narrate all of them. She is also an amazing person, full of indefatigable happiness, light and life, the kind of person that anyone would want as their friend. Her story and her personality will convince you that the world is a more interesting (and better) place with her in it!

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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.

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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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Honest without being Petty; and HILARIOUS

Probably on of the most brilliant autobiographies I've ever had the privilege to listen to. I kept trying to stop listening to no avail I listened straight through. Honest without being petty or bitter. I got all the feelings while listening. I especially appreciated hearing about her relationships with her Little House family. Especially her somewhat unique relationship with Michael Landon. Highly recommend to all who loved "Little House on the Prairie", or even of you didn't still a powerful read.

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I love Nellie.

Loved this book. First hrs laughing, few hrs crying. rest is heartwarming joy. Learn about the real Bitch on the Prairie.

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Amazing!

I dont know why I waited so long to get this book! If you are a fan of LHOTP you will love it!

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Good job Nellie, err...Alison!

I wandered into one of those “where are they now” posts about LHOTP. I wondered whatever happen to Nellie and Google led me to Alison’s excellent book. Very entertaining about LHOTP from her (Nellie’s) perspective. Even more interesting about Allison’s back story. A few more F-bombs than I prefer (this 4 versus 5 stars) but still a fun book!